I'm thinking of getting a milk frothing machine (e.g., http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003... [capresso] or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004... [nespresso]) for my parents, who have an espresso machine but don't seem interested in mastering steaming technique. (I know, the results don't taste quite the same) --
Does anyone have experience with these types of machines (those two or others)? Can you get foam with a similar structure to steaming, even if the flavour is not the same? Online reviews seem to be really impressed by the ease-of-use, but I'm having a harder time discerning whether the foam they give is a close approximation to that of good steamed milk--nice and dense--or if they just excite reviewers by dint of making frothy hot chocolate, etc.