Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother Review

If you take a quick look at the Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother, all you'll see would be a sleek, stainless steel exterior with just one simple control knob. You'd think that it was just another one of those milk frothers that gives you a choice of two - take it or leave it.

But when you see what this device can do, it's like opening a whole new world of coffee and milk frothing, of exotic drinks of smooth, tantalizing flavors, or creamy froth that you never knew existed before.

So far, so good, but can it really be worth the not insubstantial price tag of not far south of $130?

Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother
Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother

Table of Contents (jump ahead!)
Build Quality and DesignEverything?
How Long Does It Take?You'll Want To Know...
What About Cleaning It?Features & Specs
Pros and ConsConsumer Ratings
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Superior Build Quality and Simple Design

The Breville BMF600XL consists of a base unit, which controls the induction power, and a jug, or carafe, in which the milk froths are made. Both are of stainless steel. The only plastic parts are the lid and the two frothing discs - one smooth, for making lattes, and the other with slits, for making foam for cappuccinos.

The disc that isn't being used is stored on a magnetic hook at the back, so it's almost impossible to lose. The power cord, too, stores away easily when not required.

The carafe has a minimum fill line, and if you fill to that level then you'll have enough milk for two 10 ounce cups of coffee. You can make enough for four cups at a time if you wish.

The knob on the base unit lets you control the temperature of the milk produced. You can have a cold stir for a cold drink (though you won't have so much froth), or you can take the heat up to 160 degrees and all points in between.

A froth needs more than just heat, of course. It needs stirring. The BMF600XL uses its discs for this. They're not turned mechanically, but magnetically. Take the disc you need, according to whether you want foam or not, and press it home into the containing slot. Make sure it's stable before you start. Like any brilliant idea, it's basically very simple and produces great results.

And the build quality is such that there's no reason why it shouldn't continue doing so for many years.

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Breville BMF600XL - The Machine That Does Everything

Frothing milk is actually only one of the functions that this machine carries out quietly and reliably. It's also a hot chocolate maker if you just add the appropriate ingredients, though there is a little skill involved in this (see below).

Apart from regular full-fat milk, you can use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or skimmed milk (which produces the largest froth). If you prefer you can add cocoa, agaves or coffee, so that your drink is ready made without having to prepare another part of it elsewhere.

And you don't have to have a froth at all. You can make steamed milk. In fact, using it as a flavored milk steamer is one of its most popular uses.

It does produce very hot milk (though you can, of course, reduce the temperature setting), and it's capable of melting chocolate chips fed into it through the lid whilst foaming the milk. It's quiet too, and if you're up to latte art then this machine won't let you down.

The recipe book that comes with the frother itself contains a number of other dishes, so experiment and discover which kind of brew you prefer, because sometimes it seems this machine can do almost anything.

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But How Long Does It Take?

One reviewer on Amazon describes the Breville BMF600XL as "fast, simple and reliable". If you set the temperature to its highest and pour in milk to the minimum level in the carafe then you'll have your frothed milk ready in between one and two minutes, depending on the original temperature of the milk, and prevailing conditions in your kitchen.

You'll Want To Know About This ...

I'm always mentioning in my reviews about how coffee makers, espresso makers, and milk frothers, are not just kitchen appliances like refrigerators or cookers, which can take a certain amount of punishment through careless handling, and so on.

They are, in effect, precision instruments, and this is particularly true in this case. We've seen how the BMF600XL has two frothing discs, and how you always use one of them, depending on whether you're making a lot of foam or not, to stir the milk while it's being heated.

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The disc must be allowed to spin freely, using the magnetic field generated. So it must be clean. If there's any dust, powder or anything at all on it then it will be out of balance and won't spin properly or at all. Sometimes it may need a slight tap with a spoon to start it off, if it's reluctant to start moving.

The best temperature for producing frothy milk is 140 degrees to 160 degrees. Most users set it to around the maximum to start with, and then adjust when they know their machine better.

