Today we want to review best ice cream maker for kids. Ice cream makers in this category are machines that you can comfortably use with your kids or even allow them to use it all by themselves.
Summer is almost upon us and no matter what; you and your kids would always crave something cool. So instead of spending so much money buying ice cream or other frozen treats, why don’t you get to making yours?
It’s even to your advantage to get an best ice cream maker because you would be able to control what goes into your frozen treats. No more ingesting unhealthy ingredients; you can now make whatever you like. You can experiment with the most decadent recipes, vegan recipes or fruity goodness.
So sit back and check out these products that we would review, there’s sure to be one that would fit your budget and preference.
Product Name – Maxi Matic EIM-1400R Ice Cream Maker with Quick Freeze Bowl
Our Rating – 4.2 out of 5 stars
- Comes with a simple mixing bowl that freezes quickly
- Easy to operate with just one simple control panel
- Does not require the use of alcohol, rock salt, ice or any other chemical
- Simple to make recipes are included with purchase
- Mixing bowl has a 1.5 quart capacity
is just what you need for you and your kids to churn out thirst quenching frozen treats. This machine is not cumbersome to handle as it is quite portable and lightweight. It would not take up space on your countertop and the mixing bowl too can fit easily into your freezer. You do not have to create special space for any of the components of this ice cream maker.
This ice cream maker is so easy to use; all you have to do is place the lower part in the freezer overnight. Get it out whenever you are ready to make your ice cream, insert upper unit (the part with the mixing paddle), pour in your ingredients and turn on the machine. This machine would churn out your perfectly smooth and creamy soft serve ice cream in not more than 40 minutes.
You can scoop out the ice cream and freeze further in the fridge for a solidly frozen treat. Ensure that you do not use metal spoons or any abrasive utensil to scoop out the ice cream. Plastic, silicone or wooden utensils is recommended; so that you wouldn’t scratch the interior of the ice cream maker
With the 1.5 quart capacity, you can get enough frozen treat for you and your family. The paddle that works with a powerful motor makes it fun, fast and convenient for you and your kids to use. This ice cream maker would provide you a fun pastime with your kids as they work with excitement to get their ice cream and other frozen treats ready for consumption.
This machine can be easily dismantled for cleaning after you are done making your ice cream.
One downside to note however is that the lid of this ice cream maker is not airtight. It can come off while the machine is in operation so you need to baby sit the machine while it is making the ice cream.
Product Name – DASH DPIC100GBWH04 My Pint Electric Machine
Our Rating – 3.8 out of 5 stars
- Has the capacity for a single serving (0.4 quart)
- Easy to use with just the push of a button
- Gives you the freedom to make individual recipes
- Compact and lightweight so can easily be transported
- Can be taken apart for ease of cleaning
The DASH DPIC100GBWH04 My Pint Electric Machine is an ice cream maker that you can buy for your kids. It is so easy to use that you can let them use it by themselves. All you need to do is freeze the ice cream ingredients and the lower part of the machine (freezer cup). Then bring out both items whenever they are ready to make ice cream and assemble all the components and put on the machine.
This ice cream maker would churn out rich creamy ice cream in a maximum of 30 minutes. You do not have to bother about over churning the ice cream as the machine would turn itself off when the churning is done.
The light weight and compact design of this ice cream maker makes it a great machine for individuals. You can even buy for everyone in the family. It doesn’t take up much space so you all can have your freezer cup kept in the freezer and ready to go on movie nights or time out with family.
With this, each member of the family can get to customize their ice cream or frozen treats.
All the non-electrical parts are detachable and dishwasher safe. You can wipe down the electrical parts that mustn’t come in contact with water/liquids.
This ice cream maker comes with a mixing spoon, access to recipe database and a database. It is also backed by a one year warranty from the manufacturer.
Note that the paddle of this ice cream maker is plastic so you have to handle with care. Secondly, if you don’t freeze your ingredients or ice cream mixture before time, you wouldn’t get a great result. And finally, the final result of this ice cream maker is a soft serve ice cream that has to be put in the freezer for some time before it becomes solid.
Product Name – Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker
Our Rating – 4.6 out of 5 stars
- Mixing bowl has a doubly insulated wall with cooling liquid that keeps the bowl frozen for a long time
- Comes with a transparent lid that easy to lock and has a large spout for mess free addition of ingredients
- Equipped with new mixing paddles(awaiting patent) that makes ice cream in no more than 20 minutes
- Has a 1 ½ quart capacity
- Operates with a heavy duty motor
The Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker is an upgrade from the previous products that we have reviewed. It is in the category of ice cream makers that you use with your kids( unless they are older kids; maybe teenagers or pre-teens).
This machine is purely automatic and you don’t need to do anything other than add your ingredients and let the machine do the work. Remember however that you have to pre-freeze the mixing bowl. You are advised to leave it permanently in the freezer. So after every use, you wash and dry the bowl and store in the freezer. This way, you would never forget to freeze your mixing bowls.
