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I like drinking coffee, cappuccinos and other such caffeine addicts joys, but u tend to struggle sometime when it comes to finding the time to pop into the coffee house nearest where I work. This left me with a problem that I knew could be solved by two methods, the first being leave the stack of files in the in tray and head off the Starbucks for a good frothy coffee, which would result in me paying over the odds for a hot cup. Or make my own, without the need to go out and buy one of those stupid machine that sound like they're about to exploded as the steam pressure builds up. I chose the latter, especially when I came across this lovely little device that helps in frothing that milk in order to get a nice imitation cappuccino.
It is just short of 220mm in height, with the handle being about 95mm. The whisk itself is made of stainless steal and is designed to not rust up, which mine has not, yet.
It runs on two AA batteries that are slotted into the handle from the top, clicking the top guard back in place so that the terminals on the battery are connected
The leaflet that came with it recommends frothing in burst of 15 – 20 seconds, which I tried and found that the leaflet was telling the truth as after about 20 Mississippi's the coffee was a froth coffee and looked like something you'd pay £3.55 for in CostaStarBucks.
To use it all you have to do is pop the two batteries into the handle, then place the thin shaft of the device into the cup of 'what-ever' and give the whisk some power. This then spins and shakes in the liquid and create the froth.
It's not got a massive amount of power, not as much power as a food blender, but it has enough power to whisk up a bit of milk.
Cleaning it is as easy was putting the whisk end into some clean, soapy water, then press the power on and let it whisk in the water for a few seconds. This should clear all the excess coffee, milk, or what ever you have been whisking. You can even just run it under a running tap. Just don't drop the battery section into water as this will cause some damage.
This electric whisk can be found for about £10, roughly, which is great value for money if you enjoy frothing your stuff.
About five years ago I purchased a milk frother from Ikea for a about couple of quid, as I wanted to have frothy hot drinks like Starbucks and Costa. However the excitement was short lived as the product ended up being a useless piece of junk. I tried it a number of times to froth my hot milky drinks but with no result, it just managed to splash a bit of milk and make a bit of a mess but that was about it. Therefore off I went to search for a replacement milk frother that would actually work!
== Price ==
After a recommendation from a friend I decided to buy the Aerolatte Milk Frother from Amazon website which cost me £8.64, which I think is quite a good price as I have seen similar ones online costing £12 plus.
== Design ==
The one I purchased has a black coloured finish on the handle part of the frother, and the metal frother coil itself is sliver coloured. There is a long thin silver metal bit that connects the handle to the coil. The frothing device is only 22cm long which is great as it means it doesn't take up much room in the kitchen drawers and very travel friendly.
The hard black handle is where the batteries are stored and uses 2 AA batteries. The ones I purchased came with batteries included which I was a nice suprise, as it meant I could test it straight away without having to waste time looking for some spare batteries.
The frother came with a plastic holder which sits in nice and comfortably when not in use, I however tend to store it in the kitchen drawers but only use the case when out camping or travelling.
== Put to the Test ==
This frother can work on both cold or warm milk drinks, but I find it works best on warmer milky drinks. To use the frother you simply place it into the milky drink and press the on switch which is located near the handle. When the device is switched on the coil end will start rotating in a fast motion causing the milk to form a nice thick forth that clouds the surface of the drink.
I use semi-skimmed milk and found that the end result is the same as using full fat milk, but it does take slightly longer to froth up compared to using it on full fat milk. I have never used it on fully skimmed milk, but I would imagine it would work but take a lot longer to froth up and maybe it would not turn out s thick.
I personally was very happy with the results, it took only a few seconds to turn ordinary milky drinks into a nice attractive frothy drink. It was so simple and easy to do with a simple click of a button it does all the work for you.
Just to be safe though I would like to suggest being a bit more gentle when using it on very hot drinks as it can splash a few drops outside the cup. Although it does cause a little bit milk to splash out of the cup, it is not huge amounts therefore it's not something to worry about.
I was very with the amount of froth it produced, however it is not quite to the standards of Costa or Starbucks it still manages to produce impressive amounts. For £8 you can't really go wrong to be honest, and the device is so small and easy and light weight that it makes the whole process cheaper than popping into Starbucks for a very expensive (and in my opinion highly overpriced) cups of coffee, cappuccino or hot chocolate drinks.
