Updated: November 2017

Ice Cream Maker Reviews:

Making homemade ice cream is a fun experience for adults as well as kids and todays modern ice cream making machines are much easier to use than makers from even 10 years ago. There are 2 main features you should consider when buying an ice cream maker - convenience and size. The typical ice cream maker comes with bowls you refreeze and makes about 1 to 2 quarts of ice cream. Ice cream makers with refreezing bowls are extremely convenient and economical to use. There is no rock salt or ice to manage and users say the secret to making great ice cream with refrozen bowls is to freeze the bowls for at least a few days between batches. The colder your freezer is the better the results are for the ice cream. The more expensive types of ice cream makers are self-contained makers with a built in freezing unit. All you have to do is add the mix and let them churn. Kids tend to be less discerning when it comes to flavors and quality, so go with the cheaper models if the ice cream will be for children. See below for more information and the best sellers.
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Buying Guide - In order to pick the best ice cream makers we read reviews on the latest ice cream machines on Amazon.com, in Slate Magazine, on Cooking.com and through Epinions.com. I have had homemade ice cream only once in my life and that was almost 15 years ago so I was really surprised to hear how far these ice cream makers had progressed since then. Many of the reviews I read were very positive and informative on flavors, ease of use, and quality tasting ice cream that was home made. With a little effort, you can create some superb ice cream with machines that cost less than $50. Some models do have issues like bowls that crack too easily or cranks that break after repeated use. There are also reports that the gel canisters leak and potentially rust after a while. We hope you find our reviews thoughtful and fact based so that you can make an educated decision on which ice cream maker is the best model for you and your family. The top brand names are Cuisinart, Rival, White Mountain, Krups, KitchenAid, Deni, Hamilton Beach, Salton, Aroma, Delonghi, ChefsChoice, Lello, Musso and Donvier. Pricing is all over the board, but for $50 you should get a good ice cream maker and the top end models from Musso are closer to $600 but users say they are well worth the money. Further down we list ice cream recipe sites, but they all said any good ice cream starts with a simple base of milk, sugar, cream and perhaps eggs. After reading the reviews if you are so inclined to buy an ice cream maker we suggest Amazon.com which carries all the brands. You can browse the top selling ice cream makers here.

Best Ice Cream Maker:

The Musso 4080 Lussino Dessert Maker ($600) is the king of the hill when it comes to making fine, quality ice creams at home. This is a fully automatic machine that makes up to 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt in about 30 minutes. The Lussino, with its own compressor, can make batches of ice cream one after another with no problems. The French-style ice cream that comes from this machine is "Sublime" says Slate magazine's Stephen Metcalf. Other owners say all stainless steel product (bowl, paddle, housing) make cleaning easy. Uses also say they love the fact that it's so convenient, no freezing canisters like the cheaper models. Overall, this a solid built machine (38 pounds) and produces the best tasting ice cream you will ever eat. The only knock against the Lussino is that the bowl is not removable which makes cleaning a little more time consuming that just rinsing it in the sink. The 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream is the perfect amount for a family of 4. If you want a comparable ice cream maker for a lot less, then consider the Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Ice Cream Maker ($250). This compressor model takes closer to 40 minutes to make a batch (other models in this category take about 20-30 minutes), but the results are still great tasting. The brushed stainless steel housing looks great in any kitchen and the bowl on this model is removable for quick cleaning. Some users say the Cuisinart is very loud and has to be put in another room (away from the party) when it's on. Most consumers say they feel like they got a bargain at $250 when the Musso sells for close to $600. Need more ice cream made in each batch, then consider the Rival F69206-X 6-Quart Electric White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer ($170). The electric motor on this model is easier to use than the old hand crank ice cream makers White Mountain made. This bucket style ice cream maker is great for large family parties where kids get to see the ice cream being made. The biggest complaints against the White Mountain ice cream maker are that it's labor intensive and some of the parts rust after a while. Best compliment is that it produces creamier ice cream than the basic gel-canister machines.

Budget/Value Ice Cream Maker:

The Cuisinart ICE-20 is without a doubt the best ice cream maker for under $50 on the market. True ice cream afionados say it's a starter machine and can't compare to the high models, but we say it performs just fine. The Cuisinart makes 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, or frozen drinks and is easy to use with no ice or salt needed. Adding chocolate chips, nuts, chopped fruits, etc. is simple. There is a recipe book included and the Cuisinart comes with a 3 year warranty. Reviewers say they like the fact you can get ice cream in about 20-30 minutes and clean up is no problem. Most users say freeze the canister for a minimum of 8 hours (some say 2 days) to get the best results. One common complaint was the noise of the Cuisinart ice cream maker, it's noisy.

Gelato Maker:

Lots of Italian companies make gelato machines like Lussino, Musso, Simac, Lello, and DeLonghi, but the Lello 4070 Gelato Junior ($160) is the best value for the money. The Lello makes 1 quart in about 30 minutes and has the built-in compressor freezer for continuous use. The electronic timer, transparent lid, and removable bowl are all great features. uses say the machine runs quietly and freezes well. The one thing all owners say could be better is the manual. Instructions on using the machine are a bit sketchy, but after reading them multiple times all owners were able to produce great tasting gelato and sorbets