Best Rival Electric Ice Cream Makers

Rival has a strong reputation for quality and playful design ice cream makers. Rival makes their ice cream makers look as fun as ice cream is to eat.

The price point for rival electric ice cream makers is low to mid-range.

Ice cream is first credited to the Chinese and date back to about 3000 B.C. It is believed they used fruits and either shaved ice or mountain snow.

It was much later when Marco Polo, after returning from his sail to the East, is believed to introduce the Italians in the West to this early form of ice cream.

Although there are earlier reports of Roman Emperors enjoying similar treats centuries before Marco Polo was even born.

The Italians, being fond of sweets, took the concept and made it their own by making it creamier and the predecessor to what we now know as ice cream.

Ice cream remained a rare delicacy until 1800 when insulated ice houses were invented. This made ice and ice cream available year round. Industrial manufacturing of ice cream followed shortly after.

Top Rival Electric Ice Cream Makers


Rival 8704-RD 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker, Red


The Rival 8704-RD 4 quart electric ice cream maker is large enough for a whole family and even some friends to enjoy one batch.

It is fun for the whole family but even more important with no latches to pinch fingers it is safe for younger children to use with adult supervision.

This ice cream maker has a job that everyone can do. Someone can be in charge of making the mix. Another person can supervise and monitor the ice and salt levels.

A third person can be responsible for observing through the translucent canister lid to see if the mix has reached the appropriate level of freeze.


  • Easy to use
  • No pre-freezing necessary
  • Easy clean up
  • Fun for the whole family


  • Plastic bucket doesn’t insulate as well as competitors

We rate this rival electric ice cream maker 8 out of 10


Rival 8804-BL 4-Quart Oval Ice Cream Bucket, Blue


Rival’s large 4 quart ice cream maker is about the size of a small waste basket. This compact design makes it easy to store and clean.

The bucket is deep and has no seams to trap salt making it rust or hard to clean. All the gears on this rival electric ice cream maker are die-cast zinc and make this a strong machine.

The aluminum canister will withstand many freezing and thawing sessions.


  • No need to pre-freeze the canister
  • Deep bucket
  • Easy to clean
  • Compact for easy storage


  • Loud
  • Reports of one weaker plastic gear

We rate this rival electric ice cream maker 9.5 out of 10


Rival GC8250 Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker


Rival’s soft serve ice cream maker can be loads of fun for the whole family. The gel canister promotes fast freezing.

It does need to be pre-frozen in a freezer for at least 8 hours. Because the gel canister is what is freezing the mix, there is no need for messing with ice and salt.

It is all automatic and has a timer that starts as soon as you turn it on. Around 22 minutes into the freezing process the alarm will sound and the light will turn from red to green indicating GO get the ice cream!

There is a clear plastic lid in case you wish to watch the transformation from liquid to solid. Clean-up is a breeze. Just use warm soapy water. Rival includes a brush for reaching the tricky parts.


  • Easy to use
  • Alarm and light for alerting when done
  • Fully automatic
  • Handy brush included for cleaning


  • Requires pre-freezing of the canister
  • The gel canister must be dry before freezing and can’t be exposed to heat

We rate this rival electric ice cream maker maker 8.5 out of 10

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