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I bought one of these for £1 from ikea the week after I went back to ikea to buy another incase they stopped making them.
This is the best £1 I have spent
It is idea to make a froffy coffee to impress your visitors
Easy to clean.
The batteries last a long time.
I bought mine roughly 10 months ago and it is still going well. I have only had to change the batteries once Aswel.
I am very impressed with this and my visitors are very impressed with there coffee.
Also a classy utensil as it's silver (chrome) so goes with most kitchens.
I am impressed that is hasn't gone rusty.
I would defiantly say this is a must have for the kitchen.
It only takes about 10 seconds Aswel to change my miky coffee to a froffy milky coffee. Then why not add some chocolate dust on top.
I have also used this to whisk some cream as my hand blender had broke so I used this and still to this day I haven't been out to buy a new hand blender as this is excellent for what I use it for.
Now that I am only 5 minutes away from an IKEA store I go there to get ideas for my flat as well as buying furniture. I was there a few months ago looking at double bed bases and the slats that go in them to replace my king size bed which is too big and about 10 years old.
I saw a few that I liked but didn't buy one yet as I am going to wait until I move where it's a bit easier to put a king size bed outside.
Anyway, while I was looking I saw a thing that froths the milk like in a cappuccino / expresso but at a fraction of the cost and it is portable.
If you can't easily get to an IKEA you can buy one online for about £1.8 plus postage.
It is grey with a big handle that is comfortable to hold, and also houses the 2xAA batteries that it requires. The whisk is very small and is at the end of the wire attached to the handle, the whisk is specially designed to be that small as this generates the froth.
It is very quick and easy to use , I used to have an expresso machine with a milk frother attached and it would get all gunged up but I loved the frothy coffee it made, so this is a great alternative to buying a new machine which I do not really need as I only have the occasional fresh coffee made in a cafeteria.
With this frother you just put the milk in a mug or bowl, a bowl gives more air to it, and froth it for a minute or so, you can heat the milk first in the microwave to get the same effect as the proper coffee machine has then pout on the frothy milk.
Once you have seen how easy it is , it is a bit addictive and you tend to do it with every coffee and also try other drinks. Also you can put cinnamon or chocolate shavings on top for a real treat.
Of course people forget that you can do this even cheaper and use a whisk like you do when you make scambled egg ! This occured to me when I whisked up some milk in the bowl before I had got the eggs out as I already had the milk out, and thought I could have poured that on my coffee !
This whisker is easy and fun to use though.
=Ikea Product Milk Frother=
The IKEA milk frother, is a handy gadget to have to make cappuccinos' and lattes at home without having a steam function for milk on a coffee machine.
=Price and Availability=
This is an IKEA own brand product, I received mine as part of a present so do not know the cost of it.
=What is it=
The frother has a stainless steel handle and this is where you put the batteries, and this also has the on/off switch on it. From this out comes a long stick of wire, with a mini circular whisk at the bottom.
Warm some milk up, I usually warm mine in a cup in the microwave till it is just off boiling point, when the milk is ready, I put the whisk part of the frother into the milk switch on and this then vibrates and froths the milk up. It takes about 20 seconds to froth up half a cup of milk. If you were doing a couple of cups worth of milk then I would say use a plastic or a Pyrex jug to allow enough space for expansion.
The unit takes 2 x AA batteries, I have had mine since Christmas and it gets used about 3 times a week and the batteries are still working perfectly.
I just insert the whisk element into soapy water and give it a clean with a cloth from there.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend, they certainly jazz up a normal cup of coffee.
This milk frother is an ideal tool for making foamy cappaccinos and lattes at home without having to own a coffee machine with a milk steamer.
===What is it?===
The milk frother consists of a stainless steel handle area which contains the batteries and has the on/off switch buit into the side. A long wire with a circular whisk sticks out the end of the handle which is placed into a glass of milk. When turned on by slding the swithc to the on position, the whisk whizzes around to froth milk up before adding to coffee.
The frother is extremely easy to use. Simple to turn on and off and easy to hold due to the ergonomic shape of the handle. It doesn't 'whizz' fast enought to spray milk everywhere, but fast enough to make a cup of foamy milk in around 15-20 seconds.
For best results I tend to heat the milk in a glass in my microwave before frothing and then hold the whisk near to the surface of the milk in order to get lots of air into it. Heating the milk also means you can add lots of milk to make milky coffee without serving up iced coffee.
