Product Type: Ikea electrical appliances
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Ikea Produkt Milk Frother
Member Name: writeallnight
Ikea Produkt Milk Frother
Advantages: Cheap, does the job well!
Disadvantages: Eats batteries - although it is also a good thing that it has no cord
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.
Summary: Good product