Yoghurt is one of those things that elicits a sort of love it or hate it response; it comes in many different forms and, when you consider what it is, is decidedly strange stuff! You can use it in a wide variety of different ways, you can buy it in shops in either plain or flavoured form, and you can eat it with plenty of other food. It’s said to be good for you, and I find it very tasty indeed!
Now, regular readers will know that I like to give a little introduction as to where the stuff we are talking about comes from, and how it originated. This review is looking at yoghurt makers, so what is this stuff? It’s perhaps not sensible to get into what real yoghurt is in too much detail, as it is the product of bacteria acting on milk. That’s probably put you off for life but, rest assured, as the famous TV advert says, it’s ‘good bacteria’!
Nobody knows where yoghurt originated, or when it was first eaten, but it is believed to have been around in ancient Mesopotamia as long ago as 5000BC (although how anyone could possibly know that I am not sure). It has been recorded in use in ancient Indian texts where, combined with honey, it is known as the ‘food of the Gods’. Moving on through history, and there are references to yogurt in Ancient Greece and, in more modern times, it was a staple dietary constituent in the Russian Empire of the late 19th and early 20th century.
So, it’s good stuff, yes? Indeed it is, and it has certain properties that make it a very popular food with people who like to eat healthily. Anyway, less of the history, and on to the subject of this review: what is a yoghurt maker, how does it work, and why do you need one?
The Top 10
Table of Contents
- 1 The Top 10
- 1.1 1: Lakeland 1Litre Electric Yoghurt Maker
- 1.2 2: AmazonBasics Yoghurt Maker
- 1.3 3: Duronic YM2 8-Pot Premium
- 1.4 4: EasiYo Manual Yoghurt Maker
- 1.5 5: VonShef Digital Yoghurt Maker
- 1.6 6: Severin Yoghurt Maker
- 1.7 7: Cooks Professional Premium
- 1.8 8: EasiYo Yoghurt Making Kit
- 1.9 9: Aicok Ice Cream/Frozen Yoghurt Maker
- 1.10 10: Luvele Elite Yoghurt Maker
- 2 How it Works
- 3 Important Features to Consider
We begin our review with a model that is entirely typical of the breed, and that comes from a well-known maker. We always advise considering name brands – sometimes you pay a little more but you do get the benefit of reliability – and Lakeland is a highly regarded name when it comes to home and kitchen appliances. This yoghurt maker gives you a litre capacity, so you will be able to make more than sufficient for the family, and is easy to use.
It is a neat design that will fit nicely into a contemporary kitchen, and it is designed to be used with a little fresh yoghurt and milk to begin with. The beauty of these machines is that they produce natural yoghurt with no preservatives, so they are the truly healthy option. They work quickly and are surprisingly energy efficient, and it’s a great way of providing yoghurt for breakfast or even for dips. This one costs around £10, so is surprisingly affordable, and we like it.
This one, from Amazon’s own range, is a neat design that offers a number of clever features. It is designed to be used with culture rather than fresh yoghurt – you can find cultures online at sensible prices – and comes with a neat feature that a few of these possess, in the form of a selection of small individual jars. This means you can make the yoghurt in the jars, ready to deliver to the table for presentation. An LCD screen shows you what is happening in terms of production, and it is very easy to use.
It is finished in a brushed stainless-steel look that will sit nicely in any kitchen, and is easy to clean. It also comes with a timer function so you can set it to make your yoghurt when you need it. It’s a compact machine that won’t take up too much shelf space, and the clear cover allows you to see what is going on inside. All in all, it’s a quality yoghurt maker with some fine attributes, and at a little under £20 may not be the cheapest, but is still good value for one of these.
When conducting reviews such as this, there are always products that stand out immediately in terms of quality and attention to detail. This yoghurt maker, from the known Duronic brand, is one such, and it is a very impressive device. It’s a good-looking design that will look great on the kitchen bench, and the eight interior pots sit within a fitted insert so will not get damaged if you move the machine around the kitchen.
