There’s no doubt about it. The Cuisinart 100 Ice is a great machine. It makes delicious ice cream, sorbet, and gelato in minutes. The latest model even has a built-in compressor so you don’t have to worry about messy bags of ice and salt.
But for what it costs, the Cuisinart 100 might not be worth it for those who can’t afford it or want something simpler.
A KitchenAid attachment can make homemade ice cream on your stand mixer’s freezer bowl as well as pre-packaged mixers like the Breville Smart Scoop with a jar or metal bowl.
Or there are other great ice cream machines out there that cost less, and still produce amazing homemade ice cream.
Top Alternative Ice Cream Makers To The Cuisinart Ice 100
Testing involved making multiple homemade ice cream batches per machine. Ease of use, performance, build quality and value for price were all considered.
Below you can find the top ice cream maker alternatives to the Ice 100 starting with the highest priced down to the lowest. Note: all recommended alternatives cost less than the Cuisinart Ice 100.
Cuisinart Ice 70 Electric Ice Cream Maker
The Cuisinart Ice 70 is a great ice cream maker alternative. It comes with a removable stainless steel bowl with lid and works in multiple speeds over the course of about 20 minutes. The resulting ice cream is smooth and creamy every time. It’s also very easy to use, and features a built-in thermometer to help you get the perfect consistency for your recipe.
Why We Love It: The Cuisinart Ice 70 is an affordable ice cream machine that makes delicious ice cream and comes with a 2-year warranty. It’s also small enough to fit under most kitchen cabinets when not in use.
What You Need To Know: The Cuisinart Ice 70 takes about 20 minutes to make ice cream and is a bit louder than other compact machines like the Cuisinart 100.
How It Performed In Our Test: The Cuisinart Ice 70 produced slightly better ice cream than the KitchenAid attachment on a stand mixer and about the same as the Breville Smart Scoop on pre-packaged mixers. It produces smooth, creamy ice cream with great consistency and is very easy to use.
Rave Reviews From Our Testers: “The Cuisinart Ice 70 is well built and easy to use. It’s made with durable materials and parts that will last a long time.”
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker
The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker is a great alternative to the Ice 100 that costs less. It features a stainless steel bowl with lid and paddle, a 1-quart capacity, and a simple on/off switch.
Why We Love It: The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker is an incredibly affordable option that makes delicious custom ice cream with nuts, chocolate chips or fruit. It’s easy to use and comes with a 2-year warranty.
What You Need To Know: The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker turns off too soon, with some of the test recipes. We recommend using it at lower speed for longer batch times.
How It Performed In Our Test: The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker ate through the container of nuts and the chocolate chips before making a smooth, creamy batch of ice cream. While it is very easy to use, most testers preferred the ice cream from the Cuisinart 100.
Rave Reviews From Our Testers: “The Cuisinart ice cream maker is awesome! The price is great and the machine is so easy to use. It’s better than my old machine, but it’s still not as good as a more expensive ice cream maker.”
Cuisinart Ice 22 Ice Cream Maker
This is an excellent alternative to the Ice 100. It’s an inexpensive, easy to use ice cream maker with a 1.5-quart stainless steel bowl and paddle that turns off automatically when it’s done. It comes in either white or cream, and the motor is designed to last longer than typical motors found on home ice cream makers.
What We Loved: We love the Cuisinart 22 because it’s easy to clean and produces delicious ice cream with a smooth texture every time.
What You Need To Know: To prevent ice cream from becoming too hard, we recommend adding warm liquid (like milk or half & half) to the mixture before churning.
How It Performed In Our Test: The Cuisinart Ice 22 made delightful homemade ice cream with a smooth texture and great consistency. It wasn’t quite as creamy as the Cuisinart 100, but it was just as easy to use and didn’t cost nearly as much. If you can’t afford the Cuisinart Ice 100, then this is a great alternative.
Rave Reviews From Our Testers: ” The Cuisinart Ice 22 is so easy to use. It’s great for making small batches of ice cream for the kids and it’s not expensive.”
Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker
If you make a lot of frozen desserts, then this is the ice cream maker for the budget conscious shopper. It features four non-drip bowls with one 1-quart bowl for ice cream and three 1-pint bowls for frozen yogurt, sorbet or gelato. The motor is designed to last up to 10 years, and it has a wide range of settings.
Why We Love It: The Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker has plenty of capacity for making the smaller batches of frozen desserts we tend to make at home. You can adjust the speed and make individual portions with ease.
What You Need To Know: The ice cream won’t be as creamy as what you would get on previously mentioned machines.
How It Performed In Our Test: Overall, this machine worked as expected. We noted a fair amount of ice in the ice cream and shaved frozen yogurt and sorbet just didn’t hold their shape very well. If you are looking for an ice cream maker that makes smaller batches and produces more solid frozen desserts, the Cuisinart is a great choice.
Rave Reviews From Our Testers: ” This is such a great small batch ice cream maker. I love that it takes up less space on my counter.”
The Cuisinart Ice 100 is one of the most reliable ice cream makers on the market.
If you are looking for as close to the same performance as possible while saving some money, any of the Cuisinart Ice 100 alternatives above is an excellent choice.