Isn’t it cool to enjoy a nice cup of coffee before you set off for work or when you finally find the time to relax after a busy day? The creamy topping on top just makes your drink even more delicious. You know you need a milk frother at home so that you can make your own drink whenever you want. Choosing the right appliance to use is not simple, though, with quite a number of factors to consider.


Before we go into details about these factors, it is useful to have a quick look at main types of milk frothers. Basically, your choice will be one of the following: handheld, hand pump, electric or steam frother.


  •  Handheld wand frother: This is the least expensive type of frother available, using a wand to froth a limited amount of milk at a time. You need to heat up milk first before frothing. This type of frother is usually battery-powered.
  • Hand pump frother: This relatively inexpensive type of frother comes with a plunger and a stainless steel jug. Like the handheld wand frother, it does not have large capacity. With it, you have to use some force to pump the milk for your desired froth.
  • Electric milk frother: It is electricity-powered, automatic and can make a large quantity of froth. In general, it is quite reasonably priced.
  •  Steam frother: it is often incorporated into an espresso machine in the form of a steam wand. The machine is quite large and expensive; however, it can produce froth efficiently.


Now it is time we check out factors for consideration: 

1. Budget

You can always get a milk frother that fits your budget, whether you intend to spend just a few dollar only or you are willing to pocket several hundred to several thousand dollar. The handheld and hand pump types are simple and therefore are inexpensive. Electric and espresso machine cost you more but offer you additional benefits. Overall, an electric milk frother can be the best option: it is in the middle price range and has necessary features to make delicious froth.

 2. Manual, battery-powered or electricity-powered?

 Using the manual frother means you have to rely on any other sources of power except for your own strength. It can be burdensome when you have to make a lot of coffee cups at one time. On the other hand, if you run out of batteries or there is a blackout, you can’t use your handheld or electric frother. One solution is using rechargeable batteries: you don’t have to worry about battery issue anymore.

3. Froth quality


If you are not picky about frothed milk quality, either the handheld or hand pump frother is enough. These types can produce quite good or decent froth; however if you need to make a number of coffee cups at one time, you should think about the consistency in froth quality: since froth is created through hand control, one cup may have better froth over another.


On the other hand, you can enjoy your drink with excellent froth by using the electric and steam frothers. The texture and thickness of froth from these appliances are superior to those from handheld and hand pump types.

4. Convenience 

Handheld and hand pump frothers have simple designs; therefore cleaning these two types is very easy. The more complicated design of electric and steam frother mean it takes more time to make sure they are clean completely; however you can avoid cleaning up by choosing a dishwasher-safe appliance.


With regard to usage, you can easily use the handheld, hand pump or electric frother. The exception here is the espresso machine: you may need a crash course or take time studying the detailed instruction manual before proceeding.


As for storage, it is clear that the handheld wand and hand pump frothers are very space-saving. They are also very lightweight and ideal to be brought along on your trips. An electric frother is not big but it still takes up some space in your kitchen and the espresso machine is quite bulky even in its compact form; therefore they are not as portable as the other two types.


5. Capacity and usage frequency 

How often do you drink coffee at home? Do you mainly make a cup or two at a time or you often treat your groups of friend at home?


Due to limited capacity of the handheld or hand pump frother, you can’t serve a large quantity of froth at once. If you don’t mind standing for long at one place to make froth, either one of these two appliances is fine.


With an electric or steam frother, you can quickly make nice drinks for your friends; you should consider such type of milk frother for frequent usage and large serving capacity.


6. Additional features

Since the handheld and hamp pump frothers can help you heat up milk, you need to put milk in the oven or microwave before frothing. Electric and steam frothers save you the trouble of doing so: they heat up then froth the milk in a couple of minutes – you only have to set up the time and temperature. Also, take note that these two advanced types can make more than just frothed milk.

We hope that by now, you have a clearer idea of what milk frother you want to purchase. Happy shopping !