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Greek Yogurt
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YM80
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Homemade Organic, "Set and Go"
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Good

Sleek stainless steel design. Cooling unit automatically lowers temperature of finished yogurt, allowing you to "set it and forget it."

Accommodates heat-safe glass jars. Produces several popular fermented milk products.

LED timer display. Three color choices. Includes two containers and a strainer.

Includes individual portioning jars. Flexible/adjustable fermentation periods. Steady heat.

Includes glass jars and a clear dome for easy visual inspection.

Bad

Expensive. Temperature is not adjustable.

No on-board timer. No automatic shutoff.

Consumers should monitor temperature, especially if using the 24-hour fermentation cycle.

No automatic shut-off. "Passive" timer requires extra vigilance during fermentation.

Minimal temperature and timing controls.

Bottom Line

The best product available for people who want to make fresh yogurt on a regular basis.

A versatile, mid-range machine with an efficient production rate.

A compact, mid-range machine with some high-end features.

Designed for cooks of all experience levels, this entry-level yogurt maker provides the best economic deal.

An affordable, entry-level yogurt maker with few accessories.

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Best Yogurt Makers

Electric yogurt makers deliver consistent, low-level heat for hours at a time (much like their closest relatives, the slow cooker, egg incubator, and food dehydrator). Although the first few steps of the yogurt-making process can be accomplished with standard kitchen equipment, the fermentation stage requires hours of controlled heat in a protected environment. Electric yogurt makers provide all of the right conditions for safe homemade yogurt production, taking most of the guesswork out of an otherwise meticulous and time-consuming process. We compared dozens of popular electric yogurt makers. Here is our shortlist of the five most promising contenders.

Products we Considered

Cuisinart
Electronic, Automatic Cooling
Yogourmet
Electric
Dash
Greek Yogurt
EuroCuisine
YM80
Epica
Homemade Organic, "Set and Go"

Considerations

Design

Some commercial yogurt makers are designed to produce large batches of homemade yogurt that can be portioned out at a later time. Others contain smaller jars that accommodate individual portions and allow for multiple flavors. Some models can handle both bulk and jarred yogurt batches; potential buyers should consider their preferences and shop accordingly. In this section, we also consider design elements such as capacity and ease of maintenance.

Temperature and Timing Controls

Holding temperatures and fermentation times are critical considerations when making homemade yogurt. The live bacterial cultures contained in the "starter" can only survive between specific temperature ranges, and yogurt becomes thicker and tastes "sharper" over time. In this section, we take a closer look at each contender's temperature and timing options and discuss how this can affect the finished product's overall quality. Much like bread making, the creation of homemade yogurt involves periods of intense activity followed by hours of downtime. Ultimate success is often determined by precise timing and meticulous attention to temperature.

Additional Features

Some electric yogurt makers include useful add-ons such as a recipe book, thermometer, or cheese straining bag. In this section, we discuss any additional features that arrive with the original unit (or can be purchased separately). If a machine is capable of creating other foods (cheese, Greek yogurt) or "holding warm" other items (crepes, eggs), we mention that, too.

Price

Our top five contenders span a wide price range. The decision between products comes down to how much assistance is desired during the yogurt making process. Our budget-priced models provide a stable, temperature-controlled environment for fermentation, but the consumer is largely responsible for prep work and storage. Our mid-range contenders offer improved timing devices and a water bath, but the consumer must still transfer the finished product to cold storage. The ultimate yogurt-making system offers superior temperature control and a self-contained refrigeration unit that eliminates the need for a transfer to cold storage. In this section, we discuss each contender's price point and level of service for the money.

Considerations

Design

Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker

The Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker hails from the "set it and forget it" school of design. This is extremely helpful for those attempting to make homemade yogurt for the first time. The holding temperature cannot not be adjusted manually, but this product has a simple-to-use digital timer and automatic cooling feature not found in many other models. We appreciate the Cuisinart CYM-100's sleek stainless steel and its relatively small footprint on the counter. Only the lid and interior container require cleaning after each batch.

Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker

Consistent, even heating is vital during the yogurt fermentation process. The Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker has a unique way of addressing this need. Unlike other contenders which deliver dry heat, the Yogourmet uses a water bath to surround the inner chamber with warm liquid. While this is a useful feature, it is not necessarily superior to other methods. The plastic inner chamber can accommodate a heat-safe glass jar; this feature is especially appealing to consumers who have concerns about chemical leaching from plastic. The unit does not have an automatic shutoff option or an on-board timer, but it will produce up to two quarts of standard yogurt in as little as 4.5 hours.

Dash DGY001BU Dash Greek Yogurt Maker

Although the Dash DGY001BU Greek Yogurt Maker includes the word "Greek" in its title, it is not limited to the production of Greek-style yogurt. One design feature not found in other contenders is the Dash's inclusion of two inner containers: one with a 7.5-cup capacity and the other with a 5.5-cup capacity. This allows the consumer to create two batches of yogurt at a time. The smaller container can also be used to capture liquid whey when Greek-style yogurt is being strained. The Dash Greek Yogurt Maker is available in blue, pink, and white, and its tall cylindrical design does not take up much counter space.

Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker

Instead of creating one large yogurt batch, owners of the Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker can use small glass jars to make individual servings. (If batch cooking is desired, a larger Pyrex glass container could be purchased separately for this purpose.) Owners like the fact that they can add a different flavor to each jar! However, some have expressed concerns about the lids being too heat-sensitive. Because the heating elements responsible for proper fermentation temperatures are located in the Euro Cuisine YM80's base, the jars should be elevated with a kitchen towel or dishcloth to avoid hot spots. We appreciate the Euro Cuisine YM80's low profile and minimal power consumption, but we wish it had a better timing system and an automatic shutoff feature.

Epica Homemade Organic "Set and Go" Electric Yogurt Maker

Like the Euro Cuisine YM80, Epica's Homemade Organic "Set and Go" Electric Yogurt Maker uses individual six-ounce glass jars instead of one large inner chamber. This arrangement works very well for those who want a grab-and-go healthy snack option. (Others may prefer to create larger batches of yogurt and portion them out later. Glass containers are available that will fit the Epica's low-profile interior.) The unit's dome is clear plastic, which allows users to visually inspect the jars without disturbing the interior environment. The machine includes minimal temperature and timing controls, but it does deliver a steady supply of 110-degree heat for fermentation.

The Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker hails from the "set it and forget it" school of design.
Considerations

Temperature and Timing Controls

Yogurt requires a long fermentation process after the initial boiling of the milk and the addition of a live culture starter. The Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker can maintain a constant temperature around 110 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 24 hours, although most consumers would be satisfied with their yogurt product by the eight or nine-hour mark. One of the CYM-100's greatest selling points is what happens after the desired time has elapsed: a cooling unit automatically reduces the temperature of the finished yogurt to around 43 degrees, allowing the product to stay safe until it can be served or transferred to a refrigerator.

Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker

Provided the consumer follows all instructions and avoids overfilling the outer chamber, the Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker's water bath design is a great mechanism for temperature regulation. The machine is set at the factory to reach and maintain the ideal fermentation temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, but some users report higher temperatures after the yogurt maker has been in operation for several hours. There is no on-board temperature control, so users will need to turn off the machine periodically if a 24-hour fermentation period is required. There is no timer, either, so the user will have to find an independent timer capable of measuring hours. Surprisingly, the Yogourmet does have a "power on" light; a lot of today's electric yogurt makers don't include this feature.

While the Dash DGY001BU Greek Yogurt Maker may not fit the "set it and forget it" category completely, it does have some very useful controls on board. The temperature is factory-set to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit and remain there for the duration of the fermentation process, but users may want to check the batch after a few hours to make sure it hasn't overheated. The Dash's timing mechanism is a simple, four-button arrangement on the front of the unit. Users set the timer according to their personal preference. (A longer fermentation period results in thicker, sharper yogurt.) While 24-hour fermentation is possible, the machine may need to be cooled down several times during that period. We appreciate the Dash Greek Yogurt Maker's easy-to-read LED timer display and quiet operation.

Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker

Proper timing is everything when it comes to making yogurt, and the Euro Cuisine YM80 can handle fermentation times from six to 24 hours. Interestingly, the Euro Cuisine's only visible controls are an on/off switch and a "power on" light. The temperature cannot be adjusted manually; it is set by the manufacturer to reach a standard holding temp between 105 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend elevating the individual glass jars or bulk container with a heat-safe cloth to avoid hot spots near the bottom of the unit. The Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker does not have a mechanical or electrical timing system. Rather, it has what the manufacturer calls a "passive" timer – a series of numbers printed on the side of the base that correspond to the hour of the day the yogurt should be finished. For example, a consumer who starts the fermentation process at two o-clocking would turn the arrow on the unit's lid to the number "11" for a nine-hour fermentation period. This system works well for most owners, but it does require a high level of vigilance.

Epica Homemade Organic "Set and Go" Electric Yogurt Maker

The Epica "Set and Go" Electric Yogurt Maker's temperature and timing controls can best be described as "minimalist." There are no user-accessible temperature controls on the unit, but the factory has preset the heating element to reach the standard 110-degree mark. The only visible control on the unit itself is a small "power on" light. At first we assumed the Epica "Set and Go" had a mechanical or electrical timer to signal the end of the fermentation cycle, but in reality, the only timing device is a passive "time reminder" quite similar to the one used on the Euro Cuisine YM80. This manual method requires the consumer to establish a start time and calculate their preferred stop time. Many owners say they find it helpful to use an oven or microwave timer capable of sounding an audible alarm.

While other yogurt makers only allow for large batch preparations, the Euro Cuisine YM80 permits users to create personalized portions that can be flavored individually.
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Considerations

Additional Features

Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker

The Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker does not arrive with many additional features, but it does include a very useful recipe book. Consumers who want to create yogurt-based cheeses or other fermented milk products may have to purchase other items (cheese filters, heat-safe glass jars, etc.) separately. Because the Cuisinart CYM-100 does not have an adjustable temperature control, however, it may not be suitable for making kefir and other fermented milk beverages that require fermentation at room temperature.

Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker

The Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker arrives with a few additional accessories, including a basic thermometer, a 12-page instruction manual, and a cotton bag for making Greek-style yogurt and yogurt-based cheese. The machine arrives with one plastic inner container and one lid; owners may want to consider purchasing additional containers if demand outruns supply. Heat-safe glass containers with lids can also be purchased separately if the use of plastic is an issue. In addition to Greek-style yogurt and yogurt-based cheese, the Yogourmet can be used to make buttermilk and fresh cheese.

Dash DGY001BU Dash Greek Yogurt Maker

Many yogurt makers only include one inner container for bulk yogurt production, but the Dash Greek Yogurt Maker includes two: a two-quart container and a 5.5-cup container. The manufacturer also includes a special strainer for the creation of thicker, sharper Greek-style yogurt. (Because other manufacturers often ask owners to strain their yogurt through a coffee filter or cheesecloth, the inclusion of this strainer is a unique advantage.) Although it is not included in the original package, we recommend the use of an instant thermometer to ensure the proper fermentation temperature has been reached.

Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker

As an entry-level electric yogurt maker, the Euro Cuisine YM80 does not arrive with many additional features, but users should be able to order helpful accessories (instant thermometers, recipe books, starter cultures, cheese strainers) separately. Some home cooks may also want to consider purchasing a food-grade funnel, additional jars with lids, and yogurt-safe flavoring agents. Because it delivers steady, low-level heat, the Euro Cuisine YM80 is also a suitable vehicle for the warming and holding of crepes, pancakes, sauces, and other food items.

Epica Homemade Organic "Set and Go" Electric Yogurt Maker

The Epica "Set and Go" Yogurt Maker is an entry-level model, so it does not include much in the way of accessories. The first stage of yogurt making often involves heating milk (or a milk alternative) to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and then allowing it to cool to 110 degrees before adding the starter culture. However, the instruction book included with the Epica "Set and Go" suggests that this step is not necessary with pasteurized milk. (Note: it should still be heated to around 120 degrees in order to encourage bacterial culture growth.) The Epica's steady internal temperature also allows it to be used as a food warmer or holder. Warm foods such as scrambled eggs or pancakes can be cooked in bulk and stored in the Epica to prevent them from cooling down before service.

