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Which? reviews cheap Best Buy ice cream makers for Christmas

We reveal Best Buys from as little as £17

Ice cream

Unlimited ice cream options are at your fingertips with an ice cream maker

Wow your dinner guests with homemade ice cream this Christmas as we reveal our Best Buy ice cream makers – starting at just £17.

Which? has tested popular brands including Cuisinart, Gaggia and DeLonghi to discover Best Buys from £17 to £189. Visit our ice cream makers review to see which one is best for you. 

Which? small appliance expert Lisa Galliers says: ‘Making your own ice cream is actually fairly simple, once you’ve mastered the art of the basic custard recipe, and it doesn’t take that long. Some of our Best Buys can churn soft-scoop ice cream in less than 30 minutes, although transferring it to a tub and putting it in the freezer for a bit will help to firm it up’. 

What makes a Best Buy ice cream maker

The best models make excellent ice cream quickly, combine all the ingredients and churn them evenly, and the appliance itself isn’t difficult to use.  

We test ice cream makers with a berry and vanilla mixture, to see how well they cope with mixing. 

Ice cream makers are also tested with a rum and raisin recipe, to make sure that adding extra ingredients such as alcohol or raisins won’t affect the quality of the ice cream.

Ice cream recipes

Making your own ice cream may seem daunting, but most come with a selection of recipes to get you started, or a quick search on the internet reveals an endless supply of inspiration and ideas.

For more ideas, the Which? guide to making ice cream contains tips and information on how to make great ice cream; and we’ve even put some of our favourite ice cream recipes on the ice cream makers FAQs page.

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