Sweet ice cream makers for your home

Gear to help you become the next Ben or Jerry.

If you love ice cream but you’re still searching for the perfect flavor, try concocting your own sweet creation. Homemade ice cream can save you some cash and it’s more fun than buying a pint at your local grocery store. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of soft serve or the harder variety, there are plenty of machines out there to suit your needs. Here are some of our favorites.

The best: Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

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The ICE-100 ice cream and gelato maker from Cuisinart is fully-automatic and can make up to 1.5 quarts of ice cream. The 32-pound machine fits on a countertop—it’s 17 x 12 x 9-inches—but does take up enough space that you’ll want to clear some room. The mixing process takes an hour, but then you have to freeze it to the desired texture. The ICE-100 comes with two churning paddles for different purposes. The gelato paddle helps introduce air into the mixture for a textured consistency. The ice cream paddle churns your dessert for ultimate creaminess. It sports touch controls, an LCD panel, and a 60-minute countdown makes sure the dessert reaches the right consistency.

Runner-up: Whynter ICM-15LS Automatic Ice Cream Maker 1.6 Quart Capacity Stainless Steel

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The device lets you continually use it without having to freeze before. Amazon

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The 1.6-quart Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker has an LCD screen that displays the timer and buttons to stop and start. Both the mixing bowl and churning blade come out, making this one of the easier machines to clean. This 27-pound machine is wide—18.5-inches—so you want to make sure you have enough counter height.

Foolproof, easy option: Cuisinart ICE-30BCP1 Ice Cream Maker, 2-Qt

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A larger mouth makes it easy to toss in ingredients. Amazon

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The Cuisinart ICE-30R makes two-quarts of ice cream, gelato, or sorbet in 25 minutes. A single on-off knob controls its operation. Just place your ice cream in the freezer for a few hours afterward.

Billy Cadden
Billy Cadden

Billy Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.