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Ice Cream Makers Buying Guide

Everyone loves ice cream, and it seems more and more of us love to make our own frozen treats these days, with ice cream makers becoming commonplace in family homes.

A Budget Bowl

An ice cream maker with a freezer bowl is great if you have a budget to stick to. The bowl is kept in the freezer for at least 12 hours - sometimes up to 24 - before you pour your ice cream mixture into it and turn on the machine to start the churning process. Because you have to keep the bowl in the freezer for a period of time before using it, this makes spur-of-the-moment ice cream a no go!

The Beauty Of A Built-In Freezer

Some of the most popular models on the market are ones with built-in freezers. Unlike the freezer bowl variety, this type of ice cream maker, otherwise known as a compressor ice cream maker, can be used straight away.

Size Is Deceptive

The bowl of your preferred ice cream maker might look sizeable, but the amount of ice cream it actually produces might be greatly reduced by the size of the paddling/churning implements. Always check the serving size of a machine as opposed to the capacity...there is a difference!

Quality Counts

The novelty of making your own ice cream could soon wear thin if the quality is lacking. Compressor models generally produce better quality ice cream because they can churn at higher speeds, which reduces the amount and size of ice crystals...this can have a huge impact on the texture of the ice cream.

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