Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker

Last updated date: March 29, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.4

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 89 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker placed 9th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.4
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
1,659 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts 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.
- BestReviews
The Hamilton Beach’s canister and dasher were easy to detach and wash.
- Your Best Digs
February 2, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Top Ten Reviews
January 22, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Family Living Today
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Easy to clean, works steadily and noiselessly.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
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.
- The Spruce Eats
February 28, 2019 | Full review
This ice cream maker is budget price and can make large batch.
- Business Insider
April 27, 2018 | Full review
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.
- The Frozen Cone
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.
- Serious Eats
Easy to use and clean. The lid is easy to lock.
- Happy Body Formula
What experts didn't like
Comes with potential for a few quality concerns, as the gears and motors have some known issues,
- BestReviews
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.
- Your Best Digs
February 2, 2019 | Full review
One thing to note is that from start to finish, this ice cream maker is slower than most others.
- Top Ten Reviews
January 22, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Family Living Today
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Only washed by hands.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
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.
- The Spruce Eats
February 28, 2019 | Full review
You'll need rock salt and a lot of ice.
- Business Insider
April 27, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Serious Eats
The motor is noisy and slow.
- Happy Body Formula

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

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