What can be better than having a huge bowl of ice cream? That’s right, having it made at home. There has been a surge in the popularity and use of home ice cream makers over the last few years.
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Nontoxic coolant is contained by the double-lined freezer bowl
Double-insulated freezer bowl eliminates the need for ice
Easy-lock lid with large spout makes adding ingredients simple and mess free
Rocker on/off switch
Electric motor does the churning
Blue plastic bucket and plastic dasher
Self-contained frozen dessert maker that does not require pre-freezing
Removable bowl and churn blade for easy storage and effortless cleaning
Motor Protection Function that shuts off to prevent damage if the mixture freezes solid
Double-insulated 2-quart freezer bowl
Cuisinart frozen yogurt, ice cream and sorbet maker features brushed metal housing
Fully automatic heavy-duty motor
Large ingredient spout for adding mix-ins
Not only does the ice cream taste on-par (and sometimes even better!) than store bought ice cream, but ice cream machine makers allow the user to alter the ingredients and consistency exactly according to one’s liking. This is especially important for those who are watching their calorie intake or simply want to avoid additives and preservatives (Click here for some healthy ice cream recipes).
Hamilton Beach 68330N 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker
The Hamilton Beach 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker has a traditional bucket design which instead of a hand crank, is paired with a high-powered motor to create delicious homemade desserts.
The product stands 13.4 inches wide and a foot tall, so you will be able to make approximately a gallon of ice cream. Despite the wide dimensions of the machine, the aluminum bucket and flexible bucket both are easy to clean after using. The only thing you need to look out for while cleaning is rock salt that may have deposited at the base of the bucket. Not to worry though as it comes off easily with soap mixed with warm water.
Ice and rock salt surrounds the canister so you don’t have to place the 4-quart container inside the freezer. You can start the ice cream making process as soon as you have everything you need, without the pre-requisite of freezing the bowl, something that needs to be done with other ice cream models. This machine stops churning on its own once the ice cream mixture is thick enough, alerting you to your ready dessert.
The manual is not limited to just giving instructions but also comes with recipes for great tasting ice cream and frozen yogurt, along with other recipes that will complement your ice cream such as hot fudge and lemon sauces.
Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker
The Cuisinart ICE-21 is a fully automatic machine that doesn’t require ice or rock salt and is easy to clean. A simple on and off switch is the only thing present on the base, and despite the fact that the user manual suggests pre-chilling all the required ingredients, the only item that needs preparation is the double lined freezer bowl.
What sets the ICE-21 machine apart from other ice cream makers on the market is that the churning power is situated at the bottom of the machine. The dasher and freezer bowl are spinned by the motor and mixed thoroughly. You have to wait until the mixture is at the consistency of soft serve before you can sprinkle nuts or chocolate chips in it. The dashes mixes and folds the add-on ingredients, spreading them consistently in the freezer bowl.
Nontoxic coolant is contained by the double-lined freezer bowl, ensuring it stays cold even if mixtures at room temperature are placed in it. Clean-up and maintenance is simple. The ICE-21 does not have any dishwasher-proof parts and even then, cleaning only requires more or less 5 minutes. The freezer bowl has a capacity of 1.5-quarts and weighs merely 7 pounds. It fits inside most storage spaces and doesn’t take up a lot of room even on counter tops.
On average, a trip to the store takes 41 minutes. Preparing ice cream in the ICE-21 is faster than that and easy to use and maintain. A definite winner!
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic
The Cusinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence ice cream maker sports an elegant and stylish exterior made of stainless-steel, and contains a bucket with a 2-quart capacity which allows the user to produce plenty of ice cream at once. Not only is the process of making the ice cream easy, but so is the clean-up afterwards. The appliance has rubber feet which sit firmly on any counter, and the storage with the cord incorporated ensures that everything is streamlined.
