Product Type: Ikea electrical appliances
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Frothie Milkshakes... For a while!
Ikea Produkt Milk Frother
Member Name: loulou22
Ikea Produkt Milk Frother
Advantages: Easy to use. Very cheap.
Disadvantages: Battery compartment. Poorly made.
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 :)
Summary: Not a frothie Ikea Produkt I would recomend!