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    Even if you have a coffee machine that gives your coffee the perfect kick and flavour, your brewing setup simply isn’t complete without a milk frother.

    Frothing—or “aerating”—your milk adds a light texture to your coffee while also preserving its original flavour. Using a milk frother also guarantees that your drink’s temperature doesn’t drop when you add the milk. And some drinks’ recipes—such as cappuccinos and lattes—may require you to froth your milk.

    All coffee shops froth their milk before adding it to coffees. So learning to use a milk frother is an unmissable step for all true coffee fans.

    Some coffee machines come with built-in frothers, but if you brew coffee using a non-electric method or an older machine, you may need to purchase a separate milk frother. So we have gathered the best milk frothers for your convenience!

    But if milky coffees aren’t your type, you can find out more about black coffee.

    Our Top Picks

    The Best Milk Frothers UK

    Milk Frother Buying Guide

    Manual or “Jug” Milk Frothers

    Buying a frother from this category means that you will be spinning the frothing whisk yourself. While they come in many shapes and sizes, they work using the same basic steps:

    • Pour your milk into the jug and heat it: Remember that some models are microwave safe while others should only be used on stoves.
    • Insert the frothing whisk (or disk) and churn it for 15-20 seconds: Some models come with full metal whisks that are safe to be left in the jug while the milk heats. But other whisks may have plastic handles that could potentially melt when heated.
    • Let the milk stand for 20-30 seconds: This will aerate it and generate the froth, then pour it into your coffee and enjoy!

     

    Electric/Automatic Milk Frothers

    These electric-powered frothers can usually heat and/or froth your milk in two minutes or less. To use them, follow these steps:

    • Pour your milk into the container: The container usually has volume markings on the inside to ensure you don’t overpour.
    • Adjust your settings: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions depending on the type of coffee you want to make. Some models have separate settings for hot chocolate, cappuccino, or latte. But for less advanced models, the only available settings may simply be “heat” or “froth”. Then pour into your coffee and en

     

    Handheld Milk Frothers

    As the name suggests, these frothers are small and operated by hand and allow you to froth milk right in your coffee cup. So go for these if you’re looking for something that is easy to use and costs a fraction of the price that most other milk frothers do.

    Most handheld milk frothers are battery-powered and easy to grip, just be careful about the risk of splashing and creating a mess. These models will certainly get the job done, but many won’t be as powerful as their manual jug or electric frother counterparts.

     

    What To Look out For

    Capacity: You will find that some milk frothers are more practical for personal use, while others are more geared towards preparing several servings at once. There are two metrics to check:

    • Cold milk capacity: how much milk the unit can hold at any one time and then thoroughly heat.
    • Frothing capacity: is the maximum amount it can froth in one go. This will often be less than the model’s recommended cold milk capacity because frothing causes milk to expand.

    Dimensions and Weight: You’ll want to ensure that the milk frother you buy can fit on and be supported by your kitchen countertop or wherever else you plan on storing it.

    Dishwasher Compatibility: The best milk frothers have detachable frothing wands/disks and containers that are dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

    Available Features and Settings: Some milk frothers are able to both heat and froth milk. more complex models will allow you to specify a temperature or create a hot chocolate or milkshake directly inside your milk frother.

    FAQs

    What Is the Difference Between Frothed Milk and Steamed Milk?

    Froth is formed when hot or cold milk is aerated, either through shaking the container or rapidly whisking the contents. This forms bubbles that are relatively large and voluminous compared to steamed milk. It is easier to froth milk when it is hot. Most milk frothers will first heat the milk before whisking it. But it is technically possible to froth milk at any temperature.

    On the other hand, steamed milk is produced by using high pressure bursts to inject air and steam into the milk. This aerates and heats it up simultaneously. The bubbles formed by this process tend to be much smaller, thus producing a smooth microfoam texture. Instead of a milk frother, you will need to use a steam wand. They are often attached to the side of espresso and coffee machines.

     

    Why Use a Milk Frother?

    Here are a few reasons frothing your milk for drinks is worth it:

    • Even Heat – Milk frothers are designed to heat and aerate milk evenly in order to avoid burning it.
    • Stronger Flavours – The foam changes the surface tension of your drink so your milk’s volume increases without weakening the coffee’s flavour.
    • Smooth Texture – Aerating milk gives it a fuller taste and texture.
    • Save Time – Regardless of whether you get a manual or automatic frother, it will on average take 2 minutes or less to produce froth and enrich your coffee drinking experience.

     

    What Drinks Can I Use Milk Froth In?

    Frothed milk can be used in any milk-based drinks, such as regular coffees, cappuccinos, hot chocolates, lattes, flat whites, etc. Many milk frothers are also able to whip cold milk without heating it, which could be great for milkshakes and iced coffees. Here are some fantastic cold brew coffees that would work well with frothed milk.

     

    Are Milk Frothers Suitable for Plant-Based, Non-Dairy Milk?

    Some frothers do struggle since they work best with “fuller” milks whereas non-dairy options can be quite thin. Almond and soy milk tend to froth relatively well, but rice milk can be trickier.

    We have picked out some frothers that can handle most types of milk, but you can also look through user reviews and see if anyone has praised or criticised the model you’re looking to buy.

     

    Is It Possible to Froth Milk Without a Milk Frother?

    In short, yes. We’ve listed some methods below, but they are unlikely to be as effective as getting a proper milk frother. Warming the milk beforehand will also make it easier to froth:

    • Beat rapidly with a whisk: Use a smaller whisk and beat as fast as you can for 30-40 seconds.
    • Use a mason jar: Heat the milk in a saucepan and then transfer to a mason jar. Ensure that the lid is tightly secured before wrapping the jar in a dishcloth and shaking vigorously for 30-40 seconds.
    • Use a blender: Avoid using hot milk for this method because it could potentially melt the blender’s plastic. Use the “Pulse” setting for 20-30 seconds.

    You now know everything you need to get the most out of your milk frother. Or if you haven’t bought one yet, you know what to look out for. Choose a model from any of our picks above. Or if you’re more interested in steam wands, check out our best espresso machine picks!

    And afterwards, you can also reuse your leftover coffee grounds to truly get the most out of each cup.

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