Shopping

Best nut milk makers 2024: tested by an expert vegan

These are the best nut milk makers after expert tests

One of the best nut milk makers, the Nutr in white pouring nut milk into a mug with a carafe of nutmilk on the countertop beside it
(Image credit: Nutr)
Best nut milk makers 2024: Jump Menu

Chefwave Milkmade nut milk maker in white on a countertop next to a bowl of cereal and a milk carafe

(Image credit: Chefwave)

1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best for all milks: Nutr
3. Best for almond milk: Almond Cow
4. Best for oat milk: Chefwave Milkmade
5. Best for coconut milk: Nama
6. Best for seed milks: Tribest Soyabella
7. Best budget: Chef'n
8. How to choose
9. How we test

Nearly half a year ago, I took the plunge and invested in one of the best nut milk makers on the market. It’s one of the best investments that I've ever made: I can make my own almond milk in a matter of seconds, it's free from additives and artificial chemicals, and it's cheaper than store-bought cartons.

I've been drinking plant-based milks for nearly ten years and a long time ago, I perfected the simple cheesecloth method (which works really well if you invest in one of the best blenders on the market and some fine cheesecloth). I wanted to make simple milks, quickly and in big quantities. 

That method works, but I used to be a barista. I'm used to working with the best espresso machines, so I needed high-quality milk, too. As brands like Nutr and Almond Cow launched seriously impressive nut milk makers, I found that I couldn't resist testing them. Some offer juicing functions, others will make smoothies, nut butters, and caramels too. Almost all of them have neat heating mechanisms which rival some of the best milk frothers on the market, too. 

With a wealth of plant-based milk opportunities on the market, I just had to get testing. Using almonds, oats, and coconut, I'm making my way though the best nut milk makers on the market. I've compared them against the best juicers on the market (almost all of them will make nut milks) as well as against my trusted cheesecloth method. The results of all these rigorous rounds of research and testing have culminated in this: the definitive list of the best nut milk makers on the market. 

The quick list

If you want a speedy summary of each nut milk maker, I'll give you the headlines here. For more detailed information, you'll need to keep scrolling (or use the 'read more below).

The best nut milk makers we recommend in 2024

You can trust Homes & Gardens. Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing the latest products, helping you choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

The best nut milk maker overall

1. Nutr

Choose and ingredient and this will milk it better than any brand

Specifications

Dimensions: 4.3 x 4.3 x 8.2 inches
Weight: 3lbs
Material: Stainless steel, glass
Capacity: 1.5 cups

Reasons to buy

+
Sleek design
+
Consistent results
+
Works on a range of ingredients
+
Useful presets
+
Self-cleaning function
+
Heats milk too

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited capacity
-
Might be too complicated for some
Buy it if

✅ You're short on space: this is small and still sleek
✅ You want super-smooth results:
this is unparalleled
✅ You make different milks: this works well across different ingredients

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need capacity: this is quite small
❌ You're new to nut milks:
this can be a bit fiddly
❌ You're not a keen cleaner: this can be a bit messy

The bottom line

🔎 Nutr: this covers all bases, making the smoothest, creamiest nut milks. It can heat and steam, which might be a bit too complicated for some.

Everything you could possibly want in a nut milk maker is encapsulated in the Nutr. It tackles every ingredient, from hard almonds to softer cashews with the kind of effortlessness that I would expect from a commercial machine. 

The power and tenacity you'll read about in all reviews and buying guides doesn't quite marry up to its aesthetics. This is a modest, compact nut milk maker. It looks sleek and stylish, with a simple button interface, perfect for even the most compact kitchens. My biggest reservation actually comes down to size: you can't make a big batch of almond milk to last you through the week. You'll have to work on a day-to-day basis, or wait for it to cool between batches (if you run it back to back, it will overheat).

Whatever reviewers throw at it – almonds, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, oats – it makes creamy, smooth, and silky nut milk. A few noted that this needed running through twice on tougher almonds, but that the results are always impressive. The super-fine mesh ensures there's no grittiness or texture to your milk and that it never tastes watery either. There's an integrated filter which is good enough for most milks, but if you want the very smoothest results, you can strain the milk again using a small sieve (which Nutr provides). The only downside to following the straining method is that it takes a bit longer, but most reviewers said that you didn't even need it.

