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Best Ice Cream Makers

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Enjoying ice cream is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and making it at home just adds to the fun. You can enjoy it fresh, and upgrade classic flavors with better ingredients. You can even flex your creative muscles and delve into the world of never-before-tasted flavor combinations. Just pick one of our favorite ice cream machines to get started!

Cuisinart ICE-21CGR Ice Cream Maker

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Cuisinart ICE-21CGR Ice Cream Maker

For small spaces

You'll only need to wait twenty minutes for frozen yogurt or ice cream with this compact model from Cuisinart. You can make 1.5 quarts of these frozen desserts at a time, and the transparent lid lets you keep an eye on the progress. There are four colors to choose from (light grey, pink, red, and white), and the machine is backed by a three-year warranty.  

Hamilton Beach 68330N Automatic Ice Cream Maker

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Hamilton Beach 68330N Automatic Ice Cream Maker

All in one

Why settle for one type of frozen dessert when you can own a machine that makes them all? Designed to produce four quarts of frozen yogurt, custard, sorbet, gelato, and sherbet, this machine from Hamilton Beach only requires you to add ice and rock salt. The lid locks in place during use and the machine will stop on its own when churning has finished. 

Cuisinart ICE-30R Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker

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Cuisinart ICE-30R Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker

Modern look

This sleek-looking machine will produce two quarts of your favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream and won’t be an eyesore on your countertop. The wide opening at the top is perfect for adding your favorite mix-ins, like chocolate shavings, candies, fudge, or caramel. Your treat will churn on its own while you focus on other kitchen tasks, and be ready in 25 minutes. 

Nostalgia PICM4BG Electric Ice Cream Maker

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Nostalgia PICM4BG Electric Ice Cream Maker

Old timey treats

Nostalgia takes all the guesswork out of making perfectly-smooth ice cream. This machine is designed to be used with their ice cream kits (french vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), which only need ice and salt added before churning. After 20-30 minutes, you'll have four quarts of fresh-made ice cream your whole family can enjoy. 

KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment

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KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment

Mixer companion

Here's yet another reason KitchenAid mixers are so popular: an ice cream dasher attachment and freeze bowl! Powered by your mixer, you can make up to two quarts of your favorite ice creams and sorbets in 20-30 minutes. Make sure the attachment fits your specific KitchenAid tilt model before purchase. 

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

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Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

Digital controls

Whether you want to enjoy ice cream or gelato, this machine can handle both since both types of paddles are included. The timer can be set for up to 60 minutes, and once the process is finished, a 10-minute cooling period will prevent your treats from melting. Enjoy a fully digital touchpad control and blue LCD on this option from Cuisinart.  

The ice cream dream 

The joy of fudge mint cookie dough ice cream is right there, just waiting for you to make it, but with which machine? For most people, we think the Cuisinart ICE-21CGR Ice Cream Maker is the best option. The small form factor means it won’t take over your countertop, and the 1.5-quart compacity allows you to test flavors without too much commitment of available ingredients. Plus, it only takes 20 minutes to make your dessert, so you can set it to run right before you serve the main course.