I did a lot of research for days on end for a milk frother as I got vivid day-dreams about having a cappuccino at home whenever I wanted without the need to go out to a cafe. As I was toying with the idea of buying the very expensive aeroccino by Nespresso (which is very expensive, even more expensive on ebay than buying from the Nespresso website), I struck lucky when finding several reviews about it. Some reviewers also mentioned in their review of the Hostess Milk Frother their own experience with the Nespresso aeroccino - which was not that positive. This then completely swung it for me. I wanted an easy to use gadget which would always produce hot steamy milk and froth and which also could be cleaned in a whiff. I have used the Hostess Milk Frother now for different drinks. It makes a perfectly stirred hot chocolate drink, with the chocolate completely dissolved when you press the middle button (no froth, just lovely hot chocolate; I use Nesquick chocolate powder). And my husband and I both love the cappuccino we can now drink at home. Yes, I agree with some other reviewers that the scales inside the pot are not always easy to see, but I switch on the light in the kitchen and also turn the pot around a bit until I see the scale markings without too much difficulty. It's also a very good product because it has spare stirrer / whisk stored under the base unit and I don't have to wait for it to cool down first before making another lot of milk & froth as it can be done immediately. I am a very happy bunny, enjoying Espresso Macchiato (40ml espresso topped with froth) or Cappuccino (1/3 each espresso, hot milk, froth - the 'classic' recipe) whenever I want from my Hostess Milk Frother and my very essential 'Tchibo Caffissimo Duo' which is the world smallest coffee machine (espresso or caffee crema to die for!). Wonderful! It's a gem.