Milk Frothers & Steamers

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Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of these devices is to froth milk that can be added to various coffees like lattes and cappucinos. A frother introduces air into the milk, creating a thick, flavourful milk foam. See our guide How To Froth for more information on the purpose of a milk frother.

The best milk frother is:
– A hand-held or electric milk frother
– Used with a milk frothing pitcher also called a milk jug
– Depends on where you’re using it, at home or in a cafe
– Suitable for your coffee needs and budget

Read our How To Froth Milk guide for a product comparison and recommendations on the best milk frother.

Like your other kitchen appliances, and especially coffee machines, milk frothers need to be cleaned regularly.

Here’s how to clean a milk frother:

  1. Clean your frother with milk frother cleaner.
  2. Mix 50ml of cleaner with 1L of water.
  3. Insert the milk frother’s suction tube into the solution.
  4. Run the solution through the milk frother.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 with clean water to clean your milk frother.

Here’s how to froth milk with a milk frother at home:

  1. Fill 1/3 of a container with warm milk. Use cold milk for cold drinks.
  2. Insert the milk frother’s whisking head at an angle into the milk.
  3. Froth the milk for 20 seconds, slowly stirring the milk froth’s head around the milk.
  4. Switch off the unit before removing it from the milk.

See our How To Froth Milk guide for more details.

Yes, you can froth cold milk with a hand-held milk frother or an electric milk frother. Milk frothed in a milk frother should be either cold and fresh milk from the fridge or warm milk. Do not use milk at room temperature. View our How To Froth Milk guide for full instructions on frothing cold milk.

The kind of milk you use in a milk frother can be whole milk, skimmed milk or low-fat milk. Other options that can be frothed in a milk frother are almond and soy milk. Low-fat and skimmed milk is easier to foam as it creates the largest foam bubbles. The result is light and frothy but whole milk will give you the creamiest flavour.

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