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Note: This isn’t a sponsored post. The Mila by Springlane was a Christmas gift from my family.


As a dairy-free vegan, I get through my fair share of plant milk. And whilst it’s amazing how many options there are now when shopping at the supermarket, most are filled with additives and preservatives. Plus, I was throwing away a lot of packaging and spending a small fortune each month.

So, in true vegan style, I was very generously gifted a vegan milk maker for Christmas. I’d been eyeing up different options for ages. And, after much deliberation, I decided on the Mila by Springlane – a lovely-looking machine that promised plenty of functionality.

The problem I found when researching vegan milk makers is that there’s really not that much to go on other than Amazon reviews, so I wanted to take the time to let you know how I’m getting on with my new purchase. It’s not exactly a small investment at £149 – so was it worth it?

After a couple of months of use, I’m ready to give you my thoughts. Here is my honest Springlane vegan milk maker review. 🥛

Review Summary

The Springlane Milk Maker impressed me with its sleek design, ease of use and versatility. Whilst it has a couple of minor drawbacks like noise and program duration, its self-cleaning function and cost savings make it a worthwhile investment for homemade, eco-friendly plant milk.

Style
Functionality
Taste
Value

Pros

  • Easy unboxing & set-up
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to use
  • Encourages creativity
  • Timer & self-cleaning functions

Cons

  • Quite a large appliance
  • A little noisy
  • Some programs take 15-20 minutes
  • Cold program max 300ml

3-Step Springlane Milk Making Process

Step 1: Fill with water 💧

Filling up water in the Springlane Milk Maker

Step 2: Add ingredients 🥜

Add ingredients to Springlane mixing chamber

Step 3: Select program 👇

Springlane touch screen display

Springlane Vegan Milk Maker Review: My Experience

First up, the Mila is really good-looking. It’s super sleek on my countertops and fits in with my overall kitchen aesthetic perfectly. Springlane is also a German brand, so has the technical prowess to match, making deliciously creamy plant milk at the push of a button.

It features 6 handy plant drink programs, including dry soy, soaked soy, nuts, grains, fruit and juice (I use the ‘nuts’ and ‘juice’ programs 95% of the time). You can even use the handy timer function so that when you come downstairs in the morning, you’re greeted by a freshly prepared batch of warm plant milk.

Whilst it’s not the smallest of machines, it’s easy enough to lift and put away when not in use. However, because of the amount of use it gets, I happily leave it out as a permanent fixture rather than storing it in a kitchen cupboard. It’s also a touch on the noisy side, but this seems to be a relatively standard complaint about plant milk makers across the board. For the versatility and practicality it gives you, it’s something I can live with for 5-10 minutes.

Self clean function on the Springlane milk maker
Results of the Springlane milk maker's auto-clean function

Ease of Use

I usually dread the set-up of new gadgets, so I was pleasantly surprised by how straightforward the unboxing was. After giving the glass jug and water compartment a quick wash, it was simply a case of plugging it in and experimenting with my first batch of vegan milk!

To use your Mila, fill the water container to the 300ml or 600ml line, add ingredients to the mixing chamber (initially I weighed these, but before long you can judge it by eye), select mode and capacity on the touch display, then hit ‘Start’.

I should also mention that the recipe booklet was a little tricky to navigate. When it says ‘3g-4g almonds’ and ‘100ml’ – multiply to get to your desired capacity. For example, 9g-12g almonds for a 300ml batch and 18g-24g almonds for a 600ml batch.

Whilst it takes a little experimenting to find the exact taste and texture you’re after, it’s fun to get creative and not too difficult! Each portion is incredibly cheap to produce (more on this later), so even if you make a disappointing batch or completely mess up your ratios, it’s no big deal. Learn from your mistakes and try again!

The self-cleaning function after each milk program is a game-changer. No effort needed – just empty the dirty water, and the ingredients chamber is left impressively clean!

Porridge with homemade plant milk

The Taste Test

My first few batches of plant milk were a little thin and didn’t give my tea the same creamy texture I’m used to. Upping the ingredient ratio in the mixing chamber solved that issue (a lightbulb moment for me!).

When I tried the ‘Grains’ setting for oat milk, I was a bit disappointed with the slimy consistency and porridge-like smell. Soaking oats for 15-30 minutes helps, and using the ‘Juice’ setting instead of ‘Grains’ prevents overheating. My main gripe is that the cold ‘Juice’ function only produces 300ml in one go (update: in reality, I’ve noticed I’m getting nearer 225-250ml rather than the stated 300ml). However, the good news is that it’s much speedier – just 4 minutes in total.

I’ve had much better luck right off the bat with nut milks. In fact, almond milk with a pinch of salt and maple syrup has quickly become my go-to milk of choice.

I should warn you that if you’re looking for a 100% like-for-like supermarket carton replacement, any plant milk maker is likely to fall short. Even with straining and shaking, it lacks the same silky smooth consistency. But then again, it’s 90% of the way there and it’s not got all the hidden filler ingredients either, so it’s a small compromise I’m willing to make.

