Chances are, you could name your favorite supermarket pint in less than three seconds, but here’s the scoop no one’s been telling you: Homemade ice cream is no less than one million times more delicious than store bought, and all you need to make it is a few choice ingredients and one of these hardworking ice cream makers. These 14 machines are the best of the best: good for feeding a crowd or making one serving, going healthy or veering decadent, splurging or saving your cash.
Take your pick, then try out our favorite homemade ice cream recipes.
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ICE-21 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker
For less than $40, you can get add this household name brand machine that makes ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. Cuisinart’s model is one of the top-rated ice cream makers on Amazon, too, with an average rating of 4.5 stars.
If You Own A KitchenAid Mixer
Ice Cream Maker Attachment
If you want to try your hand at ice cream making and have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you this attachment is key. It connects to your stand mixer like any other bowl and alleviates the need to buy an entirely new appliance.
Everyday Popsicle/Ice Cream Maker
DASH’s appliance can churn out either straight-up ice cream or a batch of popsicles. There’s an insert that yields seven popsicles, and it comes with reusable holders so there are no wooden sticks involved.
Vegan And Non-Dairy
Healthy Dessert Soft Serve Maker
This soft serve maker is the best option for those that live a vegan or non-dairy lifestyle. It’s as easy as putting any fruit you have in your kitchen (like bananas that are about to go overripe) into the top chute. The machine churns them into a healthy, frozen fruit dessert.
Best For Sundaes
ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve Maker
This soft serve maker is ideal for sundaes or easily adding toppings. There are compartments for sprinkles and other small toppings and a slot to hold cones.
Easy Clean Up
Ice Cream Maker
This ice cream maker is essentially just a bowl that you can use right on your table top—no electricity required. Are you picking up what we’re putting down? It’s super easy to clean up since you can eat right out of the bowl once it’s mixed. Choose from one of six colors.
Elite Gourmet Old Fashioned Ice Cream Churn
Made with a pine wood bucket, this ice cream maker has a a vintage look and feel. Although it’s reminiscent of something you might have used decades ago, don’t be fooled: This baby can churn out ice cream in just 40 minutes.
Two Flavors At A Time
Mini Ice Cream Machine
Can’t decide between vanilla or chocolate? No need. With this HoLead machine, you can make two different flavors at once then detach the mugs they’re prepared in for easy serving.
For Rolled Ice Cream
Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker
Remember that rolled ice cream trend that took over shops a few summers ago? You can finally do it at home, and it’s pretty much the perfect activity for a date night or kids play date. This one comes with a recipe booklet so you don’t have to make any guesses.
Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker
Sure this is a splurge, but serious ice cream lovers, listen up: This maker has twelve different settings for texture so you can decide if you want to make sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurt, or ice cream–and all at your desired consistency. The Breville machine also keeps the ice cream cold for up to three hours.
Great For Kids
Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Maker
Being in the kitchen should be fun, don’t you think? This Play and Freeze ice cream ball drives that point home. Just put your ingredients inside, seal the ball up, and roll it around on the floor to churn the ice cream.
My Pint Electric Ice Cream Maker Machine
This little appliance is compact and super handy to use and store. The machine weighs less than a pound and yields 1.6 cups of gelato or ice cream in half an hour.
For The At-Home Pros
Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
This Cuisinart number makes gelato and ice cream using commercial-quality compression. It also has a screen with a 60-minute countdown timer so yo can look on with anticipation as your sweet snack is being made.
For Shaved Ice
Little Snowie Ice Shaver
Maybe you’re not a huge ice cream person. No judgement here. If you’d prefer the fruity, colorful flavors of shaved ice instead, this machine is the route you should take. It comes with six flavored syrups and makes the shaved ice in practically no time.
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