Best Ice Cream Makers

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
Homemade ice cream is a real cold pleasure that tastes awesome! With a high-quality ice cream maker, you can make exceptionally delicious frozen treats with incredibly smooth and creamy texture. What more is there to say? Look at our ice cream maker review and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Operation Principle
Cooking
Freeze Method
Freezing Time
Bowl capacity
Convenience
Material
Weight
 
PROS
Whynter ice cream maker is ready for use in 2-3 min after startup. Hence, you don't have to pre-freeze a bowl or add ice by yourself. Besides, the Motor Protection function prevents the motor from overheating if the mixture becomes too solid while the Extended Cooling function prevents the mixture from melting.
CONS
Despite a fairly large size, this Gelato ice cream maker has a rather small churning bowl.
OUR VERDICT
Whynter fully automatic ice cream maker allows making ice cream and other delicious frozen desserts any time without unnecessary intervention in the cooking process. This superb ice cream maker is ideal for dinner parties at home.
detailed parameters
Operation Principle
Fully automatic
Cooking
Ice cream, Frozen yogurt, Sorbet, Gelato, Frozen beverages
Freeze Method
Сompressor Freezer
Freezing Time
30-60 minutes
Bowl capacity
2.1 quarts
Convenience
Built-in audible timer, Temperature display, Ice cream scoop, Recipe book included
Material
Stainless steel body, Removable stainless steel bowl, Plastic lid
Weight
24.2 pounds
PROS
There's no need to pack ice into the freezer bowl due to the double insulated walls of the bowl.
CONS
It has a rather small bowl capacity.
OUR VERDICT
This ice cream maker combines portability, ease of operation and maintenance. It's a great choice for a small family, which allows making tasty homemade ice cream and various frozen desserts.
detailed parameters
Operation Principle
Semi-automatic
Cooking
Ice cream, Frozen yogurt, Sorbet, Gelato, Frozen beverages
Freeze Method
Freezer Bowl
Freezing Time
20 minutes or less
Bowl capacity
1-1/2 quarts
Convenience
Rubber Feet, Cord storage, Easy-lock transparent lid with a large spout (to add ingredients when in use), Recipe book included
Material
Plastic body, Removable stainless steel bowl, Plastic lid
Weight
9 pounds
PROS
Owing to a metal housing, a double insulated freezer bowl keeps frozen liquids longer. Thus, making large amounts of delicious homemade ice cream for the whole family is easier than you'd think.
CONS
The upper plastic protective lid is rather fragile, so be careful and don't drop it while cleaning.
OUR VERDICT
Making outstanding desserts is a piece of cake if you use this fantastic ice cream maker. Don't deprive yourself of an opportunity to make delicious frozen desserts right at home instead of buying them in the supermarket, and save your money.
detailed parameters
Operation Principle
Semi-automatic
Cooking
Ice cream, Frozen yogurt, Sorbet, Gelato, Frozen beverages
Freeze Method
Freezer Bowl
Freezing Time
20-25 minutes
Bowl capacity
2 quarts
Convenience
Rubber Feet, Cord storage, Easy-lock transparent lid with a large ingredient spout for adding mix-ins, Recipe book included
Material
Brushed metal housing, Double insulated stainless steel bowl, Plastic lid
Weight
12 pounds
PROS
Hamilton Beach ice cream maker stops working when ice cream mixture reaches a proper consistency.
CONS
The ice cream maker is far better at making soft-frozen desserts than frozen firm ice cream.
OUR VERDICT
Hamilton Beach 4-quart capacity ice cream maker is extremely easy-to-use. Therefore, this affordable and high-capacity cream maker is a great solution for those who wish to have an appliance for everyday use, making homemade ice cream and other treats without much effort.
detailed parameters
Operation Principle
Semi-automatic
Cooking
Ice cream, Frozen yoghurt, Sorbet, Gelato
Freeze Method
Salt and Ice
Freezing Time
20-40 minutes
Bowl capacity
4 quarts
Convenience
Easy-lock lid (for reliable motor fixation and prevention of ice and salt leakage into the bowl), Recipe book included
Material
Plastic body, Removable stainless steel bowl
Weight
6.5 pounds
PROS
This ice cream maker features a powerful 12,000 rpm electric motor that ensures thorough churning of the ice cream without the formation of ice crystals. Besides, the patented Triple-Action Dasher system prevents the bucket from warping out of shape.
CONS
It's rather noisy.
OUR VERDICT
White Mountain ice cream maker offers premium quality and has a unique pinewood exterior. The appliance has a powerful motor, which is ideal for making ice cream and frozen desserts. It is also available in multiple bowl capacities according to your needs.
detailed parameters
Operation Principle
Semi-automatic
Cooking
Ice cream, Frozen yogurt, Sorbet, Gelato, Frozen beverages
Freeze Method
Salt and Ice
Freezing Time
20-40 minutes
Bowl capacity
6 quarts (4 quarts available)
Convenience
Locks on the motor base (to not let ice and salt get into the bowl), Recipe book included
Material
Wooden body, Removable stainless steel bowl
Weight
19.2 pounds