The BMF600XL needs to be started as soon as you've poured the milk into the carafe. Any delay may lead to condensation being formed and the motor may shut off. Observe the instructions in the User Manual - you need to press the button a second time to start the frothing process.

If you're making, for example, hot chocolate, then don't just dump the chocolate concentrate into the top of the milk. That may disturb the spin of the disc. Wait until the milk is warm, and then sprinkle it in slowly, using the facility in the lid that's there for the purpose.

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What About Cleaning It Afterward?

The Breville BMF600XL is very easy to clean. The carafe is dishwasher safe, though it's almost as easy to rinse it by hand. As it's made of stainless steel, any milk deposits will just rub off.

This 10-minute video shows the Breville BMF600XL doing its job:

Features and Specifications of the Breville BMF600XL:

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 10.2 inches ; 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Item model number: BMF600XL
  • Induction heating - carafe dishwasher friendly
  • Two frothing discs for magnetic stirring - latte and cappuccino
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Stainless steel construction

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • You can make almost any milk drink with this
  • Easy to clean - dishwasher safe
  • Complete temperature control

Cons:

  • Discs have to be absolutely clean to work properly
  • Needs minimum amount of 8 oz milk to work properly

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Consumer Ratings for the Breville BMF600XL

Reviewers on Amazon are very favorable towards the BMF600XL, giving it an average of nearly 4.4 stars in nearly 1,240 reviews at the time of writing (May 2019). They particularly like its versatility, and how it produces delicious milk froths and drinks.

A few have mentioned problems in getting it to start, but with the tips given here, this should present no problem to you. The price is another point sometimes raised, but then you do get what you pay for here.

The great majority of users are more than happy with their milk frother. Click here for our view of coffee maker reviews.

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Summary

The Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother is an extremely adaptable, reliable machine that looks good and is easy to clean as well. It can make you a milk drink exactly to your requirements in no more than a couple of minutes, and is quite capable of remaining in regular use for many years. At the very least, this deserves careful consideration for your next milk frother.

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Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker Review

There are two versions of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker. There is the Electric Titan model, which has been discontinued although still available. And there is the Aluminum model, which is currently (May 2019) unavailable. These two versions of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker are basically the same machine. The only differences are cosmetic. The Electric Titan model has ribs on the side and has a round, fat spout. The Aluminum model has no ribs and has a thin, tubular spout.

This review was written when both models were current and available. We're keeping it here in case it is of use to anyone researching similar Nespresso espresso makers. What we'll do in this review is to treat them as one product, which, essentially, they are.

Note: You may wish to consider another Nespresso machine available for a broadly similar price. Click here to read our review of the Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine (opens in new tab).

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso Pixie (Electric Titan)
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso Pixie (Aluminum)
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CapabilitiesControl + Ease of Use
How Fast?Easy to Clean?
How Does It Taste?Features & Specs
Pros and ConsConsumer Ratings
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The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker - Big Capabilities In A Small Package

One of the most surprising things about these Nespresso Pixie Espresso Makers is how small they are. They are only just over nine inches tall, with a length of less than 13 inches and width of just 4.33 inches.

But what they lack in size they make up for in style and performance. Nespresso have hidden the water reservoir round the back of them, leaving the handle and front piece as the main visible features. They've cleverly hidden the drip tray inside the machine, with a funnel directing spills into it from underneath the cup ledge.

Complete Control With Ease Of Use

These Nespresso Pixie Espresso Makers are about as user friendly as it's possible to get. They are single serve machines and cater for almost any sized cup or mug. You can control how much water you want them to dispense and how strong you want your drink, so you get a consistent cup of coffee every time. But you can also vary any single serving by holding down one of the buttons on the back, for example to make a lungo (or larger drink with more water).

Backlights on the controls indicate what stage has been reached in the brew cycle, and it's easy to detect the water level in the reservoir. There's a container inside the machine into which used capsules drop automatically, and there's even a little storage space to keep the power cord when not in use.

