Thursday, September 14, 2023

SMEG Retro-Style Milk Frother Review

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I have wanted to get a milk frother for a long time, and I prefer drinking a latte, cappuccino or café au lait to a cup of coffee with half & half. I knew that I wanted to buy a milk frother, and my research began with a simple stick frother that is submerged into the milk to the electric models. After researching the most reliable models I decided to buy the SMEG Milk Frother because it was very highly rated, and it didn't hurt that it was such an attractive appliance.

I prefer drinking oat milk in my lattes, and therefore the frother that I selected had to be effective with dairy and non-dairy milks, and this one definitely checked all of the boxes. Additionally, it has a cold and hot setting– which is handy if you like both iced and hot beverages.

Italian-based SMEG is known for its 1950s retro appliances that have been designed in collaboration with some of the world's top architects. 

The SMEG Milk Frother is an electric milk frother with a stainless-steel carafe that skillfully combines iconic midcentury style with decidedly modern features. It boasts an induction heating system that rapidly heats and froths quickly producing a, "very smooth microfoam with billowy soft peaks." The frother also works with cold milk, and therefore can be used to make iced beverages as well.

I ended up purchasing mine from Nordstrom because I had a Nordstrom Note to redeem, but I contacted SMEG directly to see if Amazon was an authorized dealer (because I had a gift certificate to redeem from Amazon). Ultimately, I purchased mine from Nordstrom, but I was happy to learn that Amazon is an authorized SMEG dealer in case I want to buy another one of their countertop appliances in the future.

According to SMEG,

SMEG's milk frother can heat and froth milk to perfection: it's ideal for making cappuccino, latte macchiato, and flat whites, as well as for preparing instant drinks such as hot chocolate.

Alternatively, why not try your hand at latte art? The ergonomic handle guarantees great control, so you can create anything from ‘rosettas’ to ‘love hearts,’ and really impress your friends with dedicated creations.

Endowed with a total of 6 pre-set programs and a manual function, SMEG's milk frother can handle hot and cold drinks, with or without foam, thanks to the 2 whisks included: smooth and notched.

An icon for each program is clearly visible on the backlit control knob, alongside the start/stop button.


  • Induction system for even heating and optimal milk assembly at all times.
  • Multifunction knob allows selection of up to 6 preset programmes and a manual function. User-friendly controls and backlit knob make it easy to adjust.
  • Dishwasher-safe stainless steel carafe, Ideal for preparing hot and cold drinks.
  • The Smeg milk frother allows you to get a light or dense foam with hot and cold milk, to create a variety of recipes. Select from hot or cold milk with light or thick foam.
  • Anti-slip feet provide stability during use.
  • Tritan® lid with measuring cup. Tritan Renew has all the durability, quality and safety you expect from Tritan – now made with 50% certified recycled material.
  • Built-in cord wrap.
  • Designed in Italy and made in China.

The SMEG Milk Frother is so easy to use! Simply select your setting, pour your milk into the carafe and then press the button. After a very short amount of time your frothy milk will be ready to pour into your mug or glass.
I first pour my frothed oat milk into the glass, and then I pour the coffee on top. It makes a perfect cup every single time. It tastes just as delicious as the oat milk lattes that I get from Peet's Coffee and Starbucks, and at a fraction of the cost. I use a strong cup of Peet's Major Dickinson's Blend, a delicious dark roast, and this pairing is perfection.

I tested the Original Oatly Oat Milk and their Barista Blend, and I found that the former performed just as well as the latter, and I prefer the flavor of the Original blend. Therefore, I will just use the regular Oatly from now on. I am also picking up one of their Oatly Chocolate milks to make Café Mochas and hot chocolate. The lid has a removable knob so that you can easily add ingredients, such as shaved chocolate, into the milk if you are making a hot chocolate or mocha.
Look at this beautiful froth!
SMEG also makes their Milk Frother in white, in addition to the colors shown above. I selected pink because it was so whimsical!
Overall Assessment: This is the best purchase that I have made this year, and while it is expensive I will save a lot of money on lattes! A+

$229.95 from Nordstrom, Williams Sonoma, Amazon, Crate & Barrel, Saks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, West Elm, Wayfair and Horchow (Affiliate Links). Purchased. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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  1. I am so taken by SMEG appliances! Did you buy the pink frother? I prefer lattes too, but I don't have an espresso maker and I just have the inexpensive stick frother. What does oat milk taste like? Everything looks very deluxe!!

    1. I feel the same way about SMEG appliances, Allison! Yes, I bought the pink one– a few of the pictures above are the actual machine (with the Oatly Oat Milk, and behind my coffee). I am obsessed with this machine and use it every single morning! If you don't have an espresso machine (stovetop or plug in), then you can easily do a Café au lait and simply use dark roasted beans like Italian, French or Major Dickininson’s and make a strong brew. It is also fantastic for drinks like Matcha and Chai lattes as well. I didn't want to use a stick frother (and I have had them before)– not because they aren't good, but because I wanted a frother that heated and frothed. This was especially important in the early morning when I want things easy since I will just be waking up! I personally love oat milk, and love that it has a slight natural sweetness to it. I have tried many brands, and Oatly is by far my favorite. It is the most flavorful and it froths beautifully. I just wanted to kick the habit of drinking coffee with half & half, and this is a very luxurious alternative. It is worth trying oat milk to see what you think about it. Oatly also makes a chocolate oat milk that is divine, and it makes one delectable cup of hot chocolate! <3 <3

  2. Oh my goodness! Besides cute it seems like it’s really awesome! I want it in cream 😍😍😍

    Michelle | con limón, please

    1. That was my reaction when I first saw it, too, Michelle! It is very cute, but it is a workhorse as well. I have used it every single day since I bought it, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase! The cream color is very attractive, and countertop perfect!


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