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Ice Cream Makers

We tested dozens of ice cream makers. Here's the scoop on our top five machines.
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Ice Cream Machines

1) Rival 1.5 Quart Gel Canister Ice Cream Maker
$35, walmart.com for stores
UPSIDE Inexpensive; mix-ins can be added while the ice cream base is freezing; automatic safety shutoff.
DOWNSIDE Canister must be chilled before use; loud; messy condensation from gel canister; flimsy plastic lid and paddle.

2) Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
$50, cuisinart.com
UPSIDE Large opening for adding mix-ins; requires minimal freezer space; cord storage; automatic safety shutoff.
DOWNSIDE Canister must be chilled before use; flimsy paddle.

3) Lello Gelato 4070
$200, amazon.com
UPSIDE Makes ice cream that can be eaten right after churning; audible alert; digital timer; separate on/off switches for the built-in freezer and paddle.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; heavy; bulky; strong fumes during first few uses; small viewing window and opening for adding mix-ins.

4) Donvier 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker
$53, amazon.com
UPSIDE Quiet; makes soft-serve ice cream that can be eaten right after churning; ice cream can be stored in the canister; doesn't require electricity.
DOWNSIDE Canister must be chilled before use; hand-cranking requires more attention and effort than electric models; no opening for adding mix-ins.

5) Aroma 4-quart Traditional Ice Cream Maker
$60, target.com
UPSIDE Good for large families; ice cream can be stored in the canister; on/off switch; machine can be hand-cranked.
DOWNSIDE Canister must be chilled before use; bulky; difficult to assemble; requires rock salt and crushed ice; flimsy crank.

USE YOUR ICE CREAM MAKER TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

 

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in August 2008.

 

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