Soft serve machine reviews – comparison chart

UPDATE: 2014

The list and comparison chart below is our soft serve machine reviews pick for frozen yogurt stores.  Therefore, we have picked the best machine for that purpose from each manufacturer.  This is after all, The Frozen Yogurt Review!!!

If you are interested in soft serve equipment for different applications, such as high volume stores, or where air pumps are needed – then we suggest starting with the below mentioned manufacturers and seeing what they have available.

Notable models for high volume are:

the Taylor Crown Series C713, Taylor 794, Taylor 336,

Spaceman 6378, Spaceman 6248,

Electro Freeze FM8, Electro Freeze 66TF,  and Stoelting F431.

We get a lot of questions regarding machines; how much energy they use, production capacity, heat required, and price.  We have used A LOT of machines, and we have compiled a list of the most common machines new stores are using to open frozen yogurt shops.  Older models of Taylors and Electro Freeze we feel are not worth the investment, since they are not efficient in energy consumption, and to buy a used machines makes little sense to us.  So, please review the below chart, you can click on it for an expanded view.  If you have any information you would like to add please comment or email us and we will get on it!

Below is our comparison chart with soft serve machine reviews above.

Soft serve ice cream machine comparison chart review

Soft serve equipment comparison, Taylor C723, 713, Stoelting F231, Electro freeze SL500, Spaceman 6250, Donper BH7480, Wellspring, Sani Serve

 

Machines reviewed are, in no specific order:

Taylor Crown Series c723, Electro Freeze SL500, Stoelting F231, Spaceman 6250, Donper BH7480, and Wellspring WIM310, Spaceman 6240

The Mix, Menlo Park, CA

The Mix, Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Shop

Fro-yo girl here. With a tagline of “Comfortable, Unique, Local” Menlo Park’s The Mix is just that. Opened by two moms with MBAs from Menlo Park, the shop has a clean, family friendly, cozy look reminiscent of a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. The shop colors of white and blue are soothing and cheerful. It looks much nicer than the average fro-yo shop and was designed to be a space for the community to gather.

 

The Mix offers plenty of options for fro-yo and more. There are 6 flavors of soft-serve fro-yo (not self-serve), 2 flavors of mix-in yogurt (chocolate and vanilla), yogurt smoothies, yogurt shakes, Verve Coffee, baked goods, TCHO hot chocolate, bulk candy and waffles.

 

The Mix, Menlo Park

I had a cup of Straus organic original tart frozen yogurt with granola, mochi and raspberries. The fro-yo was a bit soft but I did like the thick, creamy texture. The flavor had a strong natural yogurt fermented flavor. Their pumpkin fro-yo was smooth, sweet and creamy.

 

The toppings bar looks so nice with white bowls of labeled toppings (including cookies, candy, sprinkles, chocolate chips, mochi, granola, nuts, fresh fruit) and syrups. They had fall sprinkles (cute). You can get your fro-yo in various cones, including cookie cones.

 

The Mix uses Stoelting Machines

Fro-yo prices: Small ($3.50)/ Medium ($4.50)/ Large ($5.75)

 

The Mix supports local schools and youth organizations. Compostable fro-yo spoons are offered and they also have a frequent buyer card.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

You know you love me.  X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Dry Toppings Bar

For more on all things fro-yo, be sure to visit my blog: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/

* THE MIX A FROZEN YOGURT TREATERY: 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas #3, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tuttimelon Frozen Yogurt, San Francisco, CA

Fro-yo girl here. San Francisco’s own Tuttimelon offers “truly tuttilicious” fro-yo and gelato. This particular location is a block away from their original location. They made the move in order to occupy a larger space. You’ll find 8 self-serve fro-yo flavors and the usual toppings (candy, mochi, cereal, nuts, cookies, sprinkles, fruit, jellies, coconut, cheesecake bits, syrups) for 42 cents an ounce (yes, the price has gone up) and a case of their gelato.

 

Tuttimelon Frozen Yogurt Shop, San Francisco, CA

The fro-yo flavors include sweet and tart flavors, including some unique flavors like taro, Yakult and almond. Pumpkin is coming back for the fall season. I like their tart fro-yo flavors better than the sweet ones and my favorites are pomegranate, mango, original tart, Yakult and almond. You can’t go wrong with the original tart which is very flavorful, creamy yet refreshing, tart yet sweet. The pomegranate is one of their tartest flavors while those who like sweeter tart fro-yo will like the mango tart fro-yo. Their signs indicate the level of sweetness, tartness and creaminess.

 

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt, Taylor Machines

When the texture is right, their tart fro-yo is creamy, smooth and refreshing. However, sometimes the texture can be too soft. I’ve also noticed that sometimes the fruit looks like it’s been sitting around for hours. As the prices have increased, the consistency has decreased. When the fruit doesn’t look fresh, I get the Almond Roca topping and chopped almonds.

 

I like fro-yo so much more than gelato but I’ve tried Tuttimelon’s gelato and it’s excellent. The pumpkin gelato is exceptional when topped with fro-yo…or possibly on its own. I also like the vanilla gelato. The black sesame flavor looks to be the most popular.

 

Self-Serve Dry Toppings Bar

A fun option is the Sumo Bowl, a 32 ounce cup that you can fill with as much fro-yo and toppings as you want for a flat rate price.
The shop is cute and modern, mostly white with gorgeous Random Light globe pendant lamps by Dutch designer, Bertjan Pot , posters of their fro-yo. It’s a popular hangout spot, even late at night.

This is one of the few Tuttimelon locations where you can get Tutti Spoons. Also, they have a frequent buyer stamp card. Cash only.

Rating: 4/5

 

Tuttimelon Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt

 

You know you love me.  X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

 

For more on all things fro-yo, be sure to visit my blog: http://froyogirl.blogspot.com/

* TUTTIMELON FROZEN YOGURT: 2045 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122