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Best Electric Milk Frother, Steamer and Warmer Reviews

In Coffee Accessories by Consumer FilesLeave a CommentLast Updated: December 17th, 2020

Are you a coffee aficionado?

If so, then it’s probably the case that a plain ol’ Cup of Joe just isn’t enough for you.

Don’t you wish there was a way you could enjoy some of your favorite specialty coffee drinks from the comfort of your home without having to spend an arm and a leg for one of those fancy espresso makers? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this roundup is exactly what you’re looking for!

Below, we’ll conduct a series of electric milk frother reviews on our quest to find the best one available today. Before we can do that, though, let’s break down what precisely makes a for a great electric milk heater.

Criteria

In our mind, it’s not worthy of being called the best electric milk frother unless it:

  • Gets hot quickly and produces steamed milk that’s hot enough
  • Has both a hot and cold option
  • Is designed for easy cleanup
  • Is easy to use
  • And has a reasonable volume, so you don't have to do a number of small batches if you’re a power drinker.

With those criteria in mind, let’s take a quick look at the top contenders:

Overall Best

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Breville BMF600XL

RATING

PROS

No moving parts


Extremely convenient


Precise temperature control

CONS

Price

PRICE

$149.99($127.00 on sale)

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Electric Milk Foamer

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Epica

RATING

PROS

Modestly priced

Moderate temperature control

Easy cleanup

CONS

Easy to pick the wrong setting

High variance in heating element

Small capacity

PRICE

$139.99

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HIGH CAPACITY

Capresso froth PRO

RATING

PROS

High capacity

Easy To Use

Moderate temperature control

CONS

Cleanup not as easy as stainless steel models

Limited Temperature Control

PRICE

$75.00($54.55 on sale)

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​BEST VALUE PRICED

Philippe Taglioni

RATING

PROS

Budget priced

High capacity

Super Simple To Use

CONS

No temperature control!

PRICE

$34.91

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Best Mix of Price and Performance

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Secura Automatic

RATING

PROS

High capacity


Easy to use


Easy to clean

CONS

No temperature control!

PRICE

N/A

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Products

Breville BMF600XL

Epica

Capresso froth PRO

Philippe Taglioni

Secura

Pros

No moving parts


Extremely convenient


Precise temperature control

Modestly priced


Moderate temperature control


Easy cleanup

High capacity


Easy To Use


Moderate temperature control

Budget priced


High capacity


Super Simple To Use

High capacity


Easy to use


Easy to clean

Cons

Price

Easy to pick the wrong setting


High variance in heating element


Small capacity

Cleanup not as easy as stainless steel models


Limited Temperature Control



No temperature control!

No temperature control!

Overall Rating

4.5 stars of 5

4.0 stars of 5

4.1 stars of 5

4.0 stars of 5

4.2 stars of 5

Quick Heating

5 of 5

4.5

4.5

3.5

4

Milk Temp.

5 of 5

3

3.5

3

3

Hot & Cold

3.5 of 5

5

4

4

4

Easy Cleanup

5 of 5

4.5

3.5

4.5

5

Ease of Use

4 of 5

3

5

5

5

Price

$149.99($127.00 on sale)

$139.99

$75.00($54.55 on sale)

$34.91

N/A

The Best All Around Electric Milk Steamer 2021

Winner - Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother

The most expensive electric milk steamer in our lineup, this one comes with a couple of deluxe features that the lower priced models just don’t have.

The stand-out feature in this model is that it comes with two different frothing discs, for two very different kinds of milk froth.

Do you want a light froth for a cup of latte? The Breville has you covered.

Does your preference run more toward cappuccino drinks? If so, then simply adjust the setting and get a thicker, creamier froth for the perfect drink, every time.

You can control the temperature precisely via the dial on the front of the unit, which is the chief reason that if you’ve read some electric milk frother reviews, the Breville winds up at or near the top of the lists. The element heats quickly too, only taking about 90 seconds from start to finish.

The unit has a convenient storage option too, as you can store the unused frothing disc on the base of the unit, so you don’t misplace it.

Another thing you’ll love about this model is the fact that it uses induction heating. There are no moving parts on the unit, and no motor that drives the heating process.

Therefore, you can simply place the milk container into the dishwasher when you’re ready to clean it. It doesn’t get much easier or convenient than that!

The only real downside to this unit is its price. Right now, you can find it on sale for $129.95. However, even at that price, it is still the most expensive electric milk steamer machine of our top contenders, which might be off-putting for some.

Also, it's simply out of reach for those looking for a budget option. It is a magnificent machine, though, by any reckoning!


The Electric Milk Frother and Steamer Offering the Best Mix of Price and Performance

Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer (500ml)

If you’ve read other Secura automatic electric milk frother and warmer reviews, then you know that the stand out feature of the unit is its large capacity, making it ideal for power drinkers. With an 8-ounce frothed milk capacity, and 16 ounces heated milk capacity, you can make it in bulk and enjoy.

The unit itself is stainless steel, with the heating element contained in the base. While not dishwasher safe, the Secura does come with a cleaning brush, and you’ll need to check the interior of the unit for scalded milk. Clean it and give it a quick rinse if and as you find any, which is quite easy to do.

While the high capacity and stainless steel construction are both nice, the unit has a glaring flaw that purists won’t care for. There’s no temperature control. You simply push the button for heat, and you get heat.

