Nespresso 3194-Us-Bk Aeroccino and Milk Frother, Black
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- Hot and cold milk froth for cappuccinos,hot milk for lattes
- Milk temperature 160-170 f,whisk stores in base for easy access
- Green led light indicates when aeroccino is ready,power on/off switch
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I was skeptical at first. I'd never seen nor heard of a device like this. After unpacking and cleaning, it was ready to go. Very simple usage, very simple instructions. It's so easy to make frothed milk now!
It uses a silent, magnetically driven spinner to mix the milk inside of a container that simultaneously warms up the milk. It uses a whisk-type spinner for frothing or a smoother spinner for simply stirring the milk. It does not heat/cook the milk like a steam wand, it simply warms it up. The whisk-type stirrer gives the milk foam. The combination of heat and whisking provides for a very good milk froth that's firm and won't break down in minutes.
Here's a quick breakdown:
* Warm, frothy milk is attained in about 1 minute.
* It is very consistent.
* It makes enough froth for one or two servings, depending on your preferences.
* It is very easily cleaned.
* It is very quiet, almost silent. You can now froth while your partner sleeps!
* It can be used to make warm or cool milk & coffee drinks.
* One stirring device for froth, one for latté.
* It does not heat the milk to the same temperature as a steam wand.
* It does not caramelize the milk sugars as efficiently as a steam wand.
* It cannot froth heavy cream. The magnetic spinner does not have that much torque.
* It cannot caramelize skim milk.
* Use whole milk for best results.
* Use half & half when more cream is needed.
* Rice milk, soy milk and skim milk won't work well.
A manual frother consisting of nothing more than a glass beaker and a plunger with a fine mesh screen on the end will do just as good a job -- if not better -- for a fraction of the price.
But the Nespresso Aeroccino3 is so minimalistically attractive and seductively simple that it is hard to resist, nonetheless.
It feels solid, is attractive, and comes with two frothing tips, which -- in an elegant design solution that seems almost Apple-like -- are held in place magnetically.
The provided manual is a little skimpy on details, but operation is simple and straightforward. Hold the single button on the container for two seconds and the light turns blue for cold frothing; press it once quickly and the light turns red for warming and frothing.
Despite the simplicity of the device, I've been surprised to see lots of people on other forums complaining of problems using it. Most seem to stem from simply not reading the manual and understanding the fill lines. The two fill lines inside the container are not a MIN fill line and a MAX fill line, as some assume: they represent the MAX fill line for each tip. If you fill to the higher line (the one for the steam tip) but erroneously using the frothing tip with it, instead, you will make a mess: this isn't a problem with the unit, but user error. Any resulting overflow is completely predictable. If you want to rant and rave, address your complaints to the Laws of Physics, not Nespresso.
Also, from what I've gathered, it is important to fill right up to the appropriate line for each tip every time.Read more ›
The froth is thick, the milk is warm, it's simple to use, it looks nice. But:
1) You cannot make more than two servings of milk in a row. If you do, the hotspot in the bottom made by the heating element will scorch the milk onto the bottom, even though the stirrer is going full blast. After that has happened a few times, it either is a permanent feature, or you scrape off the teflon coating trying to remove it.
2) They are very touchy about getting wet on the bottom. Nespresso knows about this, and they made some improvements. They sent us a free one. We babied it. Never got the bottom wet, never set it on even a damp counter--it had it's own little dry towel to rest on when it was off the base. Keeping it dry is not easy, considering that you put warm milk on the inside, meaning, it has to get washed. But we did. It still died.
3) They seem to have a lifespan, with two coffees a day, of about six months. You can love them, clean them religiously, give them a dry mat to sit on, pat them dry, and one day...they will just not work. I can fix many things, but there are not a lot of user-servicable parts on the milk jug itself (which is the part that always dies; I have accumulated five fully functional bases).
If it frothed well, cost twenty bucks, and lasted longer--and I could get over the environmental impact of considering it disposable--I might still be able to recommend it. But it's only hitting the "froths well" out of that list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
works like a charm. Would love to see it made taller for more milk though.Published 2 months ago by Nancy F.
I've had this for about 3 years now and it works great. No mechanical issues and it is super easy to clean. The froth is great hot or cold. Read morePublished 3 months ago by beanmom
What can I say I just my latte. Still enjoying it after a year of use, fast and easy.Published 6 months ago by Brian L.
Works exactly as advertised- easy, quick, excellent foam that is hot enough. I have a Jura Capresso Avantgarde that is lousy with foaming milk but otherwise very good, so the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cassandra Blood
I purchased this milk frother in December 2012 and this week it just stopped working. The base will turn on but the button to start frothing does nothing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by FishyMcFish
Great frothy machine;bought it as a side for a older machine to replace using steamerPublished 8 months ago by John OToole