If you love desserts, what better way to enjoy them than eating fresh home made ice cream. These 5 best selling ice cream makers are a great addition to the kitchen, however some of them can be quite expensive – but worth it! Imagine ice cream with no additives, as much or as little sugar as you want and loads of your own ingredients like fruit, chocolate, and nuts. Fantastic for kids parties, or showing off your home made ice cream skills at your own dinner parties.
One thing to note when purchasing an ice cream maker is that with some machines, the bowl needs to be put in the freezer over night before you make the ice cream, so the bigger the bowl, the bigger the space you need in your freezer.
Here are our top 5 best selling ice cream makers and what makes them good.
Sensio Home Ice Cream Maker Machine
The Sensio Home Ice Cream Maker Machine is the lowest priced ice cream maker in this list. Priced at £34.95 and also available in black, despite being low priced, this machine is highly praised by buyers.
After freezing the bowl and mixing your ingredients, you can have fresh ice cream, sorbet, gelato or frozen yoghurt ready to serve in about 20 minutes. With the refill opening in the lid you can add almost anything you like during mixing to make your own favourite flavours.
The detachable 1.4 litre bowl allows you to make approximately 500-700ml of ice cream which can be served straight away at parties or put in the freezer to save for later. It is quiet to operate and with just 4 components it is easy to set up and clean. It also comes with a selection of recipes in an Ebook and a two year 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Cuisinart ICE30 Ice Cream Maker
The Cuisinart ICE30 Ice Cream Maker costs more than the Sensio at about £80 and is a very highly rated ice cream maker that is affordable to most. The ice cream bowl holds 2 litres of product and is able to make ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet.
The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker has an open lid that allows you to add extra ingredients such as fruit and nuts easily whilst it is in operation for a much smoother consistency. It will also keep your ice cream frozen for up to ten minutes after mixing is complete. The lid, mixing arm and bowl are all detachable for easy cleaning, and for storing the remaining ice cream in the freezer.
Savisto Compact Ice Cream Maker
Next up in price is the Savisto Ice Cream Maker at £120.00. It has a compact 1.5 litre fast freeze bowl and comes with a 133 page recipe book. It can make delicious ice cream in only 20-30 minutes and can also make sorbet and frozen yogurt.
Featuring the latest digital technology, you can see exactly how long the mixing process has before ending, and you can set the timer and return later when the ice cream has finished and turned itself off. The extra-large ingredient funnel means you can add your favourite ingredients with ease, be they fruit, herbs, sprinkles or chocolate.
Cuisinart Gelato and Ice Cream Maker
As we go up in price we find that we don’t have to pre-freeze the bowl so you can make ice cream from scratch in about 40 minutes! Costing around £250, the Cuisinart Gelato and Ice Cream Maker has a 1.5 litre capacity and 2 mixing paddles (one for ice cream and one for gelato) to give your recipe the right amount of air for the perfect texture. Buyers adore this ice cream maker from Cuisinart!
What makes the difference between this ice cream machine and cheaper models is the addition of a compressor system meaning that there is no need to pre-freeze the bowl and no need to wait between batches. Making the freshest, tastiest ice cream is simplicity itself. Just add your ingredients and switch on. During the churning you can add extra toppings through the lid such as nuts, chocolate chips, fruit pieces and sauces to create the classic ripple effect. For peace of mind it includes a 5 year guarantee.
Klarstein Vanilla Sky Ice Cream Machine
At £259.99, the Klarstein Vanilla Sky Ice Cream Machine is very similar in both price and features to the Cuisinart machine above. It is a bit larger with a removable 2-litre ice cream container and features a keep-cool mode for one hour, so the fresh ice cream does not melt if you are not able to be at the machine to transfer the ice cream to the freezer straight away.
With a digital display and 180 watt-strong compressor motor, this ice cream maker from experts Klarstein is easy to use and tasty ice cream can be made in 30-40 minutes. It is supplied with a 250ml measuring cup and measuring spoon and is also available in red.
BONUS MACHINE: Musso Lussino 4080 Piccolo Ice Cream Maker
Costing £779.00, the Musso Lussino 4080 Piccolo Ice Cream Maker is aimed at the prosumer market. Musso machines can be found in the kitchens of the best restaurants in the world, as well as at Buckingham Palace and the White House. President Clinton purchased a Musso machine for himself after tasting an ice cream made by a Musso ice cream machine in a prestigious Boston restaurant!
Made in Italy from the finest materials and components, this stainless steel cased ice cream maker has a fully automatic timer and can produce up to 750g of the finest ice cream in 20-30 minutes. No ice crystals are formed during churning giving you a denser dessert and a smoother, creamier texture. The Musso MINI Lussino 4080 makes delicious and healthy ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and frozen drinks and is easy to clean and use.
Choose any of the above ice cream makers for your kitchen and you will be very pleased with the results.