Best bet at any price - this is my favorite pitcher style.
Positive Product Points
Solid, heavy-duty construction and a shape that seems to permit most efficient frothing and steaming. A great value.
Negative Product Points
I prefer the aesthetics of a stainless steel handle that loops down side of pitcher but the handle on these is actually more functional for home users.
I now own two of these - one in 14 oz size and one in 28 oz size. If I ever have to replace it I will buy same product again. Nice heavy construction of 18-10 stainless steel and there is a slight inward and then outward curve below the top lip. This creates a narrower top opening and a larger interior area for steaming vs. frothing. The design seems to result in the best ratio of froth to steamed milk (relative to other pitchers I've tried). The handle on this is of heavy black plastic construction with indentations for your fingers. It protrudes horizontally from top edge of pitcher (much like the handle of a saucepan or skillet). Handle design makes it easy to hold and maneuver pitcher when using home units. The larger unit (28 oz) is perfect for frothing milk for a double cappucino and the smalller pitcher (14oz) is ideal for doing a single. I also found the smaller pitcher to be the only one that works well with my little $80 DeLonghi pump machine (which I have relegated to my second part-time apartment now that I acquired a Gaggia Baby Milllenium).
In stock on the shelf and easy to obtain. Chef Central also stocks Illy coffee so I picked up a can to check it out (excellent but I now want the whole bean product - no preground).