Best Yoghurt Maker 2023

Yoghurt is considered to be one of the healthiest probiotic-rich foods in the supermarket, but with all the additives and sugars they contain, it’s not difficult to contest that. Plus to get them at a good price it’s often necessary to buy in bulk. This can lead to them going out of date before you can possibly eat them.

Often they come in mixed flavours, and there’s always at least one you’re not that fond of. The good news is that yoghurt is easy to make at home. Giving you full control on quantity, ingredients and flavours.

Nowadays many appliances are multifunctioning, often slow cookers and ice cream makers have a yoghurt making function. But they’re much larger, and not as much fun to use as a dedicated yoghurt maker. 

Best Selling Yoghurt Makers UK

Bestseller No. 1
VonShef Yoghurt Maker Machine – Yogurt Maker with Strainer & Recipes Included, 1.8L, Ideal for Greek & Natural Yoghurt with No Sugars or Preservatives, Easy Cleaning & Simple Operation - White
  • NUTRIENT-RICH YOGHURT: Make after-dinner-treats that bit healthier with the VonShef yoghurt maker, boasting gut-loving probiotic goodness. Because nothing tastes better than homemade!
  • MORE FOR LESS: Why pay for overpriced individual yoghurt pots, full of secret sugars and additives? Create your own and get more bang for your buck with this Greek yoghurt maker – all you need is yoghurt and your milk of choice.
Bestseller No. 2
VonShef Digital Yoghurt Maker with 7 Jars – Electric, Compact, Stainless Steel Machine with LED Display & Timer, 180ml Glass Containers / Yoghurt Pots - For Making Fresh, Healthy Homemade Desserts
  • NUTRIENT-RICH YOGHURT: Make after-dinner-treats that bit healthier with the VonShef yoghurt maker, boasting gut-loving probiotic goodness. Because nothing tastes better than homemade!
  • MORE FOR LESS: Why pay for overpriced flavoured yoghurt pots, full of secret sugars and additives? Create your own and get more bang for your buck with this Greek yoghurt maker – all you need is yoghurt and your milk of choice.
Bestseller No. 3
Browin 801013 Multifunctional Cheese and Yoghurt Device with 1.5 L Thermostat, White, Grey, Medium, Mittler
  • Intended for various dairy products – this device will be of use when preparing homemade natural yoghurt, Greek yoghurt, vegan yoghurt out of soy milk, cottage cheese, and kefir.
  • Possibility of adjusting the work time – the yoghurt maker is fitted with a timer that can be used for easy and quick programming of the device work time within the range from 1 to 48 h so that it matches the product intended to be prepared.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Duronic Yoghurt Maker YM2 | Yogurt Machine with 8 Ceramic Pots | Digital Display | Timer Function | 20W | Make Fresh Homemade Bio-Active Yoghurt in Your Own Kitchen
  • Making yoghurt at home is easier than you think. All you need is a small pot of fresh yoghurt and milk. Heat the milk to boiling temperature and then let it cool down. Mix the warm milk with some fresh yoghurt and pour it into the ceramic pots provided and switch the machine on and set timer to 8hrs, you will end up with fresh yoghurt. As you make more and more yoghurt you can start to be adventurous and make different flavoured yoghurt by blending the milk with fruits or adding flavours.
  • Making yoghurt at home is easier than you think. All you need is a small pot of fresh yoghurt and milk. Heat the milk to boiling temperature and then let it cool down. Mix the warm milk with some fresh yoghurt and pour it into the ceramic pots provided and switch the machine on and set timer to 8hrs, you will end up with fresh yoghurt. As you make more and more yoghurt you can start to be adventurous and make different flavoured yoghurt by blending the milk with fruits or adding flavours.
SaleBestseller No. 5
EasiYo Red Yogurt Maker 1KG with Jar & Instructions | Yoghurt Maker
  • SIMPLE TO MAKE YOGURT - The EasiYo Yoghurt Maker is sleek and contemporary, yet simple. With no moving parts or electronics, it is easy to clean and will fit compactly on any kitchen shelf.
  • CONTAINS - This yogurt maker pack includes 1 x 1kg red yogurt maker, 1 x 1kg yogurt jar and information leaflet.

How Do Yoghurt Makers Work

The traditional way to make yoghurt is to mix fresh,whole-milk that’s been heated to around 180F (82 C) allow it to cool to around 110 F (43C), this process can be speeded up by placing the pan of hot milk in a sink full of ice. Once the temperature of the milk reaches 110 F it’s time to add the live yoghurt culture.

But of course, you can’t just stick live culture into hot milk, that would kill the good bacteria, so it has to be tempered. This means taking the yoghurt culture, placing it in a large bowl and slowly adding milk to increase the temperature slowly. Like the story of the foolish frog that didn’t realize he was getting cooked because the temperature only rose slowly.

Once you’ve added around 2 cups of warm milk into the cold yoghurt culture, it’s ok to pour the tempered culture and the rest of the live culture into the pan with the remaining warm milk. Stirring continuously to make sure it is smooth and creamy.

