September 5, 2006
Review: Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother from Nespresso
We're always on the look out for something to make our single serve coffee experience even better. Last year we ran several articles on products you could get that would bring milk frothing to your single serve coffee and now we're excited to tell you about the new Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother from Nespresso.
The Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother is a new, automatic and simple way of creating light, creamy milk froth. You just pour in some cold or hot, fresh skim milk and press the button. The Aeroccino quietly and quickly produces an milk froth, which you can enjoy in many different coffee recipes including lattes and cappuccinos.
To test the Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother, we used our Nespresso C90 for espresso creation - more in the lungo size. We also tried 1% milk, Skim milk, and 2% milk to see what would happen using the Aeroccino. How did it fair? Does it actually make good frothed milk?
Frothing Milk with the Aeroccino Nespresso Milk Frother
How does it work? The Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother is basically a chrome plated mug with a non-stick coating on the inside. The mug sits on top of base you plug in and the mug inside contains a frother attachment that spins. The bottom of the frother also heats up any milk you put into it and you can start with hot or cold milk.
After you fill the mug to the minimum amount of milk or maximum, you push the button in the front and a minute later, you have some whipped frothed milk.
What we like best of all? No noise. The Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother is practically silent. There is no noise when frothing and if you compare to using even the microwave and a frothing wand - the Aeroccino is completely silent.
How does it Work?
The Aeroccino works as promised provided you use skim milk. Using other types of milk produced not so great results, but then again - skim milk is what's used in most espresso based drinks anyways.
We made a few larger lungo shots of espresso for a more single serve coffee approach, and then poured the frothed milk from the Aeroccino. This is another place where the design of the Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother is excellent. The picture has a little pour lip that allows for exact pouring. We then scooped some foamy milk from the top and spooned it on to the top of our drink.
After we were done making drinks for the staff here at SIngleServeCoffee.com, cleanup was a breeze. The Aeroccino features a non-stick coating inside and with a little hot water - the Aeroccino was super clean.
The Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother is compact and quiet and quickly produces an milk froth, which you can enjoy in many different coffee recipes including lattes and cappuccinos. Milk can be frothed and whipped hot or cold. The Aeroccino retails for $ 79.95 at Nespresso.com and we really think it's the best little frother we've tried.
There's little mess and best of all - QUIET. It's really easy to clean up and we love how the footprint of the device is very small and compact. This is a great little frother, and we are going to give it 4 out of 5 cups. We would have gone higher, but the price is a bit higher than what we would have expected, however the quality and ease of use easily justifies the price.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 5, 2006 8:22 AM
Overflow problems? The lid is really just a dust cover. Try without the lid. I can fill to just covering the black loop of the heater (with the spring) and it never overflows. Experiment with the max without overflow. Scary at first but it works.
Received my nespresso and aeroccino for xmas used it maybe 10 times and already the aeroccino stopped working, not impressed.
Froth machine doesn't work worth a crap for that
amount of money, just went out and bought a hand
frother, hope it works.
We just got one at work. So far, the thing is fantastic, making a perfect, dense foam just like Starbucks with 2% milk. I hope we won't have any issues like some describe, but for now, all systems go!
A friend of mine has one of these which has just failed. The "whisk" didn't spin any more, or spun a bit then stopped. There are absolutely "no user serviceable parts inside", but pulling it apart, and then pulling the motor apart showed that the brushes were worn or dirty. Cleaned, reassembled and it is working again, but I don't expect for much longer. Don't try this at home!
Following up on Will's problem, we are also looking for a solution for the blinking red light and not heating the milk. First day out of the box. My conclusion from this page is keep trying for few days (may "heal itself" within a week as in many of the accounts above!) and then take it back. Any other ideas for this problem?
We have 2 aeroccino's One works perfect for about a year now, yes some trouble with burn spot, clean up etc. but we can work around this. The 2nd one however in different location does not create the same creamy foam. Tried different milks and only got it to work as the other one Once. This one makes very thin hot milk with larg bubble which intermediately deflate What's the problem ? Any suggestions ?
I tried my aeroccino for the first time this morning. It started to overflow from the beginning. I checked the lid to see if it was on right and saw that no matter what I did it continued to overflow. I next tried a smaller amount of milk at the lower level indicated on the inside and it continued to overflow. So Peter "Duh" does not describe this situation. After reading the above reviews and after my own experience I will be returning my Aeroccino to the store.
My aeroccino is only four months old and has stopped working completely. For a week the red light flashed continuously during use but after that, it just died. I called Nespresso to report it and they have promised to replace it. I hope they will honor their word.
I had problems with frothing like many people here. The milk would heat up, but no foam. However, I tried 3 different milks (2%) all) and the third one from Fiesta worked perfectly. I now get a beautiful foam, with just a little bit of hot milk: I love this machine now!
