Cuisinart, Deni and Hamilton Beach make soft-serve ice cream machines for home use, as of 2015. Cuisinart and Deni models resemble commercial soft-serve machines and dispense ice cream through a spout. The Hamilton Beach soft-serve ice cream maker uses two separate bowls, and ice cream must be scooped out.
Models from all three brands come with special containers that must be frozen for at least eight hours before use. The Cuisinart Mix It In model has compartments for automatically adding toppings. Toppings can be stirred into the Hamilton Beach Soft-Serve Ice Cream Maker or added by hand on top of Deni soft-serve ice cream.
The Cuisinart Mix It In model and the Hamilton Beach Soft-Serve Ice Cream Maker were ranked highly by Country Living. The Deni soft-serve ice cream machine received low ratings on Amazon.com, with many users complaining that the appliance failed to work.