There's no frother there^^ it's a separate unit. Nespresso calls it an Aeroccino. Though froth has too much air and we should say milk foamer?
They come as a bundle in some packages.
Well I could say, "How vital is it that you get off the bunny slope?" :-)
But, one has to admit the walmart electric scooters of the coffee world- frrothers, do have their place.
A frother can make cold froth for cold lattes or what ever. ( not all though). A frother can be set to froth while you go about something else.
You still have to clean it. Is it easier to clean than a stainless container?
A steam wand can be used to preheat cups.
You ar not going to be able to steam large quantities of milk like you see at the coffee shop. That requires a bigger machine. But generally one doesn't need to.
Steaming milk is a skill but it's not that hard. Like anything else with espresso, it carries with it frustration when it doesn't work out. Too much heat, too many bubbles, too big a bubble, this milk steams better or worse than that one. On and on. But it is satisfying when you get it right and even if not perfect unless you scald it it's drinkable. It's magic when it works out.
People are usually amazed at what's involved with making espresso and the machines it takes to get there. Shops generally use 3-20k $ machines because they need temp stability and continual use. Small machines take too long to recover temp and or steam after one use. But that stability usually makes for a better single one.
This is why it's tough to beat Nespresso capsules- no grinding- which means no figuring out the proper grind, plus the grinder, no tamping of the grinds- a huge part of it.
Nespresso started with their machines very similar to home espresso machines except you put the pod in the handle. The machines were made first by Rancilio? -Not sure, but then Krups. If you modified the handle, portafilter, you ouls probably have used it like a regular machine but maybe only pressurizes portafilter.
At some point they changed to a different design idea that ejected the capsules into a bin after use. That's more convienient and makes a smaller counter prescence. No handle sticking out the front. Some even aut loaded and enected the capsules..
One can always get a steam wand and a frother...