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We wanted to buy a frother that was separate from the Nespresso machine as we'd heard horror stories about the integrated ones going wrong and being hard to fix, and I have to say on that front, we made a good decision. We were however slightly disappointed with this frother considering the money we paid for it (£60).
Although the product looks very stylish and fits the range of Nespresso machines, it's not particularly large. Although this is great because it doesn't use up lots of space and is easily stashed away, it means you can only prepare milk for one drink at a time. If you're treating yourself to a nice coffee, it's quite reasonable to think it might be for an occasion with someone else. A bit like a kettle, the frother slots on to a socket, which is connected to the mains and it also has a power switch on the side of the machine.
To get the machine going, you can select one of two frothers, one is more suited to a cappucino style of froth, and the other to a latte. You can also choose whether or not to heat up the milk, which brings me to my next point... the temperature. Although the milk is well frothed, we just found it to be too cold, even when heating milk before putting it into the frother (although I don't think heating the milk and then putting it in is especially recommended). Once you've put the coffee in it does a bit to raise the temperature, but overall, this was quite disappointing.
Although it's made of non-stick materials, I didn't find it especially easy to rinse out the aerocino, meaning that to do two coffees and avoid a burnt milk incident, you have to wash it properly between uses. It produces a constant hum while it's working its magic, but it isn't offensive, it's just loud enough to let you know it's working! It's also quite fiddly to get the one of two frothers onto the little nub in the bottom of the tub. I would also be very concerned about losing these in the washing process, which is definitely a disadvantage.
On the whole, I think it's a good product and it does froth the milk, it's just definitely not worth the money as you can achieve the same affect with something less expensive and probably get a warm coffee out of it.
We have this Magimix Nespresso milk frother alongside our Nespresso coffee machine, which is a great adjunct to froth up some milk to go with my morning coffee. I think ours came with the Nespresso coffee machine we bought, but it can be purchased separately too. It is ideal for use alongside a Nespresso coffee machine but you could also use it to froth milk excellently alongside any other coffee machine.
The frother has a very modern and sleek design - a silver finish around a mug-shaped container with a nice big black handle. There is a button on the front, which lights up when active. This will froth the milk for roughly 50 seconds. A Nespresso logo lies beneath this. The frother has a clear lid so that you can watch it do its magic. Inside is a non-stick surface with a magnetic nozzle at the bottom - this is where you attach either the latte attachment or cappuccino attachment to get frothing. The jug itself is a bit heavier than it first looks, but still easy to handle. It comes with a plug and station that the jug sits on to provide it with power. It's only small and fits in the kitchen perfectly. In fact it would be better if the frother was a little bit bigger so that you could prepare more than one drink at a time!
*Does it Work?*
The machine works fairly well with a 50 second time limit once the button is pressed. The annoying thing is that there is a refractory delay once it has been used once, so you cannot froth again for another 30 seconds or so. It aims to do two things:
Warm up the milk
You can use either of the two attachments (one is black, one is a silver whisk) to froth milk for either latte or cappuccino respectively. You then fill up a glass with this frothed milk before placing it under the Nespresso machine and adding the coffee. The coffee then pours through perfectly leaving you with the perfect morning coffee. I find the temperature of the milk could be a bit hotter, but combined with the slightly hotter coffee out the machine, it's the perfect temperature to drink straight away. This is ideal for mornings when you may be a bit rushed!
I like to then add a little bit of chocolate powder to my coffee, especially if it's a cappuccino. It tastes delicious in the morning, and the froth really adds a nice authentic texture to the drink.
2. Burning milk
The machine could be a little larger as I say, because you can only froth enough milk for one drink at a time. It has measurements on the inside to indicate how much and the maximum you should be doing too. Secondly, despite the non-stick lining on the inside, milk seems to burn to this after a while. It is difficult to clean so we try to clean it as best we can in-between uses to prevent this build up.
*Price & Availability*
This machine is quite expensive, as is the Nespresso range and coffees! It costs anywhere between £55 and £80 online depending on where you look. This is quite expensive but it is a quality and reliable product, which works well. It certainly froths milk better than using traditional methods. There are newer versions such as the aerocinno 3, which can be bought from Nespresso themselves.
This is a lovely little machine, which adds some delight to my morning coffees. The milk is frothed very well and to a good temperature once combined with some hotter coffee meaning it is readily drinkable. It is slightly pricey, could be a bit bigger and sometimes you can get a build up of burnt milk on the bottom, which is why I cannot give it 5 stars. It has lasted us years though and still works very well, almost silently whilst it is on. I would recommend this to be used in conjunction with a Nespresso or other coffee machine.
I treated myself to the aeroccino to go along with my new Nespresso coffee machine.
This is very expensive when you can just get cheap and cheerful milk frothers in the shops (I don't know how well these would work though). I decided to splash out on this as I wanted it to match my new nespresso coffee machine, I have had a brand new kitchen installed and I'm loving choosing all new gadgets to go in it!
