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What is the Best Frozen Yogurt Maker?

Updated on May 9, 2011

A frozen yogurt maker is generally synonymous with "ice cream maker," and products are typically labeled that way: Ice cream makers. The reality is that they are equally capable of producing amazing frozen yogurt.

These machines may be used to make a large variety of frozen yogurt flavors according to your personal taste. Combine that with the convenience of making it at home whenever you choose, and making your own frozen yogurt becomes fun and rewarding.

There are many different models of frozen yogurt makers, including automatic (electric), hand-crank, play-and-freeze balls, and soft-serve with topping dispensers. It can be difficult to decide which one will meet your needs. In this article, we'll review some of the best-selling products available to help you determine which model is best for you.

Hamilton Beach 68330 4 Qt Bucket Ice Cream Maker
Hamilton Beach 68330 4 Qt Bucket Ice Cream Maker

Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic [Frozen Yogurt] Maker

The automatic Hamilton Beach [Frozen Yogurt] Maker is a basic model and is labeled an "ice cream maker," along with nearly every other model of frozen yogurt makers. It includes over 20 recipes to help you get started making delicious frozen yogurt immediately.

It can make up to 4 quarts of frozen yogurt in 20 - 40 minutes. In deciding if this product is right for you, consider it's size. This fully automatic electric model's dimensions are 12 by 12 by 13-1/2 inches; It could easily be stored in a kitchen cupboard.

The Hamilton Beach Automatic [Frozen Yogurt] Maker boasts an Easy-Lock lid to prevent mess, easily removable parts for hand-washing, and a 1 year limited warranty.

Customers who bought this product claimed it made great-tasting treats for a great price. 

Some reported that the plastic Easy-Lock lid tended to crack after several uses. As with many automatic frozen yogurt makers, this model was reported as making a loud noise while operating.

Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Supreme Frozen Yogurt Maker

Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme [Frozen Yogurt] Maker

The automatic stainless steal Cuisinart [Frozen Yogurt] Maker is a high-end model, comparative to professional-grade frozen yogurt maker models.

It has a built in compressor-freezer, so you don't have to pre-freeze the bowl before making your frozen yogurt. All you have to do is add the ingredients, set the pre-fixed timer, and let the machine do the work, making up to 1 1/2 quarts of frozen yogurt at a time. The timer will go off when the frozen yogurt reaches a specific temperature and consistency, so you know it's done.

The ingredient spout, lid, paddle, and bowl are easily removed for hand-washing. It's dimensions are 15-1/2 by 10-3/4 by 10 1/2 inches, and comes with a 3 year limited warranty.

Customers who bought this model loved the quality of frozen yogurt that was produced. The cons included the price, how heavy it was to carry, and how long the machine took to make frozen yogurt (up to 60 minutes) compared to other models.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence [Frozen Yogurt] Maker

Another stainless steel automatic model, the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence [Frozen Yogurt] Maker is somewhere between economy and high-end, and likely best suited for those wanting a model that will last long, but who don't want to spend a lot of money at this point.

Up to 2 quarts of frozen yogurt are ready to eat after just 25 minutes, making this Cuisinart model perfect for those who are concerned about lengthy wait-time. At 8-1/4 by 8 by 11-3/4 inches, it's compact size makes it a great choice for saving space.

Built to last this model comes with a limited 3 year warranty which is comparable to the high-end Cuisinart Supreme model described previously.

Customers loved the warranty and quality of the product for the price.

Some did say that the self-freezing component didn't freeze the yogurt to the hardness of their liking. As with other models, it was considered a bit noisy.

Play & Freeze 1-Pint Ice Cream Maker Ball
Play & Freeze 1-Pint Ice Cream Maker Ball

Play & Freeze 1-Pint [Frozen Yogurt] Maker Ball

The Play & Freeze Ball is fun for the entire family. Take it camping, picnicking, traveling, or parties. With this ingenious ball, you can make frozen treats literally anywhere. The frozen yogurt is made inside the ball as you kick it, throw it, or roll it.

