5 Ice Cream Makers That Are Actually Easy to Use—For As Little As $40

July is National Ice Cream Month, so in honor of one of our favorite months of the year we've rounded up five easy-to-use machines that help you enjoy frozen desserts in the comfort of your home.

Cuisinart ice cream maker in light pink photo

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Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, and Sorbet Maker

This one little machine can make so many frozen delights. The 1.5-quart Cuisinart ice cream maker can whip up frozen yogurt, sorbet, sherbet, or even frozen drinks (frozen rosé, anyone?) in 30 minutes or less. Keep the double-insulated bowl in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours before you plan to make your frozen eats, toss your ingredients in the bowl, and let the automatic ice cream maker do the rest!

To Buy: $45 (usually $70); walmart.com

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Top view of the silver Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker with automatic settings photo

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Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

A must for summer soirees and birthday parties, the Breville Smart Scoop was made for entertaining. Set your desired consistency—soft for sorbet or frozen yogurt and hard for gelato or ice cream—and the machine will churn your mix accordingly. When it's ready, it alerts you with a fun jingle reminiscent of ice cream trucks that roam the neighborhood. Use the keep cool function when you're hosting a get-together and the ice cream maker will keep your frozen dessert cold and ready to serve for up to three hours.

To Buy: $400; bedbathandbeyond.com

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KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment on marble counter with pink frozen dessert photo

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Ice Cream Maker Attachment

If you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer, give homemade ice cream a try using this attachment. Complete with a 2-quart metal freeze bowl and churning paddle, the attachment mixes your frozen dessert in 20 to 30 minutes. If you prefer adding ingredients like crushed Oreos, chocolate chunks, or strawberries, fold these into the mixture by hand once your frozen dessert has reached a smooth texture. Tip: Store the bowl in your freezer so it's ready to go whenever those ice cream cravings strike!

To Buy: $80 (usually $110); williams-sonoma.com

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Mint green Shaved Ice Maker holding a white bowl of freshly shaved ice with red syrup photo

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Dash Shaved Ice Maker

Although the Dash Shaved Ice Maker doesn't make ice cream, it makes fresh snow cones (another frozen treat perfect for summer) in minutes. The machine is super easy to use as it shaves regular-sized ice cubes, and can be thrown into the dishwasher with its dishwasher-safe parts. Instead of flavoring your snow cone with syrup, consider fruit juice or organic ingredients for a healthy alternative that still satisfies your sweet tooth.

To Buy: $40; amazon.com

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Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker with cone holder and condiment dispensers photo

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Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

As a fun summer activity for the kiddos, encourage them to get involved by helping you make homemade frozen desserts. The Cuisinart Soft Serve machine will turn your kitchen into an at-home ice cream parlor. While the ice cream is churning, let the kids choose three of their favorite mix-ins and pour them into the individual condiment dispensers in the machine. Once everything is ready, the pull-down handle dispenses velvety soft serve directly into a cone or bowl, and the condiment chutes allow you to add sprinkles, chips, and more.

To Buy: $84; walmart.com

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