== Washing Up ==
It couldn't be easier to clean, I just rinse it in some hot water and use a sponge to lightly clean the stainless steel frother. I don't usually need to wash it with any force, as simple soft scrub with a sponge usually does the job and leaves the stainless steel looking nice and shiny.
== Conclusion ==
Would I recommend this Aerolatte Milk Frother? Simply Yes I would, it is very lightweight, does the job well and is reasonably priced as well.
Therefore I would rate this product a high 5/5.
I would have looked at one of these in a shop and thought they were a good idea. In fact when I discovered it among the pile of birthday presents, I couldn't help but think the present was partly a joke. It just seemed like a ridiculous idea and didn't look like it was going to make any different to my coffee at all. All it was was some curled up wire attached to a circle on a stick. How would that improve my coffee at all?
Back then, when I was given the presents, I was just getting into coffee. I had discovered café Nero and starbucks and had my first taste of mochas and Americanos. My friend had obviously picked up on this and thought making my coffee at home a little more interesting. Now I regret giggling when I saw it. She didn't buy me it as a joke and now that I have tried it, I'd probably buy it for someone else too.
It's very simple to use. Once the milk goes in, just swirl this around and the coffee eventually froths up. It works surprisingly quickly and very well which I wasn't expecting at all. I though it would only leave a small layer but it worked just as well as one from a major coffee shop.
After my mum discovered it, she then bought one herself from one of the local shops for £15. This one was much fancier however, so this will probably cost a tad less. It does come with a stand which prevents getting coffee everywhere.
I have owned a Aerolatte Milk Frother since Christmas when a friend bought me one because they are aware of my love of coffee and hot chocolate and how I always ask for extra froth when I go to Starbucks. I don't know how much my friend paid for the Aerolatte Milk Frother gadget, but I note it is currently on Amazon (Amazon.co.uk) for £8.89, which I think is a good price for a gadget like this and it is a price that I would be willing to pay.
There are different varieties of Aerolatte Milk Frother that are available. The one I have is the Aerolatte Black Milk Frother - and by looking at them I think they are all the same in terms of function it is just the look that is different. I do probably like the chrome one the most out of all of the frothers, but the black one is fine also. It looks quite sleep and stylish as it is has a black motor with a grey Aerolatte instruction on the handle motor. It comes with a little case for me to store it in, although I think its a bit odd that this case doesn't match the barrel of the black of my Aerolatte Milk Frother.
Using the Aerolatte Black Milk Frother is simple and works well. It is powered by two AA batteries and these batteries are stored in the handle - and I have not yet had to replace these batteries and so they last absolutely ages. Using it simply involves placing the frother stem into the drink and then turning it on. It does only froth and it doesn't put heat through it as some of the frothers available do. It does tend to make the liquid splash up, which as it can obviously be hot, it can burn. In addition to this, sometimes the milk can end up in the battery compartment and then it's a matter of having to thoroughly clean the whole device. What I tend to do is to just put the frother in when there is only half of the liquid in the mug and then I froth and then top it up with the rest of the non-frothed liquid - and this tends to work really well.
Overall, I do think this is a good product and it is something that I will continue to use on a regular basis.
I am a huge fan of milkshakes! I must have at least 3 a day. The one thing that used to bug me about milkshakes was if you stirred them, you would still be left with some powder at the bottom. (Im talking about the make yourself ones such as nesquick). I was shopping and I saw this, I asked the lady in the shop if it would be any good for mixing milshakes, and she said yes. Im not sure how much I paid for it but I believe it was around the £10 region. I was chuffed to bits with it. I will now go into a little more detail on the product and explain my experiences with it.
It is a silver colour, with an area that you hold that also contains the batteries. The end is circular and slightly serated so that when you turn it off it froths and mixes. It has the words Aerolatte down the side. They are very easy to use and set up, you literally put the frother into the drink and it will do its magic. Im not a fan of coffee or other things this can be used for, I only used it to mix up my milkshake solution. I had this for 2 years untill it stopped working. It is excellent at the job I used it for. It is also incredibly easy to clean and didnt take me long everytime to rinse. I loved it!
