Things to Consider When Shopping for a Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine

When deciding which soft serve ice cream machine to purchase keep in mind that there are a variety of options and requirements your product can have to meet your needs.


An important thing to focus on first is the height and width of your machine. To begin, measure how big the space is where the machine will be placed, so you know if you will need to look more towards a smaller or bigger implement. Also, in the space where you will be storing the machine, make sure there is extra space for maneuvering or cleaning.


Be sure to have an idea of how many ounces are in one serving per minute. If you’re running a business this is very helpful so that you can create time for yourself and give your costumers a more convenient order.

Casters or Legs

Are you going to be moving around your equipment a lot? Are you going to be cleaning behind your machines a lot? If so, you’re going to want to order a machine on casters. They’re very convenient when cleaning. You can just quickly and easily slide out the machine, clean the area, and slide it right back in its place. Depending on how the product is manufactured there might not be casters, but they’re a great way to approach areas behind the machine.


Depending on what it’s for you might need a high, medium, or low volume machine. If you’re just looking for a simple ice cream machine for your kitchen, product sampling, or just a little cafe I’d recommend a low volume machine. On the other hand if you need a machine for a restaurant, buffet, or an ice cream shop a high volume machine would be a great choice.


An important thing to keep in mind is the versatility of how many flavors the machine can provide and if it can twist or combine flavors. Flavor twists like this entertain and satisfy customers.

Stainless Steel

One thing to watch out for is if the machine is stainless steel. You never want your product to rust because your ice cream can possibly start tasting different. Also rust could end up in a customer’s Ice cream. Always make sure the ice cream machine you purchase is stainless steel.


Check to see if the machine you want to purchase has been rated well. Also, if there are reviews from customers you might want to look at those to be sure you won’t run into any unexpected problems and have to purchase a new machine. Look for the warranty too so you know that your machine won’t break down on you, and that it will be hefty.