If ice cream is your game, you’re going to want to invest in a quality ice cream maker. There’s no way around it: Homemade ice cream requires an ice cream maker. It’s an important purchase (arguably, one of the most important purchases of your life), so we tested machines until we found the best that money can buy. Our pick is the Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker, which retails for $400.
Don’t let the price scare you off—just think about how much money you’ll save when you finally stop feeding into that daily cone habit. Here’s why we love the Breville Smart Scoop.
You Can Make Ice Cream Right Now
Many models have a removable bowl that needs to be frozen for at least 12 hours before using. This machine features a built-in compressor that immediately chills the bowl. In layman’s terms: You can make the best vanilla ice cream whenever the craving hits.
You Can Choose Your Own Texture
The machine has three settings for texture, so you can customize your blend based on how firm or soft you like your ice cream—or gelato. It’s ready to eat right out of the machine, but if you want it really hard, let it chill an extra hour or two in the freezer before scooping. No matter what setting you choose, the result is perfectly smooth every time—never gritty.
You Can Watch the Magic Happen
No more stopping, starting, or guesswork: There are two ways to track your ice cream’s progress with the Breville Smart Scoop. A clear lid on the top of the tank allows you to peek in without pausing (you can even open the top and spoon out a taste while it’s running). There’s also a control panel that tells you how close you are to that hot fudge sundae.
Don’t have the cash or counter space for our top pick? We also love the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence, which retails for $90. It’s a smart little machine, but requires a pre-frozen bowl. With a little planning, you can have perfect ice cream at home.
from Bon Appétit http://www.bonappetit.com/columns/test-drive-columns/article/best-ice-cream-maker