Yogurt Maker Reviews – Home Made Healthy Deliciousness
Hello yogurt lovers and welcome to Yummy Yogurt!
Did you know that yogurt has been around since 6000BC? That’s a really, really long time ago. At first it became popular because of convenience, as milk lasted way longer in yogurt form in those days. Through the ages people discovered how great yogurt was for our health and really started to pay attention to making it so that they could receive the maximum health benefits.
The commercial yogurt products that we are familiar with today first hit the market in 1919 and there was no turning back. Since then yogurt has become available in so many varieties, there is a product for everyone, no matter your taste or dietary restrictions. Let’s not forget though, as we talk about the development of yogurt during the years, that yogurt tastes simply awesome!!! I personally can’t go a day without it.
For all of us yogurt lovers out there, there are now several yogurt makers on the market that allow us to make our favorite snack (or meal depending on how much you eat) at home. Some of us just want to try out varieties that are not readily available in supermarkets and stores, while others have concerns about processed foods and would rather make our own at home.
Whatever your motivation, you can be sure that there is a yogurt maker out there that will fit your needs to perfection. I have put together a list of a few of my favorites. Take the time to go through and you may decide to pick up one of these, or it can give you an idea of what is available and what you should be looking for.
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Yonanas Elite Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker
The Yonanas Elite is a great addition to the small kitchen appliance arsenal. It turns frozen fruit into a really rich soft-serve consistency. Compared to the older model this one is very quiet and with a bigger motor, and it produces extremely good results. It fits nicely on the counter-top and by the quality of materials you can tell it’s sturdy and extremely well made.
Easy To Use
It was easy to use too; just pop in some frozen fruit (I like strawberry-banana), use the plunger, and in less than a minute you’ve got a healthy snack or delicious dessert. The recipe book offers some good options, like adding frozen yogurt cubes, but you’ll find that it’s so much fun trying your own combinations once you get the hang of it (at parties, everyone loves it with a shot of vodka.)
The Yonanas Elite was used 5-6 times a week for a gluten-free meal replacement and it has held up very well over time. It’s a fun way to get REAL fruit in the diet and with no extra additives, processed sugars, or preservatives. I think kids would love this one too – you can’t go wrong.
Euro Cuisine YMX650 Digital Yogurt Maker
This is the first fully automatic yogurt maker I tried. A total money saver if you are like me and buy yogurt frequently – this machine will pay for itself very quickly. No complicated parts or programming here. It’s simple to use and has a 15-hour timer that beeps and turns itself off when it’s done, so you can set it overnight and wake up to fresh yogurt in the morning.
I loved the variety this one had to offer. It comes with seven 6oz glass jars and so you can make seven different flavors in a single batch; the entire family can have their own customized flavor to suit their tastes, so no more breakfast wars!
Elegant looking in the kitchen, it’s very compact and will fit easily on the counter. In addition, the Euro-Cuisine sets its self apart with the multi-jar type yogurt makers as with its flexible design. You can also make Greek yogurt by replacing the seven jars with one large glass container.
Philips HD3095/87 Electric Multi-Cooker
This is a wonderful multi-functional unit for anybody to get. You seriously will not need another pot or a stove if you get yourself one of these. It does EVERYTHING! Sometimes with these units they do a lot of stuff but none of them particularly well. I can’t say that I’ve used many of the other features that it has, but it does a good job with yogurt.
Yogurt Maker’s Dream
I can’t get over how easy it was to use this machine. You may remember the line from a popular infomercial some years ago, “set it and forget it” – I can tell you that you really can do that with this machine. Critics of the yogurt maker industry often say that there is so much prep work involved in making the yogurt that it’s a waste of time and money to do it at home. Well, this machine would leave them stumped. All you have to do is add the milk; it will heat it to the required temperature and allow it to cool, at which point you are prompted to add the culture. When you do this you can walk away and return to the absolute best yogurt you can get. It couldn’t be any easier.
True, this may not be the lowest cost unit on the market as far as yogurt makers go, but you must remember that this unit has four main functions of rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and food steamer, as well as the several sub functions that go with those. You have so many functions in one machine it would be a waste to look at it as only a yogurt maker – it’s your total food prep solution.
Dash Greek Yogurt Maker Review
Greek yogurt has been big thing for a while now and manufacturers are cashing in by offering them in many varieties. The problem with this is that they charge so much for one container, and if you check out the labels you will see that many kinds will have all sorts of questionable fillers in the mix. Enter the Dash Greek Yogurt maker, giving you the freedom to make healthy top-quality yogurt right from the comfort of your home.
Making Greek yogurt at home can be a problem for some, however with the Dash you will find that not much is required from you to get a great batch of yogurt. You do need to heat the milk for the yogurt first and let it cool, and your starter will need to be brought to room temperature. However these requirements are no big deal if you are rewarded with a Greek yogurt with the right texture; not thin or runny like what is produced with some other machines.