I bought my aeroccino with the LeCube from Sur La Table ($249 for the set). So far, my biggst issue is the aeroccino overflowing when frothing. I called Nespresso and got the "milk changes with the seasons" and "what kind of milk are you using" crap, too. Unexpectedly, one of the reps called me at my home to give me a suggestion: Use the frothing whisk with the silver spring around it--just take off the spring first. Then try frothing without the lid (you don't need it to froth anyway and then you wont have to clean it). Both suggestions improved the way it works.
My wife has one at worked that works well. She bought one for me and it has never worked properly - doesn't heat the milk enough nor foams it properly. I give up... a manual frother is a fraction of the cost and much more effective.
I got my aeroccino with the Le Cube about nine days ago and today it's not working already. I call Nespresso Club and I need to send it in by post even the postage is for free I thought they will come to pick it up from our address (this is what they advertise on the book) but they say is not the coffee machine and the aeroccino is only the ACCESSORIES therefore you need to send it by post and then the technician will inspect the unit and is up to them to repair or replace the unit and after they received the unit and will take 3-4 working days to have the unit send it back to you. Great coffee, but very poor service, poor design on the aeroccino.
I love our Aerochino. I surfed onto this page because it flashes red, but I have no doubt that the agent will sort it out. It works with full cream, low fat and skim milk. We've had no real issues.
Is the Aeroccino milk frother available in South Africa, and if so,who stocks it?
Posted by: N Hill at September 15, 2009 5:39 AM
Yes, contact Top Vending (www.topvending.co.za)
I too have had the issue with milk burning into the bottom in certain spots. However I just noticed when cleaning it off that some of the actual bottom of the steamer scratched off? I am concerned if it's non-stick that it's leaching into the milk?
Well I am not too happy with this gadget. Brand new out of the box, and the whisk keeps popping off.
What happens is it sucks down air which pops off the whisk. So you end up having to fish around with your fingers to replace the whisk.
I was using the non-foaming whisk filled to the nonfoaming max line.
If you overfill it then the air will not suck down and the whisk will not pop off, but then you have leakage onto the countertop.
My Aerochino has the same burnt marks on the bottom and its very dissapointimg given that the inside of the machine is lined with teflon. It heats up the milk half way then stops and the light flashes red and wont start again. Does anyone know what the flashing red light means? The instruction book has nothing!
Hey there, I am petty new to the whole coffee seen, I know I have been sheltered, and I'm after a frother, what would you recommend, why and how long should it last for in your opinion? Thanks
they all seem to get the burnt sport. Use a paste of bi-carb soda and leave it on for a while. It works but the burnt sport always returns
I have had my machine for over 1 year. I love it! I had a problem in the beginning after about 2 months with not frothing but 2% milk fixed that. Do not leave it on the base plugged in all the time as that's not good for the machine. Leave it slightly off the base so it's not connected to power until you need it. You also have to be careful washing it. Just use a Mr Clean eraser and lightly rinse without getting the base wet. I use it every day and love it. You can't turn it on twice with the same milk as there is a heat sensor. In Italy they have a larger one for 4-6? cups. I would love one of those but they had the European plug.
I love this machine. Over the last few years I have owned three different brands of espresso machines that cost over $1500.00 each. Each one of them had to be returned for one reason or another. Williams Sonoma has the best return policy ever, I love that store. So when my last machine started flooding my counter top every time I used it I took it back and got the Nespresso Aeroccino and frother. This is the greatest ever. I just push a button and that's it, espresso and frothed milk. The clean up is nothing and on top of everything you can't beat the price. I highly recommend this machine.
Is the Aeroccino milk frother available in South Africa, and if so,who stocks it?
HAVE HAD MY MACHINE FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS. A YEAR AGO IT WOULD NOT START UNLESS I PRESSED THE ON BUTTON REPEATEDLY. AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS AND DOING NOTHING DIFFERENTLY, IT BEGAN TO WORK FINE AND STILL DOES TODAY - EXCEPT THE BURNED SPOT ON THE BOTTON (IN THE SMALL SPACE BETWEEN THE SPINNER AND THE WALL) HAS GROWN IN SIZE AND WILL NOT COME OFF!!!! ANY SUGGESTIONS?? AL
"It is true that you must have fat free milk."
Contrary to this experience, I have found that it works just fine with whole milk.
