The Best Three Ice Cream Makers

June 28, 2012 10:22 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
Ice Cream Maker
We'll show you how to avoid the old-fashioned ones for some of the more new-fangled members of the family. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

An ice cream maker is an investment, whether you like it or not. You may think that buying one of the cheaper ones goes hand-in-hand with a casual commitment to ice cream-- and in a lot of ways, it does-- but they're cheaper not just because of an inferior product, but because they take up a ton of prep time. Conversely, the more expensive the machine is, generally the better your ice cream tends to be, but more often than not, it'll also mean a product that, start-to-finish, is way easier to create.

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Here's everything you need to know about the three best ice cream machines before you make your purchase.

The Cuisinart ICE 20

Cusinart's just about the most trusted name in the American kitchen, and the exact same can be said about their ICE family of ice-cream makers. They aren't fancy, and in particular, this model doesn't get as cold as it needs to for really, really good ice cream. Still, it's a perfect starter-- it'll let you know if you're just going to be the kind of person who makes ice cream from time to time, or someone who wants to get more serious about it. It's not that your end product won't be delicious, it's that you're going to taste all the room for improvement and buy another one with your next paycheck.

However, if you just plan to make the occasional vanilla, this is the one for you.

The Cuisinart ICE 50BC Supreme

Remember how we talked about that ICE family? Here's the matriarch of the family: the 50 BC. This one has a compression model, and it gives the ice cream perfectly sized ice crystals, which make for a more rounded bite that has a texture to it, as opposed to that utterly bizarre smoothness associated with the cheaper models/an ice cream on its way to melt town. And did we mention how great it looks?

Musso 4080 Lussino Dessert Maker

Don't let the near-fascist name of this throw you off, this is the best ice cream maker you can buy for your home, and it lets everyone around you know how crazy you are about ice cream. If you want to start an artisanal, made-to-order ice-cream business out of your Brooklyn loft, this is the one for you. It has a powerful freezer, and its final product was truly unbelievable. The next time you have $595 just sitting around, we recommend that you get this. You'll thank us later.


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