This one features a timer that you set to allow for automatic production of fresh, healthy yoghurt, and it is very easy to use. It is designed for use with fresh yoghurt, so you can find your ingredients easily in your local supermarket. A 20Watt motor provides ample power for producing the yoghurt, and while the timer goes up to 24hours, it is the norm that you will have fresh yoghurt ready for the table, inside the eight pots, in around 8 hours. The only possible downside to this one is that at around £35 it is one of the more expensive models, but it is very good indeed.
It’s always welcome to see something different when going through these reviews, and this yoghurt maker takes a completely different approach to the rest. In fact, it makes yoghurt as it has been made for centuries, and in a natural fashion. You add the culture from sachets which are supplied for the device, and leave it to react as it does naturally with the milk, and in around 8-hours you have lovely, healthy and fresh natural yoghurt with no additives.
It makes plenty yoghurt and comes with a jar that will easily contain a 1kg, is easy to use and is supplied with full instructions. As it is entirely manual, it is suitable for use by children, and is a great way of teaching them about how yoghurt is made, what it is, and why it remains a healthy choice of food. This model is different in that it takes the mixture through various temperature ranges, unlike one-temperature models, so it claims to give all the cultures the chance to work. It’s an attractive device, and is available in a variety of colours, and affordable at around £15.
We have come across the VonShef brand in other reviews of various kitchen implements, and they have a great range of appliances that are all quality models. This one is of the typical yoghurt maker style; it’s a circular design with a clear lid and seven individual jars, each of 200ml capacity. This means you make the yoghurt in the pots, and you can simply add fruit or other adornments, and serve as you wish. It’s a very simple way of presenting fresh yoghurt, and we like it.
The simple to use LCD screen displays temperature and time, and is a welcome feature, and you can start and stop the device at the touch of a button. It’s very efficient and the 20Watt motor is more than ample to produce yoghurt that is perfect. It’s a very neat white design that will look great in the kitchen too, and it is compact enough to take up only a little space. At a little over £20 it’s not the cheapest of these, but it is far from expensive, so we recommend it as one for the shortlist.
This model, from Severin who we must say are not a name brand but clearly have an eye for a quality product, is a very nice design, perhaps one of the most compact of all of the ten. It features only a 13watt motor, but that should not be a problem as it is designed to make the yoghurt slowly across 6 to 9 hours. It has a clear lid so you can see what is going on, and is simple to use with just a one-touch operation and a pilot light that tells you when it is cooking your yoghurt.
There is one feature we like about this one; it comes with no fewer than 14 jars. As the machine can only take seven at a time you might wonder why, but in fact it is very clever – you can have seven jars cooling in the fridge, and another seven cooking in the machine! It’s a very neat thought, and one that we think may be a good selling point. So, it’s a good design, a neat model, and makes lovely healthy yoghurt, and while not the cheapest at around £25, is certainly worthy of inclusion on your shortlist.
The Cooks Professional range includes many high quality kitchen appliances, and this yoghurt maker is typical of the brand. It’s typical in that it is a standard circular design – that seems to be the norm – and it comes with seven cups for producing plenty of yoghurt. The cups are 180ml, so that’s more than ample, and the fully functioning control panel mean you can set it at whatever temperature and time you see fit. The LED display shows you what settings you are using, and is easy to read.
It’s fair to say that we are settling into a routine with these reviews, as apart from a couple of models, the design and function of the yoghurt maker is somewhat regular. That’s not to say that this model is not worthy of consideration, simply that – as with most of these – there is nothing special about it. It’s easy to use and produces creamy, tasty and healthy yoghurt, and at under £15 is certainly very good value.
We’ve already reviewed this one a few places above, but this is a full kit that comes with the culture sachets and a few other bits and bobs. In fact, it makes yoghurt as it has been made for centuries, and in a natural fashion. You add the culture from sachets which are supplied for the device, and leave it to react as it does naturally with the milk, and in around 8-hours you have lovely, healthy and fresh natural yoghurt with no additives.
