I have been very lucky this year to receive the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser for Christmas (after finding a good deal during Black Friday) and I am not even exaggerating when I say that it has changed my life in the 3 days I have had it. I absolutely love it. As someone who loves hot chocolate and spends money regularly buying hot chocolates on the go, is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser worth the price?

Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

What is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser?

The velvetiser is a stunning hot chocolate machine created by Hotel Chocolat to help you to make barista-grade hot chocolate easily. You add real grated chocolate flakes into your milk (including plant based milk like oat milk), turn on the velvetiser and in 2 and a half minutes you have a luxurious hot chocolate ready to drink.

The velvetiser comes with two ceramic Podcups (worth £20).

It is available in 3 colours:

  • Copper/rose gold
  • White
  • Charcoal

There is also a limited edition version – Stellar White.

How much is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser?

The Hotel Chocolat velvetiser is £99.95 direct from Hotel Chocolat.

You might also find it on Amazon and eBay.

How much is the hot chocolate?

The velvetiser was created to use real chocolate to make your luxurious hot chocolate, which means that the hot chocolate directly from Hotel Chocolat can get expensive.

You can expect to pay £8-£13 to restock your hot chocolate for the velvetiser if you are using the chocolate directly from Hotel Chocolat. 

Thankfully there are a few ways to save money whilst still enjoying your beautiful hot chocolate.

How to save money on the velvetiser hot chocolate

The first thing to talk about is the serving size.

The instructions will suggest you use a full sachet or 6 teaspoons of chocolate for your hot chocolates. You only add 225ml of milk, which means that I, and many others I have spoken to, find the hot chocolate way too rich and strong.

I find that two teaspoons, or a third of a sachet, works really well for me.

If this is the only change you make you will still be able to spread your hot chocolates out and get 3 times as many for the price.

Keep an eye out on Amazon for any Subscribe and Save bonuses. There will often be a percentage saving to be made when you create a subscription (which you can cancel straight away).

Another alternative is to use a different brand of hot chocolate flakes. For example, this one is just £6.95 at the time of writing instead of Hotel Chocolat’s equivalent for £9. Those savings soon add up.

You can also grate up your own chocolate to use in the velvetiser. This is one of the most cost effective ways to make your own hot chocolate – you can buy supermarket own chocolate bars starting at 30p for 100g. That means you can make 250g for less than £1.

You can also use normal hot chocolate powder in your velvetiser.

Can you use powder hot chocolate in the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser?

Yes!

Whilst some of the magic of the velvetiser comes from melting chocolate into milk, frothing the milk also accounts for a lot of the delicious taste.

You can use hot chocolate powder in your velvetiser, however I would recommend manually mixing it in with a spoon first, or running the velvetiser a couple of times to dissolve the powder.

How to clean the velvetiser

The velvetiser is so easy to clean – there is a non-stick coating on the inside so all you need to do is give it a rinse out after use, or run the velvetiser with water and a drop of washing up liquid.

The whisk is dishwasher safe, as well as the cups that come with the velvetiser, making it easy to clean.

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Is the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser worth the price?

If you are a fan of rich and luxurious hot chocolates then the Hotel Chocolat velvetiser is definitely for you!

I love mine – so much so that I build an entire hot chocolate station for it.

Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

For me, the velvetiser has been worth the price. Whilst I still get hot chocolates from Starbucks and Costa, I love making one at home to enjoy.

I love customising my hot chocolates with flavoured hot chocolates, syrups (I love pumpkin spice) as well as adding marshmallows and sprinkles of course!

Hotel Chocolate Velvetiser Alternatives

If your budget doesn’t stretch to the Velvetiser then there are some amazing alternatives out there that are a fraction of the cost.

Electric hand whisk

A much cheaper alternative for less than a tenner, this electric hand whisk is battery powered and a firm favourite of Amazon customers. 

Here’s what one of the reviews states:

I wanted a small, portable milk frother/whisk for blending bulletproof coffee.
This is ideal as it takes 2 batteries and is light weight, fits into my lunch box if I’m taking it to work and is easily cleaned.
Stutters if the butter is cold, but assuming I’m using hot coffee straight out the pot, the butter melts fairly quickly anyway.
It’s not mega powerful, but given that I’m blending coffee in a mug I don’t want it going everywhere, which it did the first time I used it as I filled the mug to the top before realising that left no room for the liquid to rise when using the blender. Now I put enough in the bottom of the mug, blend the butter and then top it up once it’s all blended and frothy.
The material on the handle shows up the slightest greasy mark so even having warm hands can make it look unclean but when rinsing the whisk under the tap I wipe the handle over as well and then either stand it upright to air dry or use the tea towel (depending where I am).
This little whisk does the job and is ideal for the price. Happy with it.

Drew&Cole Barista Frothiere Milk Frother

At just £39.99 it is easy to see why the Drew&Cole Barista Frothiere is a great alternative to the velvetiser. 

  • 2 detachable whisks: the frothing whisk creates the perfect texture for cappuccino foam or a home-made milkshake and the velvetiser whisks delicious, velvety smooth hot chocolates or lattes. They’re even detachable for easy cleaning.
  • 4 pre-programmed barista styles: each cycle is intelligently programmed for heating and whisking so you get a cuppa that’s just right – every time. Add your ingredients, choose a whisk attachment and select a barista style, that’s all there is to it!
  • Cold: enjoy home-made smooth frappes, delicious milkshakes or even espresso martinis at the touch of a button! Hot: take a perfect coffee break. Hot cappuccino froth, lattes, babyccinos and matcha lattes all at your fingertips.
  • Easy-touch controls: no fiddly dials or switches, select your barista style and enjoy.
  • Wash proof connector for easy cleaning: Barista Frothiere is a dream to clean.

Here are some of the fantastic reviews on the Asda website:

Bought this after my other expensive one died. Such a good price also love the metal instead of plastic jug. Easy to keep clean. Looks neat and tidy in the kitchen. Great for making lattes, hot chocolate or cold strawberry milk. Also great for quickly warming milk for my daughters bottle, of course I let it cool before she has it.

Available from Amazon, John Lewis and direct from Dualit. (I personally like to get it from Amazon for their easy returns, using Amazon vouchers I have earned)
 

Aldi – £19.99

Aldi have the Ambiano Milk Heater & Frother available for just £19.99 – a massive saving, and you can order it online.

 

Here are the details:

  • 360° Cordless jug
  • Non-stick coating for easy cleaning
  • Anti-leakage system
  • Heats milk up to 60-70°C (approx.)
  • Maximum level marking
  • Can be used to froth cold milk
  • STRIX 360° base
  • 3 Functions
  • Automatic switch off

And it comes with a massive 3 year warranty.

A review on the website states:

It makes perfect foam for coffee and hot chocolate. It’s just the right drinking temperature for a cappuccino. I use barista style oat ‘milk’ and skimmed or semi-skimmed dairy. All work very well. I expect that soy milk would be good too.

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