I have had an aeroccino for a year and a half and I love it. It is true that you must have fat free milk. I use an organic milk that lasts for a long time. In the beginning I found that the first cup frothed the best. I therefore put cold water from the frig in the container for a few moments before the second cup and that helped for a long time. Now I find that if I don't leave the plug in on the machine after use the milk does not burn on so much in the bottom and it froths better the next time it is used. I don't know if there is any reason why this should work, but if seems to. I have never used hot milk as I think the colder the milk the better. Once I could not start it and figured I got the starter button wet so I immediately dried the button with a hot hair dryer and it started again immediately. No trouble since because I am careful not to get the button wet. I love this machine and would buy another. However don't try to serve a crowd are you will be in the kitchen forever. I just recently put a TBL of baking chocolate powder in the bottom of the aeroccino and then filled the machine to the lower amount of milk to the line and turned out a great cup of hot chocolate by adding a packet of splenda. Sorry so many are having problems, but if you like this machine try some different things like I did and enjoy.
I got it few days ago doesn't froth
If milk leaks out your're putting too much milk in. Duh!
sorry posted this before. when i forth the milk leaks out the top. Anyone with similar problems, only had it a day.
I am on my 4th aeroccino, they seem to last a few months then will not switch on.
I tried not to rinse with cold water immediatly after use as i thought by rinsing with cold water it would damage the heater.Does this make sense.
Nespresso has promised to supply me with the latest larger model
I got the LeCube and Aerocino plus. Wish keeps popoing out. Milk is not hot. Not worth the trouble.
I got the LeCube and Aerocino from William Sonoma. First time I used it the wish pop out in the middle spinning. The mild warm up but not forth. I have to cool it down and tried again. Same thing happened. Call them next day they sent me a new set of wisk. I tried it and still not working. Finally they sent me a new machine. This time it work for 2 days (4 cups), then same thing happen again. I'm consider to return it to William Sonoma and forget all about this stupid machine. Very disappointed...
DO NOT waste your money on this machine. Spend a little more to get a real machine.
VickyOz are you completely negative or something?
Nespresso are aware of the problems and will GLADLY replace it. While you can be pessimistic about the quality of the frother their customer service is great - you'll get your device within about 3 working days no questions asked.
Not sure how you can be so ansi about Nespresso when you've not eve tried for a replacement and when changes are almost overwhelmingly high that they will replace it - just like that.
You are obviously read your sense of negativity into the messages here even when none of it applies to the nespresso folks.
I bought the aeroccino with the leCube machine for Xmas. While it worked it was great. Not even a month after the purchase it has stopped working...it just heats the milk but does not froth. After reading the thread I don't like my chances at a refund or replacement :(
I would like to order an Aeroccino milk forthier. Could you please provide me with a phone number to place my order. I will be using my credit card. Would rather talk to a "live" person, than order over the internet.
Bought my areoccino in July. Used once a day (one cup). This morning it will not work....at all.
And we are at the 4 month mark....very sad indeed.
Nespresso has been putting calls to me once a month since my purchase to ask how all is going. I hope they call again cuz I now have something to say.
A saleswoman at Williams-Sonoma talked me into one of these frothers yesterday. This morning I eagerly read the directions,prepared it as instructed, and pushed the start button. It went on for 2 seconds and stopped. That was it--completely dead. No way to re-start it. And I didn't even get one nice frothy milk out of it. What an "udder" waste.
Just bought mine machine and used it once, call the manufacture up and they gave me the "different type of milk" bull. If they don’t replace it I will just return the whole product due to it being unmerchantable quality.
We also were recently given the Aerocinno. First try and we've got just milk after 15sec of working. I really wanted to make a good froth. I bought 6 different types and brandds of milk during 2 days, and finally got the good one. Yes, milk is burned at the bottom sometimes.
But I can say it is the easiest and the most quiet way to get great froth for our coffe. I hope we will not change our mind after 2 months or so.
I can echo others, the Aeroccino works great for a while, but it does scorch milk on the bottom and mine died after three months use.
We were recently given the Aerocinno as a gift and use it approx. 4 - 5 times a day. After 2 months of use it stopped working. While it did work we were very plesed with the results of the froth it produced.
Wow, I am sorry to hear all the comments about not being satisfied with the Aerocinno. I was considering buying one and now will not. I will wait for the new and improved model.
I tried the Aerocinno with skimmed milk but returned it. I thought it produced a weak substitute for, not the equivalent of, steamed milk. It's definitely a neat gadget, but didn't make what I wanted.
To support the comments of "Monsieur Moore", my Aerocinno has died after four months. I was hoping that mine was just a lemon but now I don't think so. And the milk does burn on the bottom and eventually leaves a stain that can't be removed. We were using ours to make four cups of coffee through out the day.
We have just bought an Aerocinno, and are basically happy with it. But there is 1 problem: we make 2 cups of coffee with froth(1 for me, 1 for my husband). When we make the milk froth, the first cup is usually pretty good, with lots of froth. The 2nd one is more milk then froth - even if we cool the Aerocinno with cold water first. Any helps, ideas?
We have this frother in our office. Even after the very first use, we were unhappy with it. Yes, it provides frothy milk or warmed milk quickly and quietly, but ours scolded the milk that it leaves a burnt layer of milk on the bottom. To get it off, you need to scrub it. If you leave it for more than a day, it smells very, very bad (and, being in an office environment, you know not everyone will be responsible enough to clean it after using it).