Yoghurt makers work by taking all of the hard work out of it for you. The machine gets the temperatures right, does the mixing and stirring while you get on with your life. All you have to do is add the ingredients, turn the yoghurt maker on and go and do something else for however long it takes to make. When you come back, take off the lid and the yoghurt is done.

What Are The Benefits Of A Yoghurt Maker

There are many benefits to using a yoghurt maker to make fresh, home-made yoghurt. Let’s have a look at some of them in no particular order.

  • You control the ingredients
    No extra sugar, no additives, exactly the milk you like to use including soya milk, almond milk, sheep’s milk, goats milk, cows milk etc., no E-numbers etc.
  • Environmentally friendly
    As you won’t be using shop-bought yoghurts in their one-use plastic containers, but using and re-using the glass jars that are supplied with the machine. No cardboard packaging either etc.
  • You’re in total control of the flavours
    There may be a flavour combination that you really enjoy, but can’t buy it commercially, now you can make your own. 
  • Simplicity of use
    Not all yoghurt makers are equal, but on the whole, most machines are an absolute doddle to use.
  • Good value for money
    When you weigh up the purchase price and the power needed to run a yoghurt maker, they are extremely good value for money.

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Yoghurt Maker

The only disadvantage we have seen in our research is that some models have to be filled with the heated and tempered milk/culture mixture. Which means you have to do much of the work yourself. But that’s on one particular model.

Yoghurt Maker Buyers Guide

Healthy Yoghurt

Before you go out to buy your yoghurt maker, there are a few points worth considering. Once you have worked out which of these points is important to you, you’ll be in a much better position to make an informed decision on the make and model yoghurt maker that suits you best.

What Size Yoghurt Maker Do You Need?

This is really dependent on how much yoghurt you eat as a household. If you and your family are big yoghurt eaters, a 1 litre or 1 ¼ litre machine will probably be ideal for you. If however, you only have yoghurt a couple of times per week then you’ll probably do better with one of the smaller models.

Is The Timer Programmable?

This is, in our opinion, one of the most important features to consider in a yoghurt maker. With a programmable timer, all you have to do is add all the ingredients, set the program up and walk away.

What Size Containers Does It Come With?

Nearly all yoghurt makers supply containers to store the yoghurt in once it’s made. The size that suits you will again depend on how much yoghurt you eat at one sitting, but this is worth looking into before purchase.

Automatic Cut Off

This can be so vital, we said about turning the yoghurt maker on and forgetting about it until it’s done. Well, without an automatic cut off facility there’s a good chance your yoghurt would be ruined. If the appliance develops a fault, or a power surge, with an automatic cut off not only will the yoghurt be saved, but also your house won’t burn down either.

How Difficult Is It To Clean

In a best-case scenario, most if not all of the parts will be dishwasher safe. Or at least easy to dismantle and wash.

How Long Does It Take To Make The Yoghurt?

This seems to be 8 to 12 hours in most cases, but check the specs to see how long the machine you’re interested in takes to make yoghurt from start to finish. This also ties in with the automatic cut off when it’s finished, you don’t want to have to sit up half the night just to turn the yoghurt maker off.

The Yoghurt Maker Price 

The price you pay for your yoghurt maker does depend on the make, model and to a large extent, the features it has. 

Is The Brand Well Known?

We always advise consumers to stick to well-known brands when purchasing any electrical appliance. This is because we believe that a well-established electrical appliance company will produce a reliable machine, and in the unlikely event it goes wrong, they will have a fairly local (UK based at least)customer care service.

How Long Is The Guarantee?

Most yoghurt makers are accompanied with a guarantee of some sort, how long is it? What does it actually cover? We know yoghurt makers aren’t very expensive but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t last. Always remember also, that any guarantee or warranty is only as good as the company that issues it. That’s why we stress using a well-known retailer who sells reputable products from good companies.

How Much Is A Yoghurt Maker

Yoghurt makers start at around £15 for an entry-level pretty much do – it – yourself yoghurt maker.

 Rise to around £380 for an automatic, digital time, temperature, and control display manufactured in glass and stainless steel.

For around the £50 mark, you can buy a yoghurt maker that has intelligent controls, constant fermentation temperature, manufactured from glass and stainless steel.

For around £30 you can buy a model with 7 glass jars, LED display and timer, stainless steel body, and a 2 year warranty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a yogurt maker worth it?

A yogurt maker is worth it if you enjoy yoghurt and don’t like too many additives or sugar in your diet.

Is making yogurt cheaper than buying it?

Making yoghurt is cheaper than buying it. It’s also more environmentally friendly as there is no one – use plastic to deal with.

Can I use Greek yogurt as a starter?

You can use Greek yoghurt as a starter for your yoghurt making.

Can I use powdered milk to make yogurt?

You can use powdered milk to make yoghurt but add ⅓ of a cup more reconstituted powdered milk than fresh.

At what temperature does yogurt culture die?

Yoghurt culture dies at temperatures above 130 F (54.5 C) .

How long will homemade yoghurt last?

Homemade yoghurt will last 2 weeks if refrigerated.

Where can I buy a yoghurt maker in the UK?

You can buy a yoghurt maker from many reputable retailers including: Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, and many more.

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