Almond milk is a popular dairy alternative for vegans and non-vegans alike. While there's no shortage of options available on store shelves, many are turning to homemade almond milk due to ease, cost savings, environmental concerns, and ingredient quality.
Making your own nut milk in bulk can be especially beneficial for households in which multiple people avoid dairy, since you can make a large batch and use it all within a few days—no preservatives or unwanted ingredients required. Not to mention, it’s super easy to make your own almond milk. All you need are almonds and water, and these products are here to help.
Almond Cow Plant-Based Milk Maker
Lightweight and compact
Easy to use and clean
Makes 6 cups at a time
Only uses 0.5 to 1 cup of nuts per batch
Recipe book included
Leaves a lot of liquid in pulp
The Almond Cow Plant-Based Milk Maker is sleek, versatile, and easy to use. This kettle-looking device is not specific to almonds and can actually work with any nut, seed, or grain. With only one button to press and no manual straining or filtering needed—it separates the pulp from the milk, so you don't have to—it’s super user-friendly and easy to clean.
As far as yield goes, 0.5 to 1 cup of soaked raw ingredients can produce 5 to 6 cups of milk. The best part? The magic happens in just one minute. The only minor complaint we had was that it does leave about 2/3-cup of liquid in the pulp, but it's easy enough to use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to quickly strain it out. Then, you can use that leftover pulp in any of the recipes in the included Almond Cow cookbook. We used it as a substitute for almond flour to make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.
Let's not beat around the bush: This is an expensive product. That said, it does end up being a good investment when you consider the price of store-bought milk and how that adds up over time. So, eventually, you'd get your money's worth. The company also offers another version of this product at a steeper price for those interested in making 2 gallons at a time.
Price at time of publish: $245
Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 14 inches | Capacity: 6 cups | Power: 125 watts
Chufamix Vegan Milker
Quick to use
Need an immersion blender
The Chufamix Vegan Milker goes back to basics, and while it may look simplistic, it's very efficient. After adding water and milk ingredients, you quickly pulverize the ingredients with an immersion blender (not included). Then, it soaks and filters ingredients simultaneously, which results in creamier, smoother plant milk. Alternatively, this can be used as a strainer in combination with a classic blender.
This model will produce up to 1 liter of milk in just one minute, and then it only takes another minute to squeeze the rest of the liquid out of the pulp with the included mortar. The versatile device can be used with any nuts, oats, seeds, rice, coconut, and more.
Price at time of publish: $53
Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 10.63 inches | Capacity: 1 liter
Lékué Nut and Grain Milk Maker
Simple to use
Must use peeled almonds
Need a hand blender
This French press–looking device is slightly more labor-intensive than other fully automatic options, but with its low price and compact design, it won us over. The sleek product is thoughtfully designed so that the whole process occurs in the same container: presoaking, shredding (you'll need your own hand blender for this), filtering, and removing fiber.
While it is the perfect size for a handheld blender, you can alternatively use a regular blender and transfer the mixture back to remove the fiber. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and wait two to three minutes to let everything settle before pressing, which will yield a smoother final product. As a bonus, this milk maker comes with a second airtight container, where you can store your drink in the fridge.
Price at time of publish: $35
Dimensions: 4.7 x 4.2 x 10.1 inches | Capacity: 1 liter
Best With Warming Function
Tribest SB-130 Soyabella Automatic Nut & Seed Milk Maker
Can achieve smooth consistency
Can make soup, porridge, and other items
Takes up more space than others
This gadget from Tribest is a great option for those seeking hot homemade plant-based milk. It can produce fresh soy, almond, rice, and cashew milk in as little as 15 minutes with the "milk" function, which activates the heating element and grinding blade. For raw vegans, make raw plant-based milk in just 30 seconds using the "mill" function, which activates the blades only.
Beyond nut milk, this product can grind coffee beans and other dry ingredients and even make soup. It’s easy to clean and, for added safety, the heating element is concealed within.
Price at time of publish: $120
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches | Capacity: 1.3 liters | Power: 750 watts
NutraMilk Nut Processor
Heavy duty construction
The NutraMilk Nut Processor certainly isn’t cheap, but it's heavy-duty, fully automatic, and makes up to 2 liters of nut milk at a time. This processor can handle more than just almonds, too. Try it with any other nuts, seeds, legumes, or grains. Plus, with several different settings, it allows you to create homemade nut butter, sauces, and more.
There's no soaking or manual straining required, and it’s so powerful that the only pulp left over is from the skins of nuts and seeds. It’s designed with a super-convenient dispensing spigot to avoid messy pouring, and it's dishwasher-safe.
