Why people love it
  • Creates a perfect foam
  • Easy to use
  • Holds up well under frequent use

It’s a lot smaller than you may think, and some users just never find any love for it.


If you’re not after an appliance that lives on your countertop, this is the one you want. No really. You can find cheaper versions (as found on this list), but you won’t easily find anything sturdier. Sorry.

Even though this is a small appliance that you’ll tuck into a drawer, you still have a choice of black or red handles. We can appreciate that. And, if you want to pay a little more, you can get a package set that includes those cute little stencils used for shaking cocoa over the foam.

The motor on this is solid and you get a serious 19,000 RPMs, so you know this works quickly whether you use it on cold milk for cappuccinos or hot milk for lattes. You should expect a cup worth of frothy milk in about 30 seconds. And, yet, it’s still remarkably silent. It requires two AA batteries, but the casing is solid and holds the batteries in place well, while still being able to get them in and out without any hassle.

Now, you can’t stick this in the dishwasher as the handle just isn’t built for that. But, you can just run it in a small cup (or a sinkful) of hot, soapy water. That’s not bad, especially since this isn’t going to rust on you.

Of course, we’re prepared to lament the 3-month guarantee because these types of mini appliances tend to wear out just after that time if they’re not going to last for years. Luckily, this seems to be one of the gadgets that does, in fact, stand the test of time.

Operation: Handheld

Powered by: 2x AA batteries

Duration: It takes about 15 to 20 seconds for a mug full of creamy froth. That’s quite amazing when you think about it.

Capacity: Really, you can’t put a capacity to handheld milk frothers. If you have a giant mug, you can fill it about half way (maybe a little less), but the same goes for a small mug. That’s the way it goes.

Material: Stainless steel with a plastic casing on the handle.

Cleaning: Whizz this baby in a cup or mug full of hot water and a drop of soap. Rinse, dry, and pack away.

Cost: This is actually quite expensive for a handheld milk frother. The MSRP is around $45, but it will cost you a little more than $20 on Amazon. Against the automatic frothers, that’s not bad. But for handhelds, it’s the top of the line.

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