Yaylabs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball

Best Manual Ice Cream Maker

Why people love it
  • Kids love playing with this
  • Works surprisingly well
  • Great fun

This is one of the few dishwasher-safe ice cream makers on the market. You can get a quart of ice cream in less than half an hour.

It’s a manual ice cream ball that produces great ice cream, but you really need to work for it.


This is one of the coolest ideas ever. It’s a ball that you fill with ingredients on one side and the salt and ice on the other side. Then you carefully seal the ball and play with it for half an hour. That’s fun, right? Okay, you need to put in quite a bit of labor for a small amount of ice cream. But, kids love it, and it is a good way to earn a treat. Plus, it’s quiet, affordable, and dishwasher safe.

How much ice cream can you make? About a quart. There’s also a pint-size version as well.

How long do you need to wait? You’ll need to put in between 20 and 30 minutes of labor to make a small amount of ice cream. That’s not bad on the timing, but you need to put in some effort.

How much room does it fill? It’s rather small at 9.5 inches all around. And it weighs less than 3 pounds – unfilled. It’s closer to 7 pounds filled.

Is it difficult to clean? Mercifully, it’s dishwasher safe. We really love that.

Will it break the bank? Nope. The MSRP is less than $50 and you should pay closer to $40. But, you can also find automatic machines for that price. So, it’s really up to you whether you want the game or ice cream without the effort.

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