"This was so nice and relaxing, and the lavender ice cream was actually the best dessert of any sort I've ever had...like, in my life." So says Steve Martin's character to Meryl Streep's in It's Complicated, a favorite film of many décor-obsessed film buffs. Wouldn't you like to hear those same words said to you by a guest? If the answer is yes, get yourself primed and ready by picking up a state-of-the-art ice-cream maker. We've rounded up the best of the best below.
An ice cream maker for the pros, this model features a built-in compressor so you don’t have to pre-freeze a canister for hours. It also allows you to make one batch after the next!
Did you know there is an ice cream maker attachment for your KitchenAid? We were pleasantly surprised as well. The attachment can make up to two quarts of ice cream; just enough to share…maybe.
Nostalgia Electrics ($40)
Although it requires no pre-freezing, this maker does use rock salt and ice around the canister before and during churning. The nostalgia of this old-fashioned technique will make the frozen treat that much sweeter.
L.L. Bean ($30)
This ice cream ball may seem low-tech to some, but that’s just the beauty of it; you can make ice cream while camping, at the beach, or on a picnic. Just add ingredients to one end, and rock salt and ice to the other, and then pass the ball around and let everyone take a turn shakin' it up.
The brushed stainless-steel finish on this heavy-duty ice-cream maker is sleek enough to keep it on your countertops constantly. Prepare to whip up a batch of mint chip at the drop of a hat.
Skip the ice cream (and the calories) and make a frozen treat with your favorite fruits. Once churned, bananas and strawberries will taste just as delicious as Rocky Road (almost).
Hamilton Beach ($30)
If you simply can’t wait for a bite of fresh, homemade ice cream, whip it up with this half-pint soft-serve ice-cream maker and then eat it right out of the bowl.
The difference in the technique of making gelato versus ice cream is a compressor that brings temperatures below freezing. The De’Longhi Gelato Maker has just that, making it a must-have for anyone looking to live la dolce vita.
If you prefer frozen yogurt and sorbet to ice cream, which is understandable, consider this Cuisinart that excels at making both.
Which maker will you use to make your next scoop? Let us know in the comments below.