Froth Au Lait Frothing Unit, White or Black
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- Fully automatic, shuts off when done
- Thickest and richest froth topping
- Froth lasts 45 minutes
- Makes great hot chocolate
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Automatic Hot Milk Frother
An ideal accompaniment to a coffeemaker or espresso machine, Froth au Lait's electric frother prepares delectable, thick frothed milk in minutes, turning the regular morning cup of coffee into a dream drink. You can also create topping for desserts, hot chocolate, and more. Once the milk is added, the frother mechanically agitates and aerates it to create rich froth. It works for up to 1-1/2 cups of milk (1-1/2 cups generates about 6 cups of froth), and takes about three minutes to complete the frothing cycle. The sturdy plastic pitcher comes off the base to pour the froth. It's also possible to add syrups to the milk as you're frothing it, in case you have an urge for a hazelnut cappuccino. A recipe book is included to get you started. --A.J. Rathbun
Top customer reviews
I love the way this machine cranks out lots of thick milk froth for our morning latte.
I despise the knuckleheads who allow a product with MAJOR HYGIENE PROBLEMS into the marketplace. Another example of the greed button pushing little minds.
We use our frother most every day. The biggest challenge is the ability to properly clean this machine. I use a long brush I've had until I get to Home Depot to find better ones. This company needs to fess up to this cleaning issue and include specialized brushes inside the box instead of acting like big dumb birds with their heads in the sandbox.
Mostly we get it clean but it is a process.
The other major problem has to do with the sealant used to seal the bottom edges. Whoever is responsible for sealing, cleaning and final inspection needs to be replaced. They are NOT doing their job. I discovered loose sealant around the bottom inside edges while cleaning. I managed to get it cleaned up - BUT THIS IS NOT my job.
The wife and I don't appreciate drinking bits of sealant.
Besides this, the machine is excellent at making froth.
5 Stars as a frother and
-2 stars for the corporate hammerheads who released this product to market without cleaning supplies and continue to ignore the hygiene problems. They should also be replaced with others who can appreciate the value of good customer loyalty. Even if it is made overseas, the company needs to open the boxes, clean out the excess sealant and throw in a couple of cleaning brushes before they ship. It's so easy to make this the perfect milk frother.
Now THAT would turn my 2 star into a 5 star review. . .
Update 7/23/11 - Now the 3 minute timer has quit so unless we keep an eye on this thing and stop it before too long, we end up with a milk burn base that is harder than ever to clean. I'll take a guess and say we have used this machine 40 times or so. Still makes the best froth though.
It was a bit of a learning curve at first. After pressing the start button, the unit runs for about four minutes. Once finished, the froth was warm and extremely thick. Too thick, really. So, we started experimenting with shortening the run. This can be done simply by lifting the pitcher of the base, since there is no "off" switch, just the one button that turns it on. Eventually, we found that running it for a little over a minute produces a nice mixture of warm milk and froth for the top.
This unit holds a lot more milk than the Nespresso, but unless you're making coffee for a large group, the capacity is overkill, really. In fact, it's almost impossible to not pour far more milk than you need because of the size. Eventually, though, you get accustomed to how much milk you need and where to fill it, so it's not much of an issue.
So, having tried the Nespresso and now this, I honestly think this is the better of the two options and, for about $30 less, this one is a far better option. If looks are a factor for you, however, the Nespresso definitely wins the battle in that department with it's metal finish, as opposed to the pretty standard and boring black plastic of the Froth Au Lait. Other than that, the Froth Au Lait is my choice.
1. BREAKS DOWN / DOES NOT LAST -- This is a disturbing trend that many people have observed. The 30-day manufacturer warranty is not reassuring either - I would have expected a year! Then again, most specialty electronic gadgets of this sort (particularly those with a motor and moving parts) tend to have a short life. The last really neat kitchen gadget I owned was the Cooper Cooler Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage Chiller, Brushed-Silver, which also suffers from durability issues. In the case of the Cooper Cooler, mine lasted about 4 years or roughly 50 bottles of wine chilled. Time will tell how long the Froth Au Lait lasts, but I'm not optimistic. That's the nature of purpose-built electronic gadgets with moving parts.
2. CLEANUP IS DIFFICULT / HYGIENE ISSUES -- The inside of the Forth Au Lait looks like a small blender. It has a removable blade with two whips on it that spins at a very fast pace and incorporates air into the milk. The other important factor is the heating element. The bottom of the Froth Au Lait looks identical to the inside of an electric kettle. This device not only froths milk, but heats it up at the same time and at a very past pace (in about 2 minutes you go from cold milk to warm froth). Anybody who has heated milk knows how nasty it can be to clean up, even if you're using a non-stick pot you've got a mess on your hands. The clean-up is an expected part of the process and, needless to say, if you don't do this correctly you will end up with a stains, bacteria and a rotten smell in your unit very quickly. Immediately after enjoying my frothy drink/coffee, I fill up the Froth Au Lait with warm soapy water. About 30 minutes later I dump the water and use a no-scratch kitchen sponge with dishwashing liquid to clean it up. However, you cannot put the Froth Au Lait into a dishwasher. You also cannot submerge it, as the bottom of the unit has a circuit "plug" that fits into the base, which can be damaged if it gets wet. It takes about as long as it would to wash a pitcher. No big deal. Make sure you use non-fat milk, which gives you a thicker froth and makes clean-up easier.
3. NOISY / LOUD -- I have not observed this. In fact, I find that the Froth Au Lait is whisper quiet during its entire 2-minute cycle. So I have to assume that for other reviewers either: (A) The whipping blade is not installed correctly, which is highly unlikely; (B) Their unit was submerged in water or otherwise damaged from neglect; (C) Quality control is not up-to-par in the manufacturing process, hence yielding some good units and some bad ones; or (D) The internal moving parts must be low quality and not designed to withstand the test of time, which would be consistent with the first set of issues discussed.
All-in-all, my personal experience with this device is 5-star, but since I've only used it 7 or 8 times I'm giving it 4 stars because it does not appear to be a machine built to last. At about $60, a 30-day warranty is pretty horrible.
Lastly, on the outside of the Froth Au Lait pitcher there are measuring markers at 0.5 cup, 1 cup, and 1.5 cup (maximum) intervals. My observation is you can only get a really nice thick froth if you add milk to between the 1.0 and 1.5 cup lines. Anything less just produces foam, not froth.