What Exactly is an Aeroccino?
It is Nespresso’s electric milk frother that’s usually an add-on with many of their espresso machines like CitiZ, Pixie or Inissia. But it’s also available to buy individually. It’s an easy way to heat and prepare froth for any coffee drink recipe with a push of a button.
There are several models to the Aeroccino milk frother:
- Aeroccino Plus, which is now discontinued.
- Aeroccino 3, and;
- Aeroccino 4.
Since Aeroccino Plus is no longer available, I will compare the two available models, Aeroccino 3 vs. 4.
Let’s start with the features of Aeroccino 3:
- One touch operation for either hot or cold froth.
- Includes a single whisk that can be used for a dense froth or can be converted by removing the outer spring to make less frothy milk.
- Maximum capacity for milk froth is 120 ml
- Max capacity for hot milk is 240 ml.
- Teflon interior coating.
- Plastic exterior.
- Not dishwasher safe. Only rinse with water.
Features of Aeroccino 4:
- Stainless steel design with plastic handle for easier pouring.
- Detachable base features a button for each type of foam.
- Can prepare hot or cold froth.
- Choose from 3 hot foam types: dense, light or hot milk. And one cold froth.
- Ceramic interior coating.
- Dishwasher safe pitcher and attachments.
How Are They Different?
|Aeroccino 3||Aeroccino 4|
|Interior||nonstick Teflon||Ceramic coating|
|Frothing Options||Hot/Cold||3 Hot/1 Cold|
- Starting with the design, the Aeroccino 4 has a better quality design and finish. It has a stainless steel exterior instead of plastic, a ceramic coating instead of teflon, and it has a handle.
- Aeroccino 4 is finally dishwasher safe. This is the first time an Aeroccino became dishwasher safe. Aeroccino 3 is not dishwasher safe and cannot be submerged in water.
- Frothing options on the Aeroccino 4 are better, you can select the density for hot froth, select cold froth or just heat milk using the dedicated selection buttons. With the Aeroccino 3, there’s just a single button without additional selection.
Nespresso Aeroccino Compared To Other Brands
Nespresso Aeroccino vs. Breville Milk Cafe
|Aeroccino 4||Breville Milk Cafe|
|Housing||Stainless Steel||Stainless steel|
|Interior||Ceramic coating||Stainless steel|
|Adjustable temperature||Hot/Cold||cold stir, warm, 120F, 140F, 160F|
|Capacity||One serving||750 MLS|
Breville’s Milk Cafe is a personal favorite. Like everything else Breville does, this appliance excels at what it’s supposed to do. It has many features that we’re yet to see in a milk frother from other brands:
- First things first, the Breville frother is fully stainless steel. That’s exterior and interior. It’s more durable and there’s no risk of any coating peeling after a while of use.
- Instead of the usual pitcher that sit into an electric base, the Breville jug has zero electric parts in it. The base of the frother uses induction heating to transfer heat.
- You have full control over the temperature of your froth. Starting from cold stir, warm, 120F, 140F, 160F or over for really hot milk/froth.
- Breville knows that frothing milk isn’t just for coffee, so it allows you to add ingredients directly into the frother as it heats or whisks the milk. You can add chocolate shavings, syrups, green tea powder or anything you like.
- It has a large capacity of 750ml.
- Includes two whisks.
Nespresso Aeroccino vs. Secura Milk Frother:
The Secura Frother is a great budget friendly choice for a milk frother:
- It makes hot or cold froth. One button operation.
- Includes two whisks.
- Stainless steel exterior, Teflon interior.
- NOT dishwasher safe.
- Max capacity for froth: 125 ml, Max capacity for hot milk 250ml.
This model is more comparable to the Aeroccino 3 and nearly has the same features but at a more accessible price.
What To Look For When Buying a Milk Frother
As you can see, majority of milk frothers have a lot in common, and they’ll vary greatly in price, which only makes your shopping difficult. So here are some tips that should help you out when picking a frother:
- Will you be making hot and cold froth? This should be a basic feature in your frother.
- Do you want to add in ingredients to your milk as it froths? I know a lot of companies advice against this, especially when it’s not a detachable jug like the Breville for example, but I’ve personally tried adding chocolate powder to the milk as it heats and froth, using an Aeroccino. Here’s what I’ve come to realize: it is very doable, but you need to wash your frother right away so the sugar won’t stick to the coating and dry. But if you’re planning on using a lot of ingredients, it’s better that you pick something like the Breville milk cafe, which is dishwasher safe and easier to clean.
- If you’re going to use milk alternatives, then I might have bad news for you. These type of milks provide a variety of different results, no matter what frother you use. You just never know what froth you’re going to get! It will take a lot of experimentation and trying out different brands until you get the right froth.
- If all you want is simply one cup of hot (or cold) frothy milk, a generic frother will do just fine.