Mila Springlane vegan milk maker

Cost Savings

Whilst the Mila will set you back £149 in the short term, the amount of money you can save when making your own plant milk in the long term is where she really starts to shine!

Typically, my partner and I get through 3 cartons (3L) of vegan milk a week at around £2.20 a carton = £6.60. Drinking the same amount using Mila, I simply need to buy the raw ingredients (almonds), then add filtered tap water. I can buy almonds in bulk for around £10 per 1kg, which roughly equates to £1.25 for the same 3L.

For oat milk, it’s ridiculously cheap! With a 1K bag of oats at £1.69, you can make enough oat milk to last a week for pennies. In short, you can save anywhere between 60%-80% by making your own plant milk.

Of course, you can add a small amount for the cost of running the machine. But even so, it’s a ridiculously cheap alternative to supermarket cartons when the cost of living is so high.

Customisation

What I really love about Mila is that it encourages you to get creative with your plant milk-making. Whilst I used to go to the shop and buy a carton of oat milk or coconut milk, I’ve got very used to making my own custom blends now. For instance, I particularly like an almond and cashew blend. And occasionally, I’ll even add a little chocolate for a delicious and indulgent treat.

This allows you to customise recipes to what you have in your kitchen cupboards and your own specific tastes, but also means you can control the nutritional profile, too. To meet my own health goals, I like to get in my daily serving of ground flaxseed by throwing these into the mix.

Is the Mila Right for You?

If you’re looking for a machine that has great functionality and requires virtually zero clean-up, then the Mila would be a great option for you!

Just bear in mind that the max capacity you can make at any one time is 600ml. Whilst this is more than enough for myself and my partner, if you have a big family, this might be impractical. For a larger capacity, consider Salter for a budget-friendly option or Nutramilk for a more premium alternative. I delve into nut milk maker recommendations here.

Of course, there are also cheaper machines for around £30-£40 on Amazon, but you get what you pay for. I’d always advise spending more on a quality machine that is going to last, rather than a knock-off version with flimsy parts that’s likely to break within 6 months.

Also, remember that shop-bought plant milks are typically fortified with essential nutrients that can be hard to find on a vegan diet, such as Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. As such, if you’re going to be using Mila for your daily plant milk, then make sure to invest in a good multivitamin. This will guard against any potential deficiencies you may be at risk of when solely consuming homemade plant milk.

Why Invest in a Plant Milk Maker?

  • It’s better for the environment: You avoid unnecessary packaging that would otherwise end up in landfill.
  • You control the ingredients: You can take charge of your nutrition by avoiding all the preservatives and additives in store-bought milk.
  • You can personalise recipes: You can experiment with different recipes and flavour combinations by blending different ingredients, customising it to your own taste!
  • It’s easier than traditional methods: In the past, you’d have had to blend and strain nut milk using a cheesecloth. With a milk maker, it’s just the push of a button!
  • You’ll save money in the long run: The cost of plant milk cartons adds up. With a plant milk maker, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost.

Reviews

I may be sold on Mila, but what do other customers have to say? It has an average star rating of 4.4/5 on Amazon. Here are just a few of them:

“This little machine is the bees knees. It does exactly what I need for a milk maker, not that cheap but long term it will pay for itself! Stores well in glass bottles in the fridge, and only takes 12 minutes to make a batch full for a glass bottle. It’s amazing and I would highly recommend it!”

“It’s just a beautiful looking machine which produces yummy homemade milk. It is so easy to use and the key point is self cleaning. That makes me want to use it more… Best buy of the year and worth every penny!”

“The most important thing for me is that this machine does smaller portions easily as there is only me at home who uses this machine. I usually set it to start in the morning so that when I come down from my shower I can make a nice coffee and some porridge before work.”

Springlane vegan milk maker recipe booklet

My Final Verdict

There is something so satisfying about making your own plant milk. For starters, it’s reassuring to know that you’re not participating in the dairy industry which involves a lot of cruelty. But also, when you prep it the night before, set the timer function, and wake up to a fresh batch of warm milk, it’s the perfect start to any morning routine.

Whilst it is an initial investment, the Mila has loads of functionality for the price, looks gorgeous on your countertops, and has the best self-cleaning function. For me, how often I use something generally boils down to how easy it is to use and maintain, and the Mila excels on these fronts.

In short, definitely worth purchasing if you’re already drinking a lot of plant milk and want to be more mindful of the environment, as well as your health and purse.

Where Can You Buy the Springlane Milk Maker?

You can purchase Mila directly from Springlane’s website in certain European countries. However, if you’re based in the UK, you’ll need to purchase via Amazon. It’s available with Prime delivery, so if you’re impatient to get started on your milk-making venture, it will be with you really quickly!

You might also want to invest in a couple of milk bottles to store your milk more easily in the fridge. I bought a couple of these 1L bottles which have been doing the job perfectly. You can also purchase 500ml versions in the same style, if you’d prefer.

In the meantime, happy plant milk blending! Don’t forget to let me know how you get on.

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