In this review, we’re going to examine a potentially useful automatic milk frother. This kind of device is for those who want a genuine fire and forget experience where they don’t need to learn the fine art of barista-style steam foaming or having to stick an electrical whisk into a cup of milk for half a minute. Imagine just pouring in the required amount of milk, pushing a button, then going about doing some other important morning business until it finishes and switches itself off.
This page will include our full review of the device in question, particularly its features and benefits. How can getting this product improve your coffee experience? We will also cover pros and cons, what customers who’ve bought it have to say, and our conclusion.
Features and Benefits
- Effortlessly create luscious, creamy froth & heat milk at the push of a button
- Made of high quality stainless steel housing and conveniently detachable base
- Perfect for making hot & cold milk froth cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate
- Easy to use & clean: 125 ml frothing capacity and 250 ml milk heating capacity
The Chef’s Star Premier Automatic Milk Frother is a fully automatic appliance. Unlike a steamer or handheld whisk, all you have to do is pour in your milk, press the switch, and let it do its job. In 80 seconds, you will find yourself a nice creamy froth for your cappuccino, latte, or whatever milk-coffee mix you might be making.
The housing is made of premium quality stainless steel, meaning of course that you can expect it to last for quite a while, and that it will be easier to clean. The interior is coated with a non-stick material. The detachable base allows you to clean it without worrying about destroying the electrical parts. Keep in mind, however, that it should be hand cleaned rather than immersed.
With its two-whisk system – one for heating and one for foaming – the frother is capable of three actions: foaming, heating, and both. This way, you will be able to make hot foam for your cappuccino, hot milk for your lattes, and cold foam for frappes, shakes, and other cold drinks.
The frother has only one button. Nothing says ease of use like that. To heat and foam, press it once. To foam cold milk, hold the button down for a couple of seconds, and it will switch to cold frothing. When foaming, be sure to fill it up only to half capacity, 125ml. The frother can heat up to full capacity, 250ml.
So What’s The Point?
So what makes the Chef’s Star Permier Automatic Milk Frother one of our picks for best milk frother? Its simplicity and automatic nature. With one button and an easy set and forget system, it doesn’t get much easier than that. Unlike hand frothers, which require some handling – though for that we recommend an electric hand frother, rather than a manual one, because it will really save you the effort – or steamers, which require lots of effort to use, this appliance will save you that precious 80 seconds to do other tasks that require your immediate attention, while you allow your milk to foam up.
Whether it’s a delicious dollop of hot foam for your macchiato, a crisp cup of cold froth for your iced latte, or a plain old glass of warm milk to put you to sleep at night, all you really have to do with this frother is pour in the milk and push a button, and you can then leave it to do its job. The solid stainless steel construction and ease of cleaning are also a nice bonus.
However, with every great product comes something of a little flaw. With a foaming time of 80 seconds, it takes longer to make foam than a handheld electric frother. In which case it would really be a matter of deciding between speed and full automation, since the best hand frothers can whip up a good foam in less than half the time. In the end, it’s something of a tactical decision. Do you want your froth done faster, or do you want to use that time – otherwise spent foaming with a handheld device – to do other things? This makes the Chef’s Star more of a multitasker’s tool.
Wisdom of the Masses
The customers have spoken, and they have spoken rather well of this device. A large number of people on our recommended point of purchase gave it top marks, citing its ease of cleaning, automated convenience, and reliability over time. One customer even found out that it isn’t just good for frothing milk, but has other uses, namely, whisking eggs and cream to produce a marvellous omelette.
There are, however, a few complaints that it is too small, given its limited foaming capacity of 125ml. This makes it more suited to frothing up single servings rather than large quantities. Regardless, the simple fire and forget operation more than makes up for this.
All in all, the Chef’s Star is a pretty decent frother, worth your money if you want to use your time for other things. If you’re somewhat impatient, or prefer to have full control over the task of foaming, then it’s probably better to just buy a handheld electric frother. We have others on our site that we recommend.