This Ice Cream Maker has the capacity to make 1 ½ quarts of ice cream which is sufficient for you to share with your family. Furthermore, the large pour spout allows you to add your ingredients without the need to stop the machine. This helps the machine to run uninterrupted. And then you can also watch the progress of your ice cream through the transparent lid.
The base of this machine houses the heavy duty motor that powers the paddle to churn out your frozen treats. Thus base also has nonslip rubber feet that keeps the machine firmly stationed while in use.
It is designed with a cord that can be pushed into the base easily to make for safe and neat storage on your countertop or kitchen cabinet.
Best of all, this machine comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
Overall, this machine has racked in close to 8, 000 reviews and 81% are 5 star reviews. That being said however, note that the mixing bowl of this machine is not dishwasher safe and that the lid is somewhat thin and should be handled with care.
Cheaper Option Of Ice Cream Maker For The Whole Family
Product Name – Dash DIC001RD Deluxe Ice Cream Maker
Our Rating – 4.1 out of 5 stars
- Comes with a 1-quart freezer bowl that is insulated with double walls
- The lid is transparent and has an ingredient spout
- Gives you the freedom to customize ingredients and add-ons for your family frozen treats
- Easy to use and clean
- Comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
The Dash DIC001RD Deluxe Ice Cream Maker is an upgrade from the ‘my pint’ individual serving Dash ice cream maker already reviewed. So if you do not want individual ice cream makers for everyone, this is a great alternative for the whole family.
The freezer bowl of this machine is made with double walls and insulated. So when you freeze the bowl, it stays frozen for long enough to get the job done and then keep your ice cream cold for a while.
This Ice Cream Maker has minimal moving parts which make it easy to assemble and use. Clean up is also very easy for the same reason. So this machine is a great buy for and your kids for the summer months and even beyond.
Best of all, you get a recipe booklet and access to the recipe database when you buy this machine. Additionally, it comes with a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer.
Finally, some buyers complained about the instructions and recipes; they said it didn’t work as stated. But many other customers assert that you have to follow the instructions carefully for it to work. This machine takes time and patience at first try and you might have to do some experimentation.
We feel it is a fun machine to experiment with while you hang out with your kids; it’s a great summer product. Also bear in mind that the freezer bowl is not dishwasher safe. Wash by hand only, dry and store in the freeze.
Product Name – Klee 3-Piece Instant Ice Cream Maker Pan
Our Rating – 3.6 out of 5 stars
- Super easy to use and clean
- Control what goes into the frozen treats that your family indulges in
- Comes with all that you need to start making your own ice cream
- Made with top quality materials that are BPA and toxin free
- Comes with a money-back guarantee
The Klee 3-Piece Instant Ice Cream Maker Pan is a simple utensil that’s so easy to use. You can teach your kids to use it and leave them to it.
This ice cream maker is used to make rolled ice cream. All you need to do is to freeze the pan which has a cooling liquid between its walls. When the pan is totally frozen, bring it out of the freezer and pour in your ice cream mixture. Then you begin to quickly scrape the mixture back and forth on the pan until your ice cream forms.
This Ice Cream Maker Pan does not require any ice or rock salt; neither do you need to plug into any electrical power source. It comes with the scrappers and a recipe booklet.
The surface of the pan is made with food grade aluminium while the body is made with BPA free polypropylene. The base is designed to be nonslip so that it would sit firmly on your countertop while you scrape and turn the ice cream mixture.
This machine is a great pastime for kids who are cooped up indoors or are bored of all the activities they’ve been engaged in. the anticipation of a delicious frozen treat and the exertion of preparing the frozen treat would buy you some precious moments of respite.
Note that this Ice Cream Maker Pan is not dishwasher safe; it is best washed with warm water and dishwashing soap. Do not use any abrasive material to wash it. The aluminium surface of the pan is very easy to wash so just wash it out as prescribed after each use, dry and place back in the freezer in readiness for the next use.
Finally, do not expect your ice cream or frozen treat to have the same texture as those made with high end ice cream makers. Rest assured however that the result would be delicious and refreshing frozen.
Product Name – Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker
Our Rating – 4.0 out of 5 stars
This Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker has all the features of the foregoing ice cream maker pan that we reviewed. The differences between the two products are as follows:-
- This pan is more expensive but has a higher customer rating than the previous one
- They are from different brands and come in different shapes; this one is round shaped while the previous one is rectangle.
- Although it came into the market a year later than the previous product, it has garnered more than a couple hundreds of positive reviews which leads us to conclude that this is an improvement on the previous one.
Our conclusion is that if you can spare some 10 to 15 dollars, then go for this one. But also bear in mind that all the caveat to the previous one applies here.