It makes plenty yoghurt and comes with a jar that will easily contain a 1kg, is easy to use and is supplied with full instructions. As it is entirely manual, it is suitable for use by children, and is a great way of teaching them about how yoghurt is made, what it is, and why it remains a healthy choice of food. This model is different in that it takes the mixture through various temperature ranges, unlike one-temperature models, so it claims to give all the cultures the chance to work. It’s an attractive device, and is available in a variety of colours, and affordable at around £17.
This one is a bit of a cheat; primarily it’s an ice-cream maker, so is not really what we are looking for, but it can be used to make sorbet and frozen yoghurt, and it is a good quality device that also looks the part. It has a bowl capacity of 1.5L and freezes very quickly, it comes with full timer functions and a display so you can see the setting you are using, and it is very simple to use. There is also a spout for adding your own adornments and such as it freezes, and it can freeze as quickly as 15 to 20 minutes.
Is it comparable to the standard yoghurt makers we have been looking at? No, it’s entirely for producing the frozen variety. However, it is a very efficient machine that does what it is designed to do, and you might want one in your kitchen for when you want to freeze yoghurt or make ice cream. At around £35 it’s not cheap, so it’s up to you.
We close our top 10 list with this one, from Luvele who have a great range of kitchen appliances, and it’s a top quality model that is very nice indeed. It comes with seven 250ml jars – perhaps the biggest of all – and you can also purchase an extra set so you can have two batches on the go at once, which is a nice touch. The 42Watt power is more than adequate, and it has full timer functions so you can set it to switch off automatically.
A clear LCD screen tells you what is going on, while a microprocessor controls the temperature to perfection. It’s a nice design, too, that will sit well in any kitchen, and it offers excellent functions and performance. In truth, it’s one of the best machines on the list, but it’s also among the more expensive at around £35.
That brings our list of yoghurt makers to a close, so before we go on to sum up, let’s have a look at some of the features you need to consider.
How it Works
So, you like yoghurt, and you are thinking about buying a yoghurt maker – you’re in the right place, because we are going to give you the low-down on the top 10 best yoghurt makers in the business, and we promise you will want one at the end of this review! What is a yoghurt maker? It’s a machine that makes yoghurt, of course! They come in various shapes and sizes, and from a variety of makers, and they are also becoming increasingly popular.
Let’s be honest; a yoghurt maker is not something that could be considered an essential kitchen appliance. Rather, it is something you buy because you love yoghurt, and want to be able to serve it freshly made whenever you want. But, once you have one of these rather wonderful appliances, you will use it, and you will get your money’s worth out of it.
As we have already said, yoghurt is a product of certain bacteria and milk; you can make your yoghurt using a little of the fresh stuff bought from the shops or, if you want to do it properly, you buy what are known as ‘cultures’ of the relevant bacteria, add that to the milk as required, and let the machine do the rest.
A yoghurt maker sounds like a lot of fun, then? Let’s have a good look at the top 10 best yoghurt makers on the market, what they do, and which one you need in your kitchen.
Important Features to Consider
Now that we’ve had a look at the top 10 yoghurt makers on the market, we hope you have decided that you want one! Before we go on to sum up and advise you on the best model for you, let’s take a few minutes to talk about the important features you need to consider when choosing a yoghurt maker.
Number of Jars – the best of these come with individual jars so you can serve straight from the machine, so choose one with sufficient, and see if you can also purchase an extra set for added convenience.
Ease of Use – you want a yoghurt maker you can simply switch on and leave to do the job, without complication and, to be honest, most of these do exactly that.
Price – there is quite a price range across the ten above, so we recommend you look closely at the specifications of each before you choose.
That’s about it really, so all that remains now is for us to wrap things up!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
You don’t need a yoghurt maker, but we bet you now want one! Which one do we recommend? To be honest, each one of these has its own appeal, and there are some that are considerably cheaper than others. Nine out of 10 of these will easily make you lovely, creamy yoghurt, so if you are on a budget there are some for not much more that £10.
Perhaps the one we would choose is number 7, the Severin model; it comes with all the features you need, plus an extra 7 cups for added convenience, and is sensibly priced at around £25 so is good value.
There you go then, ten yoghurt makers to choose from, so take your pick and enjoy healthy, delicious fresh yoghurt whenever you want it!