8 Best Hot Chocolate Makers For Hopeless Chocoholics – 2016 Review

In the chilly winter months there’s nothing better than getting rugged up with a delicious hot chocolate in hand. That’s why I’m uncovering the best hot chocolate makers to automate your cocoa cravings.

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Winner: Mr Coffee Cocomotion
After looking at all the models, comparing their features, and putting them to the test, I’ve determined that the best hot chocolate machine is the Cocomotion. It’s the perfect mix between price, ease of use and durability.

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Why Get A Hot Chocolate Maker?

The obvious answer is: why not?!

But seriously there’s heaps of benefits of buying a hot chocolate maker instead of making it by hand.

1. Hot Chocolate In Bulk

Firstly it’s much easier to make hot chocolate in bulk. I know from personal experienced making hot choc for the whole family takes ages! It’s much more efficient making 4 big mugs with a hot chocolate machine. Just add all the ingratiates, press start, and its all set to go.

2. Easy To Clean

Cleaning up is ridiculously easy. All it involves is a quick rise with soapy water under a tap. Give it a dry and its ready for use once again.

3. Great Fun Experimenting

Get creative and start mixing in flavours and syrups to make custom hot chocolate. Maybe add actual chocolate blocks or sprinkle flakes on top. It’s all good. Just don’t forget the marshmallows.

Best Hot Chocolate Maker Picks

Top Pick: Mr Coffee Cocomotion

Mr Coffee Cocomotion review
Pros: Automatic turn off.
Cons: White design can attract chocolate stains.

Don’t be fooled by its name, the Cocomotion by Mr Coffee makes a mean hot chocolate. Just add cocoa, milk and press on – it’s as easy as that! The hot chocolate will froth and heat up perfectly before turning itself off automatically. It has the capacity to make 4 big mugs of hot chocolate and is very kid friendly.

In my opinion the Cocomotion is the best hot chocolate maker out right now simply because its the perfect balance between cost, build quality, capacity and ease of use.

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Budget Pick: Nostalgia Hot Chocolate Maker

Nostalgia-Hot-Chocolate-MakerPros: Great price.
Cons: No automatic turn off.

Coming in at a great entry level price the Nostalgia packs out enough punch to make any chocolate lover happy. It has a handy tap that allows you to pour your beverage on demand and is big enough to produce 4 mugs of chocolate goodness.

The main difference between the Nostalgia and the Mr Coffee above is that the Nostalgia has no automatic shut off. This means you’ll have to keep an eye on the machine while it heats up. A good strategy is to set your kitchen timer to 4 minutes before turning it off. But this lack of timer is mitigated by its low cost as its half the price of the Cocomotion. Its the best hot chocolate maker for people looking for a budget machine.

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Adult Pick: Breville Hot Chocolate Maker

breville-milk-cafePros: Stainless steel design, customizable.
Cons: Lower capacity than cheaper models.

For those who love the look of stainless steel the Breville hot chocolate maker is perfect for adult chocoholics. It’ll look great next to all your appliances and if anyone asks what it is you can say it’s a “tea kettle”… not your naughty little treat. We’re healthy individuals after all. It can make 25 ounces of hot cocoa with ability to pre-set your temperature, milk density, and auto-turn off. It’s the most “high tech” hot chocolate maker. It can also be used as a great milk frother for your lattes.

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High End: 5l Commercial Hot Chocolate Maker

5l Commercial Hot Chocolate MakerPros: The best hot chocolate maker. Period.
Cons: It’s darn expensive / designed for cafes.

For serious chocaholics only, the 5L holds up to 1.3 Gallons of hot chocolate and comes equipped with a slow stirrer and progressive temperature control to keep your hot choc perfect all day long. Obviously this machine is designed for high volume consumption. And sure it may be better suited for a cafe than at home. But have you ever felt like drinking a gallon of hot chocolate before? If your answer is “yes” then this machine may be for you. Besides its commercial build quality means it’ll last for years to come – just watch out for its price. Expensive.

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Good Alternative: Mr. Coffee BVMC-HC5

Mr Coffee Hot Chocolate MakerPros: Good price, handy tray to dissolve chocolate
Cons: Bit smaller capacity compared to Cocomation

The MVMC-HC5 is the a variation of the Cocomotion that has a few extra features, mainly it comes equipped with an optional “chocolate tray” that allows you to dissolve whole blocks of chocolate inside the machine. This opens up a world of Willy Wonka possibilities. In terms of capacity its slightly smaller than the original Cocomotion, but it still has that automatic shut off that makes it a breeze to use.

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Best To Avoid: West Blend Hot Cocoa Machine

West Blend Hot Cocoa MachinePros: Cheapest price.
Cons: No automatic turn off, poor build quality.

The West Blend is another budget hot cocoa maker. It has the capacity to make 4 mugs of hot chocolate and also comes with an auto shut off so you don’t have to keep an eye on it. However I’ve found that this machine lacks in the build quality department, as a lot of people have complained about buttons falling off and its noise. I’d recommend going for either of the Mr Coffees above instead.

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