As of 2015, ice-cream makers can be purchased from the websites of Amazon.com, Overstock, Walmart, Target and Kohl's. Most ice-cream makers are considered safe for children, but models such as the YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball and As Seen on TV Ice Cream Magic Maker are tailored to young users.
The majority of ice-cream makers are priced between $20 and $100, depending on their capacity and functionality. Most models consist of a bucket or closed container that must be filled with ice and rock salt. The ice cream canister is placed in the bucket, while its contents are churned to a thickened consistency. In contrast, many simplified motorless models for children rely on a manual shaking motion to churn the ingredients.