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Ice Cream Maker Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy an ice cream maker.

Getting Started

Making homemade ice cream is fun and easy, the only thing needed is an Ice Cream Maker! Ice Cream Makers or Ice Cream Machines let you choose the flavors, ingredients added, as well as the types of frozen treats you desire. Depending on the machine, you may be able to make frozen treats such as gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet, or ice cream! Continue on to learn more about the different types and features that Ice Cream Makers offer.


Ice Cream Makers with a Freezer Bowl

Ice Cream Makers with a freezer bowl require you to pre-freeze the bowl or canister. In some cases pre-freezing a bowl may take from only a few hours, others must be in the freezer overnight. This means there will be a bit of planning required before making ice cream.

Ice Cream Makers with a Built-In Freezer

Ice Cream Makers that have a built-in freezer are extremely convenient because they do not require any pre-freezing. Unlike other types of machines, these cool down the bowl to the perfect ice cream making temperature. So, if you are the type of person that wants ice cream as soon as the craving sets in, an Ice Cream Maker with a built-in freezer may be the wise choice.



Ice Cream Makers typically come in two standard sizes: 1.5 quarts, and 2 quarts. For help deciding which size is best for you and your family, the typical size container of ice cream sold at stores is 1.5 quarts. So if you think 1.5 won't be enough, you may be more inclined to purchase a 2 quart ice cream maker.


When choosing the perfect machine, it is wise to note that most Ice Cream Machines require you to pre-freeze the bowl. The amount of time will be based on the Ice Cream Maker you choose, depending on the maker it could range from a few hours to overnight. If you would rather be able to make ice cream on the fly, there are Ice Cream Makers that have built-in freezers, however these tend to be a bit more expensive.

Types of Frozen Treats

In addition to making ice cream, some ice cream makers have the ability to make Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and even Gelato. Be sure to note that not all models have the ability to choose the type of frozen treat, so it is wise to check out the specific functions the ice cream maker you are interested in offers. If you are looking to make Gelato, Sorbet, or Frozen Yogurt, check for a Hardness Setting function.

Freezer Bowls

For large families, or if you are interested in creating an assortment of Ice Cream flavors, you may be interested in purchasing additional freezer bowls. Our selection of freezer bowls includes both 1.5 quart bowls and 2 quart bowls.

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