This automatic ice cream maker machine features a powerful motor which can handle overload of ingredients with ease. Feel free to mix and create delightful desserts according to your liking! The housing of stainless steel gives the model a sophisticated and fancy appearance. The mixing bowl inside is sized quite generously at 2-quart, and is double insulated so the ingredients are assisted in staying cold. As an automated machine, it comes as no surprise that there is also an automatic paddle for mixing which takes care of all the churning and hard work required for getting the texture that is just right.
Considering that this has its own freezing unit, in every sense, this is what we would term a ‘real’ gelato/ice cream maker.
Nostalgia ICMP400BLUE 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker
The first impression of the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP-400 BLUE 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker is that it looks like an outdated ice cream maker. Well, looks sure can be deceiving, as this ice cream maker may look old-fashioned from its exterior, but from the inside it is capable of producing ice cream exactly like any high-end ice cream makers available on the market today.
The Nostalgia Electrics Ice Cream Maker doesn’t require excessive churning. You simply add the ingredients to the bowl, along with ice, and the machine will tackle the energy intensive work. Oddly, there is a mixing/churning paddle system which mixes the ingredients properly, so that you don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort to prepare delicious homemade ice-cream.
The composition of the machine isn’t flimsy at all; the bucket and dasher are made up of high quality plastic and the canister from aluminum. The latter has a capacity of 4 quartz and cleaning the materials after using them is also simple. The manual comes with in-depth instructions and mouth-watering recipes for you to try.
The Nostalgia Electrics Ice Cream Maker is guaranteed to be a hit with both kids and adults, with its charming vintage exterior and modern technology.
Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker
The Whynter ice-cream maker is an essential for those who are passionate about ice cream making and take their food seriously! Starting off with the exterior, the design of this model is elegant and made from stainless steel, which looks great in any kitchen. It is also quite easy to store and can be kept in a cupboard or on the counter top.
This machine is able to produce two whole liters of ice-cream within 30 minutes. Actually, in 30 minutes you will get ice-cream with a soft texture but if you allow the machine to run longer then the results will be firmer and thicker consistency. The coolest part (pun intended) is that you can begin making the next batch right after taking out the first one, as there is no need for pre-freezing!
This ice-cream machine model is compressor based which means that the ice cream making operation I more efficient as the product gets chilled simultaneously as it churns! Along with requiring no pre-freezing, there is no need for salt or ice either. The exterior is made from stainless steel which is durable and aesthetically appealing. The bowl has a handle attached to it which is convenient for scooping out ice cream easily after it is done.
The paddles and bowl are both removable, making cleaning afterwards extremely easy. The time for churning is set on the LCD display. Once that is done, a beeping sound will notify you that your ice-cream is prepared. The motor disengages in case the ice cream becomes too thick, eliminating any burn out appliance issues and more importantly, the consistency of your dessert!
Even though the Whynter ICM-200LS carries a pricey tag, we believe it is worth it as this machine is a lifelong investment!
Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
The Cuisinart Gelato & Ice Cream Professional is categorized as a high-end ice cream machine. There is no need to pre-freeze the inside bowl as the machine comes with a built-in freezer! What the ICE-100 lacks in fancy features, it makes up for with digital controls. It does however come with two paddles; one for gelato and one for ice-cream.
The mixing bowl is removable which means it is easier to clean. In case of damage, it can be purchased as a spare part. Added bonus is the fact that with two bowls, you will be able to prepare ice cream in one bowl and freeze it while preparing the next batch in the second bowl. The bowl has the capacity to hold 1 liter of ice cream. The ice cream produced is fluffy and soft but in case 1 liter seems less to you, there seems to be a lot more of the product than just 1 liter.
The digital timer automatically turns off once the ice-cream is done, preserving the ice cream in a cold environment for 10 minutes or so afterwards. The manual contains recipes for ice cream, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurts and ice drinks.
Fun fact: Cuisanart has its own range of ice cream recipes on its website. I think they are strongly worth checking out.
Check out some of the comparison reviews on this website. With all the reputable brands covered, I am sure that you can easily find one ice cream maker that best fits your requirements.
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