Price at time of publish: $500
Dimensions: 20.7 x 17.2 x 11.9 inches | Capacity: 2 liters | Power: 500 watts
“Consuming plant-based milk is a great way to add in some essential nutrients to your daily regimen. Raw almonds offer several healthy benefits. In fact, one serving of raw almonds contains 6 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of fiber, and 14 grams of heart-healthy fats." — Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN, LD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Author of "The Complete Book of Smoothies"
Idavee Brand IAE15 Presto Pure Soy Milk Maker
Serves multiple purposes
Quick to use
Makes 8 cups at a time
Makes heated and non-heated milk
Prone to leaking
This 1.9-liter/0.5-gallon automatic device can do so much more than make milk. It has seven different functions (heated and non-heated), in case you’re interested in making porridge, oatmeal, soup, or juice. Whether you want to make almond, coconut, or rice milk, or use up any other nuts or seeds in your pantry, this versatile machine will have your plant-based beverage ready in just 30 minutes.
Two layers of sleek stainless steel make it cooler to the touch and quieter while running. Not to mention, it looks great in any modern kitchen.
Price at time of publish: $140
Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.75 x 13.75 inches | Capacity: 1.9 liters | Power: 800 watts
"When choosing an almond milk maker, choose one that is made of stainless steel. Stainless steel models last for a long time, and they make great investments because it greatly reduces the need for buying replacements." — Daniel P. Craig, Chef and Founder of Kitchen Deets
Vitamix 7500 Blender
Will last a very long time
Is there anything a Vitamix can’t do? If you’re looking for a simple way to make creamy almond milk at home, invest in a Vitamix. It can effortlessly pulverize almonds—soaked or unsoaked. Simply soak your almonds (optional), add them to the blender with water, blend until smooth, and strain.
Unlike some of the other options, you’ll need a nut milk bag to make almond milk with the Vitamix. You’ll also need to measure the ratio of water to almonds and adjust it to your liking. However, this route likely creates less mess and gives you more control over the ratio of ingredients and adding ingredients like cacao powder, vanilla extract, and so on. Though the manufacturer recommends avoiding the dishwasher, this Vitamix blender has a self-cleaning function.
Price at time of publish: $560
Dimensions: 17.5 x 7.7 x 9.4 inches | Capacity: 64 ounces | Power: 1,440 watts
Simple Living Products 1.6-Liter Deluxe Portable Soup Maker
High-speed blade extracts nutrients
Stainless steel construction
Four preset functions
Don’t be fooled by this product’s name. While it may have been designed primarily with soup in mind, it also functions as an effective nut milk maker. Its two-layer stainless steel container looks sleek on a countertop (and inhibits noise and heat), and the well-designed handles make it easy to maneuver. Its 1.6-liter capacity means you’ll yield plenty of milk every time, and the whole process only takes 20 minutes. In addition to four preset functions, you can also use it as an everyday blender.
Price at time of publish: $130
Dimensions: 6.5 x 9 x 12.5 inches | Capacity: 1.6 liters | Power: 800 watts
If you're in search of a nut-specific machine and all-around winner in speed, efficiency, and volume, you can’t go wrong with the Almond Cow Plant-Based Milk Maker. For a budget-friendly option, we recommend the Lékué Nut & Grain Milk Maker. It requires some manual work—and a separate blender—but its compact, creative design is great for smaller kitchens.
What to Look for in an Almond Milk Maker
Does the machine have a built-in filter, or is it filterless? Almond milk needs to be strained—some milk makers have a filter function, while others have to be done manually. The filter functionality makes milk makers harder to clean, but the process is easier. The filterless models are easier to clean, but processing is more involved. It is up to you to decide which is more important.
How big is your family? How much almond milk will you need to make at one time? If it's just you or one other person, then a smaller milk maker would work fine. For a larger family, consider one that makes a gallon or more at a time. While you can store any leftover almond milk in the refrigerator, you want to make sure that the size of the milk maker you choose is adequate for your needs.
Does the machine do more than make almond milk? Some milk makers can become a handy multifunction tool in the kitchen, as they not only can make almond milk, but they can also make smoothies, dips, and soups, and even be used as a coffee bean grinder.
What kind of almonds do you use to make almond milk?
You should always use raw unsalted whole almonds to make almond milk.
Should almonds be presoaked before making almond milk?
Raw almonds should be presoaked before making milk, as it makes them blend better, and less pulp is leftover that needs to be strained. Soaking them also provides more liquid from the almonds. Some almond milk makers have a presoaking function available for you to use, while others do not.
How long does homemade almond milk last in the refrigerator?
Almond milk made at home can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days.
Can other ingredients be added to change the flavor?
When making your own almond milk, you can switch it up by adding other ingredients such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cocoa.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
The Spruce Eats writer Alyssa Langer is a registered dietitian and foodie, who is always curious about the next food or ingredient craze, and is hungry to learn and try more. Having worked in cookbook publishing, CPG label data, nutrition writing, and meal kits, her diverse background and varied interests provide a unique perspective that fosters clear, well-researched, and trustworthy reviews.
As a vegan, Lacey Muinos is no stranger to almond milk. She’s tried nearly every store bought variety and mastered the art of making it at home in her Vitamix blender. Making your own almond milk is a labor of love, but it’s a healthier and more affordable alternative than buying it at the store.
Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the author of "The Complete Book of Smoothies."
Daniel P. Craig is a chef and the founder of Kitchen Deets.