Short on time? Our top choice is Breville Barista Pro.
Are you a huge fan of latte, and you want to make it at home?
Then, you will need the best coffee maker with frother.
There is an endless sea of different machines out there.
But, I did the research instead of you, so you just need to figure out which one is the best for your daily needs.
The Best Coffee Makers With Milk Frother – Our Top 11 Picks
- Breville Barista Pro (Best Overall)
- Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse (Easiest to Control)
- Nespresso Latissma One by De’Longhi (Best Pod Machine for Beginners)
- Keurig K Cafe (Best Budget Pod Coffee Maker)
- Ninja DualBrew Pro System 12-Cup Coffee Maker (Biggest Capacity)
- Nespresso Lattissima Pro Original (Best Pod Machine)
- Ninja Specialty Fold-Away Frother Coffee Maker (Best Tasting Specialty Coffee)
- Gevi Espresso Machine (Best Espresso Machine for Beginners)
- Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System (For Cold Brew Fans)
- Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (Best Automatic Frother)
- De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine (Best Budget Espresso Machine)
Breville Barista Pro
Breville Barista Pro is the most expensive machine on this list, but with a good reason. With this one, you can make cafe-quality espresso.
I said you can because this is a semi-automatic machine.
Yes, you have pre-programmed single shot and lungo. But, you will need to manually adjust the grind size, shot volume, and milk frother if you want a barista-level espresso drink.
What makes this machine better than other machines on the list is the low-pressure pre-infusion and 15-bar Italian pressure pump. This means you will get a rich and smooth, full-bodied coffee with thick crema.
Regarding the milk frother, here’s the deal: it is a powerful, manual steam wand. That means you’re totally in charge of your milk foam. When you figure out how to do it properly, you’ll be able to make the best silky microfoam.
With all its bells and whistles, this machine is still not a good choice for beginners. You will need some practice to use its full potential. If you just want a simple coffee at the touch of a button, you better choose another one.
- The built-in conical burr grinder, so you get a consistent grind every time
- Simple controls with LCD screen make it easy to use
- It comes with a stainless steel milk jug, water filters, a cleaning kit, and a dose-trimming tool, which you would need to buy these on your own otherwise
- It’s durable because it’s entirely made of stainless steel
- More expensive than other machines on the list
- You will need a bit of practice to be able to make a nice coffee
Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse
Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse is a semi-automatic espresso machine.
It has a built-in automatic milk frother. So, even if you’re a total beginner, you’ll manage to prepare yourself a tasty espresso shot.
This machine has a pretty decent drink offer. You can choose regular espresso, latte, or cappuccino.
The brew sizes are limited, though. You can choose between a standard espresso shot and a lungo. But, you can also make 2 espresso shots at the same time.
Regarding the milk frother, this one is automatic. It doesn’t exactly make a microfoam, but it’s easier to use. Also, you can adjust the amount of froth.
What’s really cool about this machine is that the milk tank is detachable. It means it’s easy to wash, plus you can use it for storing milk leftovers in a fridge.
The weakest part of the machine is its build quality.
Okay, some important parts of the machine (like espresso pipes) are made from steel. But, most of the interior parts are from plastic. That means the machine isn’t really sturdy, and some customers reported parts breaking after a few months.
- Easy to use, everything is at a click of a button
- Automatic milk frother means consistent and easy-to-make milk froth
- 19-bar pro-quality Italian pressure pump will make a nice, flavorful espresso
- Detachable milk tank, which is easy to wash or store in the fridge
- Only two different drink sizes, so you have a pretty limited choice
- Half of the machine is made from plastic, meaning it’s not very sturdy
Nespresso Latissima One by De’Longhi
This is a fully automatic coffee maker that works only with capsules. So, if you’re a fan of traditional espresso, skip this one.
This machine is definitely made for those guys who prioritize their time and convenience.
It’s a single-serve coffee maker that works with capsules, so it will take a bare minimum of your work. 19-bar pressure pump will make you decent coffee every time, and you can choose between a single shot or lungo.
It has totally automatic, single-serve milk frother. You can set it for a macchiato, cappuccino, or latte, and have the right amount of froth for your favorite coffee every time. But, to be fair, you will get froth, definitely not microfoam.
