We’ve got the scoop on the coolest summer gizmos …
What is it: gelato and ice-cream professional
Claims to: prepare 1.5 litres of homemade ice-cream, sorbet, gelato or frozen yogurt in just 40 minutes
Best for: this is about as smart an ice-cream maker as you’ll get, but it has a price tag to match. The built-in compressor means there’s no need to pre-freeze the bowl – and once you’ve got the hang of vanilla, you’ll soon be wanting to experiment with your own flavours. Peanut butter and strawberry, anyone?
Price and available from: £250, cuisinart.co.uk
What is it: Colourworks ice-cream scoop
Claims to: create perfect scoops with ease
Best for: there’s a dizzying array of scoops out there, but this is both stylish and effective. A range of colours and an ergonomically designed handle means it looks and feels good, and the strong, wide-angled scooper means it does the job, too
Price and available from: £5.95, amazon.co.uk
What is it: Shake n’ Make ice-cream maker
Claims to: make ice-cream in just three minutes and the shake of a hand
Best for: this cheap, rather brilliant gadget uses salt and ice to produce a chemical reaction – meaning that with the addition of cream, your own ingredients and a good old rattle, you can whip up an icy treat in no time at all
Price and available from: £11.99, iwantoneofthose.com
What is it: Kitchen Craft umbrella ice lolly moulds
Claims to: make delicious ice lollies with ease
Best for: these fun umbrella-shaped moulds sit in their own stand in the freezer, come in a bright range of colours and best of all can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Orange juice popsicles count as one of your five-a-day, right?
Price and available from: £4.75 for six, amazon.co.uk
What is it: Cath Kidston cloud-filled mini cool bag
Claims to: keep cold things cold between the freezer and the picnic site
Best for: enjoy ice-cream with your picnic. This stylish cool bag is insulated to keep tasty frozen treats from melting into a sticky, slushy mess. Unless that’s how you like them, of course
Price and available from: £28, cathkidston.com
What is it: retro slush and soft ice-cream maker
Claims to: make both slushies and “Mr Whippy”-style soft ice-cream in minutes
Best for: brilliant for kids – or retro-minded grown-ups – and it couldn’t be easier to use. Simply pour in the ingredients, press a button and bingo: slushies or ice-cream on tap. It has a great 50s-diner look to it, too.
Price and available from: £55.20, design55online.co.uk
What is it: Kitchen Craft microwave heated ice-cream scoop
Claims to: make it easier to scoop out ice-cream than ever before
Best for: it’s a smart idea – giving the scoop a 30-second blitz in the microwave means it cuts through ice-cream like a hot knife through, er, ice-cream. Be careful not to overdo it, though – too long in the microwave can mean the handle gets hot
Price and available from: £3.25 from amazon.co.uk
What is it: silicone guitar ice cube tray
Claims to: create ice cubes in guitar shapes. Because that’s got to be ace, right?
Best for: novelty ice cube shapes are always a good thing. Ice shaped like a guitar is basically what rock stars have in their G&Ts. Probably
Price and available from: £4.65, tinydeal.com
What is it: KitchenAid ice-cream maker attachment
Claims to: transform your KitchenAid into an ice-cream maker
Best for: well first of all, congratulations on owning a KitchenAid. Now: did you realise it can also make ice-cream? Producing up to 1.9 litres of ice-cream or sorbet, this does the job as well as many dedicated ice-cream makers for a fraction of the price. N-ice.
Price and available from: £69, debenhams.com