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Choosing the best yogurt maker could mean the difference between liquid mush and a thick, creamy, and tangy yogurt to be proud of. In determining the best homemade yogurt maker to buy, we explored electric vs. non-electric, size/capacity, preparation time, controls, safety, and auxiliary features such as automatic shutoff and chillers.
After more than 16 hours of research and testing, the best yogurt maker goes to the Euro Cuisine YM80 Homemade Yogurt Maker. It is an absolute dynamo, featuring a 42-ounce capacity to cook a single batch or multiple flavors at once using seven 6-ounce glass containers. Simplified controls and a BPA-free construction also make it work well. Keep reading to learn more about other high-quality homemade yogurt makers available for purchase. If you need other high-quality products or gadgets, check out our guide to the best kitchen appliances.
Award: TOP PICK
WHY WE LIKE IT: This homemade yogurt maker includes seven 6-ounce glass containers and a six to ten-hour preparation time, making it a great choice for families.
This electric homemade yogurt maker produces up to 42 ounces of yogurt, with seven 6-ounce containers producing up to seven different kinds of flavors. It is very easy to use. Simply heat milk to a boiling temperature, let it cool, mix it with plain yogurt, and apply the mixture to each glass jar for a 6-10 hour fermentation period.
Thanks to a slide indicator dial and time reminder printed on the side, users are easily reminded of cooking times. Controls consist of a single simple push-button that turns the machine on to start cooking. What is simpler than that? Kudos for being BFA-free, a common chemical plastic additive known to cause health defects. If you want fresh coffee with your yogurt, check out the best drip coffee maker.
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Award: HONORABLE MENTION
WHY WE LIKE IT: This electric homemade yogurt maker can create 48 ounces of product (six 8-ounce servings) and sets cooking time up to 48 hours, which works well for people who prefer longer incubation periods.
Our favorite feature with this homemade yogurt maker is an up to 48-hour fermentation time, which really thickens and enhances a yogurt’s flavor profile (tangier), as well as creating an end product that promotes faster lactose digestion. Thanks to eight 180ml glass cups, we love this homemade yogurt maker for families to prepare a single batch flavor or an assortment of flavors. Also, if your family enjoys making ice cream, you should definitely check out our review of the best ice cream maker.
This homemade yogurt maker is packed with features. Simplified digital controls and an LED screen shows temperature and time remaining. Bonus points for its EU ROHS and FDA-approved containers, which vouch for food-grade status that makes it safe to consume from. Or, you could use your best blender to mix this yogurt into a fresh smoothie.
Award: BEST CHEESE MAKER
WHY WE LIKE IT: This electric yogurt maker consists of a kit with an outer container, inner container, thermometer, and a cotton bag. We like it for large batch yogurt making (single flavor) and cheese making.
Our favorite feature with this electric yogurt maker is its water-bath system, which uses a thin layer of water to regulate temperatures as milk converts to yogurt. It is also quick, taking roughly four hours to cook. Because of this wait time, you’ll want to get this going in your kitchen several hours before you plan to eat. This homemade yogurt maker’s inner container can hold up to two quarts of yogurt, which can easily last several weeks of use once refrigerated.
For cheese lovers, this homemade yogurt maker comes with a reusable cotton bag, which helps to strain yogurt for a thicker and harder spread. This is the only homemade yogurt maker on our list to include one. Controls are also pretty intuitive, consisting of a single red indicator power light that turns on once plugged in. With a lack of LCD screen or digital controls, this container offers no frills other than a manual thermometer. We also appreciate the fact this homemade yogurt market is made of PVC and BPA-free, food-grade plastic. With so many yogurt or cheese, options, you’ll also want to pick up some of the best reusable baking cups for your next bakeoff. Or, check out our guide to the best hand mixer.
Award: BEST FOR FAMILIES
WHY WE LIKE IT: This yogurt maker comes with a large 50-ounce container and built-in cooling system, making it great for people who prefer chilled yogurt right out of the gate.
Thanks to a massive 50-ounce container, this yogurt maker is good for six 8-ounce servings over a one to 24-hour fermentation time, more than appropriate for large families. A built-in cooling mode automatically turns on after yogurt finishes cooking, which fares well for people in a rush to eat.