So it's a pain in the neck to have to clean the burnt milk out of it every single time.
I have had it confirmed by Nespresso staff that the Aericinno is being repeatedly returned and that there are inherent design faults. So no - I was not using it 1000 a day : if you dont believe me (and frankly I dont care either way), do a little bit of tapping yourself and google the Aerocinno : you will quickly discover many other similar opinions. Nespresso themselves are in the process of completely redesigning it.
Now you're thinking $5 for a large cup of froth is unreasonable??
Just get the Aeroccino. Even if it claps out on you after 2 weeks (which, frankly I don't believe, unless Monsieur Moore was using it all day long in a business) you'll still be ahead! (That is, if you drink one frothy beverage per day.)
Okay, perhaps you'll break even...
i am considering buying one of these but due to Robert Morre's comments, i am having second thoughts. I love simply drinking froth with raw sugar and often spend about 5 dollars at starbucks for a venti sized cup of froth which am now thinking is rather unreasonable. However, can anyone else confirm that such isssues have arised with the aeroccinno because before a certain comment, i was whole-heartedly interested in purchasing one of these items!
Ive been through two aeroccinos in the space of 2 weeks. They work wonderfully for a little while, then all of a sudden they stop producing froth - they just heat the milk up. Ive read online that many others are having the same problems. I rang Nespresso, and each time they try and fob you off with "what sort of milk are you using", or "its the time of the year when the milk changes". They are rubbish responses - there is an inherent design fault with the machines. Do not buy the aeroccinno. If you love Nespresso like I do, get the full automatic versions that do the milk for you. I eventualy convinced Nespresso to upgrade my machine to the full automatic version, thank goodness.
I just purchased this Nespresso Frother from williams sonoma store at the mall. All I can say is this is a fantastic product. I've slowly built up my "home espresso skills" on a budget and am presently making expresso with froth far superior to anything from a commercial coffee shop using a simple cuisinart blade grinder ($20), a krups pump espresso maker ($150) and this frother ($79).
The froth it produces is faster to produce, with consistent and reliable results and far more pleasant to the taste buds. It may not give the same results as a steam produced froth, but being a purist is not my emphasis,, making a great tasting beverage is.
I am wondering if the foam/milk is warm enough. My expierince with handheld frother is that the foam cools down quickly, as with steam it stays warm longer. How is this with the aeroccino?
It's interesting that there are two very distinct schools of thought on how milk should be frothed. Personally, I like milk steamed on an espresso machine to create microfoam - almost like a dense emulsion of bubbles too small to be visible to the naked eye. This will separate out into a thick layer on top of the drink and warm milk underneath. The mouthfeel of such milk is quite creamy and unctuous. There's a photo here that is a good example of what I'm talking about:
I don't know ... frankly I can't imagine the pushbutton convenience of the nespresso machine being worth it. If you're willing to put in a little bit of practice into using a decent espresso machine, milk steaming just isn't that hard. I guess if you're unwilling to do that, then the above device is probably a good compromise. But even then, you could just warm the milk in the microwave, then froth it to your liking in a french press. This actually produces milk that isn't that far off from microfoamed milk in texture and mouthfeel.
Just my $0.02,
I do agree the Aeroccino is compact, quiet and quickly produces an milk froth. This may not be up to professional standards, but i got mine free with an offer on the Magimix M100.
I also think it's worth adding that the Aeroccino comes with two attachments; one is used with a small amount of milk for producing a little (very nice, actually) fluff. The other is used with a larger amount of milk to produce mostly warm milk (won't call it steamed, but same idea) with just a little cap of froth. So one can really combine with the different Nespresso coffee sizes and make all manner of strong or light drinks, milky or frothy. The biggest advantage here is the same as the Nespresso itself - one-touch near-perfection with little clean-up. The aeroccino adds a few more options if you don't always drink yours straight, with little additional fuss. I'm a fan.
The foam is a bit stiffer on the top but if you stir it up a bit loosens up quite nicely. Sure - this isn't steamed milk but frothed milk, and we agree the price is a bit high. But for ease of use and predictable results you don't have to stand over to make - it's pretty neat and goes great with your Nespresso.
Well, from the look of the pictures the Aeroccino isn't producing anything like a steamed milk microfoam. Not that I expected it would, since it basically operates on the same principle as a handheld milk frothing wand. Unlike a handheld wand, however, I don't believe the Aeroccino gives you any control on when to stop the whipping action--and from the looks of those stiff, dry-looking heads of foam in the pictures I'd say the Aeroccino way overwhips the milk. Seems like a pretty pricy gadget for what it does, too. A decent handheld frother is about $10. Darryl