Ice cream machines are available in just about any price range with each machine presenting its own set of features. The main advantage with most ice cream machines is that they tend to be extremely versatile and easy to use: indeed, you certainly don’t need to be a pro to use this apparatus. Quite on the contrary, most beginners can easily find their way around the machine and produce delectable homemade ice cream in just a few minutes. In fact, some apparatuses are even suited to children.
Other than plain ice cream, the majority of ice cream makers can be used to make additional desserts such as frozen yogurt, sherbets, frozen custards and even drinks such as slushies or margaritas. Some ice cream makers are even suited for gelato. These apparatuses are designed to churn your ingredients into a super-smooth and extremely creamy mixture. The advantage of making your own gelato is that you can personalize your sweet treat and add as many ingredients as you want to your mixture. This can be quite an advantage to anyone who wants to benefit from sugar-free or low-fat ice cream.
Here are some of the best ice cream makers designed for gelato.
Lello 4090 Gelato Pro Quart Ice Cream Maker
Priced between $300 and $400, the Lello 4090 Gelato Pro Quart Ice Cream Maker is ideal for gelatos, especially because of its self-containing unit. This apparatus has a removable bowl that will facilitate washing-up. This machine can be used to make no less than 2 quarts of ice cream in just 45 minutes or less. Best of all, it even has a built-in timer that will enable you to leave the machine alone and go about with your regular activities since it will automatically shut down when your gelato is ready.
Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
The Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker has a fairly affordable price tag that ranges between $200 and $300. Perfect for gelatos, this fully automatic machine boasts a commercial quality compressor that completely eliminates the need for any pre-freezing. More importantly, it has two paddles to provide you with the distinctively delectable taste and texture of authentic gelato. The apparatus is enhanced by a blue LCD readout as well as touchpad controls that will allow you to shuffle through the different settings. With this machine, you can also benefit from a 10 minute keep cool feature that allows you to keep your mixture cool.
Nostalgia Icmp600Wd 6 Qt Ice Cream Maker
With a 6-quart capacity, the Nostalgia Icmp600Wd 6 Qt Ice Cream Maker costs between $130 and $200. Featuring a vintage wooden design, this machine will conveniently add a more aesthetic feel to your kitchen. It even has a clear lid on the canister to help you keep a close watch on the churning process. The aluminum canister will also keep your mixture cool during the entire churning process and even afterwards. To prevent leaks, the machine is also enhanced with pa plastic insert and wood slats.
DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker with Self-Refrigerating Compressor
With a price tag that ranges between $200 and $300, the DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker with Self-Refrigerating Compressor is ideal for gelatos since it comes with a patented mixing paddle that scrapes the mixture from the very bottom of the bowl. Thanks to the self-refrigerating compressor, all your ingredients will be brought to freezing temperature or below, hence enabling you to make batch after batch of gelato with no waiting time. The stainless steel bowl also keeps your gelato to perfect temperature while facilitating cleaning.