Product Name – Yonanas 987 Elite Healthy Dessert Soft Serve Maker
Our Rating – 4.4 out of 5 stars
- Creates 100% healthy frozen treats
- Easy and fun to use
- Can be easily dismantled for cleaning
- Removable parts are dishwasher safe
- Comes with a user manual that’s easy to understand and a recipe booklet with over 130 recipes
Are you on a mission to eat healthy and also teach your children to do same? Then the Yonanas 987 Elite Healthy Dessert Soft Serve Maker is right up your alley!
This machine is a high end dessert maker that offers you the liberty to make all types of healthy frozen treats with 100% healthy ingredients. You know what? On your cheat days, you can also use this machine to create not so healthy frozen treat. But the great thing is that whatever you choose to do, you would always have control of what goes into your frozen treat.
What’s more is that this machine is easy to use with your kids. Just assemble it and let them feed the frozen fruits into the chute and watch ice cream like desserts come out the other end.
This machine works with almost double the power of a traditional machine while delivering spectacular results. After you have made your frozen dessert, dismantle the chute, plunger and blade and place in the top rack of a dishwasher for easy clean up.
Conversely, you can rinse out these parts with warm soapy water; they are easy to clean anyway. Remember that you only use frozen fruits for whatever treats you want to make in this machine. Thankfully, there are over a 130 recipes that you can experiment with.
Best of all, this machine comes with a 3-year limited warranty from the manufacturer.
The only thing that irritate some customers about this machine is that about 2 ½ spoons of the frozen dessert remain in the chute/blade of the machine. So you have to open it and scoop out all the leftovers before you can start enjoying your dessert. Apart from this and the mess that it makes if you add ingredients to it, this machine is a winner with over 75% of the users.
We know that parents are usually extra careful when they have to shop for products that their kids would get to use. That is why we are adding this segment; to give you some tips on what to look out for as you shop for the best ice cream maker for you and your kids.
So the following are some of the factors to consider as you go shopping:-
The most important factor in our opinion for an ice cream maker for you and your kids is safety. Look out for products that are not designed with sharp edges or moving parts that would injure a child. We know that kids can be precocious and can get into mischief in that split second that you turn to do something else in the kitchen.
So the ice cream maker you choose has to be one that there is no possibility of injury from any part of the machine. The Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker is an example of a very safe ice cream maker. Zero safety hazard as there are no moving parts or electrical cords involved.
This is not to say however that an ice cream maker with an electrical cord would not be safe for you and your kids. You just have to ensure that the cords are well attached and can be stored safely just like the cord for the Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker.
Ease of Use And Cleaning
An ice cream maker that you intend to use with your kids should be easy to use and clean. We can confidently say that all the products that we have reviewed in this post meet this criterion.
There are some that you have to use with them. Examples are the Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker, the Dash DIC001RD Deluxe Ice Cream Maker and the Yonanas 987 Elite Healthy Dessert Soft Serve Maker.
On the other hand, there are some ice cream makers that you can set up and leave them to operate. Examples of this are the Klee 3-Piece Instant Ice Cream Maker Pan and the Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker. If your kids are pre-teens or teenagers, they can handle the Maxi Matic EIM-1400R Ice Cream Maker with Quick Freeze Bowl and in fact all the products in this review.
When buying a product that may get to be handled by kids, price is also a big consideration. Consider buying a product that you wouldn’t be too heart broken when (note that we said when and not if) gets damaged. Bear in mind that there is a greater possibility of the kids damaging an appliance than an adult.
So it is safer for you to buy a product that wouldn’t break your budget and then you would be able to allow the kids experiment with it.
The Yonanas 987 Elite Healthy Dessert Soft Serve Maker is above the $100 mark that all of the other machines fall. This doesn’t mean therefore that you would not allow your kids to use it. What this means is that you can use it to teach your kids how to manage high end kitchen tools. Because you would watch them carefully as they use it than with a product such as the Klee 3-Piece Instant Ice Cream Maker Pan.
Following the subject of cost; much as you would have considered buying a product that wouldn’t break the bank, you would still want a product that would last awhile. No one wants to get a product and then not be able to get many good uses out of it.
You need to read customer reviews to determine whether the product you are considering would last. We did hours of research before we selected the products in this review. Though about 2 of them had some mixed reviews, we still figured that you would get your money’s worth before it broke on you.
So read customer reviews and weigh the pros and cons which would include durability.
We have a more detailed buying guide on what to look out for in an ice cream maker. Click here to read it. So that is why we have kept this guide limited to pertinent issues that we feel concerns buying an ice cream maker that you would use with your kids.
Do yourself this favour and take out some extra minutes to read the post we recommended; you’ll be glad you did.
We believe that you are now armed with enough information to make an informed choice. In addition to that you are gaining the freedom to control what goes into the frozen treats your family would ingest not only this summer but going forward.
Enjoy your shopping and have a great time creating fun and delicious frozen treats with your kids!