The aeroccino does work really really well and it heats the milk up quickly, and it makes lovely foamy creamy milk froth for your latte or cappuccino. You can even make milk froth for cold milk for an iced latte in this.
The aeroccino also looks really funky and trendy, it certainly impresses friends over for dinner or just for coffee.
I haven't had any problems with it so far, it is easy to use and easy to clean.
If you like Late and cappuccino then you will love the Aeroccino.
Gone are the days then you will have to spend £3 at Starbucks of Nero you can simple whip up your own posh coffee in the comfort of your own home.
How does it work? Simple you just add milk and press the button. The machine heats up the milk and whisks/froths it up at the same time. This takes around 1 minute and can be done whilst you are preparing your coffee, as wired as this sounds I quite like to watch it work it's such as cool gadget, I love it. You then simple add the hot milk and froth to your drink. Job done!
Its design is solid, sleek and stylish and looks great in your kitchen. Everyone who comes to my house always asks 'what's that' and are normally so impressed they end up buying one themselves.
Unlike many of the gadgets I have bought this is very practical and I use it on a daily basis.
The Aeroccino comes with two attachments, one for late (blade design) and one for cappuccino (whisk design). These are magnetic and secure in place. The attachment which is not in use is secured under the glass lid.
The machine is quite and all parts very easy to clean which is important for something which you use on a regular basis.
I bought this as a set with a Nespresso coffee machine and am delighted with is.
Oh did I mention you can also make cold drinks with is (frappe) and if hot chocolates are your thing then this is a must.
Treat yourself, life's short
For three years my mum has been a fan of Nespresso coffee and still continues to order coffee capsules from Nespresso for use in her machines. It started with a Krups machine with a dodgy rubberized panel of buttons that eventually got stuck inside the front panel rendering the model useless until Nespresso replaced it with a Magimix coffee machine with virtually the same design and virtually the same buttons. Regardless of brand, both machines come from the base "Essenza" range of Nespresso machines and sometimes the Aeroccino milk frother jug is sold alongside the machines as a bonus. The milk frother jug has a permanent fitted motor and element so it can't be placed in a dishwasher. It is however fairly easy to use and has a clean function built in when filled with hot water and suds.
This is a long review.
The third machine from Nespreso is the Lattisima coffee machine that my mother now owns. It has its own milk frother partition, so you can imagine who the lucky person was that got the "old" Magimix machine complete with the milk frother jug. The trouble is, I'm not that much of a fan of Nespresso coffee having worked in a Seattle Coffee House early on as a student before working in another industrial coffee house franchise, but I adore the milk frother jug and the taste of hot milk/ frothed milk in general. Now, in my long illustrious experience of many small household appliances, when something as good as an Nespresso machine and an electric separate motor assisted milk froth jug comes along, it's actually worth keeping because even if Nespresso machines have a pressure of 19 bars, proper Espresso in reality, needs a far lower pressure rate. As a result my little Magimix frother gets used far more times in the month than the actual Nespresso coffee machine!
The secret to the Nespresso "Aeroccino," is the way it is designed. For a start it is fairly robust thanks to its stainless steel exterior-encased body with a non-stick interior and a tiny little knob at the bottom where a whisk disc can be magnetically attached for either steamed "stirred" milk with a foamy consistency or when the plastic gadget is turned over, and fitted to the base makes a light and heavenly milky frothy topping! The little whisk won't get lost either if you remember to pick it off after use and stick it to the inner side of the sealed acrylic cover, where a corresponding holder ring with a magnetic band keeps the whisk attachment safely locked away. A tankard like handle is also permanently bolted onto the side of the jug and makes it easy to handle the jug for pouring as well as general comfort. The body of the jug is slightly heat insulated but the handle remains cool throughout and the jug measures 15cm height and 9cm diameter with an empty weight of 723 grams before adding it to its lightweight plastic power base. As such the jug does feel quite heavy, but substantial all the same.
The Aeroccino jug however has quite a small capacity; so for those thinking this milk frother jug can make gallons of frothy steamed milk, think again! It has a very small capacity of actually 250ml of milk in its basic liquid capacity making it ideal for just enough hot milk foam for an average mug or an espresso with a little bit left over. The size for froth however is lower at 130ml for the milk to rise during the frothing stages. Its exterior dimensions are smaller than the average jug kettle and a little bit smaller than my Breville "travel" Solo jug kettle. A plastic/clear acrylic dishwasher safe lid completes the jug and has the "N" capital letter indicating the Nespresso empire as well as a central rubberized wet protected button on the jug itself that acts as the main power on button. It comes up in light blue and changes to red when it is activated and the jug has a rubberized top around the rim to ensure milk doesn't leak out the top. A central round power base similar to a cordless kettle completes the design but there's a small amount of power cord on offer and the base in which the jug sits on to get activated doesn't have a cord wrap underneath.