I used it nearly everyday without fail for roughly two years. In its last month of life it became annoyingly slow and sometimes wouldnt even turn on. You had to hit it rather violently to turn on. I changed the batteries and even my girlfriends dad who is an electrician couldn't fix it for me! I haven't replaced it yet and have gone back to the conventional way of mixing my strawberry milkshakes! I think this product has a certain life span and then it will inevitably die on you.
It is rather easy to break and isnt made to a very high standard, but it does a great job and works a treat. It looks nice and isn't too expensive. its fairly easy to use and is helpful! I am going to give this a 4 star review,it would get full marks but it has stoppped working which is annoying! Thanks for reading my review. Hope it helped:)
Three years ago, I went to my uncle's house and my aunt-in-law served me this really delicious and frothy hot chocolate. It was one of the best hot chocolate I've had and I thought for sure she used some kind of expensive machine to make this. Turns out, the magic product is the aerolatte milk frother. Safe to say that I wanted one as soon as possible, but my parents weren't that taken in by the froths as me. So, I went ahead and bought my own frother from online, and needless to say that it definitely is a good buy.
I bought the special Mooo edition of this product called Aerolatte 20 Mooo Milk Frother, and it also comes with a case. I bought it online, as it is cheaper, and paid around £10.00 for this product. It was sold to me by one of the 3rd party seller at amazon.co.uk. The Aerolatte Mooo milk frother is exactly like the product shown in the picture except that the handle has black spots on a white background that mimics the skin of cow. I love novelty products and this Mooo milk frother certainly is very cute and very me. The case is white and it is useful when you're on a trip but don't want to miss the daily froth in your beverages like me.
The milk frother works on two AA batteries, which are included when I ordered the product. They lasted me for roughly six months even with frequent usage. The milk frother itself is very easy to use. The handle is very ergonomic and easy to hold. It has a button to switch it on and off.
I use the milk froth for most of my beverages. I put froths in my coffee, hot chocolate and milkshakes; although I drink coffee and hot chocolate mostly. From my experience, I find it easier to make froths with full fat milk but I personally find full fat milk too creamy to put in coffee or in my hot chocolate. So, I mostly use semi-skimmed milk for froths. It doesn't keep the bubbliness for long but if the forths go flat, I just make it again. I don't usually warm my milk and just froth it straight from the fridge, and it seems to work for me.
One thing to make sure that the milk forther is fully submerged in the milk before turing it on to prevent painting the kitchen walls with milk. It only happened to me once, but that's because I accidentally pressed the switch.
As for the durability of the product, I've had this for more than two years now and, except for a streak of paint missing from the handle, it works as new. It is pretty easy to clean, but the tip of the frother can be a bit tricky if the milk is allowed to dry. So, always make sure to soak the forther after use.
Overall, I love the novelty design and how easy this product makes froths. It's no Starbucks, but it's pretty close. It saves me a lot of money and it's fun to use. It's a nice product to have in my kitchen.
Thank you for reading. :) x
We have had a couple of these in our house as long as I can remember I used them as a kid to make my milkshakes all bubbly and I still occasionally use it today. This is a very simple to use kitchen gadget that runs on two triple A batteries and is a very basic, tiny hand whisk. The body of this is actually made of plastic with a light metallic like covering, this is a comfortable devise to use as it sits nicely into my hand and rests on the palm of my hand and then wrap my fingers around it. There is only one button and it works to both power on and power off the device. The switch is a black plastic sliding style switch. When holding the device I find it's best to use my thumb to slide it forward to make it turn on and backwards to turn it off.
The main use for this kitchen gadget is to froth up warm milk to put on top of your coffee. I just warm some milk in the microwave for a few seconds then I place the whisk head of the frother down in to the milk before I turn it on. This is for obvious reasons, just like if you were going to whisk some egg whites using a full size electric whisk, you would never turn on the whisks and then try push them into the egg whites as most if not all of the contents of the bowl would end up on you and the Walls. You of course would place the whisk in first then turn them on, and the very same rules apply here with this tiny version as the end result would be quite similar.
