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The best ice cream makers for at-home frozen sweet treats

Our guide to the top-rated products from KitchenAid, Lakeland and Cusiniart

Ice cream cones
Whip up homemade ice cream all year round with these fun appliances. (Getty)

While it may be cold, ice cream is a dessert we can eat all year round.

It's also why an ice cream maker is our latest obsession. They allow you to create ice cream and sorbets in all your favourite flavours.

Typically, there's two types of ice cream makers. One can self-freeze and will churn your liquid mixture, and the other uses a bowl that you'll need to freeze first, usually overnight or across the span of 12 hours.

To help you find the right one for your kitchen, we've handpicked our favourite models, to suit a variety of countertop and freezer sizes.

Featuring Cuisinart, Lakeland, KitchenAid and more, each make top-quality ice cream for an after dinner treat.

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Ice Cream Maker | £126.65 from KitchenAid

KitchenAid ice cream maker
Once its begun mixing, this KitchenAid ice cream maker can take just 30 minutes to whip up soft serve ice cream.

If you already own a KitchenAid mixer, then this is the perfect add-on attachment. The giant bowl comes with a paddle to replace your usual beater, simply freeze the bowl for 16 hours, attach it to the mixer base and watch as it churns your mixture. For added flavour we'd recommend dropping in a handful of strawberries to a vanilla mix for a fruity twist.

Lakeland Digital Ice Cream Maker 1.8L | £49.99 from Lakeland

Lakeland ice cream maker
'This ice cream maker is really easy to use. The digital timer keeps things really simple and it's easy to add extras into the mix like chocolate chips,' said one review.

One you've frozen this affordable bowl for 12 hours, it can make ice cream, sorbet and frozen yoghurt in just 40 minutes. It comes with a recipes included, an easy to read digital display and a large 1.8 litre capacity.

NINJA Creami NC300UK Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Maker | £199 from Currys

Ninja ice cream maker
This Ninja ice cream maker boasts seven dessert programs, touchscreen control and dishwasher-safe parts.

You may know Ninja better for its air fryers and slow cookers, but its ice cream maker is another quality appliance worth a spot in your kitchen. One five-star review reads, "It's convenient how the machine comes with more than one bowl for the freezer, it allows us to pre make mixture and leave it in the freezer ready to churn whenever we fancy a treat!"

Cuisinart Iced Dessert Maker | £112 (Was £140 from Fenwick

Cuisinart Iced Dessert Maker
This comes with a dishwasher-safe mixing paddle.

Whip up ice cream, sorbet, frozen yoghurt or fruit blends with this Cuisinart kitchen gadget, that takes as little as 25 minutes to mix, once you've frozen the bowl overnight. Perfect for smaller kitchen counters, the metallic pistachio shade has also got us hooked.

VonShef Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker | £44.99 from Von Haus

VonShef ice cream maker
This VonShef ice cream maker has a reversible motor to sweep the paddle in alternate direction, so your mixture will never get too thick.

Getting to grips with this VonShef is a breeze. Simply add you mixture and ingredients, pick your settings via its touchscreen control panel and let it do all the hard work for you. Taking just 20 to 40 minutes to create ice cream, sorbet and frozen yoghurt, the bowl has double-wall insulation which will deliver a smooth, soft scoop consistency.

Cook's Essentials 700ml At Home Ice Cream Maker | £79.98 from QVC

Cook Essentials ice cream maker
This Cook Essentials ice cream maker comes in white or mint.

This clever kitchen gadget allows you to choose between hard or soft consistency for your ice cream and you can let it get to work while you put your feet up. It comes with measuring spoons, a scoop, spatula and recipe book for endless inspiration.

SAGE Smart Scoop Ice Cream Machine | £369 from Currys

Sage ice cream maker
This Sage ice cream maker can be used to also make sorbet, gelato and frozen yoghurt.

Not for the faint-hearted, this is ideal if you're serious about brushing up your ice making skills. According to one happy shopper, it has an "excellent pre-cooling system and easy-to-use system for reaching different consistencies".

Gelato Expert | £500 from Magimix

Magimix gelato maker
This Magimix gelato maker has a quick start compressor, so you can be up a running in just one minute.

If you love entertaining guests and have a more refined palette that prefers the taste of gelato, this Magimix design is ideal. It's designed with automatic cycles for gelato and ice cream, and has a two-hour storage option that will keep it tasting fresh if you don't need it until later.

Lakeland Mini Digital Ice Cream Maker 0.5L | £24.99 from Lakeland

Lakeland ice cream maker
This mini ice cream maker has a clear lid and non-slip base.

This affordable option from Lakeland is perfect for smaller countertops and for having a bit of fun experimenting with homemade frozen treats. Simply pre-freeze the 500ml bowl for eight to 12 hours, then add the lid and switch on – 25 minutes later you'll have ice cream ready to serve.

Buffalo Upright Ice Cream Maker | £299.98 from Nisbets

Buffalo ice cream maker
This Buffalo ice cream maker can produce two litres of ice cream every 30 minutes.

There are more than 30 five-star reviews of this Buffalo ice cream maker, with shoppers singing its praises for being easy to use and simple to clean. "This is a fantastic ice cream maker. It is so easy to use...simply push one button. I bought this to make keto ice cream at home and it has already proved to be one of my best buys. The ice cream has been super."

Andrew James Ice Cream Maker | £29.99 from Amazon

Andrew James ice cream maker
Amazon shoppers have rated this budget-friendly ice cream maker as "easy to clean".

Another affordable pick is this one from Amazon, which costs just under £30. It can be used to make ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and frozen yoghurt and take inspiration from the recipe book that comes included. There's a large ingredient funnel to prevent spillages and pre-freezing the bowl the easily be done overnight.

1.4L Ice Cream Maker | £32 from Wayfair

Wayfair ice cream maker
'Great piece of kit for the kitchen – makes enough ice cream for the family plus you can have a different flavour each time,' said one reviewer.

This spacious ice cream maker is perfect for beginners. One satisfied customer said: "Simple to use. Effective. Makes large enough quantities without bowl being too awkward to fit in freezer. It comes with recipes included, removable components which are easy to clean and takes just 20 minutes to churn your mixture."