What We Like
Automatic, easy-to-use system
Heats and froths milk
What We Don't Like
Offers one foam consistency
Small pieces are easy to lose
Part of the allure of going to a coffee shop is knowing you’ll get a beautiful, handcrafted drink that you couldn’t make for yourself at home. But there are many gadgets that make this process much more doable for the average person. Milk frothers like the Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer are just one example of in-home tools that can do wonders to amp up your coffee game. We tested this frother out for ourselves and took extensive notes on its performance, ease of use, cleanup, and its overall look. Read on to see how it fared.
Design: Upscale look
The Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer is 6.3 x 4.3 x 7.1 inches. It features a stainless steel exterior for the carafe and a matching swivel base. It has accents of black on the handle, button area, and interior. There is a transparent lid, and inside, there are “Max” and “Min” level marks. A single button on the carafe lights up in blue and red when turned on. Overall, it has a sleek, high-quality look.
This milk frother is a good buy for anyone looking to get fancy with espresso drinks at home.
All of the pieces detach from one another, allowing for a thorough cleanup. However, this feature can also lead to lost pieces. The milk-frothing whisk and milk-heating whisk are very tiny. We found that placing them in the main vessel when not in use was the best way to keep them together.
Setup Process: Some assembly required
To set up the Secura frother the first time, it’s necessary to read the instructions. There is an included “Quick Start Guide” to help users after they’ve read through the instruction manual. Before using this frother for the first time, it’s important to clean all of its components properly as recommended by the user guide.
To get started frothing, we first inserted our whisk of choice. In our case, we used the combination of the heating and frothing whisk. Next, we plugged the cord into the outlet. We then added milk to the carafe at one of the marks on the container and secured the lid. Because we wanted the frothing and heating option (this also applies for heating-only option), we needed to press the “On” button just once; the blue and red indicator lights lit up. Once the red light starts flashing, the milk is ready for use.
For the frothing-only option, press and hold the “On” button until the blue light turns on. When the frothing is complete, the red light will flash.
Performance: Automatic with options for heating, frothing, or both
The Secura milk frother offers users a heating-only option, a frothing-only option, or a heating and frothing option. Included with this frother are two different whisks; one is used for frothing milk and the other is for heating milk. The two can be combined by placing the heating whisk inside of the frothing whisk. We liked this feature because it gave us the option of doing a variety of things with our milk so we could make cappuccinos, lattes, or hot milk for hot cocoa.
This milk frother is automatic, meaning that the user doesn’t have to do anything except press a button.
The best thing about this frother is that it’s automatic. At the touch of a button, it froths the milk and stops when it’s done. It took about 60 seconds to complete the job of frothing and heating the milk. To heat milk, it takes about 120 to 140 seconds, and for frothing only, it takes about 65 seconds. The Secura frother has a maximum capacity of 125 milliliters for milk froth preparation and 250 milliliters for hot milk preparation. For our purposes—using it for one or two espresso beverages—there was plenty of room for the amount of milk we needed. This frother also is vacuum-insulated, meaning the milk kept in the carafe will maintain its temperature, whether it’s hot or cool, for an extended period of time.
We found that the foam this frother made was excellent. It created a microfoam that tasted so good in all of our espresso drinks. We used the foam for making both cappuccinos and a few different flavored lattes and found that the quality of foam worked well in both types of drinks. However, for someone with a more refined palate, one downside of this frother is that there is only one option for foam consistency, which leans toward being more airy. Dense milk foam is typically used for lattes, whereas airy foam is used for cappuccinos.
Ease of Cleaning: Requires hand-washing
Cleaning the Secura frother properly requires some time and attention to keep from damaging its electrical components. The user guide warns not to immerse the carafe or the power base in water or any liquid, so be careful. We made that mistake the first time cleaning it out, but fortunately, nothing was damaged.
It does take some time to clean it after each use, which is kind of a deterrent from using it frequently.
The user guide also advises not to put any of the parts of the frother in the dishwasher. We found that it does take some time to clean it after each use, which is kind of a deterrent from using it frequently.
To clean the Secura after each use, we first filled the carafe with a tiny bit of water. On the interior, there is an axle sleeve where the whisks attach. To clean this part, we filled the frother with a tiny bit of water to cover the axle sleeve, and used the included brush to clean it by inserting it into the bottom of the sleeve. We turned the brush 360 degrees around it to remove any residue. We then rinsed the interior of the carafe with warm, soapy water, and dried it with a cloth. The dried milk easily came off, as the interior is made with a nonstick coating. The exterior can just be wiped with a dry cloth. To care for the lid, we removed its silicon ring and washed each piece by hand with soapy water. We washed both whisks in warm soapy water as well.
Price: A steal
The Secura milk frother retails for around $34, which is a really great price considering what it offers. Not only does it provide the options of frothing, heating, or both, but it also is vacuum-insulated and looks great in any kitchen. Plus, it’s automatic, meaning it stops frothing when the milk froth is ready to use so the user doesn’t have to do anything except press a button.
Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer vs. Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother
We also tested the Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother, a step up from the Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother in terms of price. It retails for approximately $115 and has the added feature of offering two foam consistencies to its users. The Secura offers just one type of foam that leans towards a more airy froth. The Nespresso is also dishwasher-friendly, whereas all of the parts of the Secura need to be carefully hand-washed. However, the Secura milk frother is pretty much its equal in all other areas.
Both milk frothers give the user the option of only heating, only frothing, or heating and frothing their milk. Both are automatic and function at the touch of a button. The Secura has a sleek, polished design and is vacuum-insulated, meaning it keeps liquids in the carafe at their current temperature for a long time. Because the two options are so similar, it’s quite a surprise that there is such a large price gap. Choosing between the two really comes down to whether or not you’d like two types of foam options.
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- Product Name MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer
- Product Brand Secura
- MPN MMF-015
- Price $32.98
- Weight 2.42 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 6.3 x 4.3 x 7.1 in.
- Warranty 2 years, limited