Frozen yogurt and ice cream are still HOT, more so then ever! So far in 2013 Frozen Yogurt sales have grown over 70% on 2011 sales numbers. Additionally, frozen yogurt represents about 40% of sales in frozen treat and novelty market. Ice Cream remains strong at about 54%. Sales of both ice cream and frozen yogurt amount to over 11 Billion dollars per year!
Below is a list of the Best Soft Serve Machines for frozen yogurt and ice cream.
Frozen yogurt is a good bet, as deserts will always be popular and the flavors keep getting better and better for you. Opening a frozen yogurt store takes money, time, and research – through our website we hope to offer some helpful information regarding getting started. The #1 question we get from writers is regarding soft serve equipment, so that is what we have decided to write about today. For more information on frozen yogurt machines please see our other posts dated over the last 3 years.
Below, we will list the Best Soft Serve Machines, top quality soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt manufacturers – and rate them on a scale of 1-10 on quality, service, cost, and warranty. We will then offer a brief description and our choice for best frozen yogurt machine(s) from that company.
Product Consistency: 8
Taylor Company has the largest market share in the world of soft serve machines. Taylor is a exceptional manufacturer or machines, unfortunately, we hear rave reviews as often as we hear negative reviews from customers who say they are fed up dealing with Taylor. The Taylor Crown C723 with stand is our pick for frozen yogurt stores. A great machine, priced over $13,000 each, plus other fees. Taylor has created a strong presence by hiring its own service technicians throughout the country and placing strong requirements on dealers. This in turn leads to higher prices, and less room for creativity and change.
Product consistency: 9
Stoelting has made a name for the F231 machine in franchises like orange leaf and aspen leaf. It is a great machine that produces excellent creamy yogurt. Stoelting sells through distributors across the country, sometimes service can be an issue for the smaller guys. The F231 uses a single compressor for freezing cylinders with dual control by using a solenoid.
Product Consistency: 9
Electro Freeze / HC Duke and Son has been making soft serve machines for a long time (as you can tell by the design J) A solid machine, produces great texture product, excellent programs for soft serve ice cream and pressurized systems, not so strong for self-serve frozen yogurt on a national basis. The new model released this year is the SLX4000 which is their stab at the frozen yogurt industry. A single 6500BTU compressor similar to the Stoelting and Taylor machines keeps cost down and energy use down. The problem is, half the country does not have access to the product, and the cost can hurt!
Forte has been on our list for a long time as the best newer soft serve company for value, quality, and service.
Forte is now a dealer of Spaceman company products and handles all customer service, support, training, warranty, etc for Spaceman in the United States. Please see Spaceman review for information on the Spaceman Machines
Product Consistency: 8
Donper America has been closed in 2015. The new company that was formed by the founders, Argosy Group International, or Argosy Foodservice has also been closed and is now out of business.
Donper America is backed by Chinese Donper, a large manufacturer of cheap compressors and refrigeration components. They have replaced Donper compressors with better quality compressors and have a good machine. For the Quality and offering, they have a fairly high price. Donper only really has 2 models, the countertop twin twist is the same design and componets as the floor, and they have a single flavor also. They lack a commercial line, which makes it hard to compete with the others on our list – the offering is only good to a small market. The BH7480 is a good machine for self serves frozen yogurt stores. Service is hit or miss since it is contracted out by a parts company, and warranty work is also handled by a third party service Heritage Parts.
Product Consistency: 9
Spaceman USA is the distributor for Spaceman products, a manufacturer of soft serve and slushy equipment. Spaceman holds an extremely high quality standard and reputation in Asian markets and European markets. One of the best tasting products we have tried is out of a spaceman machine. The machines build is similar to Taylor in size and capacity.
*We are ranking the Spaceman 6250 as the Best Soft Serve Machines for the frozen yogurt and mid sized soft serve ice cream business.
We know that we have left some manufacturers from this list. Please email your questions, comments, or concerns so that we may address them on our next update of the Best Soft Serve Machines in the USA.