Aside from making incredible nut milks, this can act as a milk steamer, getting your milk of choice ready for a hot chocolate or coffee whilst preparing the rest of your servings for the week. It's also useful for making rice or soy milks, both of which need prior cooking. It can do all the tough work that you might not want to, saving you time, hassle, and cleaning.

The smart screen lets you toggle between a range of pre-sets, which add to the effortlessness of the Nutr. When you're finished exploring, there's a neat option for self-cleaning, meaning you don't have to get your hands dirty.

The best nut milk maker for almond milk

2. Almond Cow

It's fast, it's effective, it's my favorite for almond milks

Specifications

Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 7
Material: Stainless steel
Capacity: 6 cups

Reasons to buy

+
Really quick
+
No prep needed
+
Makes creamer too
+
Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

-
Large footprint
-
Lots of cleanup 
Buy it if

✅ You want a speedy machine: this works super quickly
✅ You want to make your own creamers:
this makes the best
✅ You want capacity: this can make big batches

Don't buy it if:

❌ You won't need much milk: you have to make at least five cups
❌ You're not a multitasker:
this could make a lot of mess
❌ You're short on space: this has a big footprint

The bottom line

🔎 Almond Cow Nut Milk Maker: this boasts both speed and capacity, so it's perfect for large homes. The flipside is that it's quite big and can make some mess.

I love so much about the Almond Cow. As a dedicated almond milk drinker, I wasn’t sure how well this would measure up against store-bought Almond Milk, but the Almond Cow has outdone itself. This is great for making quick milk in huge quantities. Plus, it comes with lots of useful accessories.

The big claim with this nut milk maker is that you don't need to soak your almonds in advance. Most nut milk makers use heat or a 24 hour soak to make creamy almond milk, so I was skeptical about the Almond Cow. However, I found that this amazing machine made creamy almond milk in just a minute. Over time, I learnt that the best results come from running this through a couple of times (the flavours get better and each time). 

I tried this out on oat milk and loved that too, but needed to adjust the ratios. If you’ll be using oat milk in your coffee, follow the creamer recipe, which requires more than a cup of oats to make much less than the Almond Cow's normal 48 oz of oat milk (it's more like 15 oz), but it’s really delicious. The coconut milk follows a similar story: it’s a little weak and needs pre-soaking, so that’s why I recommend the almond cow for almond milk. It’s this machine’s speciality.

It’s also really useful if you live in a large household or consume a lot of milk. My partner and I typically need a carton a day for protein shakes and cups of coffee, so we use this to make big batches of milk. We can make three days worth of milk in just one cycle, saving time and hassle. Almond Cow provides a fridge door-friendly carafe which you can fill with a full batch and then some.

The two things you need to know before committing to buying an Almond Cow are that this is a little less than beautiful to look at. It’s big and crafted from stainless steel. The exterior is really low maintenance, but it looks like a coffee carafe which you might see at a corporate conference rather than a stylish home appliance. 

The second thing to know is that the pulp can be quite wet and therefore takes more effort to clean up neatly. To be fair, Almond Cow provides baskets to help minimize mess, but it inevitably sneaks through, which can be a hassle to clean.

You can read more in my Almond Cow review

The best nut milk maker for oat milk

3. ChefWave Milkmade

This offers capacity, consistency, and incredible versatility

Specifications

Dimensions: 13.6 x 6.5 x 12.8 inches
Material: Plastic, glass, stainless steel
Capacity: 20 fl oz

Reasons to buy

+
Versatile functions (including caramel and nut btter)
+
Makes smooth milks across a range of ingredients
+
Quick to work
+
Good capacity

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
Too technical for some
-
A lot of work to clean
Buy it if

✅ You want versatility: this has a range of functions
✅ You need speed:
this works in fifteen minutes
✅ You like hot milk: this can steam it for you

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're seeking simplicity: this could overcomplicate things
❌ You're on a budget:
this is an expensive option
❌ You're not a keen cleaner: there's a lot of parts which need hand-washing

The bottom line

🔎 ChefWave Milkmade: this is one of the most versatile options; it can even make caramels and nut butters. It might be too complicated for some, in which case you're wasting your money, but if you want a hard-working appliance, this is for you.

