“ Brand: Fackelmann / Type: Milk Frother „
Fackelmann is a German company I believe, and so not surprisingly it's also very popular in Austria. I've just spent a week in Austria visiting friends and I've come back with a huge stash of little Fackelmann gadgets. The only one of the items that seems to be on Dooyoo is this little Fackelmann milk frother. I best get suggesting the other gadgets that I bought! I paid just Euro3 for this little milk frother in Austria, I've had a quick look on Amazon and they are available for around £4 on there.
This little milk frother does take batteries, 2 x AA batteries, which are not included.
This little milk frother is suitable for frothing (frothing - is that even a word!) both hot and cold milk, although I have to say that it does work much better with hot milk, it creates much more milk froth or foam with hot milk. Maybe this is the nature of hot milk, and maybe hot milk will always froth up more than cold milk? I'm not sure. Anyway it's easy to use and it takes only 20 seconds or so to create nice foamy frothy milk for my cappuccino or latte.
All I do with hot milk is heat my milk in the microwave in a little plastic jug first, then once it's nice and hot get to work with this nifty little gadget. It's important to stress here that you should only switch the little milk frother on once you have inserted the little twirly end of the milk frother into the milk, if you switch it on first and then insert it into the milk whilst it's twirling then your milk will go everywhere once the twirling bit hits the milk, it's like taking a milk shower! I learnt this the hard way! So insert the twirly end into your hot milk, with the milk frother turned off, and then just flip the little plastic switch on the side and the end will start to twirl and your milk will start to foam up and froth. I find that about 20 seconds creates the perfect amount of froth for my latte or cappuccino. Again I feel that it's important to stress here that you need to turn the little milk frother off whilst it's still inserted into the jug of milk, otherwise if you try and take it out of the jug of milk whilst it's still twirling - yep, you've guessed it, milk shower again! I always pour the milk out of the jug and hold the froth back with a spoon, like they do in coffee shops, and then I just spoon all the lovely foamy froth on to the top of my drink. This creates very stable milk froth and I find that it lasts to the end of my drink, it doesn't 'melt' and disappear.
With cold milk I find that I need to twirl for about 30 seconds, and even then I don't get as much milk froth as I would with hot milk, it's pointless keeping going for any longer than about 30 seconds as this doesn't seem to create any more froth. I've just accepted that cold milk doesn't seem to froth as much as hot milk.
I only drink skimmed milk in coffee, or very occasionally semi-skimmed milk, and I find that this creates perfect milk froth with both types of milk. I've also used this on whole milk as my mum will only take whole milk in her coffee and it works perfectly on whole milk too. I would say that the fuller fat the milk the more milk froth you get, if I make my mum a cappuccino or a latte then hers with full fat milk always has more milk froth than mine with skimmed milk. I do get a perfectly adequate amount of milk froth with skimmed milk or semi-skimmed milk though.
This is easy to clean, it can't go in the dishwasher, and obviously you can't immerse the body of this in water as it contains the batteries, however all I need to do to keep this clean is just insert the twirly bit in some soapy water as if it was a jug of milk and then switch it on and the twirling action will clean the little wire parts in the soapy water. I then switch it back off and take it out of the soapy water, give it a shake and then leave it to air dry.
I'd definitely recommend this little milk frother; it's cheap, it's easy to use, it works well, and it's easy to clean.
I'm not normally one for gadgets whereas if I gave my husband the green light, he would purchase whatever he could lay his hands on; the majority of which would no doubt be used once or twice and then dumped in a drawer never again to see the light of day! A gadget that captured my attention some time ago was a milk frother, but as I was being a bit of a skinflint I was not prepared to pay the £10 asking price. However, after carrying out a little online research I discovered the almost identical product at Argos for just £4.99 where it is manufactured by Fackelmann and this review discusses my experience with using.
The milk frother was presented on a plain looking rigid piece of recyclable cardboard where it was adequately protected with transparent plastic packaging. Whilst removing products from their mountain of packaging can often be a tedious task, the frother was easily removed by sliding the length of cardboard from beneath the plastic.
The frother is considerably lightweight and offers measurements of 20 cm in length and 3½ cm in width at its widest part and is manufactured from sturdy plastic, which offers a fairly appealing shiny silver finish. It operates at 2 volts by way of two AA batteries, but unfortunately, these are not included with the frother. I struggled a little in my attempt to insert the batteries, as the underside of the base section offers a small piece of black plastic, which needs to be slid open to reveal the battery compartment. I found the plastic difficult to move, as it was quite stiff, so I resorted to asking my husband for assistance.
The frother section has been manufactured from a durable length of stainless steel, which measures almost 10 cm in length, so it is of a good design to almost reach to the base of a mug or glass. The end of the length of steel sports the small frothing mechanism, which has been created from a circular shaped length of wire that has been threaded through smaller circular sections of wire, similar to that of the links found on a necklace.
The handle of the frother is comfortable and easy to hold with the on/off switch being displayed on the upper section. Whilst the switch is easy to flick on and off, it is often a case of applying a little pressure when attempting to switch on, as the connections give the impression of a rather poor quality. As a result, it takes several attempts for the frother to whirr into action, but I cannot speak of any issues once it is in operation. I returned to Argos to request an exchange, as I was of the opinion that the problem was specific to my frother, but it is evident that it is due to the design, as I experienced the identical issues with my replacement.
The frother is moderately quiet when in operation where it swiftly and effectively whisks drinks within a matter of seconds and subsequently produces a lavish looking froth. My main reason for purchase was because I was finding that the powder in my hot chocolate and milk shakes wouldn't fully disperse and as a consequence, I was leaving a spoon in my drink and stirring it prior to each mouth full, which was a real nuisance and I ran the risk of stabbing my eye in the process! The frother efficiently whisks all of the powder into the drink and in the process, delivers a lighter texture especially with those drinks made entirely from milk. Since I purchased the frother my husband has conveniently decided to start drinking coffee again and it gets the thumbs up from him too - boys and their toys!
There are no accompanying directions on how to use or care for the frother, so in relation to cleaning, I simply place the wire section into the washing up bowl and flick the on switch, which effectively removes any food waste. Any splashes located on the outer casing are easily wiped away with the aid of a damp cloth.
I have owned the milk frother for a good few months and as of yet it hasn't shown any signs of wear and tear or developed any faults. I would advise that it is guaranteed for one year against manufacturing defects and cannot be recyclable when it eventually gives up the ghost, which will no doubt occur within a day of the guarantee expiry date! As the frother is used for only a few seconds on each occasion I have yet to replace the batteries.
I suppose I couldn't expect top quality with a £4.99 purchase, particularly when other brands are charging around £10. However, the product name is very misleading, as I had expected the entire frother to be made of stainless steel including the outer casing. As a result, I feel a three star rating is appropriate, as whilst the frother is serving its purpose well and meeting my needs, I felt it appropriate to remove one due to the issue with the on/off switch and another due to the awkward to open and close battery compartment.
If you are interested in making a purchase, the catalogue number is 905/9289.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.