Here are 5 of the Best Ice Cream Makers to Buy – Indulge at Home & Save Big!

Hip2Save may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. Read our full disclosure policy here.

More Product Reviews

girl hugging whynter ice cream maker

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! 🍨

There’s nothing better than eating delicious, homemade ice cream on a hot, summer day! Whether you’re an ice cream addict or just enjoy making your own low-carb ice cream from time to time, an ice cream maker is an awesome kitchen gadget worth splurging on! It also makes a fun gift idea for just about anyone!

Looking for an easy way to store your homemade ice cream? Try these highly-rated ice cream storage containers with silicone lids!

Here are 5 of the best ice cream makers:

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker on counter

1. Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker ($99.95)

With the Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, you can easily make your favorite frozen yogurt, sorbet, or ice cream at home in as little as 25 minutes! Just add ingredients, turn the machine on, and let this stainless steel beauty do all the work for you!

“Wow!! This little machine is fantastic. I have only made the kind of ice cream that you have to put ice and salt in. Not only is this 1,000 times easier, but the ice cream tastes so much better. I have tried various recipes from the book and improvised on a few of my own. I’ve had great results each time. It doesn’t take up much room on my counter and it makes about as much noise as the dishwasher running.”

round blue ice cream maker on picnic table

2. Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker – $39.43

Hip team member Kristi has this ball-shaped ice cream maker, and she loves it! If you have kids, it will give them a fun, hands-on experience with the properties of movement, freezing, and basic science principles, all while making ice cream! No electricity is needed – just put your ingredients in the ball roll it for 30 minutes, and it will yield about 1 pint of ice cream.

“Folks, this little toy really really works! My eight-year-old nephew got it from us for Christmas and he was very excited to use it. This is a very fun and effective ice cream maker. My nephew and brother were enthralled with this and really loved it. Great purchase!”

teal bucket-style ice cream maker next to box

3. Nostalgia 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker ($39.99)

Reminiscent of the old-fashioned ice cream makers of the past, this 4-quart bucket-style ice cream maker is a fast and easy way to make ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato. It features a locking motor mount, an easy-to-clean bucket, and a 4-quart aluminum canister.

Simply add your ingredients into the aluminum canister, place in the middle of the bucket, layer with ice and salt, and allow the electric motor to do the rest. The durable churn paddle produces delicious creamy homemade ice cream, while the easy-clean plastic liner provides easy cleanup.

“Now THIS is the ticket! I had to use this straight from the box. I washed it, poured in the custard mixture, topped it with layers of ice and salt, put the top on, and plugged it in. Viola! The motor never bogged down. When the ice cream was done, the machine stopped. Absolutely zero issues. It goes together easily, cleans up quickly, and functions flawlessly. I finally found a keeper!”

dash ice cream popsicle maker

4. DASH 2-in-1 Ice Cream + Popsicle Maker ($27.99)

With the DASH everyday ice cream and popsicle maker, making homemade ice cream and popsicles is easy! Just freeze the bowl overnight, add your ingredients, and churn for up to 4 cups of delicious homemade ice cream.

With the ingredient spout, you can add ingredients as you go, from fresh fruit to classic chocolate chips. This 2-in-one treat maker can also make up to seven popsicles at once with the included popsicle mold and reusable sticks!

“Seriously LOVE how simple it is to use this machine. It’s the perfect size for singles/couples. Handles add-ins (nuts, coconut, berries) with no problems. SUPER easy to clean, and doesn’t take up too much space in the freezer when freezing the bowl.”


5. Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker – $240.59

The Whynter ICM-200LS 2.1-Quart Ice Cream Maker features an extended cooling function that prevents the mixture from melting and a motor protection function that stops the motor from churning to prevent overheating or damage to the motor when the mixture becomes solid. This unit also includes an electronic timer, ice cream scoop, and easy-to-follow recipe guide.

This is Collin’s favorite ice cream maker! Here’s why…

“It’s not just me who loves this ice cream maker… it’s my whole family’s favorite machine, too! It’s seriously the BEST ice cream maker out there, and trust me – I’ve gone through a few. 😬 This unit makes up to two quarts of delicious dessert in a single batch.

Aside from oh so delicious ice cream, it’s by far the easiest ice cream maker to use, and it literally takes an hour or less from start to finish. You just mix the ingredients, pour them into the machine’s container, press a button, and BOOM — homemade ice cream with barely any work 🍨.

And clean up is a breeze, with the removable bowl and churn blade, leaving you more time to enjoy your dessert and less time cleaning the machine.

Even my team LOVES this machine! It’s perfect for those of us who eat keto since we can customize the recipes to use sugar alternatives to keep our keto lifestyles and sweet tooths happy — by the way, you NEED to check out this yummy raspberry cheesecake keto ice cream recipe! Oh my… 😍” – Collin

raspberry ice cream in whynter ice cream maker

If you’ve been shopping for ice cream makers lately, you know that they are selling out everywhere this summer due to lots of people making their own ice cream at home these days.

While Collin’s model is currently hard to find, our entire team loves the Whynter brand and we highly recommended purchasing one of their ice cream makers if you can get your hands on one. Here’s what some other Hip team members have to say about their beloved Whynter ice cream machines:

I LOVE my Whynter Ice Cream Maker!! The kids got it for me for my birthday a couple of summers ago, and we have made so many fun creations using it! My favorite so far was a kiwi sorbet! – Jenna P.

Yes, Whynter! There’s no salt or waiting for a frozen bowl. It’s for sure the best! – Lina

My fave is ALSO the Whynter Ice Cream Maker- I love that it looks nice in my kitchen AND I don’t have to use salt, etc. etc. It’s so EASY! – Amber

Make this Peppermint Cookies & Cream Ice Cream in your ice cream maker!

