Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of ways to get the perfect cup of coffee — including the best coffee grinders, the best coffee makers, and the best coffee beans — here we’ve rounded up the best milk frothers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated milk frother
This easy-to-clean, easy-to-use milk frother has many reviewers who use it daily, and the general consensus among these happy customers is this frother is powerful. One reviewer underestimated it based on how delicate it looks, but admits, “Boy, was I wrong … When I tried it out, I had foam everywhere! It’s really powerful even if it doesn’t look like it.” Many reviewers say it is strong enough to blend their bulletproof coffee as well. “I researched a lot of frothers before choosing this one — primarily because it promised power,” one reviewer writes. “It has definitely lived up to the promise. Nothing really compares to making bulletproof coffee in a blender, but this is as good as it gets without having to wash an entire blender for one cup of coffee.” In addition to fancy coffee beverages, users have found it easily mixes other powdered supplements and medications into drinks. “I use it to mix capsule medication into fruit juice,” one user reports. “The PowerLix does an excellent job blending the medication and leaves little to no residue at the bottom of the cup.” Not only does it have multiple uses, but fans of this frother also love the price point. “I am a dairy-free household…and until this bad boy, I was paying out the yinyang for dairy alternative frothed lattes,” one reviewer described. “STEP ASIDE STARBUCKS, and tuck that fiver back in your purse. This thing is the bees knees.” (Though if you still miss the coffee shop experience this user recommends having your “husband call your name out really quietly, while running a vacuum and just for kicks have him spell the name wrong.”)
Best-rated (less-expensive) milk frother
As one reviewer puts it, “This frother has blown the others out of the milk.” Reviewers love the price point, and the repeated savings that come with being able to make fancy coffee drinks at home. “No need to spend a small fortune drinking lattes from overpriced venues,” one reviewer writes. “A bit of warmed milk, half and half, cream or dairy substitute and I am my own successful barista.” An actual former barista thinks this one “makes the best alternative milk.” In addition to lattes and bulletproof coffee, this frother “whips up a wonderful meringue,” according to one reviewer, and can even blend protein shakes. Multiple users warn to froth in a larger container, like one who says,“This is SO powerful it will cyclone the drink all over your kitchen if you aren’t careful,” according to one reviewer.
And now for some micro-picks for every type of milk frother you might be looking for.
Best milk frother for non-dairy milk
“After months and months of trying various frothers, this is only one that delivered a truly creamy foam with almond milk,” according to one reviewer, and plenty of reviewers seem to agree with this assessment, noting it works well with non-dairy milk alternatives. “I use non-dairy milk alternatives and it works on them,” one reviewer writes. “It froths my non-dairy milk and warms it to perfection. Spend the money and you will be pleased.” Reviewers also love the hot and cold function. “The aeroccino can be used for hot or cold froth,” as one reviewer simply puts it. “It’s great for hot drinks like lattes or cappuccinos and also for Nespresso iced coffee.” Many reviews mention the price tag, but according to one reviewer who “originally bought a cheaper model that broke after a week of use,” this is worth the money.
Best multifunctional milk frother
Dozens of users are impressed with the machine’s various settings, which makes it more flexible than most milk frothers. “I truly had no idea what I had been missing out on with my other milk frother just on temperature alone,” one reviewer writes. “The ability to control the temperature makes for a superior coffee experience. I can get the milk hotter and create a TON of foam with the frothing disc.” In addition to coffee, reviewers rave about the hot chocolate this frother can churn out. “What makes this fantastic is that it can be used for other beverages like hot cocoa,” one reviewer raves. “I just add the non-ridged disk to the bottom, add milk or water to the pitcher, add a packet of cocoa mix, and then I have perfect hot chocolate.” Other users have explored even further and found that this machine also works well for warming up breast milk. A “normal mama who was looking for a way to warm some milk for her child” says one, who adds, “My friends, this machine will save your sanity and make formula mixing so fast and so easy, you’ll be annoyed that you ever wasted time doing it any other way.”
Best manual milk frother
This easy-to-use manual frother is described as such many reviewers.“It’s so awesome to not have to worry about batteries and still get excellent frothy milk for my coffee,” one reviewer writes. “No need for any fancy frothers — pump this thing a few times and you get the same result.” Another reviewer, who lives at high altitude, explains, “Electric frothers don’t reach a high enough temperature — we’ve tried them all,” but this one “works really, really well.” Many reviews mentioned that they originally had the frother that comes with the Ninja Coffee Bar, and replaced it with this version after theirs broke, noting this one is more sturdy. “This one is made of a thicker glass that is much more durable, and it has a rubber strap around the middle so you can grab it straight out of the microwave.” Several who tried to replace it with a stainless steel version keep running back to this glass option as well. “I replaced it with a stainless frother and was so disappointed,” one reviewer writes. “The milk never got as frothy and nice as in this model. I ended up sending that stainless one to the donation pile and bought this one again.”
Best stainless steel milk frother
Just like this reviewer, many users are “so impressed with the froth this little pitcher makes.” One reviewer described it as “ thick enough to eat with a spoon,” and another said after leaving their matcha latte untouched for a couple of hours the froth was still as “thick and stable as ever.” Despite the extra elbow grease of this being a manual frother, dozens of reviewers prefer it to the electric options because it “does not have any electronic parts that can easily break or burn out and it works beautifully,” according to one reviewer. Another user who admits they also own “electric frothers, cheap frothers and expensive” versions still finds this to be the best. “This stainless steel frother leaves that one in the dust.” one reviewer writes, refrenching their electric version. “The milk is frothed to a point where it is 2 to 3 times the original volume in just a few seconds.” As one reviewer puts it the manual frother also gives you “control over how thick you like it.”
