Testers praised this machine’s “no-hassle” approach: Freeze a 1 1/2-quart canister for six hours, pour in the ingredients, and come back in a half hour for “extra-creamy” results. They also liked how easily the machine came apart for cleaning. About 8 inches wide and 11 inches high.
Deni Automatic Ice Cream Maker with Candy Crusher, $60
"I like it chunky," said one candy-loving tester, who deemed this machine her favorite of the bunch. Freeze the canister, add ingredients, then drop M&M's, peppermints, nuts, or―live dangerously!―pretzels into the built-in chopper to get flavorful flecks. About 8 inches wide and 14 inches high.
“Instant gratification!” one tester exclaimed. With this model’s built-in compressor, there’s no need to prefreeze the canister for hours, and you can make one batch right after another. The “easy instructions” also rated well. About 16 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 11 inches high.