Once you try making ice cream at home, you’ll probably never want to purchase ice cream from the store again. An ice cream maker lets you customize your favorite dessert and makes it easier to add in just about anything you desire for a flavorful and personalized result. Most ice cream makers also produce a smooth, consistent texture each time. These models stand out for their all-around performance, whether you’re whipping up a batch of ice cream or indulging in another frozen dessert such as sorbet or frozen yogurt. Most ice cream makers require you to freeze the bowl ahead of time to ensure excellent results, and these machines are no exception. There’s something for everyone, whether you prefer a smaller budget-friendly machine or a larger one.
1. Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
This fully automatic ice cream maker features a heavy-duty motor, enabling it to power through a variety of ingredients with ease. You can use it to make your favorite frozen dessert, whether it’s ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt. A brushed stainless steel housing gives this appliance an upscale appearance. It also has a large ingredient spout that lets you effortlessly add ingredients and mix-ins. The generously sized 2-quart mixing bowl is also double insulated to help keep your ingredients cold. Consumers really like the automatic mixing paddle, which does all the hard work and ensures a consistently smooth texture.
Price: $70.24 (57 percent off MSRP)
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- Heavy-duty motor
- Ideal for making ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt
- Double insulated mixing bowl
- A bit noisy
- May run up to 30 minutes per session
- Results are best when mixing bowl is kept in freezer at all times
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2. KitchenAid KAICA Ice Cream Maker Attachment
This KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment fits all KitchenAid stand mixer models. It also has a 2-quart capacity for making ice cream and other frozen desserts. One benefit of this attachment is that it’s not large and bulky, and it will easily fit into the power hub of any KitchenAid stand mixer. All you need to do to get started is pour in the ingredients. From there, your stand mixer’s motor will provide the right amount of power to whip up a batch of delicious ice cream or frozen dessert. During the ice cream making process, the dasher rotates continuously to scrape, spread, and mix up the batter for even consistency.
Price: $63.65 (36 percent off MSRP)
- Fits all KitchenAid stand mixers
- Runs on stand mixer motor power
- Dasher scrapes, spreads, and mixes ingredients for even consistency
- Paddle can get knocked out of alignment
- Can get messy
- Bowl should be frozen at least six hours before using
3. Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker
If you want to make a delicious and healthy frozen dessert without the added guilt, this frozen dessert maker is an excellent choice. You can create your favorite “ice cream” flavors using any combination of ingredients such as chocolate or your favorite fruit. While it can be hard to make low or non-fat recipies in a traditional ice cream maker, this one excels in creating a healthier dessert without the extra fat, preservatives, and sugar. Simply insert a frozen banana or fruit of your choice into the chute. Then push the plunger down and watch as the machine takes over. Cleanup is effortless as the chute, plunger, and blade are all dishwasher safe.
- Ideal for making healthy desserts
- Creates desserts without excess fat, sugar, or preservatives
- Simple cleanup
- A bit loud
- Instructions could be better
- Ingredients sometimes start to melt prematurely
4. Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
Tired of waiting for your frozen dessert to be ready? This ice cream maker whips up dessert in just 20 minutes or less thanks to a new mixing paddle. It’s also generously sized and can make up to 1.5 quarts at once. A double insulated freezer bowl keeps ingredients from melting early. It also eliminates the need for ice. This ice cream maker also comes with an easy lock transparent lid with a large spout to facilitate pouring ingredients. As an added bonus, the setup also means less of a mess when you’re adding ingredients. Other handy features include a heavy duty motor that can easily handle ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and frozen drinks as well as nonslip rubber feet to keep the machine steady.
Price: $59.94 (46 percent off MSRP)
- Makes dessert in 20 minutes or less
- Up to 1.5-quart capacity
- Heavy duty motor
- No lid for ingredient spout
- Can’t use a metal scoop in the nonstick interior
- Thicker ice cream requires freezing the bowl after making a batch
5. Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker
This heavy-duty ice cream maker has 12 hardness settings, ensuring you get the precise results you want each and every time. Aside from ice cream, it can also make gelato, frozen yogurt, and sorbet. A self-refrigerating compressor promises enough power along with the most efficient operation. This machine also has a keep cool setting for up to three hours if you’d rather wait a bit to enjoy your frozen treat. A pre-cool setting keeps the ice cream maker at the best operating temperature. Other highlights include BPA-free materials and an audible alert when your dessert is ready.
Price: $399.00 (33 percent off MSRP)
- 12 hardness settings
- Self-refrigerating compressor
- Audible alert when ready
- Small capacity
- Noisy operation