This model is lightweight, easy to store, and easy to clean. It makes approximately 1 pint of frozen yogurt in 30-35 minutes.The small yield of frozen yogurt makes this model more of a way to enjoy a fun activity than a way to make a large amount of frozen yogurt for a group.

It weighs in at just over 2 lbs, and has a limited 1 year warranty. The warranty specifically does not cover damages from kicking or dropping the ball.

Customers who bought this product loved how fun it was to use: particularly for their children.

The cons were that some people found it could be hard to seal. Others said it could be messy when you had to open the ball and mix the contents half-way through the freezing process.

Aroma AIC-204EM 4-Quart Wood Barrel Ice Cream Maker
Aroma AIC-204EM 4-Quart Wood Barrel Ice Cream Maker

Aroma AIC-204EM 4-Quart Wood Barrel [Frozen Yogurt] Maker

Our list wouldn't be complete without a model featuring a hand-crank. The Aroma Wood Barrel [Frozen Yogurt] Maker can do the work automatically, OR you can use the hand-crank option, and enjoy making frozen yogurt the old-fashioned way.

Many people have memories of sitting on the porch making frozen treats while turning the hand-crank over and over again. Others may not have time to do that, but want to enjoy delicious frozen yogurt too. This model provides the best of both worlds. It's great for picnics, BBQ's, and family get-togethers.

This antique-looking model makes up to 4 quarts of frozen yogurt at a time, and has parts that are easily removed for hand-washing. It's dimensions are 12-2/5 by 12-2/5 by 16-3/10, making it the largest model of this review article.

Customers loved that they could choose how to make their frozen yogurt. Kids enjoyed taking turns using the hand-crank, and seeing what "they had made."

Some reported that it took longer to make the frozen yogurt than with other automatic-only machines. It was also noted that you can't leave alone too long, or it will freeze solid and the rotation of the mixer will stop.

Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It in Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It in Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It in Soft Serve [Frozen Yogurt] Maker

The automatic Cuisinart Mix It in Soft Serve [Frozen Yogurt] Maker is unique to other automatic models in this article because of its condiment-dispensers, and fun to use pull handle that sends frozen yogurt swirling out just like a real soft-serve machine.

You can fill the 3 condiments dispensers with a variety of toppings, including sprinkles and mini M&M's. There is also a built-in cone-holder. Customizing the frozen yogurt to the individual tastes of everyone in the family is a wonderful feature.

This frozen yogurt maker produces 1-1/2 quarts in just 20 minutes. Measuring 10-1/2, by 12-1/2 by 19-4/5 inches, it is fairly tall. The parts are removable, and hand-washable. This model has a limited 3 year warranty.

Customers loved being able to customize their frozen yogurt to their liking.

Some customers didn't like the bulkiness of the model. There were a few reports the dispensers not working correctly.

Making Frozen Yogurt with Cuisinart Mix It in Soft Serve Maker

Frozen Yogurt Makers in Review

Choosing a Frozen Yogurt maker that is right for you can be done by considering your personal needs.

Things to consider:

1. Cost of machine

2. Storage space

3. Amount of frozen yogurt produced

4. Time to make frozen yogurt

5. Warranty

6. How you want to make it (automatic, hand-crank, soft-serve, in a ball)

7. Other customer reviews

8. How much frozen yogurt you want to make per use

Do the research. Be sure to read the customer reviews in detail. Viewing the products' descriptions on websites is helpful, but understand that they are unlikely to make any disadvantages of their product known. Use this review of bestselling frozen yogurt makers as a resource in deciding about which model is best for you.


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      spacemanusa 3 years ago

      Ok, I know we are talking consumer products here but there are also some commercial frozen yogurt machines that serve the consumer side and add valuable options to your menus.

      It is so simple yet so delicious!