Temperature control capabilities
Multiple options for foam consistency
Easy to use
Milk minimum can lead to waste
We purchased the Breville Milk Cafe Frother so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for the full product review.
Adding frothy milk to a cup of joe is a simple way to level up your home coffee routine, whether you're making cappuccinos, lattes, or the like. One convenient option for making foamed milk is to invest in an electric frother. I tested the Breville Milk Cafe Frother over several weeks and made a number of milky espresso-based beverages with it. Using testing and research, I judged this milk frother on ease of use, cleanup, customization, and overall performance. Keep reading to find out more.
Design: Large kitchen footprint with a simple design
The Breville Milk Cafe Frother offers a simple design, but I found that it was still elegant, like the rest of Breville’s product line. This milk frother consists of a brushed stainless steel body with gray accents. There are two main components: the milk jug and the power base. The milk jug is removable and sits inside the power base. On the front of the base, there's a push dial with an LED indicator to control the milk temperature. I rather liked the simplistic design of having just one dial on the base because it made it easy to navigate.
The Breville Milk Cafe Frother features several extras, such as textured foam options and temperature control that most electric frothers don't offer.
There's a storage spot for one of the frothing discs to attach to the back of the power base. I really liked this feature because the discs are so small and easy to lose. This, on the other hand, kept the disc safely and firmly in place due to its magnetic attachment. The other disc can be stored inside the milk jug.
What I didn’t like about this milk frother is its size. Measuring 6.4 x 6.1 x 10.3 inches, it has a larger footprint compared to other electric milk frothers. It’s similar in size to a blender or a small coffee maker, which seems excessive.
Setup Process: Requires washing all parts prior to first use
The setup process for the Breville Milk Cafe Frother is very straightforward. All I needed to do was wash all of the removable parts with warm, soapy water prior to the first use. This included the latte frothing disc, cappuccino frothing disc, measuring cap, jug lid, and milk jug—all of which are dishwasher safe.
Once all the parts were washed, I placed the milk jug on the power base and inserted the appropriate frothing disc into the milk jug. It should click into place. Then, I added cold milk to the jug, attached the milk jug lid, and selected a temperature using the power dial. Once the temperature was set, I pressed start, and the milk frother did the rest. The milk frother will beep to indicate when it's done. Generally, it took only about two to three minutes to finish the frothing process, but the exact time really depends on the amount of milk.
Performance: Excellent temperature control and plenty of foam
The Breville Milk Cafe Frother excels at creating fully textured microfoam. It’s ideal for anyone looking to step up their coffee game at home by introducing foamed milk into their life. There are two frothing discs included to create different types of foam. The cappuccino frothing disc creates a thicker, creamier froth, whereas the latte frothing disc makes smoother and silkier milk.
I used this milk frother to make a number of lattes, cappuccinos, and chai lattes. Overall, I liked how it was almost entirely hands-off. I could just put the milk in the jug, press start, and walk away. It's much easier when compared to using a steam wand (another way to foam milk), which requires careful attention and a much more hands-on approach.
The milk foam made with this frother was always very foamy with lots of texture, especially when using the cappuccino disc. There was actually no liquid milk left at all when I used the cappuccino disc—the result was entirely foam. As someone who prefers much less foam, I ended up using the latte disc more frequently for making regular lattes and chai lattes.
Another nice bonus of this milk frother is that it can make other drinks besides espresso drinks, such as hot chocolate, flavored milk, and even some alcoholic beverages, including buttered rum and mulled wine.
In addition to making drinks, I attempted to make latte art with this frother. Unfortunately, the foam was too thick to create any designs. That said, this product provides excellent customization when it comes to the temperature of the milk. Using the power dial, I can select a temperature ranging from 120 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. There's also an option to stir cold beverages and just warm milk without any foam.
Another nice bonus of this milk frother is that it can make other drinks besides espresso drinks, such as hot chocolate, flavored milk, and even some alcoholic beverages, including buttered rum and mulled wine. There are a number of recipes included in the user manual.
What I didn’t like about this frother is that the required minimum amount of milk was almost always more than I needed for a single coffee drink at 6 ounces. Unfortunately, I ended up wasting a bit of milk because I tend to only make one drink at a time. On the contrary, for a larger household, this may not be a huge issue.
Ease of Cleaning: Dishwasher safe, an easy cleaning process
As mentioned earlier, both frothing discs, the milk jug, and the lid, are all dishwasher safe (top rack only). However, it’s best to wash the discs by hand to prolong their lifespan. I found that I preferred to wash everything by hand anyway because I didn't want to lose the discs in the dishwasher. Plus, there were just a few parts to clean off, so it was simple enough to wash them quickly.
Another perk of the cleaning process was that I didn’t need to spend extra time scrubbing dried milk off the milk jug or discs. Any dried milk easily came right off.
The Breville Milk Cafe Frother retails for around $129, which is on the high end for a milk frother, considering that the average electric variety costs around $25. It’s important to note that the Breville Milk Cafe Frother features several extras, such as textured foam options and temperature control that most electric frothers don't offer.
Breville Milk Cafe Frother vs. Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer
Secura MMF-015 is a competing milk frother that I previously tested. This frother looks more like a pitcher and is also smaller than the Breville Milk Cafe Frother. The Secura MMF-015 is vacuum-insulated and can create foam or simply heat milk if no foam is desired.
The major difference between the two frothers is the ability to customize. Breville offers more heating and foam options as well as temperature control. The Secura MMF-015 is simpler and fittingly retails for a much lower price at around $36. While both are great options, it comes down to how much control and customization you want from a milk frother.
Buy it if you want total control over your milk foam.
If you're very particular about your milk foam, then the Breville Milk Cafe Frother is a great pick. It foams milk to your specifications and provides a number of other recipe options, making it incredibly versatile. It’s ideal for a household of more than one because it does have a larger milk minimum.
- Product Name Milk Cafe Milk Frother
- Product Brand Breville
- Weight 1.6 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 6.4 x 10.3 x 6.1 in.
- Water Tank Capacity 25 ounces
- Warranty 1 year, limited
- Power (Watts) 500
- Voltage 110-120V
- What's Included Powerbase, latte frothing disc, cappuccino frothing disc, measuring cap, jug lid, and milk jug