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Best Ice Cream Makers

Updated on November 9, 2010

I love ice cream! No matter the weather - I crave ice cream. Who doesn't? And with your own home ice cream maker, you can indulge yourself whenever you feel like it. I know I do.

The quality of home makers has improved drastically over the last few years and it is now easier than ever to make your own creamy ice cream - and you are not limited in flavors - seeing as you are making it yourself - banana, strawberry mocha? No problem.

These are five of the best ice cream makers on the market. Some of them will make sorbet and frozen yogurt as well. Why not expand your horizons and start making your own ice cream - your kids will love you for it.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker

At the top of my list is this ice cream maker from Cuisinart. From hand blenders, skillets and toaster ovens, Cuisinart are world famous for making exceptional appliances. And now, with this ice cream maker they proved that they are a big company that looks after the little things.

This ice cream maker has a very good design -it does not take much space and has a great motor for churning, crushing ice and mixing.

Although it makes quite a noise, you should not be bothered. A good ice maker like this can turn that noise into sweet music. It also comes with a manual, which is easy to understand and of course, easy to use. The manual contains some recipes to begin with and then you can start trying your own recipes.

This is completely automatic - simply throw in your ingredients and turn it on. Fantastic ice cream in as little as 25 minutes. I love this thing.

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker (Ice Cream Ball)
Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker (Ice Cream Ball)

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker (Ice Cream Ball)

The design of this ice cream maker is one of a kind. True to its name and design, the idea is to add the ingredients and then play with the ball. Roll it around, throw it to the kid, whatever - and after 10 to 15 minutes, you will have about a pint of soft ice cream.

I think this was originally designed to take on camping trips, because it is so portable and does not need electricity. This is more aimed at the fun aspect and playing than making serious amounts of ice cream. Nevertheless - a clever design.

Inexpensive and fun - but buy a Cuisinart for serious ice cream.

Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

Another best from Cuisinart is this sherbet, yogurt and ice cream maker, a 3-in-1 maker that will surely satisfy your cravings of sweet and cold desserts. And if it doesn't - you can always make some more.

This maker is a lot like the first featured item but nevertheless, this one also serves good ice cream. It somewhat shares same characteristics, it is easy to use and has a manual that is easy to understand. But - this is a lot less noisy than the first one.

This makes multi-tasking easy and fun, because it is once again completely automated, leaving you free for other chorse while the ice cream is making.

That is a lot of fun - you can make ice creams using healthy ingredients, and you can invent other flavors. Who knows - you might come up with the next big thing in ice cream flavors?

Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker
Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker

Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker

Making ice cream has never been this cheap.A simple trip to the grocery store and you can already be enjoying your own home made ice cream. Just buy some milk, fruits, ice cubes and salt and away you go. In just half an hour, you can be tasting perfectly textured and flavored ice cream - exactly the way you like it.

Noisier than the Cuisinarts, it does make good ice cream and is a steal at this price. As the saying goes, "you can't make omelettes without breaking some eggs," and the eggs in this case are the noise.

Having said that - I happily put up with the noise to be able to make 4 quarts of home made ice cream in less than half an hour. Well worth the money and certainly one of the best budget ice cream makers on the market.

Donvier 837409W 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker
Donvier 837409W 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker

Donvier 837409W 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker

Last but definitely not the least is this ice cream maker from Donvier. This machine is different from the others because you need to rotate the handle by hand. It works great, making creamy ice cream with good consistency.

This is far more "eco-friendly," than the others - no noise pollution, and there is something to be said for getting back to basics. One thing is for sure - the motor is never going to get burned out - and if she does - get the kids to help.

This will last forever and it makes a different type of ice cream to the automatic ones that need salts added. This one just uses elbow grease. Highly recommended - simple, easy to use and great consistency ice cream - assuming the motor is tuned.

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    eatlikenoone 

    7 years ago from Saline, MI

    I have the Cuisinart ICE-20, the model right before the ICE-21. I have never had a problem with it, have used it many times over the last 2 years.

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