Best handheld milk frother
Reviewers are consistently impressed by how long this handheld milk frother has lasted them. “Stronger motor than any of my previous handheld frothers,” one writes. “It also lasted over 2 years, which is at least twice as long as any of the others I’ve owned.” Another satisfied customer said that after “two years and 10 months” it still “appears brand new and operates just the same.” Others rave about its power. This reviewer has no problem using it to blend their bulletproof coffee, saying, “This frother is powerful enough to blend in the butter, heavy cream and MCT oil perfectly.” Another notes that it even stacks up against stubborn powder mix-ins: “Infamama powdered milk is probably the most difficult powdered drink to mix even with water that just boiled when using a spoon, but when we use this frother, nothing is left at the bottom of the mug.” Reviewers also appreciate the sleek stand that comes with the frother. “I know if it was in a drawer or lying around somewhere else it my kitchen — it would not survive!” one reviewer writes. “Also the metal stand allows it to stay clean by avoiding contact with much else.”
Best easy-to-use milk frother
Hundreds of reviewers describe this milk frother as easy to use, with lots of love for the on-off button, located on the top. “The button on the top (used to turn in the frother) is easy to push and responsive enough that if I want to ‘slow down,’ it’ll do so,” one user explains. “I highly recommend this, especially for anyone with hand issues: neuropathy (as in my case) arthritis, [carpal] tunnel, etc.,” another reviewer writes, continuing, “I have received two similar frothers as gifts and I ended up throwing away one and re-gifting the other — narrow button to push to work it and they required a lot of pressure. This one works so well, and is so easy to operate with a large ‘push button’ which IS the top.” Another one loves the design because they can easily manipulate the speed. The speed control makes it easy to use with a variety of milks, and reviewers use this gadget to mix in everything from oils to collagen to powders. “Within a minute, you can easily fine tune the speed of the frother required for your milk,” one happy customer writes. “Design is very natural for the hand to maneuver the frother inside the mixing cup. I like the thumb press as opposed to the side activation on my previous frother.”
Best two-speed handheld milk frother
Reviewers find that the two speeds on this handheld frother make it a stand out among the rest. “I usually set it on the high setting for scrambled eggs and low for frothing,” one reviewer writes. Another is even able to use it to “remove carbonation from carbonated beverages.” “With the two speeds, I can start frothing on low and then build the foam up on high,” one user says. “It works much better than the $5 IKEA wand, I have had it for several months without any problem what so ever.” This frother apparently has some real horsepower behind it as one reviewer described this frother as almost “TOO powerful.” “I was hoping the 2 speeds would be “regular power” for frothing and “low power” for my daughter to enjoy using to mix chocolate milk,” they write. “Instead, the low setting is more powerful than the IKEA type frothers, and the high setting makes an inch of milk leap out of my coffee cup.”
Best electric milk steamer jug
“I purchased this electric milk frother to replace my handheld one,” one reviewer writes. “It works really great and saves another few minutes in the morning. It makes the perfect right temperature foam and add the perfect touch to my morning cups of coffee.” Another reviewer finds that its not just a great replacement for a handheld frother but actually much better. “For years, I had one of those hand frothers and this is 100 times better than that. Between my husband and I, it gets used 2-4 times per day. We mostly use it to heat and froth almond milk for coffee but it also works really well to make bulletproof coffee and to reheat coffee in the afternoon.” A number of users also love this frother because it acts as a modern kettle, as well. “I purchased this unit mainly for ease of heating water for my tea,” one reviewer writes. “It was time to put away the ancient kettle and go electronic and boy was I happy I did.”
Best milk frother for latte art
This frother makes many reviewers’ mornings a little brighter, like one who writes, “The stencil makes you smile.” Reviewers love the addition of the foam art stencils and the shaker that come with this frother. “I love my new powerful milk frother, cinnamon shaker, and stencils!” one excited reviewer writes. “I can make some pretty awesome looking frothy teas with this set.” Another reviewer points out that the “stencils are stainless steel and work better than the flimsy plastic ones a lot of people are selling.” Reviewers like the frother itself just as much as the stencils. One user finds it makes “beautiful pillows of micro foam” and that it is an “excellent way to top off that morning cup of joe.” Others love how quickly it works, one noting how it “froths cold and hot milk in seconds!”
Best rechargeable milk frother
This review echoes dozens of others when it says, “have used it a dozen times and it hasn’t needed charging yet!” The biggest complaint about battery-operated frothers is the constant need to change the batteries, which was a big draw to this rechargeable version for one reviewer. “One of the other features that I lead to choose this one was the USB charging,” they write. “I didn’t want to deal with changing batteries since most of my stuff is USB chargeable, I don’t have many batteries. I haven’t had to charge it yet and I’ve had it for about a month now.” As far as one user is concerned, the other options “can’t compare.” “I use it everyday to mix our shakes,” they continue. “I would go through so many batteries with the other makers and they would keep breaking. This one has different speed levels and you can easily charge it.”
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