Rival Ice Cream Maker Reviews

Before grocery stores started selling cartons of ice cream, people had to make their own. The first ice cream makers were large and required the user to continuously turn a crank to churn the cream. In recent years, although ice cream can be bought in any grocery store, people have become interested in trying their hand at making their own. Most modern ice cream makers are electrical, which eliminates the need to crank them by hand. A Rival ice cream maker may require the user to add ice and salt, monitor the levels of ice and salt, and add more as needed. Other options allow the user to simply pour in a mix and leave it alone.

Making your own ice cream can be advantageous over buying it. First, you get to choose your favorite flavor and consistency. Second, while most store-bought ice cream products use chemicals and preservatives to make the ice cream firmer and give it a longer shelf-life, you can be sure when you make your own ice cream that the ingredients are pure and fresh.

To help you get into the hobby of making cold and creamy treats, we want to introduce you to the different Rival ice cream maker options. We've compared several machines to find out which ones make the most delicious homemade ice cream.

What Is a Rival Ice Cream Maker?

A Rival ice cream maker is a machine that allows you to make small batches of ice cream, sorbet, and yogurt. Rival makes several different models of ice cream makers. They make between 1.5 and 4 quarts of ice cream at a time.

It is fairly easy to use an ice cream maker to make cold treats. With the advent of electric, making your own ice cream became simple. Your main job is setting the machine up properly and creating the mixture that will become the ice cream. You can find ice cream recipes all over the internet. Find one for the flavor you want and mix it up. You can also buy pre-made mixes. Make sure to chill the mixture before you put it in the machine. You also want to take out the canister from the machine and chill it. 

Once everything is chilled, you can put the mixture in the canister and the canister in the machine. Make sure to not fill the canister too full or it will overflow and create a mess as it expands during the freezing process. Make sure to attach all other parts of the machine tightly and securely. Add crushed ice and rock salt as needed to the machine. Plug it in and start the process. In no time, you will have a cold creamy treat to enjoy.

​Product Specs

Rival ice cream makers are generally compact enough to fit into a household cabinet or onto a shelf. Most include a mixing canister and a paddle. They are electric, which means that they run with a motor and do not have to be hand-cranked. Some require you to add ice and salt, while others allow you to simply add an ice cream mixture and walk away. ​

All of Rival's products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, which means that you can return them within 30 days if any of the parts break or if, for any reason, you are not happy with it. They will either give you your money back or will provide you with a replacement product.

​Pricing

Rival ice cream makers can be found for anywhere for reasonable prices. The cost of the ice cream maker depends on size, features, and ease of use.

​How They Compare

We picked several Rival ice cream makers available on the market to see how they compare.

Rival GC8250 Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
Rival 8804-BL 4-Quart Oval Ice Cream Bucket
Rival Electric Ice Cream Maker Yogurt Sorbet GC9151
Rival Frozen Delights 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker


Comparison Table

Rival GC8250 Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

Rival GC8250 Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
  • Compact 1-1/2 quart gel-canister ice cream maker with soft-serve dispenser
  • Fast-freeze system for ice cream, sherbet, or frozen yogurt in 20 to 35 minutes
  • Built-in timer for consistent ice cream texture; recipes included
  • Skid-resistant bracer feet; helpful bottle brush included
  • 11-1/2 by 9-3/4 by 11-1/2 inches; one-year warranty

Ease of Use

Just add your ice cream mix, turn the machine on, and leave for 22 minutes.

Features

This Rival ice cream maker is 9-3/4 by 11-1/2 wide and 11-1/2 inches tall. One of the things that sets the GC8250 Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker apart from the others is that it has a dispenser with a tip that will dispense ice cream in a star pattern, just like what you would see in a soft serve cone from a restaurant. This machine also features a timer that will automatically start when you turn the machine on, helping to make sure your ice cream is processed for the perfect amount of time. It has skid-resistant feet to help prevent spills. This ice cream maker can be cleaned with regular dish soap and water. It even includes a brush to help you clean hard to reach places.

Some reviewers have complained that the instruction manual says not to use any recipes except the ones included in their booklet, and not to add any mix-ins, such as candy, fruit, or nuts. One reviewer stated that most of the recipes in the booklet called for powdered milk, and that the ice cream created with these recipes had a strong powdered milk taste. However, other reviewers used it with their own recipes and reported that it tasted great. The ease of use makes this product a great choice for busy families with young children.

Yield

This ice cream maker makes 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream.

Warranty

This product comes with a one-year warranty from the manufacturer and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Pros
  • Dispenses soft serve in a star pattern
  • Skid-proof feet
  • Easy to clean
  • Built-in timer
Cons
  • Cannot handle mix-ins
  • Recipe book discourages users from trying their own recipes

Rival 8804-BL 4-Quart Oval Ice Cream Bucket

Rival 8804-BL 4-Quart Oval Ice Cream Bucket, Blue
  • Makes 4 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and other frozen confections
  • Aluminum canister
  • Translucent canister lid for easy viewing
  • Easy to lock motor housing eliminates the latch system
  • Compact design for easier storage

Ease of Use

This model requires a little more attention as users have to add layers of ice and salt while the machine is moving. However, it does not require ingredients to be pre-frozen.

