What We Like
Delivers high-quality foam
Offers multiple options for foam consistency
What We Don't Like
The Nespresso brand is deeply rooted in high quality, and more specifically, high-quality coffee. So it’s no surprise they’ve come up with several accessories for their machines, attempting to achieve the same level of success they had with their well-known espresso machines. We tested out the Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother over the course of several weeks by making a variety of beverages. We took notes and judged this frother on its overall performance, ease of use and cleanup, cost, and aesthetic. Keep reading to see if it compares to the quality of Nespresso’s other top-tier products.
Design: One whisk for all functions
The Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother was designed with careful thought. Included with this frother is a carafe, base, transparent lid and seal, and a whisk. We found the whisk to be a major highlight because it functions for all preparations, meaning it works when making hot milk, hot froth, or cold froth. The whisk is also magnetized, which allows it to easily adhere to the bottom of the carafe when placed inside.
This frother is somewhat obscure-looking. It almost looks like a canned good without the wrapper.
On the bottom of the base are four buttons, each for a different drink function. The functions are for making cold froth, hot milk, warm and airy milk foam, and warm and dense milk foam. We found that the four-button panel was easy to use and understand.
As for the aesthetics, this frother is somewhat obscure. It almost looks like a canned good without the wrapper. The strange thing is that it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the Nespresso brand, which has a more elevated vibe. Because of its unique look, it’s unlikely to match a modern kitchen design.
Setup Process: Simple setup
To get started with the Nespresso milk frother for the very first time, the user needs to clean all of its parts per the instruction manual’s recommendations. Once clean and dry, we placed the carafe on the base. Next, we inserted the whisk in the carafe and filled it with milk at one of the two “Max” level marks. There are two “Max” level marks: one for milk froth preparations (120 milliliters) and the other for hot milk (240 milliliters). We put the lid securely on the carafe and then plugged it into an outlet.
It’s one of the pricier milk frothers on the market and likely more targeted toward the more advanced home barista.
The buttons illuminated, meaning it’s ready for use. We pressed the button for our milk preparation. The button should start to blink and continue through preparation. Once the milk is ready, the button light will remain steady, and the milk is ready to drink.
Performance: A variety of options for frothing
One thing is for certain: The Nespresso frother makes high-quality foam. It also provides a couple of foam-density options, which makes this product even more alluring to the coffee-lover. We found that the froth it makes when the “Latte Macchiato” button is pressed was velvety smooth and dense. It was perfectly suited for making a hot latte. As for the “Cappuccino” button, it makes a more airy type of foam that we were able to dollop on top of our cappuccino drinks. It also makes hot milk using the “Hot Milk” button for something like hot cocoa, and there is also a “Cold Macchiato” button, used for making a cool, dense froth.
One thing is for certain: The Nespresso frother makes high-quality foam.
We also loved that this kitchen gadget is automatic. Upon the touch of a button, it starts preparing the milk and then stops automatically when ready to serve. To make hot or cold milk froth, it takes about 80 seconds. To make hot milk, it takes about 150 seconds. Though it is automatic, the user can also stop it at any time by pressing the same button used to start it.
The Nespresso frother has a maximum capacity of 120 milliliters for milk froth preparation and 240 milliliters for hot milk preparation. This amount worked out well for making one to two beverages, which is all that we needed it for.
Ease of Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe
One of the best features of the Nespresso milk frother is that all of the parts are dishwasher-safe except the base. This makes cleanup a lot more doable and encourages the use of this frother on a more frequent basis than a frother that needs to be washed by hand. The instruction manual does advise that the frother and its parts be washed after every use.
One of the best features of the Nespresso milk frother is that all of the parts are dishwasher-safe except the base.
To properly clean this frother, remove the carafe from the base, remove the seal from the lid, remove the whisk from the carafe, and remove the spring from the whisk. Once all of the pieces have been disassembled, they can all (not including the base) either be hand-washed with warm, soapy water or placed in the dishwasher at a maximum of 158 degrees. Be careful not to submerge the carafe nor the base in water, as it can cause damage. Also, make sure that the bottom of the carafe is dry before placing it on top of the base before usage.
Price: A costly item
Retailing for around $120, the Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother does not run cheap. It’s one of the pricier milk frothers on the market and likely more targeted toward the more advanced home barista.
Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother vs. Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer
The Secura MMF-015 is a competing milk frother that we also tested. Like the Nespresso milk frother, it offers users a heating-only option, a frothing-only option, or a combination of both. It comes in a sleek design, sure to match any kitchen set. Plus, it is vacuum-insulated, meaning it will retain the temperature of the milk inside the carafe for a long time.
The main difference between the two is price. The Secura milk frother retails for around $35, whereas the Nespresso milk frother retails for around $120. Though there is a significant price difference, the difference in results is minor. The Nespresso has the added feature of offering two types of foam consistencies, while the Secura offers only one foam consistency. This extra feature hardly makes it worth the higher price tag in our opinion, as the Secura is pretty much the Nespresso’s equal in all other aspects.
Someone with a deep love for espresso drinks may prefer having the two different options for foam, making the Nespresso worth the splurge. But for the average user, the Secura is a great deal on a milk frother that also produces excellent foam.
Interested in reading more reviews? Check out our guide to the best milk frothers.
Buy it for the coffee snob.
Whether it’s for personal use or for a friend, the Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother is suited for someone who is advanced in the coffee game and can tell the difference between varying foam consistencies. Though the distinction is minor, it may make all the difference to the coffee connoisseur and be well worth the higher price tag.
- Product Name Aeroccino4 Milk Frother
- Product Brand Nespresso
- MPN 4192-US
- Price $119.00
- Weight 2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 7.1 x 7.1 x 8.3 in.
- Warranty 1 year, limited