In this review, we’re going to dig deeper into a high quality handheld electric milk frother. If you’re looking to get your hands on (no pun intended) an appliance that lets you whip into some milk and come out half a minute later with some gorgeous froth, without having to spend many hours studying and practising the art of steam frothing like a professional barista, then this is the gadget for you.
Our full review of this device will start off with a list of the features it has to offer, then translating them into benefits that the average home cappuccino aficionado is looking for. We’ll follow this up with a short bit on the pros and cons of the tool, and then what the customers have to say about it, before wrapping up with our overall assessment of the product.
Features and Benefits
- Handheld, battery-powered milk frother featuring a soft rubber coating and push button activation for one-handed use
- To froth raise and lower the stainless steel whisk in your desired liquid and press the button for 15-20 seconds to create rich and delicate foam
- To clean simply dip the stainless steel whisk into hot soapy water and operate briefly; rinse well; and briefly operate again to spin dry
- Suitable for frothing your hot, cold, skim, whole, soy milks, or your favorite cocktails.
- Frother measures 9″ long and 1 ¼” in diameter; Weighs 3 ounces; Requires 2 AA batteries for operation.
The first and most obvious thing to note is that the Eparé Electric Milk Frother is handheld, what some would call a “motorized whisk”. This gives you a bit more control of the frothing process than “cup” type electrical frothers.
The soft rubber coating makes it easy on the hand (and you really only need one hand while the other holds the frothing pitcher). One button is all it takes to turn it on, no need for complicated settings.
The Eparé has the fastest foaming time yet, whipping up that milk into a sweet foam in 15-20 seconds tops. There will be no need to wait for several minutes to get results, unlike manual pump frothers and some steamers, and all you have to do is switch it on and whisk away.
A stainless steel wand design means an easy cleaning process. Say goodbye to having to deal with hard to reach places. Just dip the head in a cup of soapy water, press the button, and leave it running for a while as you watch the soapy water fill with suds. Rinse quickly and spin on again to whip away all the water.
Unlike cup type frothers, the Eparé is a stick and can be used in just about any liquid you want to froth up. Chocolate, almond milk, soy milk, or what have you. Cup types are designed specifically for milk, and while some can be adapted to beat eggs, this is in general, probably not a recommended use of them. Add in some fruits to make a delicious smoothie.
At a length of 9 inches, and a light weight of a mere 3 ounces, it is handily compact and portable. Battery power eliminates the need for a socket, meaning you can even prepare yourself a nice cuppa while travelling. Say goodbye to ordering your lattes from room service.
So What’s The Point?
If we had to choose one thing that made the Eparé Electric Milk Frother stand out as one of our top picks, it would have to be the speed of preparation. Compared to cup types, which take a little over a minute to froth the milk, the Eparé can whip up some excellent foam in as little as 15 seconds! The base price of $25.00 isn’t bad either, although there are cheaper alternatives for those on a tight budget. Our suggested retailer always has a good promo to sweeten the deal and save you that precious money, though, so don’t worry too much about that.
Sadly, for all its speed, this product also has its flaws. Unlike some truly automatic frothers, the Eparé frother requires the user to hold down the button to keep it running. Release it, and the whisk stops. This is of course, only a minor inconvenience, as the froth forms in a matter of seconds. Surely a few seconds of holding down a button for a fast foam is a lot more convenient – and safer – than using a steam wand, which also takes skill to master.
Wisdom of the Masses
There’s nothing like the wisdom of the masses, or rather, customer reviews, to help gauge a product’s reliability. So what do other customers have to say about the Eparé Electric Milk Frother? This device has a very good rating on our recommended seller, 4.4 out of 5 stars in all. Out of 255 reviews, 169 have given it five stars, as of this writing. That makes it a very highly rated product.
Some points of note from observant customers include how it comes with an easy to understand user manual, and how reliable it is compared to other wand type frothers, in terms of comparative longevity. We even have a coffee industry professional saying that it exceeded his expectations, its deceptively light weight leading to a surprising amount of power.
There is no question that the Eparé is a top class frother that rightfully belongs on our list of the best milk frothers available on the market. The slight inconvenience of having to hold down its button is offset by the quick foaming speed. If you’re not so patient to wait for 15 seconds, then maybe you should use an automatic frother instead, so that you can do whatever you want while the milk turns to foam.
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