Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker IC-2L
Best self-cooling ice cream maker
Cheaper ice cream makers require pre-freezing a canister before actually making ice cream, and often require additional freezing time to firm up the resulting ice cream. Self-cooling models, on the other hand, require no forethought since they contain electric cooling units that churn and freeze ice cream in one unit. The Whynter SNO ice cream maker takes the lead in a comparison review of six models for producing smooth, creamy ice cream that's ready to eat immediately after preparation. The Whynter SNO, like most self-cooling ice cream machines, is more expensive than canister-style ice cream makers, but is among the least expensive self-cooling models. Many owners say they're willing to pay the extra price for the convenience of being able to make batch after batch of ice cream without any down time or pre-freezing. The Whynter SNO ice cream maker has a 2-quart capacity, a 60-minute digital timer and an automatic shutoff feature that stops the paddle from churning if the mixture becomes too thick, preserving the motor. Owners and expert reviewers say it's relatively quiet during operation.