Milk frother

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A battery powered milk frother wand
Plunger type milk frother
Use of a milk frother

A milk frother is a utensil for making milk froth, typically to be added to coffee (cappucino, latte, etc.).[1] It aerates the milk, creating a thick and heavy foam. The tiny bubbles, which are formed during this process, make the milk texture lighter and increase its volume. There are three major types of milk frother: manual, handheld electric, and automatic.[2] Some devices can warm the milk while making froth.[3]

A different way of making milk froth is to use the steam nozzle or wand on an espresso machine; this also heats the milk, and is the usual professional way of making cappuccino.[1]



A manual frother consists of a perforated mesh plunger in a cylinder, similar to a French press, which is moved up and down by hand.[1] It takes 10-20 seconds to double the volume of milk. The cup may have a narrow spout for making foam art. They can also be used as French presses for making tea or coffee.[4]

Handheld Electric[edit]

A battery-powered milk frother wand is a small electric mixer.[5] It froths the milk by spinning its attachment. It can also beat eggs or whipping cream in small quantities. When the device is turned on, the whisk creates a vortex and injects air into the liquid. The foam maker is operated until the milk reaches the desired consistency. The handheld devices are supposed to do the frothing faster and better than manual tools.[citation needed]


Automatic frothers run on electricity and provide a hands-free operation. They include a carafe, a power base, and a frothing disk. Most models are equipped with induction heating to warm the liquid.[3] They operate with a press of a button and switch off automatically. Electric frothers are fast and provide high-quality foam. They have a large capacity to prepare multiple beverages.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "What Is a Milk Frother and How Does It Work | MilkFrotherTop". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  3. ^ a b "What is a Milk Frother? (with pictures)". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ January 11, Erica on; 2017 (2017-01-11). "8 Ways to Froth Milk". The Pioneer Woman. Retrieved 2019-02-27.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "How to use a Milk Frother". Retrieved 2018-11-26.