What is an Ice Cream Maker

An ice cream maker is a home appliance designed to make homemade ice cream. In fact, you can use this appliance not only for making ice cream but also for preparing delicious frozen cocktails, various refreshing drinks, delightful frozen desserts and other exotic frozen delicacies like fruit-flavored sorbet or delectable gelato. Typically, an ice cream maker freezes the mixture while churning it in order to aerate the mixture and prevent the formation of ice crystals. Therefore, an ice cream maker evenly freezes ice cream, turning it into a soft texture.

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What Features to Compare

When choosing an ice cream maker, the first thing to consider is the Operation Principle, which primarily depends on the freeze method. It should be noted that the earliest ice cream makers were hand-cranked. Thus, to make some ice cream you had to stir the mixture manually every 2-3 minutes. Currently, these machines are out-of-date and replaced by semi-automatic and automatic ice cream makers. To use a semi-automatic ice cream maker, you need to pre-freeze the bowl in the fridge prior to use. This method of making ice cream is called Freezer Bowl. The freezing time is generally up to 8-12 hours. To make the next batch, you have to wait until the bowl freezes again. There are also semi-automatic ice cream machines that require no pre-freezing of the bowl in the fridge. You just need to add ice and rock salt between the bucket and the inner bowl. This is so-called Salt and Ice method. Salt and ice lower the freezing temperature, therefore, the temperature of the mixture around the ice cream gets colder. On the contrary, automatic ice cream makers are more convenient as they require no pre-freezing or adding ice and salt. Although, such models are more pricey as they feature a built-in refrigeration unit. It's very easy-to-use - just turn the electric motor on, wait for 5-10 minutes until the bowl is frozen to the desired temperature, pour the prepared ice cream mixture, and get the ready product in a short while.

The other thing we’d like to draw your attention to is ice cream maker's Capacity, which is mainly determined by a bowl capacity and freezing time. There are models with smaller and bigger freezer bowls so you can choose the one to fit your family needs. As a matter of fact, the overall amount of ice cream depends on bowl capacity. A freezer bowl of 1/1.5-quart capacity will be surely enough for a small household. However, if you are planning a dinner party, you should choose an ice cream maker with at least 4/6-quart bowl capacity. While churning the mix, ice cream gets saturated with air and becomes fluffy. The time required for freezing usually varies between 20-60 minutes (depending on the chosen model and the amount of product you need to produce).

And finally, you should pay attention to the Usability of an ice cream maker. In fact, ice cream makers are quite easy to handle even for inexperienced users. Actually, you should press the on/off button on the front control panel, or simply plug your machine in. Some ice cream makers come with an LCD display with a number of handy features like a built-in timer, various temperature modes, a pause option, etc. Next, when selecting an ice cream maker, it's reasonable to choose a compact and lightweight appliance that can be easily stored or transported. Besides, you should pay attention to the material a bucket and a bowl are made of. Ice cream makers can be manufactured from a high-quality plastic that makes them lighter. If an ice cream maker is made of metal, it is considered to be more solid and durable. Meanwhile, the inner bowl is typically made of stainless steel or aluminum that ensures better absorption of the cold. Furthermore, a reliable lid adjustment prevents ice and rock salt from getting into the bowl and spoil your frozen dessert while rubber feet on the bottom of the bucket keep the base stationary, providing safe use of the appliance. To sum up, all these useful features can make your cooking experience really enjoyable.