Aside from the Cuisinart name, we really enjoyed this yogurt maker’s intuitive controls, consisting of simple start/stop buttons and +/- to adjust the settings. Unlike our no-frills #3 pick Yogourmet 104 Electric Yogurt Maker, it also has processing time controls to easily meet your recipe’s needs without too much manual oversight. You may want to grab the best olive oil bottle for cooking too. Safety is also on point with a BPA-free construction, a common chemical plastic additive known to cause health defects.
Award: BEST FOR SMALL KITCHENS
WHY WE LIKE IT: This yogurt maker comes with a 32-ounce container and a small compact size (only 1.3 pounds), making it great for people with small or cluttered kitchens who wish to save space.
This yogurt maker has a generous 1 quart (32-ounce capacity), which should produce enough single servings for up to a week. An 8 to 12-hour fermentation time and time allows users to leave a batch cooking overnight. Controls are super easy with a single On and Off switch, power light indicator, and a timer to tell you how much time is remaining.
Kudos for coming with a BPA free storage container and lid, as well as a recipe book. Most recipes take only 10 minutes to prep by simply adding milk, yogurt starter, and other add-ons. We love the recipe guide’s variety of yogurt options with names like Very Berry Yogurt Smoothie and Honey Nut Yogurt Parfait. These flavors would be an awesome base for a breakfast pizza made on your best pizza stone.
Award: MOST VERSATILE TIMER
WHY WE LIKE IT: This yogurt maker comes with an airtight 32-ounce container used for preparing and storage, preferable for people who want to store finished yogurt using the same container.
This yogurt maker has a very generous preparation time of up to eight hours. An LED display helps indicate how much time is left to complete each batch and an audible alert sounds off when finished. This really helps prevent leaving it unattended and not eaten longer than necessary. While testing, we whipped up a fresh tangy batch of mango yogurt in six hours, complete with an awesome thick texture and even flavor profile.
Our favorite feature is its removable yogurt pot, which can be placed in the fridge for chilling. It is not as convenient as our #4 pick #4 Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker’s automatic chiller, but it’s the next best thing.
Award: BEST HARDNESS SETTINGS
WHY WE LIKE IT: This self-refrigerator yogurt maker features a built-in cooling system and the choice of hard and soft-serve settings, making it a great choice for people who want to whip up flavorful batches of ice cream.
Our favorite feature with this yogurt maker is its hardness setting, with the choice of ‘Soft’ or ‘Hard ‘ ice cream buttons, which can be set to create more of a creamier gelato or sorbet, in addition to traditional yogurt. There is no need to pre-freeze the bowl – simply add in your ingredients and a built-in cooling system automatically takes care of it. A transparent top cover also allows you to view its progress.
We love the fact this yogurt maker comes as a kit with all accessories needed to produce your first 1.5-pint of ice cream or frozen yogurt, including an ice cream scoop, measuring spoon, and mixing paddle. Bonus points for eliminating all of the unhealthy sugars and preservatives found in store-bought ice cream and frozen yogurt.
In determining the best yogurt making machines to buy, we explored electric vs. non-electric, size/capacity, preparation time, controls, safety, and auxiliary features such as automatic shutoff and chillers.
We highly recommend electric over non-electric yogurt makers, as electric ones have full controls, such as timers, hardness settings, and audible alerts to help regulate fermentation time. Built-in LCD displays should be intuitive and easy to read.
Size/capacity is very important. For large families, aim for a minimum of 32 ounces, which should be good enough to feed the entire household over several sittings. The number of containers cannot be understated. For example, our #1 pick Euro Cuisine YM80 Homemade Yogurt Maker has a 42-ounce capacity and seven glass containers, good for whipping up an assortment of flavors versus a single batch.
Preparation time should also be looked at. At a minimum, we like a four-hour fermentation time for a looser, thinner yogurt texture, and longer fermentation time (up to 24 hours) for a tangier and thicker mixture. Base preparation time on your own tasting preferences. Many of our recommended picks have built-in timers (e.g. our #5 pick Dash Bulk Yogurt Maker) which allow you to “set it and forget it.”
Safety is always a plus. BPA-free containers ensure that it is food grade and free of chemical additives found in plastics known to cause health defects.