Also, some customers report that they can’t make proper froth with non-dairy milk.
Except for just a few parts, it is made from plastic. And you know what that means. There is a high chance you will break some parts sooner or later.
- Everything is at a click of a button and fully automatized, so it’s easy to use
- The milk tank and water tank are detachable and dishwasher safe, making the cleaning easy
- There’s no guesswork when you need to descale the machine because It will alert you
- It’s small and compact, meaning it fits even small kitchen counters
- You will not get froth if you use non-dairy milk, so you will need a special frother for it
- It’s made from plastic, so it’s not really sturdy
This single-serve machine works only with K-Cup pods. If you’re on a budget, this one is much more affordable than some other single-serve machines on the list.
You can make an espresso, latte, or cappuccino at the click of a button. It has a fully automatic milk frother, so it doesn’t require a lot of input from you. Plus, it has a cold foam option if you like iced coffee.
But, here’s the downside. Since it doesn’t use pressure to extract the shot, it only makes espresso-style coffee, not real espresso. It will be short and packed as espresso, but not as rich and full-bodied.
Except for the frother, the whole machine is made out of plastic. It means it’s not really sturdy as some of the stainless-steel machines on the list. But, it makes the machine really light and compact.
What I like is that this machine alarms you when it’s time to clean it, and the descaling is done with a press of a button. Plus, the frother is completely detachable, and you can wash it in a dishwasher, which is a real-time-saver.
- It can froth different kinds of milk, so you can use skim, soy, almond milk, or other plant-based milk
- 5 different sizes of coffee give you a wide choice of drinks
- You can fit a travel mug under the spout, perfect for your to-go coffee
- Has an option for a strong brew which makes a bold coffee
- Sometimes it takes more time to brew a coffee, which requires patience
- It doesn’t use pressure to make espresso, so you only get espresso-style coffee
Ninja DualBrew Pro-System 12-Cup
Ninja DualBrew Pro-System works both with coffee grounds and pods. Plus, it has an independent hot water system. That way, you can make tea, cocoa, or cereals.
When you want to use pods, the machine will automatically recognize that, and it will offer you 4 different brewing sizes.
Brew regular coffee grounds offer even more sizes., You can choose between 9 serving sizes or a 12-cup carafe.
There are 4 brewing styles: classic, rich, over-ice, and specialty. Specialty brew is concentrated, rich, espresso-like coffee, so you can prepare a latte or cappuccino. Still, you won’t get the real cafe-standard espresso.
DualBrew has an automatic fold-away frother, made from plastic, and you can easily detach it and wash it in a dishwasher.
Milk frother can’t warm up your milk, so you’ll have to warm up the milk first if you want hot froth. But, besides that, making a froth with it is a piece of cake.
All-in-all, it’s a simple and versatile coffee maker for a casual coffee drinker. However, if you want more nuances in your cup (that you would get with an espresso machine), it’s better to search elsewhere.
- Huge variety of brewing options, from pods to ground coffee, so you can choose your favorite
- A touch screen with simple options makes it easy to control
- Independent hot water system for making tea and other non-coffee drinks
- Detachable water tank, which you can put in two different positions, plus you can wash in a dishwasher
- The plate doesn’t keep the carafe hot for too long, so you need to drink your coffee fast, or it will get cold
- Frother doesn’t warm up the milk, meaning you need to do it separately
Nespresso Latissima Pro by De’Longhi
Latissima Pro is a pod machine with a De’Longhi espresso extraction system and a 19-bar pressure pump, so it makes really flavorful and rich coffee.
Besides espresso, you can set it to make a latte or cappuccino, or you can have just a cup of warm milk.
It has an automatic built-in milk frother, which actually makes a really nice froth (unlike many other automatic frothers from our list). Plus, you can adjust the milk froth texture additionally.
For me, the best part of the machine is that really smart automatic clean option. With it, you can rinse the milk system after every use. And, you can remove the milk tanker, wash it in a dishwasher or put the leftover milk in a fridge.