Once I have the head of the frother at the end of the cup of hot milk I push the button. Once pushed the little whisk head spins frantically creating a tornado effect in the cup, like the way water in the bath looks as it goes down the drain. I then move the head of the whisk around at the bottom of the cup and slowly bring it up half way. You should never bring it right up or even close to the surface as it WILL splash everywhere. Doing this simple up and down motion quickly makes the milk begin to froth and in no time at all I have the perfect topping to pour on top of my coffee. I like to use low fat milk in my drinks but low fat milk will not hold the bubbles for anywhere near as long as full fat milk. So this is what I do, I make my coffee as normal and add some low fat milk into it to cool it down and also for taste and then make the froth for the top out of full fat milk. The amount of milk used to make the froth is tiny so, so are the calories. Half a mug of milk would make enough froth to top a few mugs of coffee.
This can not be put in the dishwasher and the long needle and whisk head are permanently attached to the base unit. The only way of cleaning it is to turn it on under hot soapy water just like you would with the milk. It cleans up very easily and air drys in no time at all. The body can be rubbed clean with a damp cloth, simple.
This is a very easy to use, easy to master, kitchen gadget that gives excellent results in very little time.
When I was a young teenager my favourite place to meet friends was a coffee house run by an Italian family in the village where I lived. The attraction was the 'frothy coffee' and the joke was that I couldn't ever say it properly! The tall glass mugs of creamy coffee were absolutely delicious, the deep toppings of foam and fluff made them all the more special.
My husband and I gave up coffee a long time ago but do enjoy drinking hot chocolate every so often, especially during the winter months. It occurred to me at one time when reminiscing about the frothy coffee of my village coffee house, we could 'froth' our hot chocolate. I searched carefully online for a frother and chose the stainless steel Aerolatte frother with stand.
~ Description ~
The frother is 22cm long with a circular whisk fitted to a rod at one end and a 4cm wide slightly brushed stainless steel handle at the other. The handle is tapered so it feels very comfortable to hold with the black slider control button positioned exactly where my thumb naturally rests. I was initially concerned the thin rod and whisk may be vulnerable towards being easily bent or broken, so was pleased to find this section is really quite strong, the whole device in fact feeling sturdy and well made. At the top of the handle there is a slide opening for two AA batteries and these were supplied.
The brushed finish stainless steel stand, at 6.5cm wide and 17cm high was less useful than I had hoped because although the frother rests neatly between two curled corners, the stand slants at such an angle it takes up a considerably large amount of space on a shelf or surface for such a small gadget ( approximately 13cm in depth). So my clever clogs husband cut away the base, drilled two holes in the stand panel and fixed it up onto the wall. This now is an extremely handy way to store this little device.
~ Use and Efficiency ~
On pushing forwards the black slider button the whisk rotates at fast speed. We found the best way to go about producing a no mess mug of frothy hot chocolate was to mix the milky drink to two thirds full in a mug, then submerge the frother and turn it on for 10 to 20 seconds. The volume of drink obviously increases with the added extra air so then it is a simple matter of topping up with further milk. I love the result of using the Aerolatte frother, a silky hot chocolate drink is created with plenty of luxurious soft foam at the top.
Straight away after use we quickly rinse the frother under warm or hot water, pat it dry with a tea towel and place back onto the stand. On one occasion my husband dropped it and the steel rod was left slightly bent. This then proved awkward when using it the next time, the inbalance of the whisk made for a very messy chocolate frothing experience. It wasn't difficult though to gently and firmly straighten the rod. So although the steel rod and whisk are made to be as sturdy as possible, care does need to be taken. We have owned this Aerolatte frother for two years and apart from this occasion we have not had any problems with it at all, it has performed consistently well and remained in good condition.
In terms of battery use I would say it is a little hungry. As an example, for two people we use the frother 3 or 4 times a week and need to replace the batteries approximately every four weeks. I have found the frother has come in handy for more than just frothing our hot chocolate, I'll use it for children's milkshakes, coffee for guests and also for creaming salad dressings. It is quick and easy to use with very effective results.
The stainless steel Aerolatte frother is currently available at Amazon for £18.83 with stand, £13.06 without. In my opinion this is a great little device and one I would recommend.
(and I still can't say 'frothy coffee' without getting tongue tied)
Thanks for reading this review :)
© Lunaria 2012
I was given this Aerolatte milk frother from my sister about a year ago when she had a clear out of some kitchen items that she never used any more. I gave my sister a few items in return so the swap was quite good really as we both got some things we wanted and cleared up some space in the process - which we then promptly filled with the things we got from one another I'm sure!