To top it all, you have auto shut-off in case you forget to switch off before retiring for the night or going out.

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But how fast is the Nespresso Pixie?

If it's speed you're after you won't be disappointed. The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker can hold its own against much larger and more powerful-looking coffee makers. Each brew is ready in 25 to 30 seconds. Incredibly fast. Catering for a large family or guests shouldn't present too much of a problem as the water reservoir holds 24 ounces.

And can it be cleaned easily?

Nespresso supply a cleaning kit with full instructions, so cleaning is straightforward, and actually easier than with most coffee makers. You simply run it without putting any pods in. You can remove and rinse the folding drip tray very easily, and that will be the bulk of the cleaning required for the Nespresso Pixie.

Nothing beats, though, actually getting inside the machine (as far as you can) with the cleaning kit, and Nespresso recommend that you do this periodically to keep your espresso maker in top condition.

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What Does The Coffee Taste Like?

It's hard to find anyone with anything but praise for the sheer good taste of the coffee this espresso maker produces. It comes with a set of pods so you can select your favorites before ordering more. They average around 65c each, but there's a large choice and you can get the best deals online. If you're environmentally concerned then you can easily re-cycle them.

Watch this video to see the Nespresso Pixie in action:

Features and Specifications of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker:

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.3 x 9.2 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Item model numbers: C60-US-TI-NE and D60-US-AL-NE
  • Water reservoir: 24 oz
  • Drip tray: folding and removable
  • Auto shut-off
  • Uses Nespresso pods

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Pros and Cons of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker

Pros:

  • Small and compact, fits in any kitchen
  • Brews exceptionally fast - 25-30 seconds
  • Uses Nespresso pods, so no mess
  • Complete control over cup size and strength of brew
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Pods aren't cheap - around 65c but possibly cheaper online
  • A little noisy, but only for a few seconds per brew

Consumer Ratings

The Electric Titan has nearly 1,000 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (May 2019) and scores an average of nearly 4.5 stars. The Aluminum model has around 130 reviews and scores a little lower. As you'd expect, there's nothing much between them in the figures, and the reviews themselves largely say the same things, being mainly praise for how versatile and reliable they are.

These models haven't suited everyone, of course (it would be rather surprising if they did) but negative comments are largely down to individual taste. One or two have mentioned the noise, but others describe these products as "whisper quiet", and what noise there is only lasts a few seconds anyway.

It's safe to say that most users are delighted with their Nespresso Electric Titan or Aluminum.

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Summary

Whether you opt for the ribbed Electric Titan with its round, fat spout, or the Aluminum, without ribs and with its thin spout, you're bound to be pleased with your purchase. The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker represents good value for money and is backed by Nespresso's formidable reputation for producing high quality espresso makers.

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Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Review

Mr. Coffee invite you to use their Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker BVMC-ECMP1000 to "create coffeehouse-quality espresso drinks just like a professional".

Huh? Does this machine really produce espressos as good as that? And is it as convenient and easy to use as they make out?

Read the rest of this review to learn more.

Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
Mr. Coffee Café Barista

Table of Contents
Frothed MilkRemovable Reservoirs
Under ControlFeatures & Specifications
Pros and ConsConsumer Ratings
Summary

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The Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker - Frothed Milk Makes All The Difference

There's nothing quite like being able to froth your own milk. That makes all the difference between a regular coffee maker and an espresso machine. The Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker (also known as the Cafe Barista) has an automatic milk frother. It can handle all kinds of milk, including low fat, soy and almond. But can it really make milk froths from any of them that easily rival those produced by any coffee house?

Well, as long as you can learn how to use it properly, which isn't difficult, then, yes, it can. The secret is in the froth dial, which you can adjust to taste or to suit your selected brew. A 15 bar pump easily provides all the pressure needed to ensure that even the most extreme demands are met. The Cafe Barista can make delicious froths, even from skimmed milk.

