Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ice Cream Makers with Compressors

Summer is coming up fast -- and we've been whipping up all kinds of ice cream at home. We did a lot of research on ice cream makers -- and here are some notes.  We like the ice cream makers that have their own compressor.  They will really freeze the ice cream.  However, they are more expensive machines due to the compressor.

This Lello is one of the high-end models for the home.  The Lello 4080 has its own compressor, so it makes ice cream fast (less than 30 minutes) and does not take up room in your freezer with a freezer bowl.

The Lello's are high-quality machines.  This stainless steel machine looks beautiful -- but is expensive.  It has a metal stirrer -- which makes the whole machine seem sturdier.

The Lello 4070 is a great option as well.  The Lello name -- with a compressor.  The stirrer is plastic -- but the machine works as well as the Lello 4080 with the sturdy metal stirrer.

DeLonghi has come out with an ice cream maker with a compressor as well.  This look like good options if you do not need the Lello name.

We'll review a few ice cream machines that do not have their own compressor -- so they run more in the $40-$100 range.