The main reason my sister gave it to me is because she never gets time to use it and then hand wash it afterwards preferring to just toss everything in to her dishwasher and get one of the children to earn their pocket money by unloading it.
This milk frother had batteries in it when she gave it to me and they were probably the ones that came with this milk frother when it was brand new. I have used this frother about 20 or 30 times now and the batteries are still going strong so that seems to be quite good. There is a battery cover at the end that comes off and allows you to place the batteries inside. This seems to be quite watertight and I haven't had any problems with it yet.
This milk frother is very simple to use. There is a thick button on the side that slides up and down to turn it on and off. The button is incredibly easy to move up and down so that presents no problems. Once turned on there is a long thin metal stick with the frother on the end, the frother spins around very fast and the metal loop like bits will whisk up the milk to give a fantastic froth. This works very hard and quickly and is done in less than a minute.
I always use either semi skimmed milk or full fat milk to get the best frothiness for my drinks. I also put the frother down in the bottom of the jug I am using to ensure that there are minimal splashes. I have found that if the frother is turned on before it is at the bottom of the jug that milk will splash everywhere and it is quite amazing just how far it can travel!
Full fat milk is what I have found to be the best for frothing but I also use semi skimmed milk if this is all that I have in the house. A small amount of milk is needed to product a large amount of froth so I do not worry about this too much in terms of fat or calories. Plus the frothy milk tastes absolutely beautiful so I just indulge from time to time and think sod it!
This must be hand washed only and when I need to clean mine I simply turn it on under warm running water and this then spins around and clears off all of the froth and leaves it sparkly in no time. I then leave this to try before storing it in my small gadget drawer.
This is very simple to use and it makes absolutely delicious frothy milk for yummy coffees. It is small, convenient and easy to clean and store away. I have been very pleased with mine and would firmly recommend it. I believe you can pick this up in a couple of finishes for around £10.00 on Amazon.co.uk.
Apparently I'm quite an awkward person to buy for (I don't think so, but it's what others tell me), so when it comes to Birthdays and Christmas, I do get some interesting and different gadgets. This one came from a good friend of mine who knows I rather like gadgets.
What you get is a device which basically looks a bit like an oddly shaped hand whisk. It has a long very skinny spindle with a miniature whisk head on the one end, and the handle which is also the motor and battery pack at the other.
To use it, you very simply place the Aerolatte frother down into the bottom of the mug or jug of warmed milk, and turn it on by pressing the button on the side. Bob it up and down a bit within the milk making sure you don't lift it out of the liquid or you'll get splashed, and after a few seconds you have frothy milk.
Ok all sounds nice and simple doesn't it - well to be perfectly honest it is. The device is dead easy to use, and works pretty well as long as you follow the instructions and use full fat milk. If you use semi skimmed it takes a bit longer to get that lovely frothiness to occur and of course if you like to be healthy and use skimmed milk you could be stood there for quite a while, and don't expect the froth you get to be anything like as light or bubbly.
Power - as this is battery powered and you can use rechargeable batteries in it without any problem, it's pretty environmentally friendly to use and quite economical too. Replacing the batteries is simple - the cover on the handle comes off, pop in 2 AA batteries and pop the cover back on.
I'm not really a coffee drinker, so other than doing this for after dinner coffees when we've had folk over for a meal, I don't really use this as it's intended much. A more preferred use in our household tends to be when my young niece comes over and we make frothy milkshake with it! If you do this, I would say do yourself a favour, and don't fill the mug/glass too full of milk before you begin. If you do then it does tend to get a little messy (specially with a two and a half year old helping!). With my niece, I normally use just a half a cup of milk, then let her put her hand on the handle and then I pop mine over the top and do the button pressing and guide the device in the milk - this way we get less splashes and she still feels she's helping too (she also gets to help flavour the milk and taste test it of course!)
Cleaning this is simple too - just hold the head down into the washing up water, turn it on (without letting the battery pack bit get wet obviously), and it sort of cleans itself to be honest. Drying does need to be left to nature as it wouldn't really be possible to get a cloth in there to dry the whisk part properly, but air drying is better anyway lol so that's ok.
