Best Ice Cream Makers with built-in Compressor

So what gives you, best-flavoured, chilled desserts in minimal time with almost zero effort? The compressor based ice-cream maker of course.

Just a few short years ago, the market for the compressor based ice-cream maker was almost entirely limited to the professional and semi-professional. You really had to be serious about your gelato to consider getting one of these, as it would be a serious investment.

These days though, the compressor based ice-cream maker is becoming a more common feature on the counter top of many artisan home-chefs. After all, there is little that is more satisfying than home-made ice-cream all whipped up in under an hour.

Listed below is a run down on some of what we think are the best compressor based ice-cream makers. Once you have invested in one of these ice cream maker, be sure to look at some of my recommended recipe books at the bottom of the article to make the most of it.

Top 5 Best Ice Cream Maker with Built-in Compressor

  1. Buffalo Ice Cream Maker 
  2. Cuisinart Professional Gelato and Ice Cream Maker
  3. Baumatic Professional Ice Cream Maker
  4. Andrew James Professional Ice Cream Maker
  5. Gaggia GELATIERA Ice Cream Machine

Others


Now for a closer look at each of the five best ice cream maker.

Buffalo Ice Cream Maker

  • Elegant stainless steel design, similar to the Baumatic Professional Ice Cream Maker featured below. LED temperature display.
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres 
  • Typical Preparation Time:  20 minutes or more depending on recipe, keeps cool for up to 10 minutes after mixing
  • Power Consumption: 150Watt
  • Other features: Removable bowl for ease of cleaning, spatula included
  • Dimensions and Weight: 245(H)x 402(W)x 281(D)mm, 12.2 kg

Buffalo Ice Cream Maker


Cuisinart Professional Gelato and Ice Cream Maker

  • This fully automatic ice cream maker lets you select your recipe, add the ingredients and simply press start to create your delicious ice cream, rich gelato, refreshing sorbet or frozen yoghurt
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres 
  • Typical Preparation Time:  from 40 minutes depending on recipe, keeps cool for up to 10 minutes after mixing
  • Power Consumption: NA
  • Other features: Removable paddles, lid and bowl.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker


Baumatic Professional Ice Cream Maker

  • Finished in stainless steel, the Baumatic has your no nonsense industrial look that means business. A cheaper alternative to the Buffalo featured above.
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres 
  • Typical Preparation Time: 10 – 60 minutes depending on recipe
  • Power Consumption: NA
  • Other features: Removable bowl and mixing blade. Retro push button and knob operation, with timer dial, power button. Transparent cover, measuring spoon and scoop.

Baumatic Ice Cream Maker


Andrew James Professional Automatic Ice Cream Maker

  • Powerful ice cream maker that makes smooth consistent ice cream enough for the whole family, up to 2 litres in 1 hour.
  • Capacity: 2 litres [BIGGEST CAPACITY]
  • Typical Preparation Time: up to 60 minutes; with freezing temperature, time and mode controls & LCD indicator
  • Power Consumption: NA
  • Other features: Keep cool for up to an hour after the machine has finished its processes. Removable bowl for ease of cleaning. Recipe book also included.
  • Size and Weight: 42.4L x 28.8W x 26H cm, 11.76 kg

Andrew James Professional Ice Cream Maker


Gaggia GELATIERA Ice Cream Machine

  • While it may not have the good looks of the other machine, build quality is superb and makes authentic italian gelato in just 30 minutes
  • Capacity: up to 600 grams
  • Typical Preparation Time: up to 30 minutes with some recipes under 20 minutes
  • Power Consumption: 165 watt
  • Other features: Removable bowl and fixed bowl with two paddle sizes, one for the removable bowl and one for the fixed bowl.

Gaggia Gelatiera


 


Other Ice Cream Makers

VonShef Premium Ice Cream Maker

VonShef13078Premium

  • Low noise level (50 decibles) premium automatic ice cream maker to make your own ice cream, sorbet or frozen yoghurt in a stainless steel housing.
  • Capacity: 1.5 litre
  • Typical Preparation Time: up to 50 minutes depending on preference and recipe
  • Power Consumption: 150 Watt
  • Other Features: LCD display and digital timer in steps of 10 minutes from 10 to 50 minutes. Removable bowl and plastic paddle for ease of cleaning. Measuring cup and scoop included.

Similar model sold as Ice Appliance Ice Cream Pro


Sage by Heston Blumenthal Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

Sage by Heston Blumenthal Smart Scoop

  • With 12 hardness settings from sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato to ice cream.
  • Capacity: up to 1 litre
  • Typical Preparation Time: 20-60 minutes depending on recipe with keep cool function holds dessert in the chosen hardness for up to 3 hours testing the hardness every 3 minutes.
  • Power Consumption: 200 Watt
  • Other features: 12 hardness settings or use pre-set automatic programs, plays ice cream van tune when ready.

De’Longhi Il Gelataio ICK6000 Ice Cream Maker

DelonghiICK6000

  • Capacity: up to 1.2 litre
  • Typical Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes depending on recipe
  • Power Consumption: 230 Watt
  • Dimensions and Weight: 32.6×42.6×24.5 cm, 14.5 kg
  • Other features: Transparent lid with hermetic cold seal to retain chilling temperature. Removable paddle, stainless steel bowl and lid are dishwasher safe. Recipe book with over 50 varieties of ice cream and sorbet included.

H. Koenig HF180 Ice Cream Maker

HKoenigHF180

  • Compact and elegant self cooling ice cream maker.
  • Capacity: up to 500 grams of ice cream
  • Typical Preparation Time: from 20 minutes depending on recipe. LCD display with temperature and digital counter for countdown.
  • Power Consumption: 135 Watt
  • Other Features: Removable bowl for easy cleaning.

Similar model sold as Ariete Gran Gelato Ice Cream Maker


Best Ice Cream Recipe Books

When you have invested in one of these ice cream maker, be sure to look at some of my recommended recipe books at the bottom of the article to make the most of it. Below are the must have ice cream recipe books.

BenAndJerrysHomemadeIceCream

Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book Paperback – 28 Oct 1994

by Ben R. Cohen (Author), Jerry Greenfield  (Author)

IceCreamSorbetsGelati

Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati: The Definitive Guide Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 May 2010

by Caroline Weir (Author), Robin Weir (Author)

ThePerfectScoop

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas and Sweet Accompaniments Hardcover – 25 May 2011

by David Lebovitz

Top Hint: Be brave and experiment with flavours. Using the basic vanilla recipe, you can add and adapt it to suit a variety of different flavours. Also remember to try sherbets and sorbets which are amazing on a hot summer’s day.

Our Line-up

Here is a quick list of our line-up again. For the most up to date prices, please click on the links below:

  1. Buffalo Ice Cream Maker
  2. Cuisinart Professional Gelato and Ice Cream Maker
  3. Baumatic Professional Ice Cream Maker
  4. Andrew James Professional Ice Cream Maker
  5. Gaggia GELATIERA Ice Cream Machine

Others