The 8 Best Hot Chocolate Makers

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This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in December of 2017. When the weather outside is frightful, there’s not much better than curling up in front of the fire with your hands wrapped around a warm mug. Treat the whole family with one of these hot chocolate makers that can help bring a dose of cheer to even the most frigid winter nights. Some of them can also be used for crafting lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos to suit those with a taste for caffeine. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Breville BMF600XL

2. Mr. Coffee Cafe Cocoa

3. Secura 4 In 1

Editor's Notes

September 11, 2019:

Like a coffee maker, a high-quality, easy-to-use hot chocolate maker can become a staple in many a home, and most models don’t take up much precious counter space and are conveniently dishwasher friendly for quick cleanup. Our selection features various designs, many of which offer frothing capabilities for those who also enjoy a creamy cappuccino or latte.

Joining the list in today’s update is the Secura 4 In 1, which not only can make your hot chocolate but also can froth your milk for an array of rich, creamy creations. It features a heating whisk and frothing disks, and its jug has a proper spout that enables you to pour your drinks without splashing. The jug removes easily from the base for cleaning and can go right into the dishwasher. It replaces the Gourmia GMF235, which leaves our selection today due to its lack of availability.

Another choice you can’t go wrong with is the Breville BMF600XL. It’s a bit of an investment compared to most others, but in many respects, its quality and design can’t be surpassed. In fact, it’s said to be the only frother that lets you set both the temperature of your milk and the amount of foam you want to create. Just throw in some chocolate chips and you’ll have a cup of decadent, chocolatey goodness in no time.

For those on a budget, look to the Sunbeam Hot Shot, which can be used to prepare instant hot chocolate from a powder mix when it heats the water and pours it into your waiting mug. It heats faster than a microwave and shuts off automatically when its cycle is completed. For a larger selection that also won’t break the bank, check out the Nostalgia Retro Series, which can produce enough hot cocoa for the whole family in one cycle. It features a kid-friendly, non-drop faucet (although parents should always supervise youngsters when hot liquids are involved) and comes in your choice of red or black.

Special Honors

Grindmaster 3 Flavor This commercial-grade option works with a powder concentrate and provides three pouring spouts to provide different varieties of hot chocolate or cappuccino. It offers three operator-friendly, five-pound hoppers that are durable and easy to install. It also has patented safety ribs on the dispensing nozzles and generous clearance so cups won’t catch.

4. Chef's Star MF-2

5. Capresso 204.04

6. Epica Automatic

7. Sunbeam Hot Shot

8. Nostalgia Retro Series

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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