If you’re looking for a milk frother without having to get a full-on espresso machine there are thankfully some great options available in Australia. I’ve tested out a bunch of milk frothers that can be used to froth milk for coffee drinks, hot chocolates and other beverages. These are the best options available in Australia:
The Best Milk Frothers
Breville The Milk Cafe Frother
The Breville The Milk Cafe Frother uses gentle induction heating to progressively heat milk and create a dense milk froth. Unlike many other milk frothers, this Breville frother has variable temperature control so you can create a drink that matches your heat preference.
What I love most about the Breville Frother is the jug is dishwasher safe. This makes clean so much easier as you can just put the entire job into the dishwasher.
In terms of actual milk froth, I’ve found the Breville Milk Cafe to produce a better foam than many cheaper home espresso machines! The Breville Frother has a ~700ml capacity which is enough to make a few drinks at once.
Overall I think this is the best milk frother currently available in Australia. It’s a bit more expensive than other options but the variable temperature control, quality foam and high capacity makes it my top pick.
Lavazza MilkEasy Milk Frother
The Lavazza MilkEasy is a cheap milk frother that does a great job. The Lavazza MilkEasy competes with the more expensive Nespresso Aeroccino. The maximum amount of milk it can froth is 120ml but it can also be used to just heat 180ml of milk.
The Lavazza doesn’t have any temperature controls. You can froth cold milk or heat/froth milk to the set temperature. The capacity means it’s best for just one coffee. If you’re looking to make multiple coffees in the morning the Breville is probably the better option.
The unit is also not dishwasher safe. It can be a little tricky to clean out and I recommend using a soft brush.
Nespresso Aeroccino 4
Nespresso popularised milk frothers with their Aeroccino. The Aeroccino 4 is the latest iteration. There is no real difference between the foam this model creates. The only real difference is the addition of a handle which makes pouring milk a little easier. It can be used for both hot and cold drinks and can froth a maximum of 120ml of milk. It’s enough to make one drink at a time. There are two magnetic attachments to change the amount of foam.
The frother is apparently dishwasher safe but Nespresso recommends not placing directly over the dishwasher pin so as not to damage the non-stick coating.
The best place to get the Aeroccino is at the Nespresso store.
Bodum Manual Milk Frother
The Bodum Milk Frother is a manual milk frother that requires no power. You will need to heat the milk first (if you’re making hot drinks) and the milk frother jug can go in the microwave which I found to be super convenient.
The foam is closer to soap suds and not really micro-foam. I know some people do like this!
The entire setup is dishwasher safe which makes it really easy to clean and because it doesn’t heat milk I find that there is no chance for milk residue to build up like some other milk frothers.
If you’re looking for a cheap, sustainable alternative to automatic milk frothers, this is your best bet. Bodum tend to make pretty high quality coffee products.
I’ve never found handheld milk frothers to work that well, but the Subminimal NanoFoamer milk frother uses a different type of whisk to create micro foam.
This is one of the cheapest milk frothers available, but it still does a great job at creating foam. You will need to heat the milk first as there is no heating function. I just use the microwave to do this. The end result was pretty good foam.
If you’re after a cheap option for creating micro foam at home, this is a good choice. If you’re looking for a way to froth milk while camping or caravanning this is also a great option as it’s powered by an AA battery.
Other Milk Frothers Available in Australia
Sunbeam Milk Frother
Sunbeam sells a cheap milk frother. It’s an ok choice but the build quality is nowhere near that of the Breville frothers. I would pay a little more and get the better quality device. Breville sells a cheaper milk frother which is similar to the Sunbeam and a great alternative.
Smeg Milk Frother
The Smeg milk frother looks amazing but doesn’t have the same feature set as the Breville Milk Cafe. I would buy the Breville over The Smeg unless you’ve got other Smeg appliances and want them to match.
Cheap Wand Frothers
You can get really cheap wand milk frothers for around $10 online. I’ve never found these to be that good and the one I had only last a little while before burning out.