This may sound like a no brainer; but the obvious key to churn out homemade ice cream, gelato, sorbet and many other frozen desserts has to be a good reliable ice cream maker.
But buying the best ice cream maker requires some research.
- 1 Top 3 Best Ice Cream Makers on the market
- 2 Top 8 Best Ice Cream Makers Based on Consumer Reviews
- 2.1 1. Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart
- 2.2 2. Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic
- 2.3 3. Nostalgia ICMW400 Vintage Collection 4-Quart Wood Bucket
- 2.4 4. Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker
- 2.5 5. DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker
- 2.6 6. Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker
- 2.7 7. Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart
- 2.8 8. Hamilton Beach Half Pint
- 3 Types of Ice Cream Makers
- 4 Buying an Ice Cream Maker
- 5 Benefits of Buying it Online
- 6 Conclusion
Top 3 Best Ice Cream Makers on the market
To make this review as comprehensive and detailed as I possibly could, beside doing my own testings AND eating (Cookie dough, double fudge brownie, mint chocolate chip, plain old vanilla…. Yes, I did enjoy myself, and yes I did gain a few pounds!), I read consumer reviews and reports on sites like Amazon.com, ConsumerSearch, GoodHouseKeeping, AmericasTestKitchen, Cooking.com and a few others.
I also looked at all kinds of treat makers, from modern electric to old fashioned wooden hand crank, from soft serve to hard serve and everything in between.
In the end I decided to focus on models that are among the star performers at their individual price points, as some of these models aren’t worth a second view, let alone close scrutiny.
And that brought me to my top 8, out of which, I have chosen one as the absolute best one considering price, quality, ease of use, etc.
But before we get to the list of top 10, for those of you who are not familiar, let me explain the different kinds of ice cream makers.
Top 8 Best Ice Cream Makers Based on Consumer Reviews
I looked at a lot of different machines (If you read my About page, you will know why). I have published my take on 10 of the most well-known ones here on this site (in no particular order).
But if I had to narrow it down even further, I would pick the first 3 mentioned below as the winners, giving the “Best Ice Cream Maker” title to Cuisinart Ice-30BC.
Of course, the decision on which machine to buy rests on your lonely shoulders, but if I were in the market for an ice cream maker, I would go with one of these.
1. Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart
Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)
This electric Cuisinart model is much heralded among professional testers and owners. The draes are its simplicity, durability and fun factor.
The pre-requisite of pre-freezing does not bother them one bit, as owners claim that the quick and tasty results from this compact and durable 2-quart machine more than compensate for the extra preparations.
2. Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic
Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)
This does not score high on the “look” department, but it certainly is right up there with other pricier models where quality of the produced frozen treats is concerned.
Due to its simple structure, it is easy to assemble, operate and clean. The machine comes with a helpful instruction manual and a limited one-year warranty.
3. Nostalgia ICMW400 Vintage Collection 4-Quart Wood Bucket
Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)
It is said that there are no unhappy owners of the Nostalgia ICMW400 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker. In 20-40 minutes, it is capable of producing a gallon of tasty and creamy ice cream.
The powerful motor holds up really well even with heavy usage. In addition, it is easy to assemble, operate and clean.
4. Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker
Our Rating: (4.6 / 5)
This electric Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker is not the best looking one out there, but my own experience shows it does the job.
And let’s not forget the relatively inexpensive price mark – at less than $50, it is a great buy…
5. DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker
Our Rating: (4.1 / 5)
One of the most expensive machines is the DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker.
You may like this if you like the idea of enjoying Italian-style gelato at home whenever you want. But there are some drawbacks as well.
6. Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker
Our Rating: (4.9 / 5)
This machine is perfect for those who like to make frozen desserts using just one or more ingredients.
With a price tag of just under $200, it can be a great addition to your kitchen applinces. Not to mention it is small and so it won’t take much room in your kitchen.
7. Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart
Our Rating: (4.4 / 5)
Some reviews I read claimed this thing produces desserts better than what you can get from Italian gelaterias, but although my tests revealed something more.
It is the most expensive one I have bought and reviewed, but for the long haul, it is worth it if you have the cash.
8. Hamilton Beach Half Pint
Our Rating: (3.1 / 5)
If you are looking for an ice cream machine that can make enough for just a few people, this is your best bet. Of course it has its own drawbacks, one of them being.
Types of Ice Cream Makers
Buying an Ice Cream Maker
Benefits of Buying it Online
- Recipes: 15 Delicious home made ice cream recipes from Delish.com that kids and adults will love.
- Tips: Learn a few tips and tricks from About.com to help you make the best tasting frozen desserts.
- Safety: A few tips from FDA.gov on how to enjoy home made ice cream without the risk of salmonella infection.
- History: Learn a few cool facts about this popular food and its origins (from folks over at Dakota State University).
Nothing taste sweeter and more delicious than ice cream whipped up in your own kitchen. I personally think the process of making treats such as frozen yogurt, sorbet, sherbet and, of course, ice cream, is just as satisfying as eating them. Which is why I think every household should have a good ice cream maker.
It is true that you need to invest a little to make great ice cream. But I think, just like most things in life, that little extra premium you fork out would yield that extra gratification in the end.
Two things come to mind with homemade ice cream; first is easier to make and possibly much tastier than what you get from a store. Plus, in the long run, you will save a lot of money by not having to buy them from the grocery store.
The better ones that are going to last would cost you additional money, no doubt! I guess you are sharing that same sentiment since you have made it to this point of my review. Regardless, you need to get started with a good quality ice cream maker, which I hope my reviews will help you do just that.