Nice Machine With Extras
The machine is fairly compact in that it is tall rather than wide so it can fit easily in the kitchen. It comes in three colors – white and a rocking hot pink or electric blue to brighten any decor. It also comes with 2 BPA-free plastic buckets that can hold up to 1.5 quarts of yummy yogurt and the all-important strainer, as the thickness of your yogurt will depend on how many times you choose to strain it.
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence Automatic Frozen Treat Maker
The Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence Automatic Frozen Treat Maker is a looker. It’s sleek with a beautiful stainless-steel finish and it’s around 8 inches wide and a foot tall. It’s compact, but packs a punch with its large motor. You can tell the design was well thought out and executed; it even has rubber foot pad to prevent it from sliding around.
The large capacity made this one a winner for me from the get go. Being able to get two quarts of your favorite frozen treat is amazing, and this is a truly versatile frozen food machine. I mainly use it to make frozen drinks and frozen yogurt but I’ve found it can power through sorbet and ice cream as well.
Best for Parties!
The perfect size for small parties, it’s fun for guests to watch their goodies being made through the transparent easy lock lid. Guests can also have real time input as the pouring spout lets you add ingredients as you think them up on the spot, and the mixing arm easily folds in the new items such as nuts or fruity chunks without having to interrupt the process. Once done, wash the mixing bowl and stow the cord right under the base. So easy – this whole thing is genius.
NutriChef PKYM18 Best Electronic Yogurt Maker Machine
Many of us love the taste of yogurt but don’t want the store-bought varieties that come with so many additives that it totally defeats the purpose of healthy eating. So you think of getting a yogurt machine at home, but you may think that it’s too expensive to get or that you can’t be bothered with the effort that it might take. If you have any of these concerns, try the Nutri-Chef Machine and I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
No matter how neat we try to be, sometimes there will be messes, especially when handling liquid and fruits. With this yogurt maker the exterior is stain resistant, so accidents won’t leave a lasting impression. Its easy to clean and the unit also comes with 6 jars which can hold 7 ounces each.
Nice Price Point
This machine is one of the most cost effective on the market; it will pay for itself in a month, or even a few weeks if you really like your yogurt. Added to this is how super easy it is to use. Its reviewers rave about how easy it is to use and the rich quality of the yogurt that it makes. Nothing can beat getting homemade yogurt with fresh ingredients in any variety that you like. This machine gives you the freedom to put together any combination you choose, from the standard fruit and nuts to the quirky varieties we’ve heard of, like beef flavored yogurt. We promise no one will judge you, so get this machine and express yourself.
Oster Mykonos Greek Digital 2 Quart
Oster is a reputable brand when it comes to kitchen and cooking appliances, and the Mykonos Digital is another great product by them. The model is quite stylish with a brushed aluminum exterior, a see-through lid, and generous space inside of the unit which can be used to store all the accessories.
Overall, I like the Oster yogurt maker as it does make plenty of yogurt. The strainer is a bonus as I can now make a lot of thick, creamy yogurt for eating or for making yogurt cheese or spread. For those of you who haven’t tried it, you should; it’s delish! I like being able to make a full quart at one time, which you cannot do with some other machines. I also like that the jars have screw-on lids, because you can take them to lunch with no leaking. Some yogurt makers do not have jars that do this.
For those of us who can’t or don’t want to have dairy, you can still enjoy the thick creamy goodness of Greek yogurt using soy or nut milks. I haven’t tried it myself, but reviewers say you will be blown away by how good the yogurt is.
Vonshef Electric Yogurt Maker with 7 Yogurt Jars
The Vonshef Electric is a yogurt lover’s dream. It allows you to make almost 50 ounces of yogurt at a time and its simple controls make it easy to use.
Handy Instruction Manual
For first time at-home yogurt makers there can be some problems in getting the process just right, and you have to go through a series of trial and error before you find the sweet spot. Most manufacturers do include an instruction manual with their product but oftentimes the information in the manual is hardly helpful. Vonshef makes sure that you get it right the first time if you follow their suggestions, and it goes the extra mile by providing advice on the types of milk to use if you want a particular result. If you are a newbie, this alone is enough for you to get this machine.
This yogurt maker uses only 15w so its very energy efficient, which makes it even more of a cost saver when you consider how much you are saving when you make your own yogurt at home. Although it makes a fair amount of yogurt, the unit is relatively compact with its 9”x9” dimensions, allowing it to fit into most kitchens or other areas. Its stainless steel finishes also allows it to blend in well with most decors.
VitaClay VS7600-2C 2-in-1 Yogurt Maker and Personal Slow Cooker
I thought that I knew everything that there was to making yogurt at home, but I didn’t. A friend of mine recently asked me about this VitaClay 2 in 1 Yogurt Maker and Slow cooker. What!! I had to investigate.
