Test winner Cuisinart ICE-30BC ($80, amazon.com) makes up to two quarts of thick, velvety-smooth ice cream or sorbet in about 45 minutes. Drop fruit or candy in through the top; the machine mixes it in. The base's cord compartment makes for tidy storage. - GoodHousekeeping.com
Remember 4th of July picnics from years past? Taking turns churning the ice cream, eagerly awaiting that first scoop? Bring the nostalgia home with this family-friendly ice-cream maker from Sunbeam. Housed in an antique-looking solid-pinewood bucket, but with a motorized electric crank (so you don't have to work so hard), the unit makes up to 4 quarts of delicious homemade ice cream at a time.