Not bad for the price
Recently bought this milk frother from Kmart. So far it’s been pretty good! It does what it’s says on the box and my coffee certainly tastes better for it. I clean it immediately after use to prevent the milk burning and sticking. The milk only seems to burn and stick if it’s left to sit in the hot frother. If it gives up the ghost after a few months of daily use then I got my $29 worth.
Burnt milk and then broke
Unfortunately, this item isn't like so many other amazing Kmart products. It started off heating the milk to a fairly good temperature, however, the bottom would get so hot it would sizzle and burn the milk at the bottom which made cleaning this item an absolute nightmare and nearly impossible to clean completely. It seemed to get worse and worse over the course of about a dozen uses. After that, at best two weeks after purchase, it completely stopped heating the milk and no longer works. Stupidly I threw away the receipt so I am unable to return it!
Burnt milk on bottom and stopped working after a few weeks
Mine very quickly developed a burnt patch on the bottom that could not be removed even though I tried cleaning it thoroughly after each use. Then it stopped working altogether after a few weeks. Alas I lost the receipt so I wasn't able to take mine back for a refund. The Aldi frother is much better for the same price.
Purchased in January 2019 for $30.00.
Excellent for the price
I have read all the bad reviews about that. Now Kmart have moved from home&co to the anko brand maybe things changed. I have had this for like a couple of months and it's excellent for the price. As long as you clean it thoroughly with water, a sponge and soup after each use, it stays super clean. The lid has a spot to keep the other frothing piece so you never end up losing those. Some review was saying it turns on by itself again, that doesn't happen with me, I haven't tried keeping it connected long enough though but why would you keep it connected all the time anyway?.
You Get What You Pay For
It's true that you get what you pay for with milk frothers. This Kmart one was okay, but not good enough to keep. The main issue was that the milk didn't warm up to the 65 degrees it states it would. The milk was always luke-warm. I don't think this was always the case, as after about a month of owning it, I noticed that the warming time was over sooner. Have now swapped it out for another low-cost frother, and am much happier.
Works OK for me
Bought the last one on the shelf, so no box and no instructions. Read and watched on-line instructions which suggested not leaving it un-rinsed immediately after using it. That advice appears to have prevented the scorched milk residue problem so many have been complaining about here. Allowing a small amount of milk to collect on the still hot element while you enjoy your coffee is a sure way to make cleaning a chore later and, worse, then risk eventually removing the non-stick coating.
A quick wipe with a damp sponge or cloth immediatel...y after pouring out the froth leaves the bottom perfectly clean. Even just leaving a little detergent and water in it immediately after use should keep the residue from forming. I've used a way more expensive Nespresso frother recently and it had a patch of burnt milk in the bottom that proved difficult to remove, slightly marking the non-stick surface. In use, it was little different from this Kmart model, with only minor changes in markings and switches. The switch on this unit does stay in the ON position once the froth cycle is complete and the unit turns off. Removing it to pour, then placing it back down on the base might in some instances allow it to come back on, so this is another reason to take it off the base, clean/soak it straight away and store it off the base as well. A small lug under the lid holds the whisk. Without any instructions or even the box, I pondered if this meant I was missing an extra whisk attachment that I'd seen in some other models - a simple paddle for warming and stirring a hot chocolate or instant coffee. A recent visit to Kmart and a look inside the box of their latest model frother suggests not - just the one whisk comes with the new unit. Apparently the unit can be operated without the whisk, however, to simply heat some milk without stirring it. Responsible cleaning aside, this inexpensive frother does a very good job preparing a quite acceptable froth to pour onto an espresso, although the froth is somewhere between a cappuccino and flat white. Use of a spoon to regulate the pour gives better results. It's relatively quick, so making the espresso and frothing the milk can be done all at the same time. Our Breville espresso machine doesn't allow simultaneous coffee and milk frothing, so this little frother is proving to be surprisingly handy.
Great in the beginning
I have been through two of these frothers in the last 5 months.
In the beginning I thought it was great, frothed/heated the milk as good as any expensive frother. Started noticing the burnt milk on the bottom of the canister, even though I wash it after every use. If I made 2-3 coffees and consecutively frothed the milk without washing in between the milk would burn and be black on the bottom.
I had to replace the first one after a couple of months as the bottom must have got wet when washing it up? The second one I was a lot more careful washing it up but it just stopped working for no reason?
Wouldn’t buy another, i'll put my money towards a better quality frother.
Good but constantly overflows
I clean mine after every use so have never had the issue of the milk burning. But even when I pour in the minimum amount of milk I have found that it will overflow. I don't know if it's because I'm using almond milk rather than cows milk but I'm getting pretty sick of cleaning up after it every time I want frothed up warm milk
Easy frothy milk!
Very cheap at $29 so was skeptical of quality of product but I have found that it froths and heats milk very well and I haven't had a burnt batch of milk yet and the non-stick coating making cleaning super easy, just a quick rinse and wipe after using. Would definitely recommend.
Horrible and dangerous
I used this Kmart milk frother the day after I brought it and it blew the circuit. I was furious because I didn’t have power for 5 hours! I didn’t taste the milk, but it was burnt on the bottom and was very airy. I certainly don’t recommend this product because it is very dangerous I luckily got a refund.
Kmart milk frother
Still early days, so no burnt milk yet. Warms and froths reasonably well so far.
Not too hard to clean if you do it immediately after use before milk sticks to the supposed non stick coating. Would have been better if it was stainless steel instead as the non stick coating is very thin and probably will not last too long.
It is only good for one cup at a time, this is a bit of a let down.
The electrical design is somewhat dangerous as it turns itself off when it reaches temperature, BUT the switch remains ON. So it will start to heat up again and again if you forget about it, or if you put it back on the base plate without turning it off at the wall or remembering to manually flick the the switch off after use and cleaning.
Nightmare to clean, lasted about 12 months!
Frothed the milk well for a about year and then stopped working. But the whole time it burnt the milk on the bottom and was a nightmare to clean, even if you scrubbed it. I tried rinsing it out immediately after use but that didn't work - the milk got stuck on the bottom. Cheap but rubbish - definitely do not recommend.
This frother worked really well for 2 weeks the milk heated well and the froth was good but it burnt the milk on the bottom which was difficult to clean then it stopped working . No reason for it to stop working it just stopped. Took it back to store for full refund.
I bought one for the office and it blew the circuit breaker on first use, made sure it was the culprit by trying a second time and it again blew the fuse, so was returned to the store. I will go and pay four times the price for a Nespresso one, as the one I have had for five years is still great...
I purchased the kmart milk throther.thought it was a good price.as a milk warmer it was ok but for a milk throther i found it unsatisfactory. It barely throthed the milk at all.easy to clean which was a plus but as i like a nice head of milk on my espresso coffee it hust didnt do it thank you.
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Questions & Answers
Bought my milk frother a week ago. Used three days and then it stopped working. Two days after it started working again. Worked two days and now it has stopped. Does anyone know why it is doing this? It’s just me doing something wrong or just the machine being really rubbish?
Anko milk frother (SB-0802C1) User Manual (page 2 - para 14) states "Risk of burns ! .........Hold the product only by the handle". Good idea/advice. Trouble is, the Anko frother I purchased today from my local K Mart ain't got no handle !! Can't find a website for the manufacturer or supplier. Or the person (lawyer?) who drafted the User Manual, so having a whinge here. If only to prove some people read user manuals !!
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