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Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker has Removable Reservoirs for Convenience and Ease of Cleaning

Espresso machines, of course, require a little more care and attention than most coffee makers. After all, there's a milk reservoir as well as a water reservoir to manage and keep clean. But with this model Mr Coffee have gone out of their way to make it hassle-free.

You can easily remove both reservoirs. You can wash the milk reservoir and lid in the dishwasher, on the top rack, though, personally, I'd rather not risk it. But make sure you place this component, which slides horizontally into position, fully back in place after cleaning. Otherwise you may find things get messy.

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Everything's Under Control

There's not much about your brew that you can't control down to the last detail. And all from the simple control panel that lets you choose single or double shot, or custom. Set the froth dial, and you'll have your drink within a couple of minutes. And in any size of cup or mug you choose.

If you're worried about leaving the milk in the milk reservoir and having it turn sour then just store it in the fridge when not in use.

The milk froth dispensing tube is easily adjusted according to the size of your cup. Just make sure it's aimed at the center so as to avoid spills. Make sure it is lifted up and into your cup.

Cleaning the Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is easy. I've already mentioned the reservoirs, so what about the other components? You can clean the internal mechanism by simply pressing the "Clean" button on the control panel. And you can clean the brew head by putting an empty cup under it and pressing the espresso button. Just check there's no coffee in the portafilter first.

Don't forget to remove the drip tray for occasional cleaning, too. Here are a few tips on how to clean a coffee maker (opens in new tab).

One tip here - make sure you don't leave the milk reservoir dial in the "Cleaning" position after cleaning. You don't want a nasty surprise when you next brew up.

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Watch this 5-minutes or so video to see this coffeemaker in action:

Features and Specifications of the Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker:

  • Semi-automatic 3-in-1 espresso, cappuccino and latte maker
  • One-touch control panel
  • Single, double and custom servings
  • 15-bar pump espresso maker
  • Automatic milk frother
  • Manual function
  • Removable drip tray
  • Removable water and milk reservoir
  • Adjustable cup tray
  • Recipe book containing 20 easy-to-make coffeehouse drinks
  • Wipe clean exterior
  • Programmed cleaning cycle
  • Dimensions: 12"L x 14"W x 12.2"H
  • ETL listed
  • One-year warranty
  • Model# BVMC-ECMP1000-RB

Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

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Pros and Cons

Pros: Versatility - it brews any espresso to any size in any flavor or blend you like; froths any kind of milk (even skimmed); superb flavors; easy to clean.

Cons: You have to push the milk reservoir firmly back into its slot before brewing, or it may leak.

Consumer Ratings

The Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker earns nearly 4 stars from over 3,150 reviews (over 70 per cent of which are 4 or 5 star) on Amazon at the time of writing (April 2019). Most reviewers love its versatility and the fact that they can brew their favorite drink in their own special way. And they can adjust the level of milk froth to exactly the way they like.

Ease of use and the clarity of the instructions are also appreciated by most. And the 20 strong recipe book is also a hit.

Some reviewers have complained that the machine has made a mess on their counter when used. Alternatively, that the milk container leaks when the machine is in use. However, most users seem not to have been so troubled. It's possible some people aren't pushing the milk reservoir back firmly enough into the slot before starting their brew. That alone would cause some leakage, and it's a point to watch with this model.

Obviously make sure you have a large enough mug in place if you program for a double shot. And, remember the point I made just now - you can still get a creamy brew with skimmed milk.

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Summary

There's little doubt the Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is capable of making the most delicious of espresso-based brews. Which, of course, is most brews - espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas, americanos. And in a great variety of flavors, in just minutes and at the touch of a button.

And as long as you read the instructions and carry out any preliminaries, such as priming the machine before using it, then there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy these delicious brews for a long time to come.

