Three Things to Consider Before Buying an Ice Cream Maker

Ice cream makers are much more user friendly than the churners of yesteryear.

Bowl of ice cream
One of the great homemade treats is ice cream made from scratch.Pexels

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.

One-Button Operation

Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
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.

Expand Your Horizons

Lello Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker, Stainless
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.

Get Attached

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
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.