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Review of Whynter ICM-200LS Ice Cream Maker

Whynter ICM-200LS

Whynter ICM-200LS

Operation Principle

Whynter fully automatic ice cream maker requires no pre-freezing of the mixing bowl. Moreover, it is equipped with a powerful built-in refrigeration unit, which works like a traditional freezer, allowing you to make delectable frozen desserts any time without additional preparation prior to cooking. This model comes with a soft-touch LCD control panel with 5 buttons - timer button, start/pause button, menu button (Ice Cream mode, Cooling only mode, Mixing only mode), and ON switch - all of them offer a variety of options for making healthy homemade ice cream.

Capacity

Whynter ice cream maker generally requires about 30-60 minutes to pre-freeze the bowl for making ice cream and different scrumptious frozen desserts. The major advantage of this electric ice cream maker is that you can make one batch of ice cream right after another almost non-stop. This means that you don't have to eagerly wait until the bowl is cold enough to make the next batch. Also, this ice cream maker comes with a 2.1-quart removable stainless steel bowl. Thus, this domestic ice cream maker will be a good investment for most average families of 2-4 people.

Usability

Whynter ice cream maker boasts a large number of helpful functions. When the mixture becomes too solid, a Motor Protection function prevents the electric motor from overheating or failure. Besides, the ice cream maker features 3 cooking modes and Cooling Temperature settings in the range from -0.4ºF to -31ºF that considerably expand your cooking options. Furthermore, the ice cream machine has a stainless steel housing, which makes it more durable compared to its plastic equivalents. The appliance also comes with an easy-to-clean removable stainless steel bowl and a built-in compressor freezer. This stainless steel ice cream maker weighs 24.2 pounds.

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Wynter 2.1 Quart Ice Cream Maker ICM-200LS
Whynter ICM-200LS
Whynter ICM-200LS
 
Review of Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart White

Cuisinart ICE-21

Cuisinart ICE-21

Operation Principle

Cuisinart ice cream maker is a semi-automatic machine, therefore, before making a frozen dessert, you have to pre-freeze the bowl. Typically, you just need to shake the bowl in order to determine whether the ice cream mixture is completely frozen. If the appliance still contains some liquid in the bowl, it means the ice cream maker is not ready for use yet. To turn on the electric motor you need to press the On/Off button.

Capacity

Cuisinart ice cream maker is capable of making frozen yogurt, ice cream, sorbet, and even frozen beverages. Actually, it usually takes 20 minutes or less to enjoy ready-to-eat ice cream without waiting for a long time. This ice cream machine has a large bowl capacity that permits you to make 1-1 / 2 quarts of ice cream and other luscious frozen desserts. This domestic ice cream maker is used to make small quantities of ice cream sufficient for small families.

Usability

Cuisinart ice cream maker features non-slip rubber feet that keep the base stable when the appliance is in use. Also, there is a convenient cord storage, which is easily pushed into the base after use. Moreover, it has an easy-lock lid with a large spout in order to add various ingredients without intervention into the freezing process. The ice cream machine is made of high-quality plastic to reduce weight while the inner bowl is made of solid stainless steel. It uses a Freezer Bowl freezing method that requires pre-freezing of the bowl. Finally, the appliance weighs only 9 pounds, so you can easily carry it with you anywhere.

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Cuisinart ICE-21
Cuisinart ICE-21
 
Review of Cuisinart ICE-30BC Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-30BC

Cuisinart ICE-30BC

Operation Principle

The operation principle of this semi-automatic Cuisinart ice cream maker is fairly simple. You need to prepare the mixture and pre-freeze the bowl with a cooling liquid for a night at least, but preferably not less than 16 hours prior to making ice cream. Afterwards, shake the bowl to determine whether the liquid is completely frozen. Otherwise, it's better to let it freeze a bit more. If you want to get tasty frozen liquid desserts, leave a bowl in the fridge overnight.

Capacity

Cuisinart ice cream maker is capable of making unbelievably delicious frozen desserts: ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato, and frozen beverages. You will be surprised at how easy making your favorite frozen treats is! All you need is to pour the mixture into the bowl and your dessert is ready-to-eat in as little as 25 minutes. A double insulated stainless steel freezer bowl makes up to 2 quarts of frozen homemade desserts from the freshest ingredients for you and all your family members. This ice cream machine is truly cost-effective if you decide in favor of making your own ice cream rather than buying it at the supermarket.

