As I said in my Philips Saeco RI9737/21 Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine review, I’m not the type of person who likes milk frothing on top of my morning brew. But as any other coffee aficionado, I like enjoying a cup of latte or Italian cappuccino with a thin layer of frothing on top — it helps me break away from my everyday routine.
Most of the time, I don’t need a standalone frothing device since my Saeco Vienna Plus has a built-in one. But nothing compares to a milk frother — and the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother is my favorite option so far. The ability to make hot milk for lattes, and make both hot and cold froth for coffee drinks makes this small appliance a must-have, whether you’re a coffee amateur or aficionado.
How does this Nespresso milk frother work, and is it what you need? Find out below.
• Maximum capacity: 250ml (for hot milk preparation) or 130ml (for cold or hot milk froth preparation)
• Maximum and minimum level indicators
• Detachable base
• Quick operation (milk is fully frothed in 70 seconds or less)
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What I Like
1. Frothing Is Similar to Meringue
The Saeco Vienna Plus Espresso Maker did have a Pannarello wand that could easily froth milk, but it turned out a little too bubbly for me. I was happy to see how well the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother performs in terms of frothing milk — you need about 60-70 seconds to get fluffy frothing that’s similar to meringue. It’s so dense that you can literally cut it with a knife. The unit comes with two attachments: a wire whip for stiff foam (great for cappuccinos), and a plastic mini-paddle for whipped milk with less, but richer, foam (excellent for lattes).
I sometimes wonder how it comes that I haven’t discovered the Aeroccino earlier. It makes frothing so enjoyable that I’ve started using the unit at least once or twice a week — which is considerably more often than before.
2. Both Hot and Cold Frothing
My wife and I have a habit of drinking iced coffee throughout summer, and we both love every moment of it. But instead of using store-bought cream, we’ve decided to go for cold frothing – and the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus was the perfect solution to our needs. The unit doesn’t make only hot frothing — it’s also great for cold frothing as well. Simply press the on/off button for 2 seconds or so until the LED turns cold, and you’re ready to start frothing.
This feature is great if you like different types of coffee drinks. You can have hot frothing for your espresso or cappuccino, and cold frothing for an iced latte macchiato. Or, you can experiment with different combos until you find your favorite one.
3. Improved Coating
I’ve also owned the old Nespresso Aeroccino, which was very poorly made as compared to the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus. The quality of the coating inside the mug left much to be desired — the milk could be easily burnt during the process, which gave the frothing a slight, sometimes unnoticeable, funny taste. I’m glad to see Nespresso has upgraded the old Aeroccino — the coating has improved an there is no longer any burnt milk!
4. Easy to Clean
Nobody likes spending hours cleaning a frother, but luckily you don’t even need to with the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother. You only need to use soapy water to clean out the inside of the mug, which makes the process very simple and straightforward. Most of the time I don’t even have to wet the base of the mug, so cleaning is even speedier this way.
What I Don’t Like
I’ve noticed that, if I fill the cup more than one third, it starts leaking. This is quite disappointing if you need to make frothing for three or more people at a time. You’ll need to go through the process a couple of times — or you can risk messing your countertop by filling the cup halfway. If you need just a little frothing, then fill the cup no more than 1/3 and there won’t be any leaks.
Another thing I don’t like is longevity. For this price ($70), the Aeroccino could have certainly lasted for longer than a few months. I’ve used mine for about 7 months before it stopped working. Luckily, it was still under warranty, so Nespresso replaced it free of charge. I’m guessing it was partially my fault since I stored the mug on the base, which the owner’s manual say you should avoid if you’re not going to use it for an extended period of time.
Except for some minor flaws, I’m satisfied with the performance of my Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother. I’m quite sure this unit could have been perfect if it hadn’t been the leaking problem, and also if it had lasted longer than just a few months. If you really love the taste of frothed milk on top of your favorite coffee drink, then go ahead and get your Nespresso Aeroccino Plus today!