Hamilton Beach Frozen Yoghurt & Ice Cream Maker, 4-Quart

Last updated: December 20, 2022

With this ice cream maker, you'll be able to create everything from ice cream to gelato to sherbert. The unit is designed to work automatically, so all you need to do is add the ingredients. It even stops by itself once the ice cream is ready to eat.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: Included with this ice cream maker are 20 fun recipes to try.

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Frozen Yoghurt & Ice Cream Maker, 4-Quart placed 10th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Hamilton Beach 4 Quart Bucket Ice Cream Maker This is a new Hamilton Beach 4 Quart Bucket Ice Cream Maker Makes ice cream – frozen yogurt – custard – sherbet & gelato Fully automatic Over 20 recipes included Easy -Lock lid

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Can make up to 4 quarts of ice cream and other frozen desserts in about 40 minutes. Low price. Owner's manual has 20 recipes.
The Hamilton Beach’s canister and dasher were easy to detach and wash.
First, this generously sized machine can make up to a gallon of ice cream, which is great if you have many mouths to feed. Second, this Hamilton Beach model is one of the least expensive in our comparison, but it still gets the job done.
It is also reasonably fast, taking anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to make a batch. Truthfully, it can make more ice cream in a shorter amount of time than our top pick, and might easily be a better performer at parties and larger events.
Easy to clean, works steadily and noiselessly.
There are no settings or controls to worry about. Just plug the machine in to begin the churning. When the mixture is so thick that the machine turns off, the ice cream is ready to go into the freezer to finish firming up.
This ice cream maker is budget price and can make large batch.
The plus side of this machine is the fact that the ice cools it quite quickly so that a batch is ready in 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the consistency that you would like to achieve. This quick turn-around brings us to our other point.
This model has the largest capacity of our winners—perfect for summer family fun—with a canister that holds up to a gallon of ice cream, sorbet, or even margarita base if you’re into making frozen cocktails. The paddle has a metal dowel running through the center for sturdy construction, while the remaining plastic construction keeps it lightweight, allowing for easy storage and use. This unit was the lowest priced of all the models at the time of testing, making it a good pick for an occasional ice cream maker.
Easy to use and clean. The lid is easy to lock.

What reviewers didn't like

Comes with potential for a few quality concerns, as the gears and motors have some known issues,
We tested the Hamilton Beach – 68330N, a popular, inexpensive ice-and-salt model, that we found to be charming but messy and inconvenient. The unit’s motor simply didn’t have the power to whip enough air into the ice creams and sorbet. The taste of butterfat overwhelmed the vanilla and the chocolate and coconut ice creams and lemon sorbet were grainy and unappetizing.
One thing to note is that from start to finish, this ice cream maker is slower than most others.
However, this ice cream maker does require ice and rock salt to make ice cream. It needs quite a bit of ice and rock salt, which have to be spread in layers manually. It also produces a large bucket of salt water at the end of the freezing process. These are the main reasons that this ice cream maker came in second place.
Only washed by hands.
This has no freezer bowl, you’ll need to use ice and rock salt to create the chilling needed, so plan ahead to have a sufficient amount of ice available. It’s a little louder than the more expensive compressor style ice cream makers.
You'll need rock salt and a lot of ice.
This unit had the longest churn time, averaging about one hour, and also gave us slightly icy results. Because this model depends on salt and ice to freeze the ice cream, it can be a messy process best suited to backyards and patios.
The motor is noisy and slow.
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