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How to Choose an Ice Cream maker
How to pick an ice cream maker. How to buy an ice cream maker. Choosing an ice cream maker.
Buy an ice cream maker for making your own dairy-free (vegan) "ice cream."
Above are the White Mountain 4 quart electric model, the Cuisinart ICE-21, and the White Mountain 4 quart manual model, respectively. All these are excellent quality. I started using my first Krups maker July 1999 and used it frequently for many years. It made hundreds of quarts. It is compact, easy to use, and is great for small batches (1 quart - the size of the recipes in my book). I purchased a White Mountain electric for the 2001 PETA Gala in New York City and made 14 gallons of Vice Cream™ in 3 days. The White Mountain models are the top of the line classic "ice cream" makers for home use. I like having both a Krups and a White Mountain. They are each great for different occasions. I special-ordered a manual crank to use with my two White Mountain makers, so I have the option to go manual. The Krups are no longer made, but may still be available. I also have a Cuisinaret, which is similar to the Krups, just a different design. Both work very well.
There are three basic types of ice cream makers. One uses salt and ice, which has its benefits. The second uses a pre-frozen bowl, which also has its benefits. The third type is the self-cooling ice cream maker that does not require either pre-freezing or salt and ice.
White Mountain (and similar): you can make countless batches one after each other, but it requires salt and ice.
Krups/Cuisinart (and similar): No additional materials (such as salt & ice) are required, other than electricity. It is easy to use, but you can only use it once a day (possibly twice if you pre-chill the ingredients/mix and you do one batch in the early morning and on in the late evening).
If you get the hand crank option on an ice cream maker (like the White Mountain) it can be fun for a family/group and it also saves electricity (it's also quieter). I like using the manual crank with the White Mountain for demonstrations: it gets the audience involved.
I actually have a number of White Mountain, Cuisinart, and Krups ice cream makers.
The third option is the self-contained unit, which does not need pre-freezing, salt or ice, and can make batch after batch. These are more expensive, but may be a good investment, especially if you'll be making lots of batches of ice cream and don't want the hastle and expense of the extra salt and ice and don't want to be required to plan ahead to pre-freeze the bowl.
Here are some popular models (prices listed 1/4/2016):
Classic Ice Cream Makers:
White Mountain Hand Crank Ice Cream Maker ($193.81)
White Mountain PBWMIME612-SHP Appalachian Series Wooden Bucket 6-Quart (or 4-quart) Electric Ice Cream Maker ($240.69)
Simple Pre-Freeze Ice Cream Makers:
Conair Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5-quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker ($44.99)
Cuisinart Frozen Dessert Maker ($55.00) (a Red model)
Donvier Manual Ice Cream Maker, (hand crank) 1-quart ($70.00)
This item is an attachment for use with a KitchenAid stand mixer:
KitchenAid KICA0WH 2-quart Ice Cream Maker Stand Mixer Attachment ($68.67)
Self-Contained/Self-Cooling Ice Cream Makers:
Gourmia GSI400 Stainless Steel 2.2-quart SleekServe Automatic Ice Cream Maker ($249.99)
Gourmia GSI200 Stainless Steel 1.6-quart SleekServe Automatic Ice Cream Maker ($159.99)
Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor 1.5-quart Ice Cream and Gelato Maker ($299.00)
Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-quart ($359.00)
Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop 1.5-quart Ice Cream Maker ($396.69)
Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker ($714.71)
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