Aside from the lack of ability to control the temperature precisely, the heating element doesn’t get as hot on the Secura as it does on the other models mentioned here. If you’re a fan of truly hot coffee drinks, then that will make the Secura a non-starter for you.

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The other (slight) disadvantage is the fact that this electric milk foamer is (slightly) slower to heat up, as compared to the other models on our short list.

We’re not talking about a huge difference here. The other machines on our list heat up in about 90 seconds, while the Secura takes about two minutes. This modest difference isn’t likely to be a deal-breaker for many, but it’s worth mentioning.

At the moment, the Secura is being offered on sale for $59.99. At full price, it wouldn’t be our top pick, but at a staggering 40% off, it makes this model one of the best values for the money on the market today.

If you insist on temperature control, this isn’t the right machine for you. However, if you’re looking for maximum performance and capacity for your money, and you don’t mind the fact that the heating temp. is slightly on the weak side, this is a great unit.


The Electric Milk Foamer That’s Easiest to Use

Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe

Epica makes an outstanding electric milk steamer by any reckoning. It’s got both a cold and hot froth option controlled by a simple switch. While this doesn’t allow for precise temperature control, the hot setting certainly gets the milk to an acceptable temperature without scalding.

As one of the lower priced entries, capacity is a bit of an issue (only 4.25 ounces of frothed milk at one time). If you’re frothing, you’ll only get about four and a half ounces per carafe before you’ll have to make more. So, if you’re a power drinker, this may cramp your style a bit, depending on how much milk you like in your specialty drinks.

Also note that the switch-based heating control is not terribly precise, and there appears to be a wide variance from one machine to the next.

Some users have reported a maximum of 140 degrees, while others have reported a maximum of 160 degrees, which is too hot, and will scald the milk. The only other real downside is that it’s easy to set the up/down switch on the wrong setting, and thus, get cold frothed milk when you meant to add heat. However, once you get used to the settings positions, it’s not too much of a concern. Still, we had to deduct a bit for that.

Note that the heating element is contained in the bottom of the unit so that the electric milk frother jug can be removed for easy cleanup.

Most people consider those modest limitations to be acceptable, given that the unit can be had on sale for $41.95, making it a strong contender that delivers excellent performance for the money.


The Best High Capacity Electric Milk Frother and Heater

Capresso Frothpro 202 Automatic Milk Frother

The Capresso is unique among our finalists in that it is designed with a standalone base that provides heating, and the pitcher sits in a cradle when used. This is a small distinction, but worth mentioning.

The device is easy to use and is operated via three illuminated buttons on the base. Two frothing and one heating disc are part of the inclusions. Since the pitcher is entirely separate from the base, which houses the heating disc, and is dishwasher safe, cleanup is a snap.

Note that some users have complained that the non-stick pitcher doesn’t clean up as easily as stainless steel, so a minor deduction for that, but it’s certainly not difficult to clean.

This particular electric milk frother and the steamer is the ideal choice for power drinkers, as the pitcher will hold up to 8 ounces of frothed milk (nearly double the capacity of the Epica, mentioned elsewhere in this review), or twelve ounces of steamed.

It does have one fairly glaring shortcoming, though. There are only three temperature settings:

  • Cold
  • Warm
  • Hot

While the hot setting is certainly acceptable, true coffee aficionados will chafe at the inability to control the temperature more precisely than this. At the time this review was written, it could be found on sale for $48.31, making it an attractive option that won’t set you back a ton of money.


The Best Value Priced Electric Milk Warmer 2021

Philippe Taglioni Automatic Electric Milk Frother Jug

At sixty dollars, this is the lowest priced option in our finalists' list. It gets even better, though, as, at the time this review was written, it can be had for just $34.91 on sale. At that price, it’s pretty hard to resist!

Like most of the other electric milk heater and frothers on our short list, this unit is stainless steel. The heating element is contained in the base, which the carafe can be detached from for pouring and cleaning, which makes it easy.

It’s also got a high capacity, capable of serving up 8 ounces of frothed milk, which will appeal to the power drinkers. Bear in mind though that since this is a budget priced electric milk warmer for coffee, it does have some limitations. Chiefly, there’s no temperature control. You push a button for heat, or don’t depress the button for cold.

Apparently, this makes it incredibly easy to use. But in this case, it could be argued that the company took ease of use a little too far, as people who are serious about their coffee typically want at least a bit more control.

If you’re looking for an electric milk frother and heater that allows you to control the temperature precisely, then this one is a non-starter for you. On the other hand, that’s its only limitation, so if you’re looking for a durable, high-quality budget option, then this one is sure to make you smile.


Final Thoughts on Best Electric Milk Frother Reviews

Over the course of this piece, we’ve looked at five short electric milk frother reviews in a quest to find the very best one. In our opinion, the Breville is the overall best in the roundup, but we have to give two honorable mentions.

First, to the Secura electric milk frother, which, at its current sale price offers the best all-around mix of price and performance. Second, to the Philippe Taglioni, which offers surprisingly robust performance for the least expensive option on our short list (as measured by current sale price).

We understand that not everyone will agree, so we’ve taken pains to make sure that our reviews of the top contenders painted a clear and complete picture so you could find the perfect electric milk warmer and frother for you.

Any of these machines will serve you well. What it ultimately comes down to is which specific features are most important to you. Also, what your budget will bear, though in this case, even the most expensive of the options we cover won’t break the bank.


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Best Electric Milk Frother, Steamer and Warmer Reviews was last modified: December 17th, 2020 by Consumer Files