Andrew James Automatic Ice Cream Maker, White
The only ice cream maker on the market to have been awarded the prestigious ‘Best Buy’ honour by Which? Magazine, this machine can make ice cream, fruity sorbets and frozen yoghurts in around 20-30 minutes (after approximately 10 hours of pre-freezing the inner bowl).
Despite its compact size and design, there’s a very generous 1.5L capacity, so that enough product can be made for the whole family. Extra bowls are purchasable if you have fussy customers who may like more than one flavour simultaneously.
As they are fully removable from the machine, no product is left behind and unused, and the extra-large ingredient funnel can be used to add several ingredients at the same time such as chocolate chips, berries and nuts.
The motor operates at a very low noise level so will not disturb your day. There is also a handy manual included which is packed full of recipes that are easy to follow and even easier to enjoy. Due to its neat size, it is trouble-free to store and won’t take up much room on your countertop.
- Large capacity bowl
- Simple on/off control
- Great price tag
- Only available in white
- Manual pre-freezing of bowl
A great budget buy if you want to get started making your own ice cream
- 1.5L capacity
- H24 x W20 x D20cm
- Bowl height 15cm
Andrew James Automatic Ice Cream Maker user manual
Cuisinart ICE30BCU Ice Cream Deluxe Ice Cream Maker
With a huge 2L capacity, this is the most generous sized ice cream maker we have reviewed. Able to make a large batch in around 25 minutes, this Cuisinart model is easy to use – simply pre-freeze the bowl, add your ingredients and turn the switch to the on position.
It is also incredibly easy to assemble in lightning fast time so there is no hanging about when the time arises for a sweet treat. There is a handy viewing window, making it easy to keep an eye on the development. The power lead is also lengthy, making it’s positioning in your kitchen more flexible.
The bowl and base of the machine are super easy to clean, meaning there is little effort in maintaining the ICE30BCU no matter how much it is used. There is also an easy-lock lid for those conscious about safety.
Because of the easy controls, it is perfect for the children to use under supervision, and there is plenty of ice cream produced to be passed around or stored for a later date. The bowl has to be pre-frozen for about 12 hours so is best left in the freezer all the time; ensure you have enough room to cater for the large height.
The ice cream produced is soft-scoop, so leave it to set in the freezer for a bit longer if you prefer something with a harder consistency. Removing the product from the bowl can also be quite tricky as it gets so cold but will scrape off with an appropriate non-metallic spoon.
- Huge capacity
- Value for money
- Sturdy build
Traditional ice cream producers may prefer manual machines, and if this is you then this Cuisinart will ensure it doesn't take longer than it has to
- H29.0 x W20.5 x D22.5cm
- 2L capacity
- Bowl height:16cm
Magimix Ice Cream Maker
With a 14 cm high stainless-steel bowl, the Magimix Le Glacier machine can produce 0.85L of fresh ice cream in only 20-30 minutes, using either yoghurt or cream. Or, you can easily prepare sorbet and frozen yoghurt if you fancy something different and a little bit healthier.
Easy to clean, the stainless-steel bowl needs to be left in the freezer for at least 8-12 hours before use, but then all you need to do is add the ingredients and press a button for the machine to work its magic.
As the bowl is on the small side compared to those included with most other options on the market, it should fit in most standard sized freezer drawers and is ideal if you are short on space. The creamy soft-scoop ice cream that is produced tastes great, and enough is made to satisfy several people’s appetites.
The handy large feed tube is perfect for pouring ingredients into the bowl without creating too much mess, and the paddle is removable for easy cleaning. The clear lid allows for the viewing of contents whilst it is mixing.
The paddle is on the fragile side so may struggle to churn ice cream that is of a thicker consistency or has added extras in the ingredients, such as nuts. The spindle which it sits upon is also quite fiddly and possibly easy to lose, so not ideal for chaotic kitchens.
However, there are 45 recipe suggestions in the handy booklet included, such as coffee ice cream, mango sorbet and even brown bread ice cream. One of the simplest machines to use that are on the market.
- Stainless steel bowl for effective freezing
- Simple one-button control
- Good size
- Flimsy paddle
- Long bowl freezing time
Takes a bit of preparation, but perfect for simple and creamy homemade ice cream.
- H24 x W19 x D19cm
- 1.1L capacity
- Bowl Height 14cm
Magimix Ice Cream Maker user manual
Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker
With ridiculously easy to follow instructions, the ChillFactor™ Ice Cream Maker is perfect if the kids like to get involved with every step of the process.
Simply keep the product in the freezer and remove when needed, add the milk/cream and tasty toppings, shake it about a little and squeeze until the ice cream forms for a straightforward yet delicious soft-serve concoction.
The design of the item is fun, and it is the only of our picks to be transportable and come with a little spoon making it fully on-the-go. There’s also a recipe booklet if you’re stuck for inspiration.
The product comes in chocolate, vanilla or strawberry design colours but unfortunately, you can’t be picky and choose your preference. Also be prepared to squeeze a lot, and bear in mind that it only makes enough for one person and can’t be used repeatedly throughout the day as it requires a long pre-freezing time. Overall, it isn’t the most effective technique on the market, but it is enjoyable fun for the kids and keeps them busy.
- Fun design
- No electricity needed
- Can’t choose the colour
- Requires a lot of manual work
- Can be hard to wash
Not the most technical or substantial, but great fun and good for taking on trips or holidays for the family
Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker user manual