Clay Pot Insert
It makes sense that a slow cooker can double as a yogurt maker because of the steady low temperature that it provides, and this multifunction unit comes with a clay pot insert. The clay pot is offered as a healthy alternative to other cooking mediums such as aluminum and non-stick pots where there is concern in some quarters about the effects these materials may have on one’s health. Clay has been used for cooking for hundreds of years and it’s known to be safe.
It was fun using the machine to make yogurt. Because of the design of the clay pot you are only able to make single batches of yogurt at a time, but the yogurt came out nice and thick with minimum effort on my part; very easy to use. Just make sure that you have your storage containers ready to keep enjoying your yogurt for days!
EasiYo Yogurt Maker Review
This machine is as the name says – easy. What makes it so easy? No electricity is required. It’s essentially a thermos type canister that maintains a steady temperature until the yogurt is ready, usually 10 to 12 hours on average.
EasiYo provides packets of yogurt culture that you mix with water in the plastic jar provided. You fill the main canister with very hot water to the maximum fill line, place the jar with the yogurt mix in it, and then close the canister. That’s it. Just place put the canister wherever it’s convenient and in a matter of hours you will get the creamiest yogurt you can imagine with so little effort.
The unit is marketed to be used with EasiYo prepared packages, but the secret is out. You can make your own yogurt with this set, giving you the freedom to make the yogurt that suits your taste buds! Some reviewers have advised that they have changed out the plastic jar provided with a glass jar; any glass jar that can fit in the main canister will do. While you can make these changes if you wish, reviewers are ecstatic about the quality of the yogurt you get with the EasiYo packages, so if you want to save time and effort but yet still enjoy a premium product, use the entire system.
With no cords or breakable parts, this yogurt maker is so very easy to store; it pops into any cupboard or other storage area. It can just as easily remain on your countertop with either color that it comes in, the red or the pink, adding a splash of color to your kitchen.
Aroma Housewares AYM-606 8-Cup
This unit from Aroma Housewares has a jazzy design to spice up your kitchen. It has the capacity to make in excess of five cups of yogurt per cycle and it’s a multi-cup unit, so you can get several cups of yogurt, each in a different flavor if you wish.
Some people find it difficult to handle glass, especially if you want to take a cup of your yogurt with you on the go. This unit comes with plastic cups, and it’s all of 8 cups so you will be able to enjoy this healthy snack for a few days.
Some of the more cost effective units do not come with a timer, but not so with Aroma Housewares AYM-606. It has an automatic shutoff feature and a customizable timer, so you are able to set the time that you want for the process to get the texture and depth of flavor that you desire.
Tribest Yolife YL-210 Yogurt Maker
Tribest Yolife’s Yogurt Maker is a sturdy unit that reminds one of a cake stand with a dome, and the yogurt it produces is in fact a delectable delight. The unit works quickly to allow you to make the best yogurt in the comfort of your home using milk or milk alternatives.
It comes with seven jars which hold 6 ounces each; if you prefer, you can use one larger container to make up to 80 ounces of yogurt in one batch. The process could not be any easier – simply place the dairy milk or other types of milk into the container with active cultures and add your desired fruits and flavors to come up with your favorite mixes. You may prefer to have your yogurt plain and that’s fine too. The optimal environment needed for the active cultures to do its work is steadily maintained by the unit; there are no surprise fluctuations or other failures that will cause your yogurt not to be the best.
This unit differs from others on the market because of the dual lids supplied; the lower lid when using the glass jars supplied with the unit, or the higher lid which is used when you are making a single batch with one large container. This larger container is not supplied, but that in itself gives you the flexibility to choose what size you are going with to give you the amount of yogurt that you need.
Total Chef Best Yogurt Maker
If you are interested in consuming less processed foods and you are a yogurt lover, you can’t go wrong with choosing the Total Chef as the medium in which you will make batch upon batch of tasty, healthy yogurt.
Many yogurt lovers have known that they can make their own yogurt at home but have been afraid to try it because they fear that it will not go well; that there is some special skill or tricks needed to get the creamy, rich product they so love. Nothing could be further from the truth and when you are using the Total Chef, it’s hard for you not to get the results that you are looking for. The unit comes with a recipe book that will give you plenty of interesting options to try. It comes with six jars which allows you to make a variety of flavors at once.
The unit is not expensive; it’s in the lower price range of yogurt makers on the market so most people will find it within reach. When you combine that with the everyday cost savings you will enjoy by making your yogurt at home, it makes this an all-round winner.
We have looked at a number of units and the benefits of all of them. Even I learned a thing or two about yogurt makers and the various features we should look for. I was definitely surprised by a few of the capabilities and it’s exciting to see that others share our enthusiasm for all things yogurt. Here’s hoping that you will decide to get your own yogurt maker and enjoy the health benefits of pure, natural, and tastier yogurt at home. If you already own a unit, the information should let you know the current trends if you should consider trading in your model for a newer one. Happy eating!