The frother could easily be used to froth up a milkshake or glass of milk for kids.
I do find that it needs a thorough clean after use as if any milk is left around the shaft of the whisk, it dries and causes the whisk to stick a bit. This stops it rotating and makes it useless as a whisk. I have found a dip in hot water will remove any residue if you do have any problems.
The milk frother uses 2 AA batteries, which are likley to cost more than the actual frother. I don't use the frother much but the batteries have lasted 6 months without needing replacement.
Costing just a pound from Ikea, you can't really go wrong and as I said above, 2 AA batteries to power it will normally cost more than that.
A great little item that is invaluable when I can;t be bothered to heat up the espresso machine.
Ikea Produkt Milk Frother.
Since moving in together and discovering we were lacking in many of the essentials as well as many non-essentials, my partner and I have made countless trips to our local IKEA. One of the non-essential items we purchased back in May 2012 was the Ikea Produkt Milk Frother.
The Ikea Produkt Milk Frother is basically like a small battery powered whisk, it is made from a silvery-grey plastic, it has a black lid for the battery compartment and a black switch on the front for switching it on and off. There is a small metal whisk attached to the handle which will rotate when switched on and produce lovely frothie milkshakes and hot chocolate as well as maybe milk for other recipes. Personally I only use this for milkshakes. When I was younger I remember having an Aerolatte Milk frother which made amazing milkshakes and could also be used to froth the top of hot chocolates so when I saw this little gadget sitting in Ikea I decided to buy it and enjoy some nice frothie milkshakes throughout the summer. We bought this milk frother at IKEA in Krakow, but I have checked on the IKEA website and it is available in the UK for only £1! Sounds like a bargain? Well, that depends really...
The Ikea Produkt Milk Frother is easy to use. First you will need to find 2 AA sized batteries and insert them into the handle area. This is easy to do as the top simply flips open and there is a space for the batteries, the batteries fit in really easily, but take care as it isn't exactly clear which way up they should go. Once the batteries are in you simply need to clip the lid back into place and you're ready to go. Clipping the lid into place is pretty easy and I had no problems here. On the front of the frother you will see a small black power switch, I would recommend a quick flick of this switch just to ensure it works before you put it into your drink but make sure you turn it off while the frother is entering the drink otherwise you will end up with milk splattered all over the kitchen!
The idea of the milk frother is great because it allows you to mix the milkshake at the same time as making it frothie, which in my opinion is fantastic as I can't stand milkshakes with lumpy bits of powder floating around. To begin mixing and frothing you will need to insert the switched off Frother into your glass or cup, then you simply need to switch it on and the whisk part will begin turning and mixing. The first few times I used this frother I thought it was great and enjoyed carefully moving the whisk up and down to mix and then froth my drink as I got closer to the surface and then enjoying a lovely frothie and usually chocolate flavoured milkshake, however after only a few uses the batteries I had put in began to die, I thought this was quite bad as I had used some rechargeable batteries which I usually used in my Wii remotes so they should have lasted well. I was also using powdered milkshake mix so it isn't as if I was putting get strain on the product like I would have been with using ice cream for example. Either way it was time to change the batteries...
Changing the batteries was a complete nightmare as the design of the battery compartment is basically rubbish! There is a slight lip at the top and the way the lid rests on top of one of the batteries means that you only have access to one battery and it is fiddly! The lid means that no matter how much you fiddle with it, it is virtually impossible to get your fingers in and remove the battery and the lip on the compartment prevents you from simply turning it upside down and shaking them out. In the end I resorted to brutality and risked breaking the frother in order to get my batteries back! So, to removed the batteries I pulled the plastic lid off and ended up sticking a knife down one side of the unit while using a combination of my fingers and tweezers to remove the batteries, not really an easy task but eventually it worked. Unfortunately this marked the end of use for my frother and it has since sat in the cupboard unused as I cannot be bothered with the fiasco of the batteries. The lid clipped back into place easily though and the device is still useable if I wanted to.
Cleaning the frother is very easy, I always found the best way was to simply switch it on while dipping the end under the tap or in a bowl of water, obviously be careful of splashing water everywhere when you do this! Any bits which are stuck can be removed with a sponge or cloth, but just remember not to submerge the battery compartment in the water as it is not waterproof!
