Why bother with home made ice cream? Because you can control the ingredients, you can use fresh fruit and luscious cream, and exclude all the artificial flavors and additives that you get in store bought ice cream.
Ice cream makers take the effort out of it, there’s an electric mixing paddle to beat the mixture stiff. The built in freezer bowls mean that the mixture cools immediately. This is homemade icecream with a gadget to do the tough bits.
Here are the best ice cream makers available:
Cuisinart Ice Cream makers
Cuisinart ice cream makers are easy to operate. You make sure that the freezer bowl is cold before you start (keep it always in the freezer). Then when you need to make icecream, get it out, place it in the ice cream maker, put the mixing bowl inside it, lock the lid into place, turn it on, and then add the ingredients through the spout.
You will see the bowl turning as it mixes and cools the ingredients. It should take about 30 minutes to make your ice cream (or frozen yoghurt or sorbet). Then just scoop everything out into a freezer container and store in the freezer for when you want to eat it.
Cuisinart ICE-30BC 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
This version is made from brushed stainless steel, holds 2 quarts of ice cream, and comes with a double insulated freezer bowl (which needs pre-freezing), and recipes are included in the instruction booklet.
You also get a three year warranty.
Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker
This version is smaller – it holds one and a half quarts. It comes in twelve different colors though – turquoise, white, red, orange, lemon, lime green, raspberry, berry blue, dark blue, dark purple, magenta and plum. (Click the link to see all the options).
Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
This is the super-deluxe version.
It comes with a commercial compressor, with a double paddle – one for gelatos (which need aerating) and the other for traditional ice cream. The mixing bowl is anodized aluminum which means there is no need to pre freeze it (which saves about a day’s waiting) – in other words this is a quick ice cream maker. It has a touchpad control panel with LCD readout.
Get this if you are really serious about icecream and need to make multiple batches – because the bowl does not require pre-freezing, you can make batch after batch.
Lello Ice Cream Makers
All Lello ice cream makers have built in compressors which means you don’t need to pre freeze the bowl (unlike the cheaper cuisinart versions shown above).
Because the compressor operates continuously, you can churn out multiple types of ice cream if you want, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry etc, one after the other – this is the closest thing you can get to an automatic ice cream maker. The bowls are removable and you get a 1 year limited warranty with your machine. They include a booklet full of recipes, plus an ice cream scoop with their machines.
Lello ice cream makers are made in Italy and are top quality as far as ice cream maker brands go.
Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker
This is one and a half quarts, and is made from stainless steel (which makes it pretty heavy, but robust). This is the best Lello ice cream maker in my opinion, it should last you for decades.
Lello 4090 Gelato Pro Quart Ice Cream Maker
This is a two quart machine. It is considerably cheaper because it is plastic rather than stainless steel.