Once it is dry I just pop it back in its own little case that came with it, and back in the cupboard - so easy really.
Overall, a neat little gadget that can make after dinner coffee a little more special, and helps with good fun in making frothy milkshake with a small child too. Priced at a quite affordable £6.75 on the amazon website I think it's quite a fun gadget to own or to gift to someone.
I got one of these for free nearly ten years ago by collecting the labels off jars of Maxwell house instant coffee. In fact i got four of them as well as three silver frames and three digital organisers. I was a teenager at the time and my family were drinking quite a lot of coffee.
And here I am now FAR more handsome than I was then reviewing it ten years later. It still works by the way. The Aerolatte name is faded quite a bit but the product itself still works just as well as it did the first day it arrived in the post. It's a very simple little thing intended to be used to froth up hot milk in order to be placed on top of the coffee of your choice. It came with a simple, little, one page leaflet of instructions and suggestions. It requires 2 AA batteries that were included at the time, I don't know if they still are with the recession and all that. The batteries are inserted into the body of the whisk by removing the black plastic cover from the base. It has only one, chunky, black button that slides up to turn the whisks on and you guessed it, slides down to turn them off.
There is a long, thin needle like spindle that you can't remove to wash (more about that later) and on the end of that spindle you will find the little whisk head, it's very small and resembles a mini Brillo pad with it's intertwined metal strands. This spins frantically when turned on and creates a cyclone within the cup or mug.
They recommend warming full fat milk in the microwave for thirty seconds then place the airolate head down to the bottom of the mug and then turn it on. If you turn it on before placing it in to the mug the liquid will splash absolutely everywhere once it makes contact with it. This will also happen if you lift the whisk head too near the surface of the liquid. Once the whisk is at the bottom of the mug and I've switched it on, I then lift it slowly up and down, only coming half way up the mug. With in a second or two the cyclone appears and the milk begins to froth.
The reason they suggest using full fat milk is that it froths much quicker and holds it's froth for much longer. Low fat milk does froth up but looses its froth quite quickly. I don't mind using full fat milk as I can make my coffee on low fat and the froth on top only makes up around a desert spoonful of milk, so nothing really worth worrying about and the results are so much better. The Aerolatte can also be used for childed drinks and works on cream too but it has to be very little cream in the bottom of a cup in order for it to thicken up quickly.
The batteries last quite a long time as each use only takes a few seconds. The fact that the whisk is permanently attached to the unit means the only way to clean it is by placing the whisk head in to soapy water and Turing it on. This takes no time at all and works like a dream. The body of the airolata is of a chrome effect covered plastic but wipes clean very easily.
It's as simple as can be this handy little battery powered whisk. It works well and has outlived lots of other gadgets and gizmo's that have come and gone over the last ten years.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
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If you really enjoy a nice cup of frothy coffee but don't want to have to pay high street prices at expensive coffee shops, then I suggest that you invest in an Aerolatte. For just a couple of quid you can get really excellent frothy coffee every time and make instant coffeee look just as good as the sort you would pay a fortune for in a coffee shop.
We have not had this little gadget for very long, but we have had it long enough no to say how very pleased we are with it. Me and my other half both really do enjoy our coffees and she gets me to make it for her as she says I make it the best (!). You need two AA batteries inserted for this thing to work but even though we use it fairly regularly, you will find that the batteries do last a long time. The batteries are long lasting as we can speak from personal experience as we use this on just about a daily basis.
Simply pour the milk into a cup, insert the little whisk and THEN press the ON button and the whisk will vibrate very fast until it gradually froths up all the milk in your cup. It's barely nticeable, noise-wise and not loud when in motion.
You then simply pour the froth onto your coffee and add some chocolate flakes if you want to be really posh, and hey presto - you have a great looking and great tasting cup of frothy cofee for a tiny fraction of the price you would pay in a coffee shop in town.
It is really easy to clean - just run it under warm water and leave it to dry. Wash it straight away though in order to prevent the milk from drying otherwise it can be harder towash off.
Great gadget and really recommended.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
I love posh coffee and generally buy a nice one when I am out but this has been costing me a lot of money so I decided to find a way to make a nice coffee at home. I was recommended the Aerolatte and I am glad I was, what a cool little tool that frothes your milk to perfection.
