- Large max volume
- Heavy-duty stainless steel exterior
- Temperature dial gives you the most control of any frother on this list
- Higher-end cost
- Latte foam may not please the pickiest of latte drinkers
There’s little doubt the Breville Milk Cafe BMF600XL is the best milk frother money can buy.
First, it comes with separate whisks for cappuccino and latte frothing:
- Cappuccino Disc: Thick and creamy froth
- Latte Disc: Smooth and luscious froth
And the whisks are easy to swap in and out.
However, super picky latte drinkers may find the foam doesn’t get super smooth. If this sounds like you, a frothing wand on an espresso machine will always be your best bet.
Second, I love the temperature control on this model. No other frother on this list gives you the flexibility to foam milk at any temperature from 120°F to 160°F, and even a little cooler/hotter.
In fact, most other frothers just have a single “push to froth” button and don’t let you control temperature at all!
It’s also worth noting the cold stir setting allows you to froth milk for cold beverages, such as iced cappuccino, or simply stir in syrups or instant drinking powders.
This isn’t exclusive to the Breville BMF600XL, though. Most frothers on this list have a cold froth function.
Add in the larger volume (if that appeals to you) and the sturdy, sleek stainless steel construction (how does this not appeal to you) and, well, you can easily see why this is the best milk frother in our rankings!
- Best combination of convenience and quality
- 4 frothing modes including cold foam
- Nespresso is a highly trusted brand
- Filling to max fill line sometimes causes overflow
- Ugly (in my opinion)
If there’s one company that knows household specialty beverage convenience, it’s Nespresso.
I mean, just look at the array of Nespresso machines.
If you’ve ever looked at purchasing a Nespresso machine, you may have notice they frequently sell bundles with a dedicated frother.
That’s the Aeroccino.
This is the most recent Aeroccino (as of this writing): the Aeroccino4.
It doesn't hold a candle to premium milk frothers like the Breville Milk Cafe BMF600XL, but it's better than the white labeled products you'll find on Amazon from brands you've never heard of.
But the Aeroccino4 does have 4 easy frothing modes:
- Airy cappuccino foam
- Silky latte foam
- Hot milk (not foamed)
- Cold foam
That gives it a wide array of uses from a brand name you can trust.
A downside that may be inconsequential: If I’m being completely honest, I do find the Aeroccino4 to be — how do I put this nicely? — ugly. Whether that matters is up to you. It matters a little to me, but not a ton.
Harking back to Nespresso’s love of convenience, though, it doesn’t get any better than a dedicated button for each type of foam.
I always hate the tedious task of trying to select multiple settings with a single-button system, so on that note Nespresso has done a good job.
- Large max volume
- Comes with 2.5-year warranty
- Froths hot or cold foam
- No temperature control
- No dedicated latte or cappuccino settings
Pretty slick looking, am I right?
But what about functionality? Yup, VAVA has that, too.
Another high-volume frother, though not quite in the Breville Milk Cafe BMF600XL’s class, the VAVA frother can hold up to 10.2 oz of milk for heating purposes or a solid 5.1 oz for frothing.
The VAVA milk frother’s top container detaches from the heating and frothing elements, allowing the well-designed pour spout to let you layer in your frothed milk easily.
Though I prefer the temperature dial on the top-ranked Breville milk frother, the VAVA’s one-touch settings are pretty intuitive:
- Hot Froth: Press the button and wait for it to turn red
- Cold Froth: Press and hold for 2 seconds until the button lights up blue
Performance-wise, there isn’t a ton to dislike about the VAVA milk frother.
Does it have all of the functionality and features of the Breville BMF600XL?
But guess what?
This isn’t marketed as the best-in-class frother. It’s marketed as a quality frother for those looking to avoid the premium price tag.
And in terms of quality (and consistency), the VAVA milk frother delivers.
- Easy to use and very consistent foam
- Great 2-year warranty
- Comes with separate whisks for airy or silky foam
- Slightly smaller max volume than the VAVA milk frother
- Slightly shorter warranty than the VAVA milk frother
- Stainless steel does show fingerprints
Most milk frothers look a lot like this Chef's Star MF-2 and they all do the same thing:
- Froth hot milk
- Froth cold milk
- Use 1 or 2 buttons to do it all
(Really, the Breville Milk Cafe BMF600XL is the exception.)
As we progress down the rankings, generally we start to lose one of two things:
- Max frothing capacity
Enter the Chef’s Star MF-2 milk frother.
Basically, it does everything the VAVA Milk Frother does, but it has a slightly smaller max volume, a slightly shorter warranty, and it doesn’t have the detachable top.
It also has a Teflon-coated interior, which I don’t love.
The Chef’s Star MF-2 does come with two separate whisks, though — one for airy foam and one for silkier foam.
- Total control, if that’s your thing
- Battery powered means no electrical cords
- Handheld frother is less convenient
- Concerns over durability; sometimes starts to wobble
- Could be more powerful
Taking a brief detour from the “push a button, froth some milk” machines, ranked 6th we have the PowerLix Handheld milk frother.
Here’s how it works:
- Heat milk up to your desired temperature
- Insert the PowerLix wand
- Press and hold the power button
- Frother away
- Release the power button when done
It’s definitely more manual than any of the other milk frothers on our list, and for some home baristas the manual way is the preferred way.
The quality of the foam is also very reliant upon the skill of the user.
However, I still gave “Frothed Milk Quality” a B+ because even with the most skilled user, the PowerLix Handheld milk frother seemed to be lacking a little bit of power.
Powered by AA batteries, the convenience of being able to froth away from an electrical outlet is nice.
But after some use, the limited power it did have seemed to fade.
Toss in the 3 month warranty (why so short?) and you get a frother that I suspect you’ll have to replace fairly frequently.
I can hear you groaning over there.
“How can the PowerLix be considered one of the best milk frothers if you have nothing good to say about it?”
- Generally good bang for your buck if you aren’t a frequent frother
- I felt a manual frother had to be on this list
If a manual frother isn’t for you, take a look at one of the other models.