Top Ice Cream Maker Ratings

Our ice cream maker ratings are based on several factors: price and value, ease of use, ease of clean up, quality of the ice cream produced and consumer reviews.

This gives you the advantage when choosing the right ice cream maker for your needs and your price range.


The Best Ice Cream Maker

To be fair, in choosing the overall best ice cream maker, we also had to choose a few runner ups. We explain why each of these three machines earns a 5-star rating, year after year. (Click here for this year's Best Ice Cream Machine Award winners in each category).

Musso Stainless Steel Lussino Ice Cream Maker 1.5-qt.

This machine is described by most reviewers as the ultimate, Cadillac of ice cream machines, so when it comes to ice cream maker ratings, there isn’t much competition. True, it also has a Cadillac price, but in this instance you really do get what you pay for.

best ice cream maker

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart


  • Quality of the ice cream is exponentially superior to any other machine, hands down.

  • Self cooling unit allows for making multiple batches of ice cream one after another, with no waiting or planning necessary.

  • Large see-through plastic cover can be removed, making it easy to add ingredients

  • Clean up is easier with this model than with most other self-cooling units.

  • Cons: Weighs 44 lbs and takes up quite a bit of counter space.


ICE-50BC Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker – 1.5 qt

A self-cooling machine, this Cuisinart ice cream maker whips up delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt yet costs much less than other self-cooling units.

best ice cream maker ratings

Cuisinart ICE-50BC


  • Commercial-style compressor means there’s no canister to pre-freeze and you can make several batches in succession without planning ahead.

  • Stainless steel is fairly easy to clean up.

  • Cons: Several customer reviews complain the machine is very loud.


ICE-20 Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker – 1.5 qt.

This machine consistently wins the best ice cream maker on a budget award from all reviewers. (While still available while supplies last, the ICE-20 has been discontinued. Click here to read our review of its replacement, the new ICE-21 Cuisinart ice cream maker.)

best ice cream maker ratings

ICE-20 Automatic Cuisinart, 1.5 qt.


  • Quality of ice cream is good for an entry-level electric machine

  • Removable gel-canister is easy to clean

  • Great quality at a budget price

  • Cuisinart sells additional canisters

  • Cons: Some reviewers have reported broken paddles.



The Top 10 Amazon.com Ice Cream Maker Ratings
(Based on Consumer Reviews)


Amazon.com is a useful place to obtain customers' opinions of the products they've bought. However, thousands of customers have reviewed over 600 ice cream makers and ice cream maker accessories. To save you the time and effort of culling through all that information, here are the top 10 best ice cream maker ratings and the main reasons people picked them.


5 star ice cream maker ratings

5 Star Ratings

1. Disney Ice Cream Maker
(1 review)

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean up
  • Fun design for kids


2. Lello Musso Pola 5030 Desert Maker
(5 reviews)
  • Can make 6 quarts back to back in an hour
  • Solid stainless steel construction
  • Professional quality self-cooling unit


4.5 star ice cream maker ratings

4.5 Star Ratings


3. ICE-20 Automatic Cuisinart, 1.5 qt.
(921 reviews)

  • Great tasting results
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean up
  • Great price


4. KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Attachment
(317 reviews)

  • Easy to use
  • Good price
  • Saves on counter space if you already have a KitchenAid


5. ICE-30BC Cuisinart, 2 qt.
(314 reviews)

  • Great tasting results
  • Easy to use
  • Makes more ice cream than the smaller ICE-20 model
  • Great value


6. F69206-X Electric White Mountain Ice Cream Maker, 6 qt.
(143 reviews)

  • Makes great ice cream
  • Makes large amounts in one shot
  • Freezes quickly
  • Very durable


7. Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart
(97 reviews)

  • Makes superb ice cream
  • Solidly built
  • Strong motor
  • Easy to clean


8. 68330R Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker, 4 qt.
(59 reviews)

  • Good results
  • Makes large quantities
  • Great price


9. Donvier Ice Cream Maker, 1 qt.
(47 reviews)

  • Manual model is fun, but simple to use
  • Makes good ice cream at a good price



10. ICE-35 Wooden Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, 2-qt
(1 review)

  • Good quality ice cream


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