As someone who writes about home products for a living, I’ve tested my fair share of kitchen gadgets, and my favorite purchase last year was, surprisingly, the least expensive item I bought: the Zulay Milk Frother. If you love starting the day with a cappuccino — extra foam, please! — this small yet mighty $7 tool will make your morning. And it's size and price point make it the perfect stocking stuffer for the java lover in your life.
This handheld frother has taken my morning coffee to the next level — and I think you'll agree. In just seconds, you'll be able to transform any type of milk into the thick and creamy foam needed for your lattes and cappuccinos. I also use it to make matcha tea, as I've found it’s so much easier (and faster) to use than a traditional matcha whisk. The electric whisk is even useful for making protein drinks or pre-workout beverages, as it combines the powder and liquids much better than stirring or shaker bottles do.
I love how easy it is to clean — something any busy person will find to be a relief! All you have to do is rinse it with warm water and wipe it down with a towel. And it runs on two AA batteries, so you don't have to worry about keeping it charged. I’ve had it for a few months now and haven’t had to swap out the batteries yet, which is a bonus!
And I’m not the only one who's a fan! Over 56,000 Amazon shoppers are just as obsessed with the handheld gadget as I am. “This is a great frother ... I bought this to froth milk for my lattes and I love it. It is so easy to use and clean,” raved one.
Another called it their “favorite kitchen tool” before adding, “I use it for pre-workout, powder greens and protein drinks every single day. Blends amazing and is so quick and easy.” Others love the handheld frother so much, they’ve bought multiples.
"Love this!" exclaimed a final fan. "It is so powerful. Works like a charm and never gets weighted down. Wish it came with stand." (Psst: Zulay makes a milk frother stand if you want it on your counter at all times.)
Perhaps my favorite part, the frother actually saves me money. With a one-time purchase of $8, I’ve been able to make barista-worthy beverages from the comfort of home — which has definitely curbed my near-daily trips to Starbucks, saving me hundreds of dollars in the long run. If you're looking for an affordable way to enjoy delicious lattes at home (or an affordable holiday gift), this is it.
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"If you love your coffee good and warm to the last drop, this is a must-have!" gushed a happy reviewer. "No more reheating my coffee [and] turning it bitter. You absolutely won’t regret it. This cup has been engineered exquisitely. I love it!"
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.