Ice Cream Makers: What to Look For

best ice cream makerOne of the appeals of going out for ice cream is instant gratification. You step up to the counter, choose your ice cream and eat.

A home ice cream maker requires prior planning, but that planning may make your frozen treats taste even better. Most of the machines use a freezer bowl and many are electric.

what to look for when buying an ice cream maker

Ease of Use

As previously discussed, the whole process does take some time, but the time is not active time. You don’t need to be standing there watching the mixer. Simply combine your ingredients, let them chill, dump them into the mixer and walk away.

Because the majority of these machines use some kind of freezing liquid, you cannot place them in the dishwasher. So you will need to wash the parts by hand.

Time Invested

The ice cream makers that employ the freezer-bowl method will require you to put that bowl into your freezer for up to 24 hours, or until all of the special cooling liquid is completely frozen. I suggest leaving your bowl in your freezer at all times, this way you can just grab it and go when you’re hankering for a tasty treat. If your bowl is totally frozen, making the ice cream can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour.

It really doesn’t matter if you use the freezer-bowl method or the electric method, your blend will initially have more of a soft-serve consistency. Manufacturers of both kinds recommend that after your ice cream is mixed, you stick it back into the freezer for another 45-60 minutes to solidify.


An ice cream maker is an appliance, and one that will take up counter and cabinet space. Before choosing an ice cream machine look at the specifications to make sure it is the right size and the best design for your situation.

From traditional to funky, ice cream machines all come in different designs.


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