The Best Soft Ice Cream Machines

A soft ice cream machine is not a one-trick pony; besides ice cream, you can make many other frozen desserts with it, including sorbet, yogurt and gelato.

Cuisinart ICE-20

Plus, making your own ice cream is fun. You can turn it into a family activity, experiment with new recipes and enjoy delightful treats without spending a lot of money. Nowadays there are many brands of high-quality, soft-serve, ice cream makers, based on their features, capacity and durability. .

The most impressive quality of this soft ice cream machine is its simplicity. Just put all the ingredients in the bowl and press start. In less than 30 minutes, you will get to enjoy up to 1½ quart of frozen delight. No ice or salt is needed. Its transparent top allows you to see the mixing process and be able to stop it when the desired ice-cream texture is reached. You can have your ice cream as light or rich as you wish. Its non-stick bowl also makes cleaning very easy.

Hamilton Beach 68330R

If you have a lot of kids or love to host big parties, this soft-serve ice cream maker is something nice to have. It can produce up to four quarts of ice cream at a time with a fully automatic mixer. No stirring is required. To make ice cream, simply add all the ingredients to the canister, insert the dasher into the center of the canister, close the lid, place the motor on top, fill the bucket with ice and salt, start the machine and wait for about 20 to 40 minutes to enjoy your frozen treat.

Cuisinart ICE-45

This soft ice cream machine allows you to make a variety of homemade frozen desserts with a professional touch. Just add the ingredients and turn the dial. There’s no need to use ice or salt. In about 20 minutes, your ice cream will be ready. You can make up to 1½ qt. of ice cream at a time. The topping dispensers allow you to add up to three different mix-ins of your choice, from sprinkles and chocolate chips to M&Ms and nuts. With its easy dispensing system, you can pour the ice cream right into a cone or a bowl. To make your ice-cream-making experience even better, this ice cream maker also comes with a cone holder and a removable drip tray.

Lello 4070 Gelato Junior

This is a self-freezing ice cream maker, meaning you won’t have to worry about finding space in your freezer to keep the leftovers. With this sleek machine, it takes about a half-hour to make a quart of ice cream. The self-timer function allows you to finish up other kitchen activities while the ice cream is being made. Once it is ready to be served, you will hear a nice, loud "ding." Another helpful feature of this ice cream maker is its safety alarm. In case the integrated blade gets stuck, the machine will make a warning beep.

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Om Paramapoonya holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from California State University, Sacramento. She has been an online writer since 2008. Healthy cooking is her expertise, but she also writes on other topics including fashion, travel, home decor and personal finance.