As soon as the weather heats up so do sales of ice cream. Sure it is easy to buy a tub from your local store, but there’s nothing like making your own and choosing the exact ingredients you want to churn out your favourite flavours.
With this in mind, we are recommending the following American ice cream makers:
Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker – $26.99
This ice cream maker churns out one and a half quarts and does not require any rock salt, making it a little more versatile to use. Instead of the salt you chill your ingredients and the removable bowl and then add them to the machine and you’ll get delicious ice cream in under 40 minutes.
Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker – $29.73
This is the simplest of our American ice cream makers, and our most basic model with no bells or whistles, just does what it says on the box. It makes 4 quarts of ice cream and all you do is add the ingredients, ice and rock salt and let the machine do all the work. It includes a recipes booklet with 20 ideas and can make sorbets and frozen yoghurt as well as ice cream.
YayLabs! SoftShell Ice Cream Ball – $35
A fun way to make your favourite iced dessert here and portable so you can take it away on picnics or camping trips. Just add all the ingredients in one end and the ice and rock salt in the other and roll away until ice cream forms. Makes about a pint in 20 minutes.
Nostalgia Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Maker – $35
A large ice cream maker that produces 4 quarts of ice cream and is designed to look old-fashioned. It uses an electric motor to power the machine and is simple to use, just pop the ingredients inside the bowl and then add the ice and rock salt to the bucket and switch it on. It takes around 30 minutes to make 4 quarts of perfectly set ice cream.
Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker – $44.99
This is one of our American ice cream makers that does not use ice, with this new and improved model the double insulated bowl takes care of that. Just freeze the bowl and place it in the machine alongside the ingredients and in around 20 minutes you’ll have one and a half quarts of frozen yoghurt or ice cream.
Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker – from $44
Simply the easiest way of making ice cream ever. Just pour your ice cream mixture onto the cold surface of the bowl and mix and scrape it until it freezes into ice cream. No fancy gadgets, no extra rock salt or ice required.
Conair Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker – $85.25
If you buy a product by the amount of good reviews it has received then you should know that this one has thousands of positive feedback. Customers love the large opening in the top that allows you to pour in ingredients without spilling. The double insulated freezer bowl means there’s no need for ice or rock salt, and it makes around 2 quarts in 25 minutes.
Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker – $74
No need to wait for the ice cream van to come trundling round our street now as this soft serve machine allows you to produce the perfect swirl ice cream by yourself. We love the design of this machine that includes 3 handy compartments to hold cones and dispense toppings. Customers who have purchased the machine recommend that the bowl is frozen for at least 24 hours and the ingredients are mixed and frozen for 20 minutes before you make the ice cream.
Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker – $359
If you have passion for ice cream and want a machine that is all singing and dancing then the Breville might just tick a few boxes. It features 12 different settings so you can choose how firm the texture is, and best of all, a neat trick of cooling down the freezer bowl so you don’t have to remember to put it in the freezer. It keeps ice cream cool for 3 hours after which an alarm will sound.
Lello Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker – $714.71
One of our most professional American ice cream makers here, this machine is perfect if it is going to be in constant use as it can produce one and a half quarts each time with up to 3 every hour. This is due to the fact that it doesn’t need the freezer bowl to be frozen each time it make a batch. It is fully automated, just pop your ingredients in and press two operating buttons. The machine also senses if the mixture is getting too hard and will switch itself off.