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Whizz up ice cream in min­utes with one of our Tried & Tested win­ners. If you’re look­ing to make it at a mo­ment’s no­tice, opt for a self-freez­ing ma­chine that does all the work for you or, for a bud­get op­tion, go for a freeze­first model that needs to be chilled be­fore use. Ei­ther way, the GHI has the in­side scoop…

SELF-FREEZ­ING JOINT WIN­NERS Magimix Gelato Chef 2200

£279.95, John Lewis FEA­TURES

❖ Wide in­gre­di­ent feeder ❖ Makes up to 1.6L ❖ Pro­duced de­li­ciously smooth soft-scoop ice cream and a con­sis­tently light and well­bal­anced sor­bet in around 30 min­utes. The con­trols are very easy to use; just a sim­ple on/off switch. Very lit­tle ice cream, and no sor­bet, re­mained stuck around the in­side of the bowl when mix­ing had fin­ished.


Sage by He­ston Blu­men­thal The Smart Scoop BC1600UK Ice Cream Maker

£278, John Lewis FEA­TURES ❖ 12 hard­ness set­tings ❖ LCD dis­play ❖ Makes up to 1L ❖ Scored very highly across the board in our tests, with beau­ti­fully creamy and con­sis­tent results af­ter around 30 min­utes. We loved the fea­ture that told us, via the LCD dis­play, when it was time to add ex­tra in­gre­di­ents. And the ‘ice cream van’ tune that played when the mix­ing had fin­ished was a fun He­ston Blu­men­thal quirk! 89/100


Lake­land Dig­i­tal Ice Cream Maker £47.99, lake­ FEA­TURES ❖ Makes up to 1.5L ❖ Timer ❖ An all-round good per­former, which pro­duced ice cream and sor­bet that was ready to eat in 30 min­utes or un­der. The pad­dle au­to­mat­i­cally stops turn­ing when the ice cream/sor­bet is ready. A great-value starter model.


HOW WE TESTED We tried out 16 ice cream mak­ers, look­ing at how they per­formed mak­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ own vanilla ice cream recipes and us­ing GH’S own ice cream and sor­bet recipe. We also looked at how easy it was to add in­gre­di­ents, how well the mo­tor and blade coped, and, most im­por­tantly, what each ice cream was like to eat!

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