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Last updated: 27 September 2023


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An ice cream maker allows you to create delicious ice cream and frozen desserts from the comfort of your own home. But are they worth it?

Our experts lab test models from Breville, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Magimix and more, giving an assessment on:

  • how well each one makes an ice cream, sorbet and vegan frozen yoghurt
  • how easy each ice cream maker is to assemble and use, including using the controls and ease of cleaning.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

Did you know CHOICE tests more than just ice cream makers? Check out our Top 50 product reviews.

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    There are two main types of ice cream maker – compressor (self-freezing) and freezer bowl (freeze-first). We've also tested a food processor that makes ice cream.

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      The performance score is made up of three tests – vanilla ice cream, lemon sorbet and vegan frozen yoghurt – all weighted equally.

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      The manufacturer's stated warranty.

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        • Vegan frozen yoghurt score
        • Recommended
        • Lemon sorbet score
        • Vanilla ice cream score
        • Performance score
        • Ease of use score
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Mix-in chute
        • Dishwasher safe parts
        • Weight (kg)
        • Safety locking lid
        • Refrigerant used
        • Maximum ingredient volume to allow for expansion
        • Bowl material
        • Hardness selection
        • Cord storage
        • Pre freeze bowl time
        • Pre-cool setting
        • Non-slip feet
        • Automatic mode
        • End beep
        • Keep cool setting
        • Safety features
        • Noise (dB)
        • Dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
        • Mix-in alert (audible/visual)
        • Pause function
        • Maximum churning time
        • Accessories supplied
        • Manual mode
        • Shop Ethical rating
        • Bowl capacity (L)
        • Warranty (years)
        • Wattage (W)
        • Price
        • Country of origin


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