Even though it comes with many perks, it’s still a pod machine.
It means you cannot really control the quality of your brew, or use fresh whole-bean coffee. For a coffee enthusiast, it’s a bummer. But for a lazy coffee lover who just wants a fast cuppa, it’s a pretty decent machine!
- It warns you when it’s time for descaling, plus there is an automatic descale option, making the maintenance easy
- You don’t need to wash milk frother separately because there is an Auto-Clean option
- It comes with a set of Nespresso capsules, so you don’t need to buy the first batch
- The automatic milk frother makes really nice froth, and it’s adjustable
- Except for a few aluminum finishing touches, it is made from plastic, so it’s not very durable
- It’s a pod machine, meaning you cannot fully control the brewing or use whole beans
Ninja Specialty Fold-Away Frother 10-Cup
Ninja Specialty is a drip coffee maker. But, unlike Ninja Dual Brew, this one doesn’t use pods, only ground coffee.
While this can be a plus because you can use fresh ground coffee, it can take a while to figure out which type and grind size of coffee work best for this machine.
Still, the options on this machine are pretty versatile. There are 6 brewing sizes, and the biggest is a 10-cup carafe. Plus, you can choose between 4 brewing styles, classic, rich, over-ice, and specialty.
Specialty is a 4 oz super-concentrated espresso-style coffee. And, since Ninja Specialty has a frother, that means you can also prepare cappuccino, latte, and other coffee-house beverages.
What I love about this machine is its fold-away built-in milk-frothing whisk. Fold-away whisk is convenient if your kitchen space is too small. You can also easily detach it and wash it.
But here’s a bummer – it doesn’t warm up the milk. Although it means you can get cold foam for your iced latte, heating up milk separately can be exhausting.
- You’ll get everything you need for brewing, including a permanent coffee filter, and a glass 10-cup carafe
- Your coffee maker won’t be covered in coffee stains all the time thanks to a drip-stop option
- You can put all the removable parts, including the carafe, in a dishwasher, making the cleaning easy
- Controls are simple and intuitive, so it’s easy to use
- Milk frother only makes a cold foam, so you cannot have steamed milk
- The machine is not very sturdy because it’s made of plastic
Gevi Espresso Machine
Gevi is a small, compact, and nice-looking semi-automatic espresso machine.
Although some parts are made from stainless steel, most of it is plastic, which is not so great.
But, when it comes to the coffee quality, this machine stands its ground.
It has a 20-bar pressure pump and makes strong coffee. You definitely want to try different grind sizes with this one. You may find that the flavor is much better with the not-too-fine ground.
What makes it different than some other espresso machines is that Gevi is also compatible with Nespresso pods. So when you are lazy to dial into your brew, you can just pop in the capsule and enjoy your coffee within minutes.
That said, the pod adapter doesn’t come with the machine, so you will need to buy it separately.
Now, let’s take a look at a steam wand. It is a classic manual steam wand. It’s made from stainless steel, so it’s very powerful and durable.
While this can be a downside since it can take you some time to master it, it can make a really nice textured microfoam. Plus, you can get only hot water and make some tea or hot chocolate.
- Has a stainless steel cup warmer on top, so your coffee will stay hot longer when poured into a cup
- It works with both coffee ground and coffee pods, meaning you can use whatever you prefer at the time
- Has a strong stainless steel steam wand which means it’s durable
- The 20-bar pump makes a strong and rich espresso
- You’ll have to buy a pod adapter separately, so you will have additional costs if you want to use pods
- You will have problems with some parts eventually because they’re mostly made of plastic
Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
As with other Ninja machines from this list, you can make regular coffee and espresso-like specialty coffee. But, if you’re a “team cold brew,” look over here.
This one also has 6 brewing sizes, but 5 different brewing styles. Besides classic, rich, over-ice, and specialty, this one can make cold brew.
Talking about versatility, it can serve you as a tea maker too. You’ll get a tea brew basket, in which you can put tea bags or dried tea leaves. I must admit, not many machines offer that.
The automatic, fold-away frother can’t warm your milk, but it will make a really nice froth. Cold froth really makes sense when you can also prepare a cold brew. Still, if this is too limiting for you, search for a machine with a manual steam wand instead.