Features

This particular Rival ice cream maker, which measures 9.1 x 12.9 x 12.9 inches, is reminiscent of the old-fashioned kind. It requires the chef to do a little more work by adding layers of ice cubes and salt around the bucket. Some reviewers have complained about the amount of attention this ice cream maker demands. Other reviewers have complained that it was difficult to clean the salt from the bottom of the bucket after use. If the salt is not rinsed off completely before the machine is put away, it may cause stains and errosion. Some reviewers also complained that parts come loose during use. However, if used correctly, users report that the ice cream tastes delicious.

Yield

This particular model makes four quarts of ice cream.

Warranty

This Rival ice cream maker has a one-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. It also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Pros
  • Makes delicious ice cream
  • Can handle mix-ins
Cons
  • Requires the user to add layers of ice and salt
  • More difficult to clean than some other models
  • Parts may come loose

Rival Electric Ice Cream Maker Yogurt Sorbet GC9151

Ease of Use

You only need to add the mixture and the machine will do the rest.

Features

This Rival ice cream maker measures 19.2 x 10 x 8 inches and uses gel technology. This means that users do not have to worry about adding salt or ice. However, it also means that it works best if you pre-freeze your mixture before putting it into the ice cream machine. The bowl part of the ice cream maker, which contains the gel, also needs to be kept in the freezer for at least 12 hours before use. While being able to add the ingredients and walk away is convenient if you just want a small batch of ice cream, it is not ideal for people who want to be able to make more than 1.5 quarts at a time.

Yield

1.5 quarts

Warranty

This Rival ice cream maker has a one-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. It also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Compact
  • No salt or ice required
Cons
  • Small yield of ice cream
  • Ice cream mixture needs to be pre-frozen
  • Gel bowl needs to be kept in freezer for at least 12 hours

Rival Frozen Delights 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker

Rival Frozen Delights 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker Pink
  • 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker
  • Open design allows for easily adding rock salt and ice to the durable plastic bucket
  • Aluminum mixing canister keeps concoctions cold, creamy and delicious
  • Pour your fresh ingredients into the mixing canister to make your favorite sorbet, frozen...

Ease of Use

This Rival ice cream maker requires the user to add ice and salt to the bucket as the machine is running. However, this means that the ice cream mixture does not need to be pre-frozen, which means completing your ice cream treat in a shorter amount of time.

Features

This ice cream maker measures 12.9 x 8.6 x 13.1 inches and features a plastic bucket with an aluminum mixing canister. It has gotten mixed reviews. While some people have reported that it has a quiet motor and works like a charm, others have complained that their ice cream mixtures did not solidify. Reviews also note that the motor stops on its own when the ice cream is solid enough to eat, or if the motor begins to overheat.

Keeping the bucket filled with ice and salt means you have to stay in the same room with your ice cream maker while it is being made, and the process can be a little messy. It also means that you don't have to pre-freeze your ice cream mixture. This would work well for someone who wants to make a large amount of ice cream in a short amount of time. Make one gallon of ice cream, remove it, and then add another batch of mixture to make a second gallon.

Yield

The Rival Frozen Delights ice cream maker makes four quarts.

Warranty

This Rival ice cream maker has a one-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. It also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Pros
  • Got a positive review by Good Housekeeping
  • Creates a larger amount of ice cream than smaller models
  • No pre-freezing required
  • Motor stops on its own when ice cream is ready
Cons
  • Requires consistent attention during use
  • Ice cream mixture may not solidify in the expected time

Rival Ice Cream Maker Last Words

Of the several products to choose from, your best choice would really depend on your intended use of the product. For people who are hoping to serve ice cream at a party or who would like to make a large amount of ice cream and keep it frozen for later, we'd recommend the Frozen Delights 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker. It is very similar to the 8804-BL model but is not as expensive. The old-fashioned salt and ice method means that you can create back-to-back batches of ice cream if you want to make more than four quarts at a time. Just have your mixtures ready with plenty of ice and salt on-hand. You'll only need to empty the first batch of finished ice cream into a new container and then pour the next batch of the mixture into the machine. We recommend making sure you follow the directions carefully to be sure your ice cream solidifies, and if it doesn't work the first time, then give it another try.

For those who just want a little bit of ice cream to serve to your family for dessert, or for people who want to make ice cream with young children who won't have the patience to stick around and monitor the ice and salt levels, we think you may be satisfied with the Rival ice cream maker GC9151 model. Again, be sure to follow all of the directions. You'll need to keep the freezer bowl in the freezer for at least 12 hours. You may get better results for keeping it in the freezer for up to 24 hours. You'll also need to pre-freeze your ice cream mixture. If you follow the directions and keep everything cold, you'll get a nice batch of your favorite flavor of homemade ice cream.

People who love soft serve ice cream and like the idea of dispensing their soft serve directly into a cone may want to check out the GC8250 Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. The only real negative on this model is that it may not be able to handle mix-ins such as fruit, nuts, or candy. Although the recipe booklet contains recipes that use powdered milk, reviewers have noted that they used regular milk and it worked out well.

Whatever ice cream maker you choose, you're sure to have a great time making your very own homemade ice cream.

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