Looks & Quality
Looks wise the frother is reasonably nice and I do like the silver and black look, however the quality of the frother is not so good as it feels very cheap and the plastic feels like it would break easily. When I needed to remove the lid it simply clipped off with only a bit of force and twisting, something I'm sure a child could manage if left alone with the frother for only a few moments. The battery compartment itself needs improving as not only do the batteries get stuck and the lid comes off easily but it is also not watertight, I realise I may be asking a lot from a product which only costs £1 but how many times do we accidentally drop things while cleaning? and what is to stop a child from cleaning this themselves and accidentally dropping it into the water? I'm not sure of the effect batteries have in water but personally I wouldn't want to stick my hand in there to retrieve it!
The Ikea Produkt Milk Frother is priced at just £1, not bad for what it is, but I would still expect a product which doesn't need to be pulled apart for its first battery change!
Would I Recommend?
Even with its low price of just £1 I wouldn't recommend this frother, I would say to spend a bit more and buy a better quality one which will last longer. Due to how easy it is to pull apart I wouldn't even recommend it for a kids gadget. If you need something to entertain for a one off party then maybe yes this will suit you but for long term use I wouldn't recommend.
2 out of 5 stars from me, it does as its supposed to but has a poor design and is made badly.
Thanks for reading :)
I love my little milk frother that I bought at Ikea for a bargain £1. I have had ones before that cost me nearly £10 and to be perfectly honest I fail to see much difference between those and this.
The frother is pretty basic in that it is just a gadget for whipping up milk to make a lovely froth for coffees turning them in to Cappuccinos but it manages to do this one job really well.
Instead of using brute force to whisk the milk this little frother is electric and uses two AA batteries to work. You just need to flip the switch and away it goes. Make sure and put your milk in a large enough jug or otherwise you will end up with milk everywhere but other than that there isn't anything complicated to worry about as it is so simple to use.
This will froth both skimmed, semi and full milk but for the perfect froth I have found that lukewarm full fat milk works the best and this also just feels a little bit more luxurious than skimmed milk. The milk definitely froths better and takes less time when it is lukewarm than when it is ice cold. It only takes around about 20 seconds or so to get a great froth for your coffee and there hasn't been a time yet when the froth hasn't been nice and thick. Once you have frothed the milk you can just pour it on top of your coffee to make a cheap and tasty cappuccino.
My kids also like to use this when making homemade milkshakes to give them that more authentic look and feel and it does help to thicken the milkshakes slightly.
The frother is simple to clean and a quick rinse under the tap of the frother end (obviously keeping the battery compartment dry) is all it takes to keep it clean and ready for its next use.
For the money this frother really cannot be beat. I have had it for ages now and it still gets used often and is still in perfect working order with no faults. It is a little bit of luxury for absolutely no money and highly recommended.
I purchased this milk frother in Ikea last year for the grand old price of £1, as I quite like frothy milk in my hot chocolate.
This milk frother has a silver coloured plastic base, a thin piece of metal extends from this which holds the whisk like top on the end. It has a black plastic on/off switch which you simply flick to power the frother. The milk frother is lightweight and easy to grip in your hand. This milk frother is powered by battery and requires 2 AA batteries which are stored in the base. The milk frother is handy because it is cordless and doesn't require plugging in like many other kitchen utensils.
To use the milk frother you simply hold it into your milk - hot or cold - and switch it on. Within about 15-20 seconds the milk is sufficiently frothed, and the longer you hold the product in the milk, the more frothy it becomes. I normally use the milk frother on hot milk. With this I have created lovely frothy hot chocolate and cappucinos. I also have used this to create a frothy milkshake for my nephew using cold milk and can confidently say that the frother works equally well on hot and cold milk. Making drinks with frothy milk never fails to impress when I have guests round and definitely gives drinks a more of a "coffee shop", high quality feel.
The milk frother is easy to clean - I simply swirl the end around in hot soapy water. I am always cautious that I do not get the base wet as this is where the batteries are stored and if I get any splashes of milk on the base I just give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth.
One complaint I would have is that it is only really good for frothing small amounts of milk at a time - ie one glass or cup. If you try to do any more than this at a time, it simply takes ages. This is a little bit of a problem if you are trying to make fancy coffee for 3-4 people as you are trying to keep the milk hot while frothing.
All in all I think this is a really great product and for the price of £1, anyone who likes fancy coffees should definitely invest in one. Thanks for reading/rating.
