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And whilst we’ve covered kitchen products before — from blenders to slow cookers — here, we’ve rounded up the best electric toothbrushes for everyone, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Though this is the most expensive ice-cream maker on our list, 32 reviewers were confident that the Cuisinart Gelato and Ice Cream maker is worth the money. With a 1.5L bowl and two different mixing paddles — one for ice cream and one for gelato — 54 reviewers said it was easy to use, with one calling it “idiot proof.” A bonus for this ice-cream maker, is that unlike many other options on Amazon, there’s no need to keep the bowl in the freezer (often overnight) before using it to make your ice cream. It doesn’t take too long to make a batch, either: One customer said they were able to make banana ice cream in 30 minutes. Some ice-cream makers can be especially noisy, but plenty of customers agreed that this machine isn’t too disruptive, with one reviewer saying that it makes less noise than her microwave.
Best larger (2L) ice-cream maker
Most ice-cream makers on Amazon come with a 1.5L bowl, but the bowl on this Cuisinart model is 2L. This does mean you’ll need more freezer space, as this bowl requires a pre-freeze. If you’ve got the space, though, 32 reviewers agreed that the ice cream they made with this machine was among the best ice cream they’ve tasted — one customer ecstatically praised the ice-cream maker and said she made her own mint chocolate-chip ice cream in half an hour. A further 91 reviewers emphasised how easy the machine is to use. One thing to note is that this isn’t the quietest machine we’ve featured here — several customers observed that it is quite loud, with one reviewer claiming that they definitely wouldn’t have it in the same room while eating dinner. [Editor’s note: This item is currently out of stock.]
Best for sorbets and frozen yoghurt
While you can make sorbet with most of the ice-cream makers on this list, this model is specifically suited to making sorbet and frozen yoghurt. One reviewer reported that they made a smooth, yet rich, frozen yoghurt in half an hour, using the recipe included with the maker. Another customer, who is diabetic, called this machine “perfect” for making sugar-free desserts. You do need to put the bowl of this ice-cream maker in the freezer for eight to 12 hours before use, but most reviewers just popped it in the freezer the night before. Thirty-five customers loved how easy the machine was to use, with one stating that her 12-year-old daughter uses it regularly, with ease.
Best snow-cone maker
This snow-cone and slushie maker produces snow cones in minutes — 65 reviewers said that their kids, their kids’ friends, and their nieces/nephews were thrilled with the machine. It also has a handy safety feature to prevent younger children from hurting themselves as they use it. It’s not just kids who love the machine, though. The ages of satisfied customers vary from as young as three, to 40, with one 22-year-old claiming that they’ve been making snow cones for their friends and family ever since their purchase. Another enthusiastic reviewer was a pregnant woman who was always craving ice cubes; after her dentist advised her against chewing on too many, she bought this.
Best ice-cream maker add-on
If you don’t have the money to shell out for a specific ice-cream maker, and you already have a large mixer taking up space in the kitchen, you might choose to purchase an attachment specifically for making ice cream. This ice-cream maker attachment fits onto all models of KitchenAid stand mixers, but doesn’t take up too much space — some reviewers preferred to leave the bowl attachment in the freezer permanently, ready to use when craving ice cream. 26 customers said it was easy to use, with one reviewer, who called the attachment “perfect,” stated that the bowl was small enough to store in their tall freezer. It’s important to note that the bowl may take longer to pre-freeze than some of the bowls on the other ice cream makers we’ve listed here; one reviewer prefers to leave it for 24 hours in the freezer before use. 23 reviewers said that they made high-quality ice cream using this attachment, with one emphasising that it was in constant use throughout the summer months, and several of the winter months too. While many reviewers spoke highly of the ice cream they were making with this attachment, sorbets were a popular choice too — one customer stated that their 5-year-old loves the fruity sorbet they’ve made just as much as their parents. This attachment also happens to whizz up the quickest ice cream of any maker on our list, with one reviewer confirming that it only took them 20 minutes to make their frozen dessert. [Editor’s note: This item is currently out of stock.]
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