Best hot chocolate makers for cosy cocoa
Is the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser worth it? We review the must-have gadget, and share a few more of our favourite hot chocolate makers on the market
Hot chocolate makers are all the rage right now, and we think we know why. Just as lockdown had us all craving barista-style coffees and even creating our own coffee stations to get our smooth caffeine fix, more and more of us are looking for that creamy and flavoursome professional finish when it comes to hot chocolate, too. If you find that instant hot chocolate is all too often grainy and watered-down in comparison to your favourite high street café, a hot chocolate maker is the countertop new must-have.
The trend seems to have been inspired in part by the fandom which has sprung up around Hotel Chocolat's much-hyped Velvetiser, which promises barista-style frothy hot chocolates at the touch of the button.
We've conducted a detailed review of the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser to check out what the fuss is all about. It certainly looks fab, but is the 'velvetiser' worth splashing out on? And is it really any better than the hot chocolate makers and simple milk frothers already on the market? Read our extended review to find out!
Plus, we'll share some of the other best-reviewed hot chocolate makers on the market, ranging from sleek milk frothers which will become an instant talking point in your kitchen to a budget-friendly handheld frother which lets you whip up professional-grade creamy hot chocolates for less than £20.
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Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser
Hotel Chocolat's Velvetiser has kicked off a mini-craze for hot chocolate machines, promising - as the name implies - a velvety-smooth hot chocolate at the touch of a button.
Available in grey, white or copper (pictured), the Velvetiser comes with ten sachets of real chocolate in a variety of indulgent flavours, including orange, hazelnut praline and salted caramel, as well as two ceramics cups to enjoy them in.
Seeing as this is the hot chocolate maker that took the internet by storm, we had to put it to the test! YourHomeStyle's Alice Tuffery put this machine through its paces - read Alice's full review of the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser to find out what she made of the much-hyped machine's performance.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Easy Frother
Lavazza is one of Italy's leading coffee brands, and their blends are sold all over the world - but did you know they also sell a range of accessories, like this electric milk frother?
Although intended as a device for frothing and warming milk to create the perfect cappuccino, the A Modo Mio works just as well for making hot chocolate - simply add your preferred chocolate powder along with the milk, and use the multifunctional control button to warm and/or froth your beverage.
We also love the chic black matt design, which will make a stylish addition to your kitchen counter - plus, the simple shape of the device makes it super easy to clean. This is a compact machine with a maximum capacity of 180ml, so it might not be ideal if you love large mugfuls.
Ocooko Electric Milk Frother Machine
Unlike some of the other devices on our list, Ocooko's 4-in-1 frother actually has a separate setting designed specifically for preparing hot chocolate, as well as settings for hot froth, cold froth and heating only. Each programme takes around two minutes to complete.
We love the ergonomic design, with an easy-grip-handle and a light-up control button to select your desired setting. The jug can froth up to 160ml of milk, and heats up to 350ml.
Dualit milk frother
Hotel Chocolat's Velvetiser is manufactured by British brand Dualit - and their own-brand milk frother also makes for a cut-price alternative! This gadget can be used with or without its internal whisk attachment depending on whether you want to froth your milk as it warms up. Once your milk is hot and frothy - which should only take around 70 seconds - simply pour, combine with your hot chocolate powder of choice and stir.
There is also a cold froth setting, handy for giving milkshakes that professional whipped-up finish!
The machine has a 320ml capacity for heating - enough for two small servings - and a 200ml capacity for frothing, which should fill a mug for one.
MOSUO Milk Frother
We've shared a few of our favourite electric milk frothers for making café-level hot chocolate, but if those are out of your budget, don't despair! A handheld milk frother is the ultimate budget-friendly option for whipping up a foamy hot chocolate. Just add your preferred chocolate powder or flakes to hot milk, then use this MOSUO USB-charged milk frother to combine and froth.
This multifunctional handheld tool is also well worth its salt in the kitchen even if hot chocolates are an occasional treat, as it comes with a special head design for whisking eggs.