The final part of this guide will discuss where you can buy an ice cream maker and how you can get the best value for money on the model of your choice. It will discuss the various options you have from high street stores through to online vendors.
Ice cream makers, though increasingly popular, are still not on sale everywhere. If you want to take to the high street for a model then there are advantages. You’ll be able to see in advance what machine you’ll be buying, assess whether it will suit the style of your kitchen and even see how it works. If you’re going to be spending big money on an ice cream maker towards the top end of the scale then this is a particularly sensible thing to do. These more expensive models are really pieces of kitchen equipment and are more expensive than ovens and microwaves, meaning seeing the item in person can be pretty vital.
If you want a top of the range product and you want to see it before you buy then a great option for you is John Lewis. John Lewis stock many of the models discussed in this guide including the top Cuisinart model and the Sage Heston Blumenthal ice cream centre. These products are all available in store and buying from John Lewis will provide a place to return your product if you have any problems after purchase. John Lewis always offer excellent warrantee agreements as well, though you should still check this before you buy especially if you are spending a lot of money. For lesser models John Lewis do offer some, but you can also consider stores like Maplin and Argos who offer the mid range and basic ice cream makers.
You can of course order an ice cream maker online. If you’re going for one of the more basic models then this will probably be a good shout as you can usually get better deals and more discounts online than you can in store. You can also take advantage of a wider range because many stores only offer a few ice cream makers at any one time. On the other hand, buying online means you wont be able to see your model in person before purchase. Many website are reputable sellers of ice cream machines and will accept returns, but you should make sure you check the policy of the site you buy from before spending a lot of money. You can also take advantage of any comparison and review sites and there are guides on the top ice cream making machines that are worth consulting before purchase. A great guide in The Independent for instance, takes you through what it considers to be the top ten ice cream making machines and this information can all be accessed online.
Whatever you go for, make sure you make the most of the product by looking at the advice given in section three of the guide and checking a lot of books and websites for ideas and inspiration because there is often more than meets the eye with these products which are really surprisingly versatile.