The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus is a stand alone milk warmer and frother, designed for use with Nespresso coffee makers. And it’s one of my all time favorite purchases. I never make a coffee without it now.
It works with magnets! You pick a cool little gadget to put in with the milk. This will either be a frother or a stirrer depending how frothy you want your milk. Then you pop it on it’s base and switch it on. Within a minute or two you have hot frothy milk without any burnt tase. Perfect.
I also use it for hot chocolate. It’s just so easy. It’s non stick but it’s also waterproof so you can even put it in the sink to wash it up.
If you like cappuccino or macchiato then, rither an Aeroccino or an Aeroccino Plus is pretty much a must have with the Pixie, Essenza or the CitiZ. But, it’s also bought and used by many owners of other espresso machines as it’s much quicker and much easier than using a steam wand.
When you buy your Nespresso machine you will usually have the option to buy an Aerroccino with it. The standard Aeroccino is fine but the Aeroccino plus is just a little larger and stainless steel instead of colored.
The Aeroccino Plus is really easy to use and clean as it doesn’t have any built in paddles. Just the stirrers and frothers we’ve mentioned before (it’s really cool… see the video below).
There are two versions of the Aeroccino; the Aeroccino 3 and the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus. Here are just a couple of quotes from people who have owned both -
“The newer Aeroccino Plus is an improved version of the older Aeroccino … It works great and – honestly – there is no reason to buy the old Aeroccino anymore (i own both)!”
“The new Plus version is a significant improvement over the original and a real pleasure to use. It’s froth is more dense and with much less unfrothed hot milk. It’s much easier to clean and has additional features (cold froth for iced versions, and the whisks have a handle so it’s easier to remove/insert). The surface no longer causes milk to stick and get brown … Major improvement: the base is now sealed and waterproof, so one doesn’t need to worry about getting water on it when cleaning …”
As they are both (currently) the same price I’ve decided to only review the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus.
- It’s fast – froth in about 50 seconds, hot milk in about 80 secs.
- Non stick surface – easy to clean
- Virtually silent operation
- Magnetic stirring mechanism means the whole beaker can be submerged in water and washed by hand
- Doesn’t overheat the milk
- Doesn’t heat the milk enough if you like really hot coffee
- Some doubts over reliability – but returns policy seems to be good
- Tends to overflow when frothing (maybe too small)
- Fully automatic
- Stand alone device
- Heats up to 8.5oz (250ml) of fresh milk
- Froths up to 4.4oz (130ml) of hot or cold milk
- 4.1 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
- Underfill rather than overfill
- Use whole or semi-skimmed milk for best results
- Preheat your cups
- Finish your coffee off in the microwave if you like it really hot
“Not only does the milk froth perfectly, but without all that added air/steam/water, the froth will last right down to the bottom of the cup. Simply amazing and worth every penny.it’s quick and generates a nice batch of froth in about sixty seconds. Third, it’s super easy to clean. Lastly, it’s actually fun to use”
“there are 3 major issues with it. First, you can only heat about 4 oz of milk- any more than that spills out while it is frothing. Second, the milk only heats to about 100 degrees- not hot enough to make a proper espresso. Third, there are 2 max froth lines- if you go above the lower line it leaks out. You cannot froth anywhere near the higher froth line, otherwise, you have milk pouring out of the steamer while it is in use. Though, as usual, Amazon has a great return policy”
“I wish it heated the milk to a slightly higher temperature”
“I really love this little frother – it makes perfect frothed milk for lattes and cappucino every time.We strongly recommend the Aeroccino, no matter what kind of coffee machine you have”
“Probably the best 100 dollars I have spent in a long time. Warms and froths milk perfectly in 60 seconds. Wonderful product and a great gift for any coffee lover”
Should you buy the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus?
If you want a quick and easy way to spruce up your lattes and cappuccinos with lots of froth, this looks like one of the best solutions.
Fifty five out of ninety two Amazon customer reviews give the Aeroccino plus 5 stars and the majority of people seem delighted with it.
Make sure you buy from somewhere that has a decent returns policy (like Amazon).
You will need to make sure you don’t overfill and you might need to pop your coffee in the microwave if you like it really hot. Otherwise the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus is a great little product.
If you’re looking to buy a Nespresso Lattissima you won’t need an Aeroccino as the Lattissima does it all for you. But, if you like cappuccino, latte or macchiato and you’re thinking of buying the Nespresso Pixie or Nespresso Essenza an Aeroccino is pretty much a must have. If you haven’t decided which Nespresso machine is best for you yet you should check out our Nespresso Reviews.
If you’re thinking of the CitiZ the separate Nespresso Aeroccino Plus may be a better option than the Aeroccino 3 that’s built into the base.