And I must tell you one last thing – this machine is a bit noisy. So if you are an early bird and want to make coffee before everybody wakes up, it could be tricky.
- It comes with a tea brew basket, so you can make tea
- It can make cold-brewed coffee, which is a plus for cold-brew fans
- A smart screen and controls make it easy to use it
- Makes a nice cold froth which is great for cold-brew coffee
- Don’t expect it to last for years because it’s entirely made from plastic
- It is a bit noisy, so you might wake up the household if you brew early in the morning
Hamilton Beach FlexBrew
Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is a programable, single-serve, 2-way coffee maker. It’s a regular drip coffee maker, but it’s also compatible with K-cups.
Look. It’s not exactly an espresso machine, so you won’t get barista-style coffee. But it still makes pretty decent coffee and specialty drinks at the click of a button.
The milk frother is actually the best part of this machine.
It is an automatic frother that makes really nice textured froth. It can warm up cold milk and make hot milk froth, but it also makes nice cold froth, which really eases up making a cold latte, for example.
Plus, the frother can work at the same time as you brew coffee, so that can save you some time also.
Its power base can be folded up when you don’t use the frother, so it saves some space on the countertop.
However, the thing that I personally don’t like is that frother isn’t dishwasher friendly, and it can be tricky to clean it properly.
- Can brew both ground coffee and pods, so you can use whichever you prefer at the moment
- It’s totally programable, which makes it easy to use
- Not too expensive, which is great for those on a budget
- Frother can make both hot and cold milk froth, so you can enjoy both hot and iced milk coffee drinks
- Cleaning is a bit of a hassle because you can’t put frother in a dishwasher
- It’s not too durable because it’s totally made from not-too-good plastic
De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine
De’Longhi Stilosa is a manual machine, so you’re in charge of the whole preparation. And I really mean the whole process – from grinding and tamping to pulling the shot. This also means you will need to get a separate grinder or use pre-ground coffee.
But, if you are a coffee enthusiast who likes to have control over brewing, it will pay off. This machine has a 15-bar pressure pump, which makes great-tasting espresso, with a lot of flavor and body.
Options on this one are pretty basic. You can only choose between single and double espresso shots.
Since it’s totally manual, you can’t just press the button and leave, expecting finished coffee when you’re back. You need to pay attention to it, and it can take some time.
The steam wand is also manual, you can choose how strong pressure you want, and that is it. But, if you know how to use it, it makes a silky foam texture.
Although some parts are from steel, the inside of the machine is mostly plastic. But, since it’s pretty cheap for an espresso machine, you get what you paid for.
- 15-bar pressure pump gives great-tasting coffee
- It’s not too expensive, so it’s great for those who want to save money
- It has a manual steam wand which makes silky smooth microfoam
- Everything is completely manual, so it can be a challenge for beginners
How to Choose the Best Coffee Machine With Frother
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if your head starts spinning while weighing all these different features.
But don’t worry.
I will explain why each feature is important and help you choose the right machine for you.
Decide which type of frother you want
Coffee makers from my list have two different types of milk frothers:
Classic espresso makers have recognizable manual steam wands.
And manual steam wands are great if you ask me. You can just warm up your milk, or make smooth micro foam for an insanely good latte or cappuccino.
However, some people (especially beginners) don’t like manual wands.
Steam wand requires some skill, and the learning curve can be steep.
But, I assure you. With some practice, you will get to that perfect silky froth eventually.
Some machines have built-in fold-away frother wands. It is easier to use than a steam wand, because you don’t control its strength, but it’s not fully automatic.
And then, you have machines with built-in automatic frother.
Those are super convenient if you don’t want to bother with milk. They are fully automatic, and with just one click, you will get a nice milk froth. Just pour milk into it, and it will do the rest.
Some automatic frothers have a cold option to froth cold milk, which can be pretty cool if you like cold coffees.
Unfortunately, automatic frothers can never make a rich and smooth micro-foam texture like manual steam wands.