Usability

Due to the metal housing, the liquid in the bowl cools down more slowly, allowing you to prepare larger amounts of ice cream for a big family. The freezer bowl rotates about 25 minutes, so the machine comes with rubber feet to ensure maximum stability. It is very easy to clean and maintain the appliance. After using the ice cream maker, you can easily clean all parts (except for the base) under warm running water. However, don't immerse the main body of the machine in water. There is also a cord storage compartment underneath the machine where you can hide the cable. Moreover, it features an easy-lock transparent lid with a large ingredient spout for adding various mix-ins for every appetite. The model is available in red and silver colors to choose from according to your preferences.

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Cuisinart ICE-30BC
Cuisinart ICE-30BC
 
Review of Hamilton Beach 68330N Ice Cream Maker

Hamilton Beach 68330N

Hamilton Beach 68330N

Operation Principle

Hamilton Beach is a 4-quart semi-automatic ice cream maker, which means you need to mix rock salt and ice for homogeneous freezing in advance, only then you can start making luscious homemade ice cream. In fact, salt speeds up the freezing process. This ice cream machine is quite easy-to-handle - just connect the appliance to the mains by means of a cable cord and it will immediately start making your favorite tasty frozen desserts.

Capacity

Even though Hamilton Beach ice cream maker is rather compact, it provides sufficient capacity to hold up to 4 quarts of ice cream. Therefore, this ice cream machine is an excellent solution for making delicious frozen desserts for a large group of people. You wouldn't need to keep your guests waiting for too long since the freezing time is only 20-40 minutes. Cool and yummy desserts will come out rather quickly, gladdening taste buds of kids and adults.

Usability

Hamilton Beach ice cream maker comes with an Easy Lock lid attached to the stainless steel bowl for reliable motor fixation. The added bonus is an automatic switch-off, which automatically turns the appliance off once the mixture is ready. It's very convenient as you can do whatever you wish while your ice cream machine does all the work. The freeze power relies on adding salt and ice to the bowl. One more benefit is that this model of an ice cream maker is fairly lightweight (only 6.5 pounds), so it can be easily stored in your kitchen.

Hamilton Beach 68330N
Hamilton Beach 68330N
 
Review of White Mountain PBWMIME612-SHP Wooden Bucket Ice Cream Maker

White Mountain PBWMIME612-SHP

White Mountain PBWMIME612-SHP

Operation Principle

White Mountain is a semi-automatic ice cream maker, which means you have to pre-freeze the mixing bowl prior to using, next, add ice and rock salt into the space between the wooden housing and the inner bowl, and only then make a batch of ice cream. As a matter of fact, this wonderful domestic ice cream machine is extremely easy-to-use. To turn the electric motor on, simply plug the power cord into the power outlet. You will be amazed by a variety of frozen treats you can make in this ice cream machine!

Capacity

White Mountain ice cream maker is capable of making a huge amount of ice cream and a variety of frozen desserts due to the large bowl capacity - up to 6 quarts (4-quart model is also available). This ice cream machine offers a superb solution for making all kinds of delicacies for your near and dear. Believe it or not, but the cooking time this electric appliance requires is just 20-40 minutes. Thus, it can produce large amounts of ice cream without making your guests wait for too long to try your frozen treats.

Usability

White Mountain ice cream maker has a patented Triple-Action Dasher system, made of ultra-strong cast iron, which provides high durability and allows the bucket to hold its shape. Besides, this system ensures homogeneous churning of ice cream mixture and prevents ice cream from getting stuck to the sides of the bowl. Moreover, the machine comes with reliable locks on the motor base to prevent ice and salt getting into the bowl. This ice cream machine has a premium quality pinewood exterior and a stainless steel inner bowl. This electric ice cream maker uses Salt and Ice freezing method that requires adding salt and ice to make tasty ice cream at home. The weight of the electric appliance is rather big - 19.2 pounds.

White Mountain PBWMIME612-SHP
White Mountain PBWMIME612-SHP