The Best Ice Cream Makers 2019

Are you looking to buy an ice cream maker in the UK?

We've combined the owner rating scores from Amazon UK, Argos, John Lewis and Tesco to calculate a Top 5 of the highest scoring products for you to consider.

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£28 - £280

This report shows you five established, reliable ice cream makers, performing as owners expect. Our unbiased recommendations are based on combined owner rating scores, which we also share with you.

This ratings-driven view of the market often highlights unexpected models for sale. It can also steer you away from a 'bestseller' - if the owner ratings reveal poor performance.

The Best Ice Cream Makers 2019

How does it work?

We begin by building a list of ice cream makers with more than 50 ratings at Amazon UK, Argos, John Lewis and Tesco. This jumps straight to the established products, and the rating scores reveal how they've actually performed, according to numerous owners.

We then remove the ice cream makers with less than 4 stars. We now have a list of the higher rated models, with a credible amount of opinion.

We use the same criteria for all our consumer reports: each product must have over 50 reviews and more than 4 stars. After sorting the list by ratings, we compile this Top 5.

The Best Ice Cream Makers 2019

Make & Model Total RatingsAverage Rating£ GuideQuick view
Buffalo Pro Ice Cream Maker674.6£££Amazon
Cuisinart ICE 303794.4££John Lewis
Cuisinart ICE 1002744.4£££John Lewis
Andrew James Ice Cream Maker24204.3£Amazon
Andrew James Professional Machine1764.3££Amazon

Total Ratings = Combined ratings from Amazon UK, Argos, John Lewis and Tesco on January 14th 2019. Report only considers products with more than 50 verified reviews. View all rating scores here.

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Below are links out to UK stores selling these top rated ice cream makers. There you can learn more about product features, and find today's best prices.

Feature & Review Highlights

Buffalo Pro Ice Cream Maker

  • LED Temperature Display
  • Built-In Freezer
  • Makes 1.5 Litres of Ice Cream
  • “This is an excellent product. We have tried ice cream, gelato’s and sorbet with excellent results.”
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Cuisinart ICE 30

  • Fully Automated
  • 2 Litre Freezing Bowl
  • Makes Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet
  • “Ice cream was lovely. Glad I bought this item after much research.”
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Cuisinart ICE 100

  • Fully Automatic Ice Cream Maker
  • 1.5 Litre Capacity
  • Makes Ice Cream, Gelato, Sorbet and Frozen Yogurt
  • “Makes the most wonderful homemade ice cream & frozen yogurt, and the machine isn’t too loud when in use.”
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Andrew James Ice Cream Maker

  • 1.5 Litre Capacity
  • Pre-Freezing Ice Cream Bowl
  • Includes Recipes
  • “My first go at it was a total success. I made a strawberry ripple vanilla ice cream and it came out amazing and only under 25 mins!”
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Andrew James Professional Machine

  • LCD Display
  • No Pre-Freeze Needed
  • 1 Hour Cooler
  • Two Year Guarantee
  • “Easy to use, very easy to clean and makes fantastic ice cream. We were amazed how easy it is, just cream and milk and add whatever flavorings you like. The results are superb.”
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Our Notes on this Market

This our 2017 report on the best ice cream makers in the UK. We have researched this sector since 2015.

You can view the previous years ratings here.

This is a relatively small market in the UK; Argos sold three different models. The other shops we use for research, had between 10 and 45 different ice cream makers.

There are only a few manufacturers making ice cream machines for the home market. The main ones are Gaggia, Andrew James, Von Chef and Cuisinart.

The Andrew James ice cream maker that scored well in last years report is no longer for sale. We also lose a Von Chef ice cream maker from our 2016 Top 5. However this is replaced by another Von Chef model.

We see the inclusion of a Buffalo ice cream maker. This is not a brand we have heard of previously – and as you can see, this machine scores very well with customers at Amazon.

Because of the small size of this sector, it is easy for the consumer to navigate. Products look different from each other style-wise, and names are neither similar sounding or nondescript. This helps greatly when comparing models.

Rating scores have improved in this 2017 Top 5. The lowest scoring ice cream machine last year was 4.3, this year it is up to 4.5.


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