In use, or to get the best out of the Aeroccino, the following advice is from my own experiences as well as what the user manual points out. For example, when the Aeroccino first appeared it always had the same element power of 600 watts and the design has always been the same. The user instructions points out for example that cold, fresh milk such as semi-skimmed or full fat can be used to get decent froth. It doesn't work with skimmed milk however or milk that has been left out for a couple of hours - and this is the vital difference between industrial and domestic here - because industrial machines can froth any kind of milk up to a good standard regardless of whether the milk has lost its coldness and to a general temperature of around 140 to 150°F. The instruction manual suggests filling the electric frother with cold, fresh milk filled up to the two fill lines that is handily marked inside the interior cup depending on whether you are frothing milk or if you just want thin foamy milk and lastly, the jug's acrylic clear lid must be sealed on and then switched on via its central rubberized and thus wet protected single push button on the jug's body. Sadly although it has a safety point where the lid will only activate the jug, you have to be careful in this respect to let the machine stop frothing or mixing the milk around, otherwise you may get flying milk on walls nearby if you're too desperate to get to the froth before the machine stops preparing.
The Aeroccino then starts to whirr up silently and the magnetic whisk starts to work on the cold milk and depending on the whisk part you've turned up, the Aeroccino successfully froths light and foamy milk or thick frothy cream that you simply spoon out into your cup when the machine has switched off automatically. How long does it take? Only a couple of seconds to get heavenly foam or thick cotton wool like froth! Never before has it been so fast to get milk into a heavenly thick quilt of fluffiness! The Aeroccino has its own sensor function built in when the milky froth/foam has reached temperature perfection since the element inside the jug heats the milk as it stirs and the jug remains cool in use aside from the interior and the lid. So if you try and re-heat milk that the machine has already prepared, the Aeroccino's sensor will not allow it to happen. When pouring out, the jug has a pouring lip but when it produces froth, it is best to spoon this out into your desired coffee of choice. The froth that this machine produces is a mixture of light to heavy, depending on the coldness of the milk you put in and unlike the industrial standard, the maximum temperature is around 100 to 130°F which is slightly cooler to the lips.
However! If you use fresh milk that has been sitting out for hours and put it into the jug that sits on your worktop awaiting for its function, the produced effect of either foam or froth only sits in coffee for a couple of minutes before the body of the milk starts to melt. This is awkward and disappointing to say the least, especially compared to the Starbucks (or similar) franchise quality of quilted milk! To get the similar result, the electric jug should be placed in the fridge thereafter, only taking it out when required to combat thin body milk froth and make sure the electric base and plug are the only items left on your kitchen work surfaces. When it and the milk are both taken out of the fridge, the Aeroccino seems to make thicker foam or froth that lasts a lot longer in the cup/mug, almost for the duration of the espresso cup that the foam/froth is intended for and to my pallet it has a wonderfully thick and rich cotton wool like texture compared to "lukewarm" milk froth that can be too airy and lacks body, often looking like the kind of soap suds you get from washing up liquid and having a similar consistency when drunk.
To clean the Aeroccino's interior, a little cold water with some washing liquid is all that is required. Putting hot water in will not make the Aeroccino function since the concealed element base will sense the heat of the liquid and refuse to function. When cold water and dishwashing liquid is put in, the Aeroccino whisks it all up into a froth and thus cleans the interior. As with milk you then pour it all away and due to its non-stick interior, no metal sponges or similar cleaning agents must ever be used. Thankfully however the lid is a part that is dishwasher safe and it is the only part on the machine that can be put in a dishwasher, although I've always hand washed the lid since it has a rubber seal that can be taken off to get rid of congealed milk. If you ignore cleaning the lid, the smell of mouldy milk can make itself apparent from the easy to remove perimeter seal whilst the clear nature of the Acrylic looks dull from rotten milk bits.
Aside from its small capacity, the Aeroccino doesn't have any other downsides other than the fact that it is only for milk, so it can't prepare hot chocolate or any other drink. However there is one very important and I feel, the greatest mistake that Nespresso absolutely refuse to budge on - this accessory is NOT available as a single purchase on the high street. So whilst you may well dream and coo over the latest Nespresso machines seen on sale in John Lewis, the Aeroccino is often put on display but without a price tag. To buy the jug you have to spend in the region of £115 to £120 for a basic Nespresso machine in the form of either Krups or Magimix Essenza machines where the Aeroccino is often sold as an extra bonus, or consider options online such as EBAY where this jug alone appears to be a very rare second hand used product.
On the telephone to Nespresso, they can sell you the jug brand new for around £46 before postage and packaging but you have to sign up with Nespresso in the first place to buy the product and when I tried to get one for a friend recently, I got told the product was out of stock - clearly the Aeroccino is a product that is in much demand!
We have had this product for three years whilst the other one for the same amount of time and none of the Aeroccino jugs have ever broken down. It's general thick metal body and plastic base are well made and in use it has a beautifully quiet motor and parts that function well. Do I recommend the Aeroccino by Nespresso? If you adore froth or foamed milk, or love the idea of heavenly thick warm milky froth, this is a much safer electric jug to use than actual steam froth guns on machines and for the Nespresso price of £46 it is well worth considering. However, if Nespresso made this item available in high street shops to buy as a single product, I'd have easily awarded five stars. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010