Join The Discussion

Comments 19

  1. Jess

    I got the nostalgia one for my birthday. We love it. It’s really easy to use. The size is a little cumbersome but we got it on sale. We make the fun flavors for my daughter that she can’t normally have. Gluten free choc chip cookie dough, gluten free cookies and cream. We love it, it’s so easy to use.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How fun! SO glad that one has been a hit! Thanks for sharing with us, Jess!

  2. Jennifer

    I have the Whynter and it has hands down changed our lives! My dad and my kids are addicted to ice cream…sine buying this machine during the prime day deal last year I think we have purchased ice cream from the store maybe 2-3 times and each time it was bc someone wanted something I was not making a whole batch of like pistachio or rum raisin. I have chocolate and vanilla at all times but other family favs are cookies and cream, fudge ripple, strawberry, peach, cherry garcia, banana split, coffee, dark chocolate, lemon raspberry white chocolate… I literally make three full batches of ice cream per week. Love that my family is still getting to enjoy their favorite dessert but also love that we know exactly what goes into each serving!

    • lezers05

      How does it freeze and keep? I always have a hard time with homemade ice cream keeping in the freezer because it’s turn to pure ice! If it’s not eaten in the first hour we make it I just toss…

      • Jennifer

        I almost never have that problem! When the cycle finishes the ice cream from the Whynter is very much so like a soft serve. If we want immediate hard pack ice cream I add on like 10-15min and then the majority of the container is hard pack with with the center still more like soft serve. We honestly have only on rare occasion had our ice cream turn icy but that only happens when I don’t have the right ratio of ingredients. My base recipe is 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 2 cups half and half, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tsp vanilla. That’s it…from there you can add all kinds of toppings, extracts, cocoa powder, fruit, etc… Just make sure to mix it in a bowl first and don’t put it into the machine until the sugar is dissolved. If making chocolate ice cream I find that you really need to let it set for a few hours for the cocoa to do it’s thing…if you rush it it will taste nasty. I also find that good quality extracts are sometimes best. For example, if you want strawberry to have the flavor you get in stores you need to use an extract or cook the strawberries down with a little sugar….just blending them and tossing it in won’t do the trick and it will make it icy.

      • daniellewirth

        I don’t know if you have children but if you toss in a splash of alcohol, personal choice but Amaretto for vanilla and bourbon for chocolate, it won’t freeze solid. And really a splash will do, not a whole cup but it is up to you. I don’t have children so I often make boozy milkshakes just because.

      • Lolo

        One reason is how much air is infused into the mixture as it churns. Machines like Whynter and the Breville Smart Scoop do a great job regarding the airiness factor. It tastes great right out of the machine and freezes well.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! Those flavors sound SO yummy! Thanks for sharing your experience with the Whynter ice cream maker!

  3. Denise

    I don’t own a deep chest freezer can the cuisinart (first machine listed) tub go into a regular freezer to chill? Just wondering if anyone has had luck with this? Ty

    • Elle

      Yep! Itll take 24 hrs from room temp.

    • TWood

      I had the WORST luck w/my Cuisinart. I hated it! Note it wasn’t this model it was the white one where you can add sprinkles etc. Terrible

  4. Alyssa

    I got my husband the Cuisinart back in May for his birthday. He has wanted an ice cream maker for years. I went with that one based on reviews and price (plus a personal review from a friend). Its been awesome so far and we’ve used it a lot – probably more than we really need to lol. So much better than store bought and fun to tweak and personalize the flavors!

  5. melissazmichobrien

    I have a whynter and it’s great! Totally would buy again!

  6. SuzyHomemakerGoneBad

    We have the Whynter model and love it! To prevent our ice cream from getting icy, we use the SUMO ice cream containers that you can buy on Amazon. They help a ton! I would like to have an extra stainless steel bowl or the ice cream maker, but I’m having a hard time getting that part.

  7. Cmascio2002

    God I love this blog. You all are so giving of your time & ideas. Thanks so much. Lost my job & have been very down, this blog helps so much w getting sales & ideas. Thanks to all of you. After reading this I am making ice cream this week. I have the Cuisinart that goes w my mixer. I used it a long time ago. I hope it is easier this time since I know more. lol

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re most welcome! 💕 SO glad the deals and tips have been helpful during a stressful time. Thanks a bunch for your sweet feedback. We truly appreciate YOU! Enjoy your ice cream!

  8. Osis

    I wanted to buy a gift that would be a blessing to others using some money that I received at Christmas . I ended up buying a brand new Whynter 2.1 quart machine. We have used it a few times and love it. However, I think I get as much delight every time I lend it out to others. Last night, someone borrowed it who can barely open his mouth because of an infection in his jaw. He was so excited to make homemade ice cream.

  9. Miriam Erberich

    Dis the price of the Whynter machine just go up by $200?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Miriam! You can now grab it from Amazon for $335! I have updated that link if you wanted to check again. Thanks so much for the heads up!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

It's not your Grandma's coupon site!

Sign up for a Hip2Save account (it's free) to access all of the awesome features!

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Register

Forgot Password

Don't have an account? Register

Become a Hip2Save Insider

Don't Miss Out! Join our large community of insiders - it's totally free! Once you join, you'll be able to save & share your favorite deals, rate posts and recipes and add items to your HipList and Cookbook! What are ya waiting for?!

Already have an account? Login

Become a Hip2Save Insider

Don't Miss Out! Join our large community of insiders - it's totally free! Once you join, you'll be able to save & share your favorite deals, rate posts and recipes and add items to your HipList and Cookbook! What are ya waiting for?!

Already have an account? Login

Thank you for rating!

Would you also like to leave us a comment?