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The 12 Best Ice Cream–Makers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Festival goer eating ice cream at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California.
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Best No-Ice-Required Ice Cream–Maker

Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt–Ice Cream Maker.

4.5 stars, 4,429 reviews
“Love! This is the perfect size for us empty nesters. It gives us three or four nights of ice cream. It’s so much easier to use than back in the ’80s, when I had to pack ice and salt rock around the canister. I left the canister in the freezer after washing it when we first got it, and made the yummiest vanilla ice cream from the recipe book enclosed with it. Storage takes a very small amount of space. I put the ice cream made in a Rubbermaid container in the freezer, and wash and dry the canister and it’s stored in the freezer.”

BUY: Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt–Ice Cream Maker
$44, Amazon

Best Medium Batch (Four-Quart) Ice Cream–Maker

Hamilton Beach 68330N 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker.

4.3 stars, 1,522 reviews
“If you don’t care about glam and you want to do things the semi-old way, then this churn is for you! Oh my gosh, best homemade ice cream ever. I made a replica of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s retired ‘Queen City Cayenne,’ and this churn pulled it off flawlessly. We were licking the inner canister. It will make huge batches of ice cream. Can’t wait to make my grandmother’s southern peach ice cream with the sweet, locally grown peaches down the road this upcoming summer!”

BUY: Hamilton Beach 68330N 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker
$29, Amazon

Best Large Batch (Six-Quart) Ice Cream–Maker

White Mountain Ice Cream Maker With Appalachian Series Wooden Bucket.

4.3 stars, 264 reviews
“I have used a lot of ice-cream makers, and by far this is the best! Yes, it comes at a higher price, but there is a reason why. Top-notch!! I am not sure my lawn mower has a motor as strong as this one.”

BUY: White Mountain Ice Cream Maker With Appalachian Series Wooden Bucket
$256, Amazon

Best Portable Ice Cream–Maker

Nostalgia ICMP400BLUE 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker.

4.2 stars, 853 reviews
“Most of the ice-cream makers on the market don’t make enough at one time. This makes a gallon of ice cream quickly and neatly. It only needs ice and coarse salt, plus the ingredients for any kind of ice cream you can imagine! It isn’t very noisy and is very easy to clean. I highly recommend it for its wonderful capacity. I can put any leftover ice cream (should such a thing occur) in my freezer for later. A quick trick is to semi-melt vanilla ice cream and throw in a bag of frozen fruit, such as mango or blackberries, and run it through the ice-cream maker to have delicious fruit-flavored ice cream without buying a gallon of heavy cream and pounds of sugar. Coffee ice cream can also be made this way, with ripples of chocolate and/or caramel running through it.”

BUY: Nostalgia ICMP400BLUE 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker With Easy Carry Handle
$23, Amazon

Best Old-Fashioned Ice Cream–Maker

Nostalgia ICMP400WD 4-Quart Electric Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker.

4.4 stars, 374 reviews
“Many people scream for ice cream, but I guarantee you won’t be screaming at your loved ones when using this awesome little ice-cream maker, because it’s hassle-free. I’ve made two batches so far using recipes found in the manual, and they’ve turned out wonderfully well. Depending on the recipe, it will make a little less than a gallon at one time.”

BUY: Nostalgia ICMP400WD 4-Quart Electric Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker
$40, Amazon

Best Single-Serving Ice Cream–Maker

Zoku Instant Ice Cream Maker.

4.1 stars, 133 reviews
“Today, I made vanilla ice cream using the recipe included with this bowl, it was a big hit. I found it very easy to use once I found a good rhythm for the scraping and stirring. The ice cream was ready to eat in just under five minutes with a consistency like VERY thick soft serve. I only made one serving, but considering that the water I used to rinse the bowl froze on the sides, I am confident that I could have easily made a second bowl without putting it back into the freezer.”

BUY: Zoku Instant Ice Cream Maker
$27, Amazon

Best Brushed-Steel Ice Cream–Maker

Cuisinart Automatic FroYo/Sorbet/Ice Cream Maker 2 Quart, Brushed Stainless.

4.5 stars, 3,283 reviews
“I’m SO happy with this ice-cream maker!!! No dry ice!! No rock salt! No regular ice! You put the ice-cream-maker bowl in the freezer, then pop it into the appliance and add your recipe. We’ve made vanilla and strawberry ice creams from the recipes in the book. Both came out quite soft, but hardened up perfectly in the freezer—hard enough to scoop into ice-cream cones. The appliance itself is made of just four parts, all of which should be HAND-washed, not put in the dishwasher. Very easy to put together right out of the box. Very easy to clean in warm, soapy water.”

BUY: Cuisinart Automatic FroYo/Sorbet/Ice Cream Maker 2 Quart, Brushed Stainless
$80, Amazon

Best Ice Cream–Maker Mixer Attachment

KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment.

4.2 stars, 2,516 reviews
“I scream, you scream, we all scream. I’m not sure why we’re screaming, but I am sure that you should add this attachment to your small-appliance roster. It is by far my favorite attachment for our KitchenAid, but I must admit, I am partial to ice cream. This makes it easy, though if you’re like me and want it to always be ready to go, it does take up quite a bit of space in the freezer. Solution? Get an additional freezer, plus that gives you more room for ice cream. Problem solved.”

BUY: KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment
$80, Amazon

Fastest Ice Cream–Maker

Cuisinart ICE-70 Electronic Ice Cream Maker, Brushed Chrome.

4.5 stars, 470 reviews
“Love it! Have made three batches so far, and not disappointed with anything about this unit! It cranks out a batch in 18 to 24 minutes. If you had a second container, you could probably make four batches in a day. It’s simple to clean up, and it is not too noisy while operating. Have not tried gelato or sorbet yet, but no reason to doubt they will be just a good.”

BUY: Cuisinart ICE-70 Electronic Ice Cream Maker, Brushed Chrome
$123, Amazon

Best Combination Ice Cream and Gelato–Maker

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker.

4.4 stars, 639 reviews
“Got mine this week and tried it out for the first time for a gathering of friends. I used two of the gelato recipes right out of the manual, and it worked to perfection. I followed the directions and refrigerated the mixture for two hours, and made both batches right after each other. I can’t wait to try other recipes. Two batches (different flavors) were enough for 13 people to have a scoop of each. This will pay for itself in no time! Highly recommended!”

BUY: Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
$220, Amazon

Best Fruit Soft Serve–Maker

Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker.

4.1 stars, 1,976 reviews
“I have to admit, even after reading the rave reviews, I did not think the banana-soft-serve product would be as good as people were saying. But I’m amazed! The creamy, INTENSE banana flavor outdoes real ice cream. Awesome. Listen to the directions and reviews to have the best experience: Only use very ripe bananas—minimum two (rather large)—let thaw for 10 to 15 minutes before processing, and rinse the parts very soon after use. Even my husband said, ‘This is really, really good!’ And good for you as well.”

BUY: Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker
$40, Amazon

Best Snow-Cone Machine

Nostalgia SCM502 Snow Cone Maker.

4.2 stars, 1,465 reviews
“Awesome purchase! We usually rent a snow-cone machine for my daughter’s birthday party in July ($50 for a weekend!). Last year, while putting ice in, she cut some of her fingers. Never again! I went to Amazon and found this machine has great reviews. I bought it, but was a little hesitant that it wouldn’t work with so many kids. I was wrong! Quick and easy, and there is a safeguard on top that won’t run unless it is on. We never used it consistently for five minutes, but it made so many snow cones at once, we never had to. Definitely would recommend!”

BUY: Nostalgia SCM502 Snow Cone Maker
$29, Amazon