If you're looking to upgrade your hot drinks to barista quality at home, buy yourself an affordable, handheld electric milk frother that'll aerate your brew for a lighter, creamier and silky smooth beverage. From creamy chai lattes to cappuccinos in a flash, here are the best milk frothers for frothy hot beverages that will hit the spot.
Different types of milk frothers
For our list, we've chosen handheld electric milk frothers, which work like a vortex to inject air into the milk. Handheld options are affordable, versatile and easier to use if you have weakened dexterity in your hands.
They'll also produce a good froth to your drink, and some include settings that'll heat your milk to the perfect temperature: 60-65 degrees Celsius. Less than this, your drink will be lukewarm, and at a temperature of 70 degrees plus, the milk will begin burning. Not ideal!
By choosing an electric milk frother, you're more likely to have an excellent quality product and finished drink at a cost that won't break the bank.
So with that in mind, let's take a look at the best milk frothers for the perfect latte.
Best electric milk frothers
10 of the best electric milk frothers
1. KitchenCraft Le’Xpress Electric Milk Frother Whisk
Add instant oomph to your hot drinks with this whizzy gadget that comes at a mega low cost. With the touch of a button, this milk frother will whip your milk to a silky smooth consistency. This handy gadget is powered by 2 AA batteries (not included) and comes with a 12-month guarantee.
2. Morpilot Milk Frother
The Morpilot one-whisk milk frother comes with 4 settings for hot dense foam, hot fluffy foam, cold milk frothing and heat milk. It's comfortable to grip, which makes for easy pouring into your favourite mug, and is easy to clean too.
3. Severin Induction Milk Frother
Spoil your loved ones with a hot brew made with this automatic milk frothing machine that has a whopping 13 integrated programmes. There's a special setting for hot and cold milk foam, hot milk, hot chocolate, vegan milk foam made from cashew or soy milk, lactose-free milk foam, mulled wine, baby food, protein shakes and milk foam, especially for cappuccino or latte macchiato. The temperatures for hot drinks are adjustable between 45 and 65 degrees Celsius, and the induction technology should prevent any burnt milk.
4. Zulay Kitchen Original Handheld Milk Frother
This small but efficient frother works on all types of milk and is easy to clean and store with a convenient stand giving you quick access in seconds. Get whisking with an easy on/off switch and comfortably hold with an ergonomic handle. Powered by 2 AA batteries (not included).
5. Cookworks Milk Frother
Fancy a frothy coffee, or does the little one like warm milk before bedtime? This Cookworks milk frother can hold 200ml of milk in its stainless-steel cup, which also has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning. Simply press the button and get a foamy coffee in seconds.
6. Smeg Milk Frother
Did you know Smeg did milk frothers too? Add extra retro glamour to your kitchen worktop with this automatic milk frother that comes with 8 functions for optimal frothing - hot and cold. With the clear measurement markings inside the jug, too, you can make sure no milk goes wasted.
7. Dualit Milk Frother
Fancy perfect frothed milk in just 70 seconds? The Dualit milk frother is capable of frothing and heating milk at the touch of a button with the internal whisk whipping up foam to the perfect consistency. Stylish and a great addition to use with a home coffee machine.
8. Lavazza A Modo Mio MilkEasy Milk Frother
Lavazza doesn't just make Italy's favourite espresso but a nifty milk frother too for enhancing your favourite blend with hot or cold milk foam at the push of a button. Compact in size, the inside of the MilkUp is embossed with markings that recommend the fill levels for milk and foam. While the whisk and lid are both dishwasher safe, the body can be easily cleaned, too using its auto-clean feature.
9. Aerolatte to Go Electric Milk Frother
The battery-powered Aerolatte to Go comes with a handy case which is not only great for easy storing but for transporting on holiday, too, if you want indulgent coffee on the move! It can be used for a range of purposes, from creating milk froths for cappuccinos and hot chocolates to whisking up delicious salad dressings.
10. Melitta Cremio II Milk Frother
The Melitta Cremio milk frother will perfectly froth milk for any coffee speciality. The illuminated buttons and minimum and maximum level indicators make this milk frother intuitive and simple to use, and the integrated heater warms up the milk evenly.
What can you make with a milk frother?
You can use a milk frother to make not just your favourite hot drinks but cold drinks too! You can try making:
• Iced Latte
• Iced Cappuccino
• Cold Brew Coffee
• Flat White
• Protein shakes
You can even use your electric milk frother to beat eggs or whipping cream to add to recipes, mix pancake batter or to mix up homemade dressings.
If hot chocolate is your drink of choice, check out our pick of the best hot chocolate makers, with milk frothers and other alternatives included too.
Can you froth dairy milk substitutes?
While the protein content in cow's milk is perfect for foaming, there are vegan and non-dairy alternatives that can be frothed too.
According to RAVE, the coffee subscription service, pea, hemp and soy milk are great alternatives that can be frothed well in coffees. As the consistency of each is similar to cow's milk, especially pea and hemp with high protein, they have very similar fab frothy qualities.
Cashew and oat milk can also be used to froth well but will produce larger bubbles.
Almond milk tends to separate when heated, so it can foam but may leave a watery layer beneath, and coconut milk can be a bit hit and miss,
Rice milk, unfortunately, does not work well as a frothing alternative as there's not enough protein to make bubbles.