There is no way to beat the taste of homemade ice cream but making the stuff has always been a pain. Old-school ice cream makers required turning and churning with blister-causing handles. Newer models called for bags of ice and layers of rock salt that created a soupy melted mess. But modern ice cream makers are marvelous. Simply freeze the interior canister, place it in the machine, pour in the ingredients, and push a button.

This model is small and light enough to easily transport. Cuisinart

Making homemade ice cream has long been a special-occasion treat—churning creamy desserts at home took time, effort, and a lot of trial-and-error. But modern technologies use quality electronics and vacuum bottle technology to turn ice cream making into a simple process. One button starts spinning the interior dasher—that’s literally all the effort it takes. Except for the effort to turn down thirds on your favorite recipe.

Fully Automatic

This machine doesn’t require overnight freezing of the bowl, so it’s ready at the touch of a button. Lello

Electronic ice cream makers give you lots more choices than vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate. The fully automated machines are also able to whip other other treats, such as sorbets and frozen yogurt. While the basic operation churns out incredibly smooth soft-serve style ice cream, you can always harden it up by scooping out the ice cream and freezing it for a few hours.

No motor makes this model a cinch to clean. KitchenAid

It may not be necessary to buy a stand-alone ice cream maker. Some manufacturers produce nifty accessories that attach to their stand mixers. The mixer’s motor provides the juice required to dish up fluffy homemade ice cream, while the attachment’s freezer bowl and dasher create the desserts of dreams.