Want an easier way to serve everyone’s favorite warm weather treat at your summer barbecues? Love trying out daring flavor combinations? Need a new fun food prep project to try with your kids? It’s time to invest in an ice cream maker. Here are some of the best finds for a range of budgets:

Small Budget

If you only plan on making this summer treat at home occasionally, you can’t go wrong with this highly rated and affordable $30 ice cream maker from Hamilton Beach. The automatic operation means no labor-intensive kitchen prep, and the machine can produce up to 4 quarts in 20 to 40 minutes. It also makes frozen yogurt, sherbet, custard, and gelato.

Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker available from Amazon

Medium Budget

This ice cream in sorbet maker from Cuisinart eliminates the need for ice with a double insulated freezer bowl. The machine makes frozen treats in as little as 20 minutes and comes with a 3-year warranty.

Cuisinart ICE-21PK Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker available from Amazon

Large Budget

If you spare no expense when it comes to kitchen gadgets, this compressor ice cream an gelato maker is worth the splurge. Two paddles make it simple to create your own gelato or ice cream flavors from scratch. The user-friendly LCD readout and 60-minute countdown time also let you know when your ice cream is ready. The machine will keep your ice cream or gelato cool for 10 minutes after the timer goes off.

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker available from Amazon

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