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If you want to make super silky microfoam for specialty espresso drinks, go for a machine with a manual steam wand. But, if you prefer convenience over quality, an automatic milk frother is the way to go.
It’s really awesome if you can adjust the size of your coffee.
The more options the coffee maker offers you – the better.
Some people are totally fine with having only two options, espresso shot and lungo.
For those (like me) who like to change their coffee size according to the situation, some machines have up to 6 different coffee sizes.
With some of those, you can even tank up your traveling mug.
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If you like your coffee short and strong, espresso machines with just two sizes are more than enough for you. But, if you need a gigantic cup of coffee, it’s better to look for machines that offer you bigger serving sizes.
If you’re not strictly an espresso person, you should definitely think about the versatility of your future coffee maker.
Some of the espresso machines today have one-button options for cappuccino and latte.
But, some other machines have even more options or even have different integrated brewing systems.
For example, a machine that can take a macchiato pod, but also brew a regular coffee is pretty handy.
But it is even better if you can make drinks besides coffee, like tea or hot chocolate. If you like this option, go for a machine with a separate hot water dispenser.
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If you drink only one type of coffee, it’s not that important for you how versatile options the machine has as long as it brews your favorite one. But, if you love both espresso shots and regular filter coffee or herbal tea, it’s awesome to have different options.
When we talk about capacity, we talk about how much coffee you can get from your maker.
If you live alone, a single-serve machine would probably be enough for your daily needs.
If you often have a friend at your place, two espressos at once are great, and some home espresso machines have this option.
But, machines that make a full carafe of hot brew are great if you live in a family of coffee lovers.
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How much coffee some coffee maker can produce at a time can be very important if you live with more coffee drinkers, or often have coffee-loving guests.
Obviously, you want to buy something decent for your money, that won’t break or need fixing in, like, two months.
Materials that are used can tell you a lot about the quality of the particular coffee machine.
Stainless steel is definitely something worthy of your attention. It is durable and strong. It’s hard to break it, even if some part of the machine smashes on the kitchen floor.
Sadly, today most coffee makers have plastic inside, or they’re entirely made of plastic. It is more likely that you will break or crack some small part, and you’ll need to buy a new part in the best-case scenario.
On the other hand, if you’re on a budget, skip fancy machines that are entirely made from steel. Plastic ones are way more affordable.
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Plastic is not very sturdy, and it can break easily. So, if you want a long-lasting coffee maker, and you’re willing to pay a little bit more, look for durable materials like stainless steel.
Ease of use
For beginner home baristas, the machine should be easy to use.
When I was a beginner, it was hard for me to do all the steps or to choose the right grind size. And not to mention that making a decent milk froth was a one-way ticket to an anxiety attack.
The good thing is that we have automatic machines.
With one of those, you will be spared all the work. All you need to do is to pour the coffee ground or insert the pod and click the button.
To be honest, I completely understand people who still love semi-automatic machines.
When you’re a real devotee, you enjoy making your brew. You can control and observe every part of the process. So today, when I learned a few tricks about brewing coffee, I prefer those over fully automatic machines.
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If you’re a total beginner or you just don’t want to spend your time making coffee, you need an easy-to-use machine like an automatic coffee maker. But if you want to take control over your brew, choose a semi-automatic espresso machine.
Nobody likes cleaning. So it is a really handy feature if the machine you’re looking for has a one-touch cleaning system.
Also, it is super convenient if some parts, like the milk tank or filter holder, are removable, so you can wash them easily.
Bonus star if those are made from materials that are dishwasher-friendly.
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The easier to clean – the better! Auto-cleaning programs and dishwasher-friendly parts are major advantages.
When we sum up all the factors, Breville Barista Pro is the best coffee maker with a frother.
It is a very well-built professional-level machine, and it will serve you for years and years.
The best part is that it makes rich, full-bodied espresso shots full of flavors. The steam wand is totally manual, but it’s very powerful and makes a beautiful silky textured microfoam.
Since it’s semi-automatic, it requires some skill. However, when you master it, you’re gonna whip up cappuccinos that taste and look like those from your favorite specialty coffee house.
But, in the end, it really all comes down to your personal preferences and what type of coffee maker you love.
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