An aerolatte is a steam free milk frother that adds that perfect finishing touch to your cup of coffee. It's basically a tall stick with a whisk at the bottom. It's an extremely simple little tool but one that works amazingly well. I had used coffee makers before that have a milk steamer attached but once you pour the milk into your coffee it tends to go a bit flat but with this tool you get a really nice fluffy, tall mug of froth which I love.
The aerolatte is extremely easy to use. You basically firstly have to heat up the milk you are going to use. THis for me is the only annoying part as it would be so much easier to use milk straight out of the fridge but if you just heat the milk in the microwave for about 1 minute I find this gets it to the right temperature. Then you place the aerolatte in the milk and whisk. It starts to whisk up fairly instantly and it's fun to watch it go from a flat liquid to a foamy one. When it starts to thicken I tend to move the stick and whisk up a bit to ensure I am whisking up all of the milk possible. Then, it's done. Pour it onto your made coffee and you have a instant posh coffee. This works so much better than those packets of instant latte you can buy that promise to give you a foam just by mixing it up with your spoon.
The aerolatte is easy to clean. Generally as soon as I have used it I plunge it into some hot soapy water in the sink and give it a whisk again as this gets rid of all the coffee on the stick. I don't submerse the power pack as this is where the battery is and it's not good for it to get wet.
I bought mine from John Lewis and got the moo version which has a cute black and white cow print design on it just for fun. It cost me £12.
I FOUND THAT AEROLATTE DID THE JOB WONDERFULLY, IT STARTED TO WOBBLE SO I PUT IN NEW BATTERIES. THN IT STOPPED WORKING. I TRIED TO CONTACT MFG., AND NEVER RECEIVED A REPLY. BE WARNED
A couple of years ago I had a Baileys gift set that had a Baileys branded milk frother in it, to cut a long story short it was a load of rubbish and didn't make the milk much frothier than if I had just poured it into my coffee straight from the fridge! It went in the bin after about 3 weeks because it just stopped working.... and it didn't work all that good in the first place!!!
My mate works in Starbucks and she said she'd been trying to recreate their coffee at home, I mean they sell their own branded packs of coffee so in theory you should be able to get a wicked cup at home.... and yeah, sounds brilliant. But I didn't know how I could get the milk thick and frothy without their mega expensive machines. She said she'd been using an Aerolatte Milk Frother and offered to lend it me for a few days to see how I got on with it, I thought it would be as bad as the Baileys one but it was so good that the first time I used it I went onto Amazon and ordered myself one.
The Aerolatte Frother I've got is called the Moo edition, it's exactly the same as the silver one above and does the same thing apart from being printed black and white in a cow pattern...... weirdly for a special edition though it's a fiver cheaper! It cost £9 from Amazon.
You can either use the milk straight out of the fridge or warm it up in the microwave first, it goes frothy quicker if you nuke it for a few seconds though. When you're ready to froth your milk you just stick the frother into the jug and switch it on, the coil on the end will start spinning round fast and that is what turns the milk from liquid to thick froth.
You're never going to get milk as thick and yummy as what you get in Starbucks but I think the end result is wicked for such a small little gadget. It works best with full fat milk because it's thicker to start with, semi skimmed works ok but takes longer..... I don't DO skimmed milk so can't tell you about that but frothy skimmed on the top of my sweet coffee is a bit pointless!
When you've frothed your milk a quick rinse under the hot tap is enough to clean it up, the whole thing is specially sealed though so if you forget and the milk dries up a bit crusty on the end then you can give it a proper wash in hot soapy water. I sometimes use it to froth my hot chocolate up a bit and it's wicked for that but then it does need more than a rinse.
When you use it for hot chocolate you get a delish creamy froth on the top, it works best with hot chocolate that has been made with milk but you can also get a bit of a decent froth with them instant ones that you make up with water.
The Aerolatte works by using 2 normal sized batteries, these come with it and that was a bit of a surprise because with gadgets like this you've normally got to remember to go out and buy batteries!
Recommended...... it'll never be as good as Starbucks but it's deffo better than my old Baileys frother!
Steam free milk frother.