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Best 4-Quart Ice Cream Makers

The best ice cream maker is the one that makes the most ice cream? I’m not sure on that, I prefer the brand and most of all the style, as if it’s to go in my kitchen I want it to fit in, not stick out like a sore thumb. That’s when it’s out on the counter. Overall, you’ll be looking for quality of the product and quality of the ice cream it produces. Essentially there are favorites out there, and of them all, here are the 5 4 Quart Makers I find to be the best for making ice cream:

1. Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker

You want easy and fast and clean? Of course you do, we all want easy great ice-cream unless we’re the local parlour. Here you have it, the best affordable* ice-cream maker on the market. Read full review.

Buy it at: Amazon.com


2. Nostalgia Electrics 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker

This beauty comes in different colors and is why I find it deserving the second place. You should be able to find a color and style to match your tastes Of course it’s not only that, it also is a highly quality ice cream maker that you won’t regret to buy. It is also easy to use and easy to clean like the number one and overall is of just as good quality It’s just not as popular as the Hamilton Beach but not much different in what it does. What’s nice is they all come with an ice cream recipe book.

Its features:

  • 4-Quart aluminum canister
  • Plastic bucket and plastic dasher
  • Electric motor does the churning
  • Recipes included in instruction manual
  • Easy to use, easy to clean
  • Find out more

3. Nostalgia Electrics Wooden Bucket 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker

If I was to buy any of the ice cream makers it would be this one. It’s just so stylish, and would be nice to have sitting on the kitchen counter. Wouldn’t it? It won’t be to everyone’s taste but for me it would be an almost sure-to-buy product. It is just like the previous mentioned in quality and features.

Its features:

  • 4 quart aluminum canister
  • Wood bucket and plastic dasher
  • Electric motor does the churning
  • Recipes Included in Instruction Manual
  • Easy to use, easy to clean
  • Find out more

As you can see the features are the same as the previous, it’s just wooden, but for me, that’s what makes it awesome.

4. West Bend Wooden Ice Cream Maker

Yes, another wooden one in the mix. These wooden ones truly are delightful and this on in particular is worthy of the 4-Quart list. Thought it’s not so recognised in brand it is still of great quality but in my opinion probably overpriced compared to your other options. It’s really just another great wooden choice.

Its features:

  • 4-quart wooden bucket
  • Aluminum cannister for faster cooling
  • Electric motor
  • Food safe dasher
  • 50-watt, 1 year warranty
  • Find out more

5. Maxi-Matic Gourmet 4-Quart Pine Ice Cream Maker

Going back to recognised brands we have the Maxi-Matic ice cream maker of extreme high quality and a really delightful pine finish. Truly beautiful. If you want lavish style at a medium to high price then this it. I won’t go further into detail, instead you’ll probably want ot check out its features and possibly give it view.

Its features:

  • Electric ice-cream maker produces up to 4 quarts of homemade ice cream
  • Solid-pinewood exterior with maple finish and strong galvanized hoops
  • Choose between traditional hand-operated crank or high-torque 3500-RPM motor
  • Ready in about 45 minutes; over-heat protection system for long-lasting performance
  • Measures approximately 13 by 13 by 18 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Find out more

So that’s it for my list of ice cream makers holding your 4-quarts worth. Don’t forget to check them out if you want to get serious about buying. Also if you have a favorite there’s a comments section down below where you can tell us all about it.

Tips for Buying an Ice Cream Maker

Buying an ice cream maker can be as easy as 1,2,3 or more difficult. it depends on what knowledge you have, how fussy you are and if what you’re looking for is readily available. Overall, there’s few things you can look into which are covered here:

Yield of the Maker

There would be nothing worse than buying your ice cream maker to find it only makes two scoops. What would you do with two scoops of ice cream? Of course this is an exageration of the extremes but when looking, check what the yield of the maker is.

Size & stlye of the Maker

Consdiering your ice cream maker is probably going to be store din your ktichen, you’ll need to take into consideration the size and style. You wouldn’t want a really mismathced maker, or a maker that is too big for your storage area.

Electric, Compressor or Rock Salt & Ice?

For a more natural way of doing things you might be inclined to choose rock salt and ice. This is no issue but is more labor intensive and messy. Whereas an electric maker is much less labor intensive but less natual. A compressor is the ultimate in home ice cream making, your only issue here woiuld be the much higher cost.


Some makers are without accessories for some of te process. So you need to be sure you have the accessories already or that they are included with the maker you are buying.



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