Ice Cream Equipment / June 22, 2018 / Gwendolyn Shin
Testing criteria. We tested eight widely available ice cream makers under $100 and evaluated each for the quality of the finished ice cream and sorbet, how long the canister or disk stayed cold, ease of use, and noise (listed in order of importance). Winners and also-rans. As we found out after testing eight machines (six electric and two manual), despite design similarities, there were performance differences. For some, the canisters just couldn’t stay cold long enough, resulting in a softer, sometimes sloppy ice cream. For others, the machine incorporated too much air into the mixture, in some cases creating ice cream with the consistency of frozen whipped cream. After making batch upon batch of plain vanilla ice cream, vanilla with crushed Oreos, and lemon sorbet, the four machines featured below stood out as our favorite choices.
Differentiate your frozen yogurt business. Even if there are no other soft-serve yogurt businesses in town, you need a selling angle to get customers in the door-otherwise they can just go to the supermarket and get frozen yogurt. For example, you can sell organic, vegan or gluten-free frozen yogurt, or offer toppings and mix-ins that are out of the ordinary.