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The top picks in 2020



We have lined up the best machines for making ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and gelato from the comfort of your own home.

Ice cream makers have never had a moment like other popular kitchen devices. They’ve never trended like bread makers or air fryers, but that could still change.

We’re not totally sure why these devices haven’t had their moment in the spotlight, because everyone loves ice cream, right? It’s probably something to do with workload, as you generally can’t throw all of your ingredients into an ice cream maker and hope for the best. Well you can, but the result might not be what you had in mind.

You still need to do some preparation even with the very best devices. You’ll also need to devote around two hours of your day to the cause, because ice cream takes time. We’re really not trying to put you off. We just want to be very clear about what these machines require from you, because you do need to be committed.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can move on to the wide range of impressive ice cream makers out there. There are plenty of top quality models on offer from well known brands like Cuisinart, Sage, and Kenwood, and we’ve picked out the best for your consideration. 

We have checked out customer reviews, features, and specifications to put together the only ice cream machine list you’ll ever need. Whether you’re a total beginner looking to try something new or a professional indulging a passion, there will be something that works for you in this roundup.

These are the best ice cream makers in 2020.

Makes 1.5 litres of your favourite treat • Professional compressor system • Five-year guarantee • Two mixing paddles

Probably the best ice cream maker due to its long list of professional features.

Cuisinart ICE100BCU

Impressive machine makes delicious ice cream, gelato, frozen yoghurt, or sorbet in as little as 40 minutes.

The Cuisinart ICE100BCU is probably the most popular machine for people who are serious about ice cream, and that’s because it can make 1.5 litres of delicious ice cream, gelato, frozen yoghurt, or sorbet in as little as 40 minutes. 
The professional compressor system means there is no need to pre-freeze the bowl and no need to wait between batches. There are two mixing paddles for ice cream and gelato, so your recipe should always have the right amount of air for the perfect texture. 
It’s also pretty easy to use, as you simply add ingredients, switch on, and add extra toppings through the lid during the churning process.

12 hardness settings • Pre-cool and keep cool functionality • Manual or automatic

This premium machine does all of the work for you, unless you switch to the manual function.

Sage BCI600UK

This ice cream maker features 12 hardness settings for all your desired desserts.

The Sage BCI600UK ice cream maker offers 12 hardness settings for sorbet, frozen yoghurt, gelato, and ice cream. 
This machine lets you sit back and relax, with Smart Scoop technology sensing the hardness and switching to “keep cool” at just the right time for whatever you’re making. It even plays music when it’s ready.
There’s also no need to pre-freeze bowls since the self-refrigeration system does this for you, and will even keep the ice cream cold for up to three hours. You can choose from one of the four pre-programmed settings or take total control of the process. The choice is all yours.

Easy assembly • 1.5 litre mixing bowl • Makes ice cream in 30 minutes

Lack of hardness settings

A straightforward ice cream maker that’s well suited to beginners.

Duronic IM540

A straightforward option that takes less than 30 minutes of churning to make smooth and creamy ice cream.

The Duronic IM540 ice cream maker is designed with simplicity in mind, and lets you make homemade frozen desserts quickly and easily with almost no effort required from you.
All you need to do is pop the ice cream bowl into the freezer and prepare any fruits or ingredients you might want to add. The machine does everything else, and can make creamy desserts in less than 30 minutes. 
It comes with a large 1.5 litre mixing bowl and a top-down motor with removable paddle. It’s all easy to assemble and dis-assemble for cleaning and storage. As the paddle churns away at the whole ice cream mixture it scoops it away from the sides of the bowl at the same time, ensuring it doesn’t stick and you get an even consistency. 

Makes ice cream or sorbet in 20 minutes • Two adapters for different Kenwood models • Durable

The best ice cream attachment for anyone with a Kenwood Chef or Major kitchen device.

OK, the Kenwood Major AT957A is not a traditional ice cream maker, but if you own a Kenwood Chef or Major machine, this is just about the best attachment that money can buy.
For use on the bowl outlet of some of Kenwood’s most popular devices, the AT957A makes seriously smooth ice cream, frozen yoghurt, and sorbets. It uses a pre-frozen bowl, which sits in the existing bowl and makes one litre of soft scoop ice cream or sorbet in just 20 minutes. 
So if you’re big on Kenwood and its range of kitchen products, you should consider adding this attachment to your collection.

Makes ice cream in just 20 minutes • Easy to setup • Refill opening for extra ingredients

Easy to assemble and fast acting, this machine is a great option for everyone (including kids).

Sensio Home

The Sensio Home machine can create ice cream, sorbet, gelato, and frozen yoghurt in just 20 minutes.

The Sensio Home might be the best machine for enthusiastic kids, partly because it can make ice cream in just 20 minutes. Kids don’t tend to have the patience required for some of the more premium options, so this works well.
The refill opening in the lid allows you to add extra toppings and ingredients as you go, and with just four removable components the set-up process could not be any simpler. The easy-to-follow instructions mean you can get up and running in minutes.
You do need to freeze the bowl for approximately 12 hours and mix your ingredients and pre-chill in the fridge for at least two to three hours, but this process can be fun.

Two litres of ice cream in 20 minutes • Easy to use • Add extra toppings through the lid • Compact

One of the best and most popular ice cream makers from a recognised brand.

Cuisinart ICE30BCU

This ice cream machine lets you add extra toppings through the lid whilst mixing.

The ICE30BCU is the second machine from Cuisinart to make this list, and it’s a real contender for the top spot.
You do need to place the detachable two litre bowl into your freezer the night before using it, but once this is done you can have a frozen dessert in just 20 to 30 minutes. Simply fill the bowl with your desired mixture and you don’t need to do any churning by hand.
The open lid allows ingredients to be added while in motion, such as fresh fruit or chocolate chips, and it’s very easy to clean as the freezer bowl, mixing arm, and lid are detachable. 

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