The KitchenAid mixer is one of the most versatile tools that could live on your countertop. And the KitchenAid ice cream maker lets you ditch the salt, ice and hours and hours of waiting that normally comes with homemade ice cream.

In fact, you can have homemade ice cream in as little as 20 minutes. The ice cream maker attachment replaces the bowl for your KitchenAid mixer, and it includes a special attachment to move the ice cream around.

You do need a KitchenAid mixer in order to use the ice cream maker. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your hands on one either!

Download the KCL app and we’ll tell you when we see the next amazing deal on a mixer or an ice cream maker attachment. In the meantime, try these tricks to save money and get the most out of your KitchenAid ice cream maker:

 

1. Need a KitchenAid mixer? Buy the smallest one possible.

First, if you don’t think you would use a KitchenAid mixer for anything except making ice cream, this is not the cheapest homemade ice cream option out there. You can find many ice cream makers in the $30 – $60 price range.

But if you’ve always wanted a KitchenAid and you know you’ll use it for everything it can do in your kitchen, this tip is for you.

KitchenAid’s ice cream maker attachment fits all mixer models except the Artisan Mini (the ice cream bowl attachment is too big for the mixer) and the Accolade mixer, which has a different base plate than the ice cream bowl.

So, buy a 4.5 quart mixer — it’s large enough to accommodate the ice cream bowl, but it’s an entry-level mixer so prices are lower and sales are more common (more on that in a bit!).

 

2. Don’t pay more than $60 for an ice cream maker attachment.

KitchenAid ice cream maker attachments retail full price for $79.99, but you can usually find a store sale that puts them more in the $59.99 range. Check Amazon, KitchenAid.com, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart.

 

3. Save up to 79% by purchasing the KitchenAid mixer and ice cream attachment instead of a Krups ice cream maker.

The Krups ice cream maker is like the Cadillac of ice cream makers. And it comes with a Cadillac-style price tag!

If you want a high-quality ice cream maker, go for the KitchenAid setup even if you don’t already have a mixer, because it’s still cheaper to buy a KitchenAid mixer on sale, plus the ice cream maker attachment than it is to buy a Krups ice cream maker.

 

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4. Use KitchenAid coupons to create your own sale on an ice cream maker attachment.

If you can’t find an ice cream maker attachment on sale for less than $60 — or you simply want to save a little more than that, look into these options for deeper savings. These tips work to get a KitchenAid mixer for less as well!

  • Target RedCard: Get 5% off your ice cream attachment when you use your RedCard.
  • Kohl’s Cash: You can’t use coupons on KitchenAid products at Kohl’s. But you can use Kohl’s Cash you earn from other purchases. Use it to buy an ice cream attachment.
  • Macy’s Money: Use Macy’s Money you earn from other purchases. Promotions look like “Spend $50, earn $10 Macy’s Money” and show up about once every couple months.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond coupons: Use your 20% off coupon when you shop online. You can get a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon when you join the email list or sign up for mobile alerts.

 

 

5. Use your KitchenAid ice cream maker a ton in the first year — you may need the warranty.

KitchenAid ice cream maker reviews are mixed and revolve around the blue goo. The controversy: Some of the bowls leak their blue freezing agent (blue goo) and some don’t. The blue goo is a chemical that insulates the bowl to freeze your ice cream in 20 minutes.

KitchenAid only offers a one-year warranty on the ice cream maker attachment. My solution: Do your own blue goo test. Make more ice cream than you need to during the first year.

Not that you’re trying to break your machine, but work it hard enough that you’re confident if it’s going to leak blue goo, it’d do it before the year is up.

If your ice cream maker leaks blue goo, contact KitchenAid directly.

And let’s face it, you’ve got nothing to lose. Is there even such a thing as too much ice cream?

 

 

6. Bookmark KitchenAid ice cream maker instructions in your browser to keep them handy.

I doubt I’m the only one who recycles instruction manuals well before I should. If you throw yours away or simply can’t find it, bookmark the ice cream maker instructions website in your browser so you can refer back to it if you need to.

 

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