1. Swan Come Dine With Me Ice Cream Maker
Once you get past the terrible TV tie-in, you’re left with a good value self-churning ice cream maker with an enormous 2 litre capacity that takes just half an hour to set. Ideal, it turns out, if you’re entertaining random strangers and need extra dessert for the film crew and make up team.
£79.99 | Swan
2. Zoku Quick Pop Maker
If you’re more of a sucker than a licker you should be all about the Zoku Quick Pop. It can freeze ice pops in as little as seven minutes without a complicated compressor in sight. It works much like a basic ice cream maker – the base is frozen for 24 hours first – but with three individual slots you can get creative and use fresh fruit juice or yogurt instead of dull diluted squash.
£39.99 | Zoku
3. Lakeland My Ice Cream Maker
This fun, affordable design can make 750ml of frozen goodness in just 20 minutes. Obviously you need to remember to freeze the bowl overnight which is why clever old Lakeland also sells a spare bowl for just £19, so you’re never left waiting for soft scoop heaven.
£39.99 | Lakeland
4. Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker
The Yonanas makes healthy frozen desserts without the pints of cream and piles of sugar. Instead of freezing the bowl you freeze pieces of fruit – especially bananas – overnight and then blend them together to create a frozen sorbet. It’s a bit convoluted, but if you want healthy and frozen it’s a fun place to start.
£55.59 | Argos
5. Cuisinart Ice Cream Professional
One and a half litres of gourmet ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt in less than an hour? Well, that summer diet was fun while it lasted…
£210 | Cuisinart
6. Sage Soft Scoop
Sage’s partnership with molecular chef Heston Blumenthal has so far seen an influx of high end appliances, from a toaster that perfectly browns your bread to a juicer that rips through your apples. This ice cream maker is another fuelled piece of kit, featuring self-refrigeration and a load of different settings for everything from frozen yogurt to sorbet.
£349.99 | Sage
7. Buffalo Ice Cream Maker
This is an industrial-looking gelato maker that doesn’t require pre-freezing, so your tasty ice cream with take a lot less time to prepare. It’s a speedy churner too, preparing around 1.5 litres of ice cream or sorbet in around 20 minutes. A great pick if you’re rather impatient when it comes to desserts.
£199.99 | Nisbets
8. Magimix Maximum Chef 2200
Another one for the impatient ice cream eater here, with the Gelato Chef churning up 1.5L of tasty desserts in about half an hour. The built-in freezer ensures everything is always cool, while the stainless steel outer bowl and classy design mean this will sit pride of place on your kitchen worktop.
£279 | Magimix
9. Andrew James Ice Cream Maker
With the other products in this list costing rather a lot more than a few tubs of Ben and Jerry’s, this machine could be a great pick if you don’t want to cough up a load of cash. Ice cream can be prepared in around half an hour, with the bowl itself freezing in a trice. Most of the parts are detachable, making for an easy clean, and it’s compact as well.
£19.99 | Amazon
10. Kenwood IM200
At the budget end – more Iceland than Häagen-Dazs – this machine requires a lengthy 40 minutes of churnage. The lower price means less guilt when it’s duly confined to the back of the cupboard, mind.
£35 | Kenwoodworld
11. Cuisinart Ice Cream Duo
Do your family’s tastes differ? This double-action ice cream maker will keep everyone happy by churning two “flavas” simultaneously. Takes 20 minutes to make, but you must pre-freeze bowls.
£99 | Cuisinart
12. Gaggia Gelatiera
Churning out 600g of gelato in around ten minutes, this icey Italian stallion also comes with an extra bowl for knocking up a batch. Plain-looking for Gaggia, but very authentic tasting.
£300 | Cafegaggia