So I had one of those American capitalist/consumer moments where I would have liked to have a milk frother handy. But I just can't bring myself to buy such a frivolous single-use additional material possession. So as a compromise I'll get a Dremel tool.

Concerned that I'll need to step down a Dremel tool to work as a milk frother. Has anyone measured the average RPM of a milk frother? Anyone seen a DIY project to attach a gear reduction to a Dremel? Do I actually need more RPM?

Loss of torque should not be a big issue, even with whole milk. Half and half, that may be another story.

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    I have a couple of dremel tools ... and I don't know that I'd use them for food tasks, because they can kick up so much dust that it gets in the little crevices of the tool. Unless you're going to use a flex shaft for food only, or the whole tool itself, you then risk the dust from some project falling into your food. (I use mine for cutting plastic, metal, plaster & drywall; sanding wood, etc.) You can get a stick blender for less than 1/3 of the cost of a Dremel (and still less than the cost of non-Dremel rotary tool even those with variable speed controls)
    – Joe
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 22:20
  • Buy a plastic paint stirring wand from a hardware store, they are designed for drills, but should fit a Dremel chuck. The type that would froth milk have a flat disk with a pizza slice notch cut into one side
    – TFD
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 0:01
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    I don't think RPM is important at all, I've seen manual milk frothers.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 8:03
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    I have used an immersion blender for milk frothing; it will help avoid saw-dust in your latte, and also makes your new tool a multi-tasker! Also search for other SA articles on immersion blender.
    – hoc_age
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 20:07
  • All great comments.
    – rhaleblian
    Commented Aug 31, 2021 at 13:39

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The Ozeri Deluxe milk frother claims an rpm of 15000 rpm


However I have seen in ikea (and pound / dollar stores) a much cheaper option that to me seems much the same


Hope this helps

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