Ice-cream lovers enjoy ice-cream on hot sunny afternoons as well as chilly winter evenings. And that is why we know all the trifles we face on our ice-cream craving journey. So, after having a tour of researches with the assistance of pro-ice-cream makers, we have concluded and picked out the best ice cream maker including Breville Smart Scoop, to please the cravings of die-hard ice-cream fans.
Best Ice Cream Maker: Breville Smart Scoop
Breville ice cream maker received this position for a whole lot of reasons. This smart scoop has many extra features such as automatic signaling, a prep-up manual, etc., which makes it even easier to be used by beginners and kids. It is one of the best cheap ice cream makers online right now. It also received the best ice cream maker consumer reports.
Breville ice cream maker comes with 12 hardness settings. This feature beats down all the other ice-cream makers with a firm blow. Whether you have a soft sorbet texture or super-firm ice-cream, Smart Scoop will provide you with the perfect ice-cream texture on your cravings. It produces 1.5 quarts of sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato, or ice-cream per batch which is more than enough to meet the ice-cream demands of the whole family. Also, this device provides tune to tune alerts, such as proper time for mixing the ingredients and signals you with present ice-cream truck tunes when ice-cream is churned and ready. It does not require any pre-frozen bowls as it is compressor driven.
Furthermore, the smart scoop has a large, bright LCD screen which makes it easy to read and the buttons provided are fun and easy to handle. It has an in-built keep cool function that ensures your ice-cream stays frozen for up to three hours. Not only that, but the machine also has a unique cool down function which brings down the temperature on the base and the machine to the perfect turning temperature before it starts functioning. Moreover, if you are not comfortable with the automation mode, you can turn it to the normal mode which gives you the complete control of the device.
Our testers have informed that the ice-creams produced by the Breville Smart Scoop are the smoother and they are perfectly churned which makes them possible to be eaten from the maker straight off, without any need of additional freezing. This makes the ice cream making the process easier and most importantly time-efficient. That means making an ice-cream at home and having it will not be a patience-testing job and it will enhance your ice cream eating experience.
What we did not like:
According to some users, the features being provided for the extra money than other ice cream makers are not great. They are good and indeed enhance the process but are not worth $400. Some users complained that the alerts the machine provides, are based on guesswork which makes the process a bit confusing. The 12 hardness settings are somewhat unnecessary. It can be concluded with just 4 ice cream hardness texture.
Conclusion: If you want a creamier ice-cream consistently by spending some extra dollars you can get your hands on this Breville ice cream maker available at around $400.
Touchpad controls; automatic operation; 60-minute countdown timer; blue LCD readout; 10-minute keep cool feature; see-through lid; BPA-free.
Second-best ice cream maker: Whynter ICM-15LS
The Whynter ICM-15LS has every feature which is required in an ice-cream maker and that too in an appropriate amount. Neither less nor more, thus making it our 2nd best pick after Breville Smart Scoop. Though it’s put after smart scoop, it does not lack any feature which Breville has. Just, its ice-cream is a little less creamy than the former. But it does not hamper the ice-cream quality.
Whynter ICM-15LS has succeeded in producing some of the best ice-cream with the perfect combination of ice-crystals and creaminess. The composition, though airy, was rich and smooth creating ice-cream eating a great experience. Though not as smooth as Breville ice cream maker, but we should also keep in mind the amount difference between them. Furthermore, the short stature of the machine makes it portable as well as stacked on a bench or shelf when not in use. Having dimensions measuring 8½ by 15 by 9¼ inches it’s undoubtedly one of the smallest ice-cream makers in the market at present.
Moreover, Whynter ICM-15LS is very simple in terms of usage. It has a 1.5-quart removable bowl which is easy to lift due to the inbuilt handle this helping you to scrape out all the ice-cream easily. As the bowl is removable, cleaning the ice-cream maker becomes even easier.
As the machine does not provide too many buttons and alerts, it becomes confusion less and much more convenient to use. One of the most important advantages of ICM-15LS is that it is one of the quietest ice-cream makers, making very little to no noise while churning. It does require any prior freezing as it is a compressor model. The compressor performance is on par with other compression driven machines.
Overall, the Whynter ICM-15LS available at $299 is a great bet and good value for money ice cream maker.
Affordable ice cream maker: Nostalgia ICMP 400
If ice-cream maker is not your daily business but you still want to enjoy the perks of making an ice-cream at home then you can have Nostalgia ICMP 400 as an ice-cream maker. This Nostalgia ICMP 400 is the old school ice and salt model. So, that’s pretty obvious that it won’t perform as par the compressor driven ice-cream maker machines. But according to our researcher, among the ice and salt models, Nostalgia ICMP 400 holds a lot better position.
About its ice-cream making capacity, it can make up to 4 quarts of ice-cream which is easily twice over the capacity of average ice-cream makers be it any model. The ice-cream produced by Nostalgia ICMP 400 are denser and icier. The creaminess was quite missing but it was not a flaw for those who love their ice-cream to be bit icy. In fact, Nostalgia ICMP 400 produced much more quality ice-creams than other salt and ice models. Users have said that ice-creams made in Nostalgia had nicer texture with a hint of icy.
With simple construction, Nostalgia ICMP 400 comes with a bucket, a cannister, a dasher, a cover and a motor at the top. As a prep-up process, one needs to layer ice and salt in the bucket around the cannister. One can use Kosher salt if ice-cream rock salt is not available. It works fine with it. And the steps go on as usual as to put the mixture inside the cannister and plug in the motor. Thankfully, the motor is not that noisy and works at a low hum. Having a comfortable handle and big bucket it makes Nostalgia ICMP 400 more convenient to use.
What we didn’t like:
Like any other ice and salt models, this Nostalgia ICMP 400 is a lot time-consuming. According to our tests, it took almost two hours to make a complete 4 quarts ice-cream. Moreover, it does not allow you to add while the machine is on. You have to remove the mover and cover first, and then you can put seasonal nuts, cookies or caramel. Still, you will be having the risk of getting ice and salt mixture on your ice-cream.
Conclusion: The Nostalgia ICMP 400 ice cream maker is a great budgeted product that will suit your needs and won’t hit your pocket at the same time.