There are plenty of people with a ChefWave shaped hole in their kitchen. This isn't as attractive as the Nama or as small as the Nutr, but it makes big batches of close to flawless milk (as well as nut milks, caramels, and smoothies).

If you want a do-it-all appliance, the ChefWave has you covered. It gets technical without overcomplicating things, thanks to a range of presets. Lots of reviewers enjoyed mixing up their milks, because this supports combination recipes: coconut and cashew (delicious), oat and tigernut (also delicious), almond and soy (a little less than impressive). You get the idea. 

Not only does this cover a range of functions, it works quickly and to a reasonable capacity. Reviewers could make 20 ounces of milk in less than 15 minutes. Even better, it could be hot and steaming, if you want it to be, because the ChefWave uses steam whilst grinding to extract maximal flavors from your ingredients.

You'll have to be confident in the kitchen, because this responds differently to recipes every time you use it. Adding ingredients to suit how the milk looks to your eye takes some skill, which beginners might find intimidating. Whilst some loved the pre-sets, they were aware that this could be overwhelming. Even though this made the creamiest oat milk that some reviewers had ever tested, if that's all you want from a nut milk maker, this could be a little too much to take in. In short, this is impressive, but complicated.

The best nut milk maker for coconut milk

4. Nama J2

This is the best for fresh juices and crisp milks

Specifications

Dimensions: 9.8 x 9 x 17.7 inches
Material: Stainless steel, BPA-free plastic
Capacity: 34 oz

Reasons to buy

+
Makes delicious nut milks
+
Versatile functions
+
Best yield with minimal pulp
+
Elegant design

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
Fiddly to clean
-
Requires some prep
-
Too tall for wall cupboards
Buy it if

✅ You make a range of drinks: this is a juicer and smoothie maker
✅ You'll keep this on display:
it's modern and elegant
✅ You want quick milk: this can make it in seconds

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're short on space: this is tall and large
❌ You're on a budget:
the Nama is an expensive option
❌ You hate cleaning: this comes in lots of parts

The bottom line

🔎 Nama J2: this is predominantly a cold press juicer which just happens to make nut milks and smoothies too. It's expensive, but multifunctional.

They say that your first love is the deepest and I know that’s true because I have an unhealthy attachment to this juicer. It’s the appliance I would carry out a burning building with me. 

The Nama strikes an impressive silhouette on the countertop, the covetable curved edges and subtle and the modern style looks really luxurious. The only thing to note appearance-wise is that this is tall, so won't clear wall cupboards.

Whilst this is technically just a juicer, the Nama makes incredible oat, almond, and coconut milk. It’s really a coconut specialist (you won’t taste anything creamier), but it can do it all. In our tests, my almond milk was creamy, but a little grainy (I’d give it 9/10) and my oat milk was smooth and rich, but had some sediment (another 9/10). However, the true star of the show is the coconut milk. I’ve never tasted better, fresher, smoother coconut milk. 

My best Nama hack is with coconuts. The Nama, as a juicer, can juice fresh coconut, which no other options in this guide can. It’s incredible and like nothing I’ve ever had before. The pulp is effectively desiccated coconut (useful for cooking) and the milk it makes is smooth and rich. It doesn’t separate or curdle and I used it in everything from protein shakes to curries. 

The juicing process for all the ingredients is really easy. It takes a matter of minutes, is a quiet process, and produces a high yield. You can make 34 oz at a time and you won't need to add more than a cup of any ingredient. The collection carafe can be used to measure your water and store your milk, making minimal mess. 

The only thing you need to know before investing in the Nama is that you'll need to be ready to do some prep work. The Nama recipe book suggests soaking almonds overnight, which will give you perfect results. However, after over four months of using the Nama, I’ve gotten lazy. I pour hot water over my almonds and give them three hours at most. I give my oats and coconut the same amount of time too. This doesn't compromise my results at all. The oat milk is creamy enough to add to coffee and tea without curdling.

Our team has also tested the Nama on a range of juices and it’s incredible. If you want to read more about that function, you can see detailed information in our dedicated review.

The best nut milk maker for seed milks

5. Tribest Soyabella

Perfect for heating, cooking, and blending at once

Specifications

Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.5 inches
Material: Stainless steel
Capacity: 44 oz