Recently, a few people have asked what the difference is between ice cream makers and gelato makers.
There’s a very simple answer to this question. Not a lot!
There is really no difference. Both machines work on the same premise; a bowl which the ingredients go into, and a dasher or paddle that stirs the mixture while it freezes. Any machine that you’re thinking of buying will make both ice cream and gelato.
If you see an ice cream maker which is billed specifically as a Gelato machine, it’s all down to marketing. Gelato is seen as a premium product, and can carry a higher price tag than ice cream.
The decision to call it either an ice cream maker or a gelato maker simply comes down to the image that the company wish to convey.
Whether you want to make delicious homemade ice cream, or gelato, any machine will do it. In fact, you’ll also be able to make frozen yoghurt too!
The only decision you need to make is whether to go for a machine where the bowls need to be frozen, such as the excellent Cuisinart ICE40BCU, or whether you’d like machine with its own built-in freezer, such as the Andrew James Professional ice cream maker.
We’ve put most ice cream makers on the market through their paces, so do remember to check out our ice cream maker reviews page too.