Best Ice Cream Makers in 2016 Mar 17, 2014 yumme Equipment 0 On a long, hot summer day, there is no better way to cool off than with some homemade ice cream. With an ice cream maker and the necessary ingredients, you could be whipping up a treat for the whole family in less than 30 minutes. To help you track down the very best ice cream maker for your needs, we have tested some of the top machines on the market. Here are our top five favorites. #5 Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Cuisinart rules the roost when it comes to ice cream makers and the ICE-20 is a solid entry-level choice, producing 1.5 quarts of ice cream in around 20 minutes. This is a really simple and straightforward machine for anyone venturing into the world of home ice cream making for the first time and requires no salt to get to work. The device can be quite loud and it is let down by the lack of cover for the bowl (you’ll have to use tin foil), but if that doesn’t bother you then the ICE-20 will serve you well. #4 Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Hamilton Beach has a reputation for making reliable products at very affordable prices and the 68330R is a prime example. There is nothing flash about this product but it gets the job done with minimum fuss. The process used by Hamilton Beach is similar to the old roll it back and forth method used at school, except it’s a lot quicker – ice cream is ready in around 40 minutes. You will need a lot of ice (up to 16 lbs) and four cups of rock salt for the process though, which is rather annoying. While there is more work involved than we would have liked, this device does produce delicious results at a great price. #3 Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE 4-Quart There something great about old-fashioned ice cream makers and the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400 make the whole process of making homemade ice cream really enjoyable. While it was never going to challenge the best ice cream makers on the market, this machine has a strong motor and holds up very well after prolonged use. As expected with a vintage-style maker, the product does involve ice and rock salt and preparation can be quite laborious, but a gallon of ice cream is done in 20-40 minutes and tastes great. #2 Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker Stepping up from the ICE-20, the next item in our list of ice cream maker reviews is the Cuisinart ICE-21 Froyo ice cream and sorbet maker, and it’s a fantastic piece of kit. It might look rather like a food processor, but it creates up to 1.5 quarts of beautiful ice cream in 20 minutes (you will need to freeze the bowl beforehand). All of the parts – lid, spout, mixing paddle and base – are well made and easy to clean and the addition of a transparent lid is a great idea, letting you see how your ice cream is coming along without having to remove the lid. The device comes in three colors and has a three-year warranty, too. #1 Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker The ICE-21 would probably be the best ice-cream maker on the market, were it not for its big brother, the ICE-30. The stylish Pure Indulgence effortlessly combines simplicity and durability and produces the best results of any machine on the list, with consistent, soft serve ice cream ready in 25 minutes. There are only four parts to assemble and cleaning is as easy as you could hope for as a result. Like the ICE-20, there is also a three-year warranty. With the ICE-30, making ice cream at home has never been more pleasurable.