Mr Coffee used to be known for producing coffee machines and espressos at the lower end of the market. But with their Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker they have shown that they can make a quality, easy-to-use machine that produces a variety of delicious, customized brews at the touch of a couple of buttons.
Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
Mr Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

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The Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima Plus – A Review

There are espresso machines, and there is the Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima Plus. As one Amazon reviewer succinctly puts it, "This is no toy."

When it comes to coffee, the Italians are the undisputed world champions. Even the names of the most popular coffees are Italian. And just to underline their dominance of the coffee scene, Italy makes the best coffee makers, espresso machines and milk frothers, of which this product is a leading example.

At first sight, it looks inauspicious, being smaller than many cheaper espresso machines, and the shipping weight doesn't do it justice. There's no conspicuous backlit display either. So what exactly places this product in a class of its own (even compared to other Italian-made machines)?

DeLonghi Lattissima Plus review
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Ease of UseQuality Components
Features & SpecsPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

The Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima Plus - Ease Of Use Taken To The Extreme

The Nespresso Lattissima Plus (by DeLonghi) is every inch an espresso machine. It has a milk container and so gives you freshly steamed milk froths. That's something that a machine using capsules or coffee grinds alone can't do.

Choose your capsule from a selection of three milk and two coffee, and place it in the top of the machine. Slide the milk container into place and put a cup under the nozzle. Then just press the button. It really can't get any easier than this. And that's a blessing on an early winter's morning when you're barely awake.

The Lattissima Plus is programmable, so you can set the froth level, temperature and strength to accord with your preferences. And it remembers them for each time after that.

Even the cleaning up afterward is kept to a minimum. The detachable milk container (which is dishwasher safe) can be placed straight back in the fridge. You just need to press the button to steam clean the nozzle first.

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Quality Components Make For A Long Lasting Product

Cheaper machines are often excellent at producing good coffee drinks and are easy to use. But the trouble is that they often don't last very long before developing a major, perhaps fatal, fault.

The reason for this is usually that, to keep manufacturing costs down, cheap, inferior materials and parts are used - commonly plastic instead of stainless steel.

Nespresso-DeLonghi don't make you put up with that. The Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima Plus has a boiler tank and housing that are made of stainless steel. Plastic is used only for trim. The milk carafe and steam wand are made of special BPA-free plastic (which is what you would expect).

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Here's an independent video review of this coffeemaker:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 6.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight: 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless Steel with plastic trim
  • Item model number: EN520SL

Pros and Cons

Pros: Real milk froths and leading Italian coffee drinks; coffee ready to drink immediately; fully programmable with memory; easy to clean.

Cons: Doesn't produce boiling hot coffee (but then you'd have to wait for it to cool down before drinking it anyway).

Customer Ratings for the Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima Plus

Coming in at an average of over 4 stars out of over 880 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (February 2019), the Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima Plus has a whole legion of fans. Nearly 70 per cent of users have given it a full 5 stars. Simplicity of use is one of the most popular features. Plus the ability to make the leading Italian coffee drinks with real milk froth thanks to the removable milk container.

As ever, there are some negative reviews, and if these trouble you at all then it's wise to read them. Some reviewers have complained that the coffee isn't hot. This machine, however, brews for immediate consumption, so if you have this problem it's best to warm your cup beforehand.

Overall, users of this Nespresso-DeLonghi machine are delighted with their purchase.

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Summary

DeLonghi is a leading Italian manufacturer which also makes a number of coffee makers for other Italian brands, including, of course, Nespresso (hence the dual branding of this product). They have pioneered much of the technology of coffee brewing and milk frothing. If anyone knows how to make an espresso machine that produces authentic Italian coffee and milk froths then they do. And if you want to know how to make good coffee using a coffee maker then this machine won't let you down.

The Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima Plus espresso machine will make your life easier and treat you to superb Italian coffee of every variety. You can purchase this machine with confidence.

DeLonghi Latissima Plus review
DeLonghi Latissima Plus review

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