The Best Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitchers in 2018

Updated on October 22, 2018
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Paul's passion for making and consuming coffee extends back over thirty years. An extensive traveler, he currently lives in Florida.

Making the perfect cappuccino or latte doesn't just involve getting the coffee brewed just right, you also need to think about the milk. Most frothing pitchers are constructed from stainless steel, making them durable, attractive, and easy to clean
Making the perfect cappuccino or latte doesn't just involve getting the coffee brewed just right, you also need to think about the milk. Most frothing pitchers are constructed from stainless steel, making them durable, attractive, and easy to clean | Source

I know from over thirty years of experience that the perfect cup of coffee doesn't just mean getting the brew right; you also need to make sure that your milk is faultless too.

A milk frothing pitcher enables the process by giving you right receptacle for frothing up, serving, and pouring the milk. It provides the perfect way to complete a cappuccino or latte, and do it in style.

Typically constructed from stainless steel, milk pitchers come in different sizes and shapes, so it is important to consider which is the most suitable for your needs. Twelve ounce and twenty ounce are the commonest sizes. I like to have both, because although I am normally just making drinks for me and my wife, it's nice to have something bigger for when we have guests over.

2018's Best Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitchers

Here are my milk frothing pitcher suggestions.

  • The Update International: Affordable and Dishwasher Friendly
  • The Espro Toroid: Beautifully Designed
  • The Cafe Luxe: Top-rated, Easy to Use and Clean


I will explain the reasons for my selections in full detail below.

The EP-12 is very difficult to beat in terms of value for money.  Constructed from stainless steel, the frothing pitcher is sturdy, durable, and elegant in appearance. The EP is available in 12 ounce and 20 ounce sizes.
The EP-12 is very difficult to beat in terms of value for money. Constructed from stainless steel, the frothing pitcher is sturdy, durable, and elegant in appearance. The EP is available in 12 ounce and 20 ounce sizes.

The Update International: Affordable and Dishwasher Friendly

I used an Update International EP-12 as my everyday pitcher for many years to serve up the microfoam for my morning coffees (there is also a 20 ounce version but the small capacity version is fine for my needs). It's a solid and practical product, nothing super fancy, but great value for money.

Here is my full pros and cons list.

Pros

  • Affordable product that offers excellent value for money.
  • Solid stainless steel construction makes it durable and attractive.
  • It pours well (not all the pitchers do!).
  • Dishwasher friendly and easy to clean by hand.

Cons

  • Depending on your needs, this pitcher may be too small for some. To get the full 12 ounces means filling it to the brim.

We want to do a lot of stuff; we're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep. We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.

— Jerry Seinfeld
Milk can be frothed using a hand held frother, or by using an electric frother pitcher.  Hand held frothers are cheap and easy to use and work through a little propeller bubbling up the milk.
Milk can be frothed using a hand held frother, or by using an electric frother pitcher. Hand held frothers are cheap and easy to use and work through a little propeller bubbling up the milk.
The Espro Toroid has been specially designed to organize the circulation of the milk inside the pitcher to create perfect microfoam.  Constructed from 18/8 stainless steel, this pitcher has an attractive appearance and is sturdy and durable.
The Espro Toroid has been specially designed to organize the circulation of the milk inside the pitcher to create perfect microfoam. Constructed from 18/8 stainless steel, this pitcher has an attractive appearance and is sturdy and durable.

The Espro Toroid: Beautifully Designed!

I use a 20 ounce Espro Toroid when I have friends over for dinner parties, partly for the extra size, but mainly because it really is a beautifully designed frothing pitcher. It's also great for latte art, which is fun and makes a talking point.

Here's a summary of my pros and cons.

Pros

  • The easiest pticher to use that I've experienced, thanks to its special design which organizes the milk circulation to produce perfect microfoam.
  • An excellent pourer and great for making latte art, always fun at a social gathering.
  • It looks and feels great to hold in your hands.

Cons

  • It's more expensive than the average frothing pitcher.

I like cappuccino, actually. But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.

— David Lynch

Latte Art Basics

When pouring the cream, start with the pitcher high (around two inches from the coffee) and pour slowly, lowering the pitcher as you pour.

The position of the pitcher is also very important, as is the flow. You should start gently and then increase. Eventually, after increasing the flow, the spout of the pitcher should be low enough that it is touching the cup.

Height, positioning and flow are all you need to create a heart, but to make a more complex design like a rosetta, or a tulip.

Like most of the world's population I'm into coffee, but in a properly big and important way. My perfect weekend would start with a pint of coffee.

— Jimmy Carr
Whether cleaning by hand or using a dishwasher, the Javameister is easy to clean.  It can also be polished up with a non-abrasive towel after cleaning and made to shine.  Made from high quality stainless steel, the Javameister offers excellent value.
Whether cleaning by hand or using a dishwasher, the Javameister is easy to clean. It can also be polished up with a non-abrasive towel after cleaning and made to shine. Made from high quality stainless steel, the Javameister offers excellent value.

The Cafe Luxe: Top-rated, Easy to Use and Clean!

The Cafe Luxe is my current everyday frothing pitcher. It replaced my old Update International, which I took it on vacation one time and left somewhere by mistake. The Cafe Luxe is an excellent product and has turned out to be great value for money.

Here are my pros and cons.

Pros

  • Its main advantage over most pitchers is that there are measurements etched into the inside of the pitcher, making it easy to gauge the right amount of milk required (3-11 ounces). This can be a big help, believe me.
  • It's dishwater safe.
  • The handle is sturdy and heat resistant.
  • It comes with a black carrying pouch, useful for prolonged storage or when I want to take it somewhere.

Cons

  • Some people won't like that it's Made in China.

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