I bought this milk frother when I went through something of a phase of loving frothy milk and milkshakes and things like that. Unfortunately it doesn't get used a whole lot nowadays as I have developed an allergy to milk, and frothy soya milk just isn't the same, as I'm sure some of you can appreciate.
Given that it only cost me, I believe, 80p or so about 4 years ago though, I'm not really too bothered that it doesn't get a lot of use any more. I believe it's not gone up a bit to around the £1 mark. It's still very affordable at that price though, and well worth it if you like frothy milkshake or milk on its own. I'm sure it could also be used to froth milk in coffee as well, now I think about it, but I don't drink coffee so I've never tried this.
The look of the milk frother is fairly simple - it's just a silver coloured plastic base/handle/whatever you call it, with a black on and off switch not dissimilar to what you could expect to find on a torch. The frother itself is made of a thin, yet strong, whisk-type metal that extends from the plastic handle down to the frother itself, as well as on the actual frother. It's really simple in design, and doesn't take up much room as it's only about 20cm long in total - ideal to reach the bottom of glasses, but not so long it hangs out of the drawer!
One thing I did find was that it did seem to eat batteries (2 AA batteries is what it takes to power it). I didn't mind this too much if I only used it occasionally, but when it's being used a lot I thought this was a bit annoying, although I must admit I do tend to use cheap batteries, so that may explain it. One thing that I did think was good about this though was the fact that because it didn't have a cord there was no chance of either the cord getting stuck and knocking the drink over, or the milk (or other liquids, seeing as it was in a kitchen) spilling onto the cord that could cause a problem, so I think even if it eats batteries, this is probably the safest option anyway.
When it comes to using this, all you have to do really is turn it on and away it froths! I'd recommend making sure it's already in the milk before you turn it on though, and that it remains in the milk while you use it, otherwise it does tend to create something of a splashback of milk that tends to go everywhere. It does make the milk frothy though, and it also mixes things like milkshake reasonably well into the milk too, if you feel like doing that instead.
All in all, I'd say that this is a useful addition to your kitchen if you like milkshakes or frothy milk. It doesn't take a lot of getting used to, being quite simple to use, and it gets the job done in no time.
I never seem to find much I want to buy in Ikea yet I do go quite a few times a year as we live within 30 minutes of a branch and I often go with friends and family. This is a review of the Ikea Produkt Milk Frother we have had for a few years now. I thought the idea of it was brilliant, to jazz up your coffees and hot chocolates at home.
What is it?
A battery operated whisk to make your milk frothy in drinks. It adds loads of little air bubbles when you whizz it in the milk for about 20 seconds.
I tend to warm up milk first before using this as I like my coffee hot. The bubbles soon disappear though so you have to use it up quickly. Once you have used it you need to wash and dry it immediately to stop it getting caked up and spoiled with milk. Be careful when doing this to not get the battery end wet or you might end up with a dead frother!
After a few uses it went back in the drawer, never to emerge again! I don't think I even used it enough to run the battery out but when we had a clear out it had gone a bit rusty (probably been in the drawer for five years!) so it got chucked in the bin.
This was only £1 at Ikea and one of those purchases I made as I had travelled a fair distance to the shop and wanted to make sure I left having bought something!
I liked the novelty aspect of the Ikea Produkt Milk Frother but as with many gadgets, this soon wore off. To be honest I think it was more laziness on my part that I couldn't be bothered to use it when making instant coffee and after a while it got buried at the back of the drawer and I forgot it was there. Once it got rusty, it was binned and I definitely didn't use it enough to justify a repurchase. I have been to other people's houses and been served a coffee using this tool and enjoyed the drink so I can't be too negative about it as I think many will enjoy using it.
Whilst I admit mine did not get much use after the initial buzz, I do like the idea of them and don't think they are a bad gadget to have in the kitchen, it's a lot easier than trying to froth milk by hand and a lot cheaper than having a flashy coffee machine in your kitchen that froths milk. If you want to save money and treat yourself without spending a fortune in coffee houses, then this might just be the gadget for you. At this price it's worth a try and if it does end up not being used then it is not the end of the world. I think these make a nice gift to coffee or hot chocolate lovers and would make an ideal addition to a gift hamper. They look like they cost more than a pound at any rate!
