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Best hot chocolate makers of 2024: From Lakeland to Hotel Chocolat, Amazon & MORE

Who needs coffee shops when you have a hot chocolate machine?

Best Chocolate makers
Leanne Bayley
Director of Lifestyle & Commerce
Updated: February 13, 2024
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Hot chocolate makers are the latest kitchen appliance our homes are crying out for, especially after Hotel Chocolat's Velvetiser took the social media world by storm. 

Best hot choclate makers - at a glance

  1. Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser, £99.95 / $100 (SAVE $50) - The ultimate hot chocolate maker, fact
  2. Salter The Chocolatier, £34.99 - an excellent dupe for the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser, and it's a lot cheaper
  3. KRUPS Frothing Control Electric Milk Frother, £49.10 (SAVE 24%) - ideal purchase for technophobes, as all you have to do is pour the milk, add your chocolate sachet and press the button to stir up the contents
  4. Smeg Milk Frother and Hot Chocolate Maker, £179.95 / $195.65 - a great gift idea, a huge talking point and eye-catching centre piece on the kitchen counter.

Hot chocolate makers come in various shapes, sizes, colours, and even names, with some called hot chocolate machines or makers, others a velvetiser, chocolatiere or milk frother. 

Hotel Chocolat may be the go-to for the hot chocolate maker - aka THE Velvetiser - but Dualit, Krups, Salter, Whittards, as well as Aldi, Lakeland and Amazon also have impressive designs for a hot cup of cocoa. 

We have sifted through to find the best hot chocolate makers to quench that craving, so you can enjoy a warm hot chocolate, snuggled up on the sofa, by the far, watching your favourite box set on a rainy weekend, without leaving the house - bliss.

How we chose the best hot chocolate makers

  • Price: We wanted to cater to all budgets in this guide, from those wanting a budget hot chocolate maker to those with a bit more to spend.
  • Personal experience: Several of the HELLO! shopping team own hot chocolate makers- and we're sharing our personal experiences with models we've bought and are happy with.
  • Verified reviews: In the case that we haven't personally tried the hot chocolate maker featured, we’ve only included models with a high volume of positive reviews from verified shoppers.
  • Tried and trusted retailers and brands: It's not just about which hot chocolate maker to shop, but also where to shop it  - so we've only included HELLO! editor-approved retailers and brands that we personally shop and love.
  1. 1/8

    Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

    Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

    The Velvetiser Hot Chocolate Maker new Satin Black Edition

    Editor’s note: “The ultimate hot chocolate maker, fact. Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser has been a huge hit with shoppers and has sold out on numerous occasions after influencers raved about this kitchen appliance on social media, but the hype has not died down, which is why it's a must-buy for winter.”

  2. 3/8

    Salter Chocolatier

    Salter The Chocolatier

    Salter The Chocolatier

    Editor’s Note: “This is an excellent dupe for the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser, and it's a lot cheaper. With 240ml heating capacity, you can enjoy velvety hot chocolate from the comfort of your own home. Use the cold frothing function for frappes with light or thick hot foam. The Chocolatier has a user-friendly touch control panel and is non-stick for easy cleaning.”


  3. 4/8

    Lakeland Milk Frother

    Lakeland Milk Frother and Hot Chocolate Maker

    Lakeland Milk Frother and Hot Chocolate Maker

    Editor’s Note: “Looking for an affordable alternative to Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser? Lakeland has you covered. This creation works to froth milk for that perfect milky coffee, and for a creamy hot chocolate. It has different settings so you can warm up milk, achieve a thick froth, or light froth, and also use for cold drinks too.”

  4. 5/8

    Dualit Handheld Milk Frother

    dualit milk frother

    Dualit Handheld Milk Frother

    Editor’s note: “If you're looking for an easy to use milk frother for your hot chocolate, this is it. The Dualit Handheld Milk Frother has one-touch technology to froth milk for smooth hot chocolate (cappuccinos, flat whites or lattes) which will taste just as good - if not better - than the pros. All you have to do is fill up your frother with milk and add your ingredient of choice, land then press the button.

    "What I love about this one? You can create indulgent hot chocolates using any chocolate bars of your choice– no need to purchase a particular brand. Just a few squares added to the frother can create delicious frothy hot chocolate, or by adding chocolate flakes, buttons or powder. This makes it an ideal machine to use for any leftover Christmas chocolate!"

  5. 6/8

    KRUPS Milk Frother

    KRUPS Frothing Control Electric Milk Frother

    KRUPS Frothing Control Electric Milk Frother

    Editor’s note: “While some may think this is just a milk frother, think again. Not only does it froth the milk for your hot chocolates and coffees, but you can also get creative and mix your chocolate powder inside for a hot, or cold, chocolate beverage. It is an ideal purchase for the technophobes, as all you have to do is pour the milk, add your chocolate sachet should you wish, although this can be added afterwards, and press the button to stir up the contents.”

  6. 7/8

    Smeg Hot Chocolate Maker

    Smeg Hot Chocolate Maker

    Smeg Milk Frother and Hot Chocolate Maker

    Editor’s note: “Smeg is one of the leading brand when it comes to buying appliances, and while we have been lusting after a Smeg fridge for longer than we care to admit, a Smeg Hot Chocolate Maker could just fill that void. This creation is not only a great gift idea, but a huge talking point and eye-catching centre piece on the kitchen counter, plus, it’s useful and makes tasty drinks. This device allows you to create two cups of hot chocolate at a time, with the option of six presets, or the manual function, so you can make the perfect hot chocolate. Simply genius!”

  7. 8/8

    PowerLix Handheld Milk Frother

    PowerLix Milk Frother

    The budget option for hot chocolate fans

    Editor's Note: "Although this gadget won't heat your drink for you, it's a great budget option for anyone who loves hot chocolate but doesn't want to invest in a machine. It's battery-operated and creates a nice frothy hot chocolate. It has an in-built stand too so it's easy to store."

Now let's toast with a steamy cup of hot chocolate!

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