Making authentic gelato is entirely possible at home- if you have the right equipment. Here are three of the best Gelato Makers of 2017.
Our Choice: Cuisinart ICE-70
This machine is conceived to produce up to 2 quarts of ice cream per batch in twenty to thirty minutes. The Ice-70 costs between $100 and $200 and while it is slightly more expensive than average, it is worth every cent if you can afford to splurge. Along with regular ice cream, this is also an excellent machine for frozen yogurt, sorbet or gelato. Best of all, it has an improved paddle which means that you won’t have to be subjected to a lengthy churning process. Extremely versatile, it also includes a larger-than-average ingredient sprout along with a built-in measuring cup to help you keep track of the exact amount of additional ingredients that you add to the churned mixture.
Users that are fond of high-tech kitchen appliances will be glad to learn that the machine also comes with a control panel that will allow you to keep an eye on the different options. Through the control panel it is also possible to shuffle between the three different speeds to find the perfect consistency for your gelato. It comes with a countdown timer enhanced by auto shutoff and measures 9.7 x 8.6 x 13.2 inches. It weighs 13.5 pounds, which means it’s sturdy enough to email entirely still while you’re using it.
Our Choice: White Mountain Appalachian Series
The White Mountain gelato maker costs between $200 and $300. Conceived for the thicker, creamy texture that is commonly associated with gelato, this machine can also be used to make regular ice cream and frozen yogurt. Known for its extremely charming, vintage design, the appliance has an extremely impressive 6 quart capacity. Most users found that they only needed between half an hour to forty minutes to whip up a batch, thanks to the triple motion action dasher system. In fact, you will be able to benefit from an exceptionally powerful 12,000rpm electric motor that will ensure smoothness and creaminess in very little time.
More importantly, the wooden bucket comes with extra-strong and fully galvanized hoops to ensure durability, while protecting the wood from swelling when exposed to humidity. This particular model weighs 19.2 pounds and measures 13.4 x 13.3 x 20.6 inches, which means that it does not claim a lot of counter space. The stainless steel canister does maintain your gelato at optimal temperature. A recipe book is also included with the boxed packaging to help you get started on a variety of gelato and ice cream mixtures.
Our Choice: Cuisinart ICE-100
The ICE-100 costs between $200 and $300. In true Cuisinart fashion, this appliance is extremely practical to use, especially if you’re fond of ice cream or gelato. Some people were even able to successfully make sherbets and frozen yogurt using this machine. It comes with a variety of options such as a 10-minute keep-cool feature that will stop your mixture from melting, even if you are under the obligation of allowing your ice cream to chill in the canister for a few minutes afterwards. Boasting a 60-minute countdown timer, the machine also comes with a blue-backlit LCD screen. The major advantage with this machine is that you can choose between 2 different types of paddle: one for regular ice cream and another one for authentic, Italian-style gelato.
Thanks to the transparent lid, you will be able to keep an eye on what’s happening in the canister. Thanks to the sprout, you won’t need to interrupt either the freezing or the churning process to add any additional ingredient such as nuts, coconut flakes or chocolate chips. The aluminum canister saves you the hassle of having to freeze the canister before use.