I recently went into a store and these frothers were £10! So when I spend only £1 on the frothier at IKEA I was pretty happy knowing that I had purchased such a bargain previously. I would never spend £10 on one now I have bought one for a £1 and it works really well.
I bought this milk frothier mainly for my partner more than anything because he tends to froth his milk when he is having lattes. This requires 2x AA batteries so it obviously costs a little more than the £1 but I guess if you purchased rechargeable batteries the cost would end up been very little.
It takes very little time at all to make the milk froth I would say around 15-20 seconds and really froths the milk well. I always froth the milk when it is hot because we use it for lattes so I must admit I have no idea what it is like frothing cold milk I guess it will do it's trick the same way. People always comment on how lovely my coffees are and I'm sure its down to this frother because it does make the coffee look and taste more like a coffee from a proper coffee shop because of the foamy frothy milk this frother creates.
How to use
Put the frother into the cup with the drink in before you turn it on because trust me it will go everywere if not. Then you simply have to turn the switch on and froth the drink until you feel like the drink is frothed to your standard. Once again switch the frother off before removing it from the cup as like I said before it will go everywhere if not. I guess its logic really, something I'm sure you'd already know to do!
How to clean
I clean the frother in hot water with some fairy just like I normally do the washing up. It is simple to wash as you only need to curl the frother twirl bit not the actual bit you hold because obviously there is batteries in there.
Overall, this frother is great and does exactly what I need it to do, it really froithes up the milk when I am having milky coffee based drinks and is so simple to use all you have to do is turn it on and let the frother froth!
If you enjoy your posh coffees then this is the little gadget for you! So I find the best way to use this is to heat up the milk in a pan, and instead of stirring with a spoon just stick the metal part with the mini whisk on the end into the milk, and moving it in circles hold down the on switch.
If you hold the whisking part near to the top of the milk you will end up with a cappucino and loads of froth, if you have the whisk nearer the bottom of the pan then you will get a latte and the milk will get a lot thicker.
The whisk moves pretty fast but as its only battery run you dont get as good a result as if you were using a coffee machine steam heater.
It needs two AA batteries but they last for ages as you only use it for maximum of a minute each time.
The metal part does not rust, just make sure you clean it properly to avoid getting stale milk left on there. Also do not wash the battery pack as its not waterproof on that section!
The whisk section does not detach from the body so ensure your careful when dipping the whisk in the milk.
The on switch has to be held on for it to work, and the instant you release it the whisk will stop turning. The battery slot just slides open easily, no screws to undo.
I have had this for around 3 years and paid a few pounds in Ikea. I love my gadgets and this one I use most days. You can also use it when making hot chocolate or if you need to whip some cream in small amounts. It will not compare to a big whisk for cooking but for small amounts it works fine.
My husband loves his homemade coffees and we spend a stupid amount on coffee beans each month. When I bought him his current coffee machine, we didn't ever really use the milk frother arm on the side of the machine, but recently he has a thing about frothy milk whenever we go to the local coffee shop, so when we tried to use the arm on the coffee machine and discovered it didn't work we were suitably disappointed! I had read reviews about this product and heard good things about it, so we made a trip to the local Ikea (we needed other bits too) to buy one.
At £1, the value of this milk frother cannot be disputed, especially when it works! Taking two double AA batteries, this will probably cost more than the product does, as batteries seem to have really gone up over the last few years, but still the price cannot be scoffed at, and it is understandable that the product doesn't come with any.
We use the frother to froth hot milk before going into a cappuccino or a coffee, but it can also be used for cold milk too. It froths easily and only takes around 15 - 20 seconds to create really bubbly frothy milk. People always commented on our homemade coffees anyway, but now people have started making these weird noises while drinking them! The texture of the milk obviously heightens the experience somehow!
For the price, don't get expecting a high end product, but it seems well made and we haven't ever had any problems with it. I would say that you need to be careful what item you will be frothing the milk in. We had one of those stainless steel milk jugs which is perfect but a faff if you want to heat milk as this item isn't ideal and then it means you are going to have to wash up loads of items just so you can have frothy milk. I have started using a Pyrex jug which is perfect for the frother and won't damage the jug either. Don't make the mistake I once did of turning the frother on and then putting it in the milk, it went absolutely everywhere. Simply put the frother in and then turn it on, use the same process for turning it off too and make sure this is done when the gadget is still in the milk. The frothing starts immediately and for some strange reason I find it quite satisfying to watch!
