Updated: June 8, 2015
Yogurt Maker Reviews:Making yogurt at home is easier than ever before and the new yogurt makers from Salton are the most popular on the market. I have always bought yogurt in the store and was definitely a little scared with the idea of homemade yogurt. My wife was recently at a friends house and came home telling me all about the yogurt she had that was homemade and really tasty. The yogurt maker her friend has is the Salton YM9 1-Quart Machine - the top selling and most expensive model on the market. There are starter yogurt makers available in stores that are more like $40 to $75 which also rate quite high amongst consumers. We did our research by reading consumer reviews on websites like Cooking.com, Amazon.com, Epinions, and in blogs related to yogurt machines/makers. The information in the owner reviews was the most helpful and ultimately we went with the Salton Yogurt Maker as well since the feedback and praise were so positive on that model.
Buying Guide - Just what should you look for in a yogurt maker? First, let's start with the top brands - Easiyo, Salton, Yogourmet, Donvier, Euro Cuisine, Waring Pro, Yolife and Cuisipro. They are sold in stores like Walmart, Target, and Sears in the kitchen appliance section. You can also find them online at websites like Amazon.com or Cooking.com. What size yogurt maker is best? You will find that most machines will make 1 quart of yogurt although you can find 2 quart makers like the Yogourmet Multi. We say stick with the 1 quart variety unless everyone in the family agrees on the same type of yogurt. Otherwise you may end up with too much and waste it. Capacity is a big consideration, but more importantly is how the yogurt is configured in the machine. I prefer the single containers that are larger - it makes the production much easier. Your other option are the yogurt makers that use 6 to 8 single serve jars in the fermentation process. If those in your household can agree upon the same flavor (ingredients), then the larger container makes sense. For those with varying tastes, the smaller serve jars allow you to mix up different starter cultures. A machine like the Waring YM350 Professional is one of the few that lets you make yogurt in either 8 oz or 16 oz jars and gives you a wide range on serving sizes. Some people really like frozen yogurt and for the most part the machines we have listed below are best for refrigerated yogurt, not the frozen variety. The Salton YM9 Yogurt Maker is one exception to the rule since the fermentation container is freezer safe. The electric yogurt makers are best for consistent results and many have timers to tell you when the incubation is done. The Easiyo is slightly different in that it uses boiling water to heat up the incubator and keep a constant temperature for fermentation. Reviews are positive for the Easiyo yogurt maker so don't rule this one out. Almost all the yogurt maker reviews we read were really positive and owners said the machines worked great. That being said, the Salton took top honors on several sites and the Euro Cuisine YM100 was another top seller with favorable reviews too. Browse the top selling yogurt makers online here.