The 10 Best ice-cream makers

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1. Lakeland Churn & Chill

£9.99, lakeland

Billed as the ice-cream maker for children, this compact new kitchen gadget can make homemade ice cream in just 15 minutes. But you have to churn manually.

2. Kenwood IM200

£24.99, amazon

This isn't quite as easy to assemble or clean as some machines, but the controls are well-marked and it's simple to use. It also comes with seven great recipes.

3. Buffalo

£199.99, nisbets

If you've got a lot of mouths to feed, this machine will come in handy. With a built-in compressor and LED temperature display, there's no need to pre-freeze the bowl.

4. Cuisinart Gelato & Ice Cream Professional

£68.95, amazon

The compressor system of this machine means there's no need to pre-freeze the bowl, creating 1.5l of ice cream in just 40 minutes.

5. Andrew James

£19.99, amazon

This churns great ice cream quietly in around 18 minutes. And unlike some machines, it deals with berries and alcohol with ease.

6. Sage Smart Scoop

£349.95, johnlewis

You'll have to be really serious about ice cream to buy this, but attention to detail is unsurpassed, including a sensor to tell you whether the mixture is the right consistency.

7. Cuisinart Deluxe

£249.95, johnlewis

The bowl, not the paddle, rotates with this, which makes it noisy and a bit slow. But the machine is simple to use and the ice cream is second to none.

8. Zoku Quick Pop Maker

£41.99, lakeland

This piece of design wizardry makes nine ice lollies in minutes. Simply place the drum in the freezer for 10 hours, then insert the lolly sticks and pour in the juice.

9, Lakeland My Kitchen

£39.99, lakeland

This machine is quick, quiet and easy to operate. Handy features include the built-in timer, ice-cream scoop and base that doubles as a storage lid for the bowl.

10. Magimix Gelato Chef 2200

£278, amazon

Another machine that's great for large families. As well as being fully automatic (you don't have to freeze the bowl first), it comes with one fixed bowl and a removable one.

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