What To Look For In An Ice Cream Maker

Making homemade ice cream has never been easier.

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.

Fully Automatic

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.

Simple to Clean

Don’t be fooled by this appliance’s appearance: It still makes quick work of your treats. 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.

Great for Family Fun

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.