A decent milk frother can save you a lot of money that you’d have otherwise spent on buying a new one. Apart from that, having a good frother will save your time and effort and transform milk into an essential ingredient in your latte or cappuccino. In this review, you’ll learn that as two very good frothers by Nespresso, the Aeroccino3 and the Aeroccino Plus have more in common than their distinct appearances show. Still, we do cheer louder for the one than for the other because of its more up-to-date mechanisms. Will it be Aeroccino3 vs Aeroccino Plus or vice versa— the answer is a few scrolls away.
- Black plastic housing
- Hot and cold froth
- Stainless steel pitcher
- Capacity for milk: 8.11 ounces
- Capacity for milk froth: 4.050 ounces
- Auto off
Stylish, with design improvements that make the frother froth even better
Heats up fast and works quietly
Hot froth will make your lattes and cappuccinos delicious, while cold froth will be a great addition to iced beverages
- Maximum level indicators
- One whisk for steaming and one for frothing
- Capacity for froth: 4.39 ounces
- Capacity for milk: 8.45 ounces
- Hot and cold froth
User-friendly, with a handle and a one-touch operation
Slightly larger foam and milk capacities from the capacities of the Aeroccino3
A nice, stainless chrome body
The frother might be too narrow for some hands, which might make cleaning a bit more challenging
Our pick: The Aeroccino3
We decided to go with the Aeroccino3 milk frother and not stay in the way of upgrades and up-to-date technologies. While both of the frothers are good deals and don’t really outperform the other, the upgrade of the whisks on the Aeroccino3 for a slight improvement in performance, the improved design of its housing, and a few other changes that are both for the sake of user-friendliness and for cosmetic reasons give the retro Aeroccino Plus a modern twist. Changes in technology are often for the better, right? Plus, the price of the Aeroccino3 is lower, and that is a deal maker. Combine this frother with the Nespresso Inissia, the Pixie, or the Vertuo Plus and enjoy your coffee!
The affordable Aeroccino3 milk frother is Nespresso’s way of bringing foamy hot and cold milk to anyone who has latte and cappuccino cravings. Coming in a plastic body that’s home to a stainless steel inside, the frother and its two whisks work fast to foam it up, steam it up, or keep the milk cool, but frothy.
Like its predecessor and the basis for its upgrade, the Aeroccino Plus milk frother, the Aeroccino3 too foams and steams at a simple touch of a button. While hot foam and steamed milk start ‘cooking’ right after you push the button, for cold froth you’re supposed to press and hold the one button of the frother for about two seconds. One of the markings on the inside wall of the Aeroccino3 signifies the maximum level for milk when steaming and the other shows the milk level for frothing.
In terms of its capacity, the Aeroccino3 milk frother has a little bit over 4 ounces of capacity for froth and something over 8 ounces for steamed milk, which translates into quite a large and satisfying latte or cappuccino.
In a few words, the design on this milk frother has Nespresso’s accent on style and trendiness completely integrated into its looks. This a tall, but compact frother with a cylindrical shape and available in three colors: red, white, and black. Out of the three colors, the black is the most Nespresso one, and it seems like it’s the most popular version to buy as well. Yet, something else is even more appealing to us than the stylish design of the Aeroccino3, and that is the improved construction of its frothing whisks, designed to level up the already good performance of the Aeroccino Plus, the predecessor of the Aeroccino3.
Standing on the pricier end, the Aeroccino Plus is a frother that can quickly raise its temperature to steam and froth your milk, but it can also froth the milk cold if you hold its one and only button. Like the Aeroccino3, the Aeroccino Plus is also a one-touch wonder, with light indicators for steaming and frothing the milk hot or cold to give you a nice top for an iced drink or maybe some refreshing desert.
Made of stainless steel inside and out, the Aeroccino Plus is one durable piece of classic art— classic because of its handy handle and the overall jug-like design. The color of its housing is the one and only nuance of the stainless steel walls, but, for a retro frother, this is completely acceptable.
Like in the case of its newer version, the Aeroccino3, the Aeroccino Plus too comes with two whisks, but they whisper retro as well. With one whisk for the froth and another one for hot milk, the frother textures the milk properly and quickly.
The frother’s capacity for steamed milk and froth is about 8 and 4 ounces respectively, making any advantage in capacity barely noticeable when compared to its upgrade, the Aeroccino3. Operating the Aeroccino Plus is easy, and this easiness of use is followed by the frother’s quietness in operation.
Powered by a reliable basis, the Aeroccino Plus is capable of heating up and preparing the milk for your latte or cappuccino in no time.
Similarities between the Aeroccino3 and the Aeroccino Plus
There are many similarities between the Aeroccino Plus and the Aeroccino3, and this is understandable because they are a frother-parent and a frother-child, respectively.
Both frothers come in similar dimensions, with the Aeroccino Plus being just slightly wider, which is unnoticeable difference. The one-touch function is the way of operation on both frothers, with the button using light indicators to indicate the product that the frothers prepare.
Like the Aeroccino3, the Plus also powers up from a charged basis and it uses two whisks when working with milk— one for hot or cold froth and another one for steaming. The two frothers have two markings for the amounts of milk needed for frothing and steaming, and once you pour the milk in, the fast heat up times of the two Aeroccinos quickly prepares them for operation.
The milk and foam capacities of the two frothers are almost identical, and they are a pinch over 4 ounces for the froth and a pinch over 8 ounces for hot milk.
Quiet, compact, and capable to perform very well, the Aeroccino3 and the Aeroccino Plus milk frothers are a perfect substitution for a steam wand on your coffee maker or espresso machine.
Differences between the Aeroccino3 and the Aeroccino Plus
We briefly touched on the differences between the Aeroccino3 and the Aeroccino Plus milk frothers to explain why we liked the Aeroccino3 a little bit more than the Aeroccino Plus.
When it comes to the design of the two frothers, we do admire the one of the Plus, but it is the design of the Aeroccino3 that closely resonates with our perspective on style. That said, the Aeroccino3 might not have the useful handle of the Aeroccino Plus, but we don’t really see why it needs it when it has a texture that eliminates any accidental frother slips.
We are not always pro-plastic, but in the case of the Aeroccino3, the plastic outer layer truly modernizes the frother. Compared to the retro stainless steel body of the Aeroccino Plus, the improved body of the Aeroccino3 looks like it belongs to the trendy era. Add to that the three colors in which the frother comes and you’ll realize that Nespresso really made a nice step from the one-color stainless steel housing of the Plus and its classic features.
When comparing the whisks of the two frothers, the most important difference is that the whisks of the Aeroccino3 are improved for its better performance. Even though the capacities of the two frothers are the same, the Aeroccino3 could surprise you by its ability to steam and froth better.
All these differences make for the final difference between the frothers—the difference in price. This difference is a counterintuitive one, however; instead of the Aeroccino3 being the more expensive frother out of the two, it is actually the cheaper one, which is another great reason to go for this frother.
Which one should you go with?
We recommend you choose the Aeroccino3 milk frother to enjoy its compactness, good performance, and easiness of use. Why should you not choose the frother that has most of the same features the Aeroccino Plus has, but with slight improvements to them? In fact, it is the Aeroccino3 the frother that often comes in a bundle with different Nespresso machines, not the Aeroccino Plus.
If you do, however, really like the Aeroccino Plus, that is absolutely great because you will not lose on steaming and frothing performance. Still, we are pro-advancements, especially pro-advancements that go hand in hand with the advancements in the coffee-making industry, which is why we like the Aeroccino3 milk frother better.