Best Ice Cream Maker: Cuisinart, Whynter, and Breville – Oh My!

Breville Smart Scoop
Breville Smart Scoop

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When looking at home ice cream makers, there are a few brands that always seem to rise to the top. Cuisinart, Whynter, and Breville are the big three that most people like. There is a fourth – Musso – that appears on many lists as well. (At least, I think Musso is the brand name. More on that later.)

This is not to say that ice cream makers from other manufacturers never make it into a top ten list, but they don’t usually hit the top five. So in the review of some of the best ice cream makers available today, I’ll concentrate on those four brands. For both Whynter and Cuisinart, there is more than one model worth your consideration, so I’ll compare them to each other for you.

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Best Soda Maker: SodaStream Is Still the Champ

SodaStream Source
SodaStream Source

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Note: Much of the information in this review is based on tests done by the good folks at Wirecutter.

If you like fizzy, carbonated drinks, perhaps you often buy soda pop or similar beverages. If you have some unique tastes or want to pay less for these drinks over time, you should consider getting your own soda maker.

With a soda maker, you use regular tap water (filtered is good) and add (infuse, to use the jargon) as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as you like. Then, with most makers, you can add the flavor or flavors of your own choosing.

In this review, I’ll look at several soda makers with you. One, and only one, of them can handle more than plain water.

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