The $20 Gadget That Froths Milk Better than Anything Else

published Oct 19, 2021
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If you’re a Frothed Milk Fan, you know its joys. You get how great a thick layer of cold foam is on top of an iced coffee. And you understand that the pillow of frothy milk atop a latte or cappuccino is just as appealing as the espresso beneath it. (And don’t even get me started on frothy hot chocolate, which is my unofficial/official drink once the weather turns.)

Recently, I tested five different gadgets in order to find the best one for frothing milk at home. I frothed cold, straight-from-the-fridge oat milk and hot whole milk. I noted how easy they were to use and I even scooped out and measured how much foam each gadget produced!

The results? Well, the winner blew me away. I thought, for sure, an electric machine would wipe the competition. However, the handheld aerolatte Milk Frother was the true champion.

At just $20, this little guy is powerful. It frothed the most out of all the gadgets I tried, and even worked extremely well with oat milk. (If you’re a non-dairy drinker, you know non-dairy milk does not froth nearly as easily as regular milk.) It requires just the flick of a button to operate, can be moved up and down or side to side to froth every last bit of milk, and is compact so that it can be easily stored in a drawer.

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But don’t just take my word for it: It also has extremely positive Amazon reviews, with almost 5,000 ratings and 4.4 stars overall. Here’s what some happy, five-star reviewers had to say.

“I absolutely love this thing and use it entirely too much. I didn’t think it would work very well but it does and when you put new batteries in it … wow! You can make a hot chocolate with a froth on top and whip up some real whip cream in seconds. Easily the best $20 I ever spent.”

“The first foamer I bought was this same brand, aerolatte, around 18 years ago. I made cappuccinos almost daily for all those years and it worked VERY WELL. After 17 years, I decided to throw it away and get a new one, as it seemed to be going a little slower than when it was new. I decided to buy another brand that was a pretty turquoise color. BIG MISTAKE! It didn’t even last a year! SO I decided to go back to this brand. I LOVE IT! I can’t believe I bought anything else. It makes a nice rich thick foam very quickly.”

“I’ve been using aerolatte milk frothers for several years. I love having lattes and cappuccinos, and this little machine gives a good approximation of the real (and super-expensive) thing. This model has a strong motor and a large whip, so I can turn milk into a solid mass of foam in 20 seconds.”

Do you have a milk frother you love? Tell us about it in the comments!