What To Look For In An Ice Cream Maker

Making homemade ice cream has never been easier.

Person holding an ice cream cone
We all scream for ice cream!Unsplash

If you’ve ever tasted homemade ice cream, you know just how delicious it can be. The first primitive frozen treat originated in China and involved snow, camphor and rice milk. After traveling to Asia, Marco Polo (yes, that Marco Polo!) brought an ice cream recipe home to Italy, where it became a staple in Italian cuisine.

Although ice cream has been around for centuries, ice cream makers have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days of laboriously hand cranking a drum in rock salt and ice or burying a dairy-laden canister in the snow. Yummy homemade ice cream is at the tip of your fingers! With just the press of a button and a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy this sweet frozen treat in no time flat.

Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker - Silver
This machine can make your dessert in as little as 25 minutes.Cuisinart

A set-it-and-forget-it function is ideal when looking for an ice cream maker. Simply add your ingredients, press a button and walk away.

Nostalgia Electric Bucket Ice Cream Maker With Easy-Carry Handle, Makes 4-Quarts in Minutes, Frozen Yogurt, Gelato, Made From Real Wood
Don’t be fooled by this appliance’s appearance. It still makes quick work of your treats, and is simple to wipe down.Nostalgia

Automatic ice cream makers are easy to use, but make sure that whatever model you choose is also easy to clean. Look for one that is no-fuss, has parts that disassemble quickly and clean up with a little soap and water.

Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, Includes Recipe Book, Blue Glow
This simple device only needs a little corner of your freezer to work.Chef'n

If you don’t have space to store a bulky machine or prefer to make custom single servings, try an anti-griddle. Anti-griddles work by instantly cooling liquids to freezing temperatures, thereby creating any sort of frozen treat you can think of. Plus, it’s safe for kids to use.