One thing I will say about the milk frother is not to leave it sat in a sink unwashed. It's easy to do, we don't have a dishwasher and I don't wash up after each item I use (I already wash up around 4 times a day anyway and refuse to do it anymore!), but if the milk dries on the frother, it does get quite difficult to remove and requires that extra bit of washing, it's so much easier to just give it a rinse as soon as you have finished with it. If you do have a dishwasher, then you will be pleased to know it is also dishwasher safe.
For an extra tip, when you have frothed your milk, hold the froth with a spoon as you pour the milk into your drink and then pour the froth to sit on top of your drink. We stole this idea from watching the baristas in the local coffee shop, but it just makes using it feel more authentic and all adds to the perfect coffee!
Other similar products will set you back about £10. Don't bother, buy this.
I have been buying the ikea produkt milk frother for a very long time. It is cheap , doesn't take up much room and does the job. The last time I had to go to Ikea and buy another new frother , was because it had started to slow down and wasn't working efficiently. It didn't appear to be the batteries so the easiest thing to do was to go and buy a new one. It is used daily in my house. I pop the milk in the microwave to heat and then use the frother for 15-20 seconds. It is all you need , why buy anything else ? The body is slim enough to tuck away in the drawer, as long as you use good quality batteries it lasts for a long time. As the frother doesn't cost very much I buy a spare (to take camping). I think that when you weigh up the cost of these milk frothers, with having to maybe buy another one after, perhaps a year...! then it's a no brainer for me. I think they are excellent value for money
WHAT IS IT?
A small portable device for frothing milk for coffee and hot chocolate. It is an Ikea frother that I bought to replace my Aerolatte milk frother after that was broken. It only cost £1 and I have had it for four months.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
It comes with batteries so all you have to do is switch it on. It isn't very fast but if you let it run for a minute it speeds up. The frother spins smoothly but the switch feels loose and cheaply made.
WHAT I THINK
I used to use my Aerolatte frother every day because it was effective but I rarely use this one. It does not froth milk thickly enough for my coffee so I use straight semi skimmed milk instead. I have to hold it in the milk too long and it's not worth the trouble because the froth is very thin and only the top portion of milk froths at all.
I use it mostly for hot chocolate because it froths the drink to a strong smooth froth. This is only a thin layer but when drinking hot chocolate I keep the frother with me to keep doing it again and again while I am drinking.
It cuts out sometimes if you use it for too long but if you leave it for a minute it will work again, or sometimes you can shake it to activate it again. The batteries don't last very long even when it is not used and is left in the drawer for a few weeks.
The spinning circle at the end has lost its new shine and looks like it's starting to get rusty or tarnished now so I don't like putting it in my drinks because it doesn't look clean. I won't buy another one of these but will purchase another Aerolatte next time because it's much more effective as a frother and nicer to use.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
This is hands down the best £1 that I've ever spent, well I guess I should say the best £2 that I've ever spent as I dropped the first one and broke it, and so I took another trip to Ikea and promptly bought another one!
I bought this Produkt Milk Frother from Ikea on a bit of a whim really, I was browsing the kitchen isles looking at the random stuff on offer, and spotted this little milk frother at the bargain price of just £1. I popped it in my trolley and figured that if it didn't work well it was only £1, and if it did work then I'd have got myself a bargain. It's definitely the latter!
This does take batteries so this does up the price from just £1, but we had batteries in the house anyway so they didn't cost me any extra. It takes 2 x AA batteries.
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 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 them 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 inset the twirly end into your hot milk, with the milk frother turned off, and then just flip the little plastic switch on 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.
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.
Now as I mentioned at the start of the review I dropped my first one, and then promptly went and bought another. These are obviously not very substantial as they are just £1. I dropped mine literally from the cutlery drawer to the floor, so say about 2 feet, and it shattered into a million pieces. OK granted it fell onto a tiled floor, but it wasn't dropped from a great height, and I was really surprised by how insubstantial it was. But I guess that they are only £1, so what did I expect!
For just £1 though I cannot fault this at all, it's quick and easy to use, it creates lots of scrummy milk froth, and it's easy to keep clean. Even if you end up breaking this and buying another one like I did, well it's not the end of the world as it's just another £1. I honestly can't gush about this enough and praise it enough for just £1, try one and see, you'll thank me. I'd give this a million stars if I could!