Best Bet: Capresso Milk Frother

Not everyone has the counter space (or the budget) for a heavy-duty, steamer-equipped Nespresso machine. For those with cramped spaces, Capresso’s automatic milk frother is a small luxury. The twelve-ounce container will froth milk for cappuccinos or warm it (sans foam) for coffee or hot cocoa. There are three available settings — cold, warm, and hot — and the automatic design is a convenient step up from stick frothers or hand-pumped versions. Just rinse the pitcher or throw it in the dishwasher after use.

Capresso "froth PRO" Automatic Milk Frother, $75 at Bloomingdale’s or online.