Because it delivers steady, low-level heat, the Euro Cuisine YM80 is also a suitable vehicle for the warming and holding of crepes, pancakes, sauces, and other food items.
Considerations

Price

Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker

At a retail price of $89, the Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker is definitely one of our more expensive contenders. However, it is also the best model on our shortlist for people who want to make homemade yogurt on a regular basis. With a 50-ounce capacity per batch, owners can create over six cups of high-quality yogurt for the price of milk and one cup of commercial starter. Because of its "set it and forget it" design, owners can place all of the processed ingredients in the CYM-100's container at night and enjoy chilled, fresh yogurt for breakfast the next morning.

Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker

The Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker, at a price of $49, is a mid-range model – although some critics consider it to be overpriced due of its lack of on-board temperature and timing controls. We appreciate the Yogourmet's versatility and relatively fast yogurt production cycle. Experienced users will definitely be able to work around its limitations! The Yogourmet's two-quart capacity is substantial enough to produce the equivalent of a six-pack of commercial yogurt. For best results, we recommend using Yogourmet's proprietary starter blend.

Dash DGY001BU Dash Greek Yogurt Maker

The Dash Greek Yogurt Maker's retail price of $26 puts it squarely in the mid-range on our shortlist. It's not a start-to-finish model like the Cusinart CYM-100, but it does have some features that aren't found in budget models like the Euro Cuisine YM80. For example, the Dash has a built-in electronic timing system. The second inner container is another useful, money-saving feature. A strainer – great for making Greek-style yogurt – is also included. Consumers who aren't enamored with the Dash's plastic yogurt containers can easily find compatible, heat-safe glass container options for sale.

Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker

The Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker's budget-friendly retail price of $16 makes it appealing for both experienced and beginning yogurt-making enthusiasts. While other yogurt makers only allow for large batch preparations, the Euro Cuisine YM80 permits users to create personalized portions that can be flavored individually. This feature offers a significant savings over commercial yogurt packages with limited flavors and high retail prices. With one modification, the Euro Cuisine can also produce yogurt in bulk, which makes even more economical sense for those who prefer to substitute plain yogurt for sour cream, cottage cheese, and other fermented dairy products.

Epica Homemade Organic "Set and Go" Electric Yogurt Maker

The Epica "Set and Go" Electric Yogurt Maker, ideal for beginning yogurt enthusiasts, has a low retail price of $20 that reflects its status as an entry-level machine. The instruction manual is very straightforward. Users are not required to boil pasteurized milk, which can be a challenging part of the yogurt-making process. While the Epica "Set and Go" is not be a true "walk-away" design (there is no automatic shutoff), it is definitely worry-free during the fermentation process. All you need to operate the Epica "Set and Go" yogurt maker is access to electricity and a stable location where it can work. Speaking of electricity, the Epica "Set and Go" only draws a few watts of power during operation. This feature also makes it suitable as a food warmer.

The Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker is ideal for people who want to make homemade yogurt on a regular basis.

Best of the Best

Some people view the electric yogurt maker as the "one-trick pony" of the kitchen. In reality, it is an essential piece of equipment for people who enjoy the flavor and health benefits of yogurt but don't want to continue paying astronomical prices at the grocery store. An electronic yogurt maker capable of holding a proper fermenting temperature for hours at a time (and then cooling the finished product down automatically) is our idea of the perfect model, and we find all of those qualities in the Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker.

Other electric yogurt makers do a great job of maintaining proper temperature during the long fermentation process, but the user still must remove the finished yogurt and transfer it to a waiting refrigerator. With the Cuisinart CYM-100's automatic chilling feature, this late-night (or early-morning) chore is no longer a necessity. The finished yogurt is ready for service whenever YOU are. It's true that the Cuisinart's temperature is not adjustable, and as such, it may not be ideal for making kefir and some other fermented milk products. Nevertheless, it is far and away the best yogurt maker on the market, particularly for those who intend to make homemade yogurt frequently. We wholeheartedly declare this marvelous machine to be the Best of the Best!
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The Cuisinart CYM-100's convenient automatic chilling feature is unique among electric yogurt makers.

Best Bang for your Buck

While other electric yogurt makers may offer more in the way of automatic controls and timers, the Euro Cuisine YM80 provides the same environment necessary for proper yogurt development at a budget price. Indeed, at a cost of just $16, this yogurt maker has received many positive consumer ratings. Owners appreciate its quiet, unobtrusive operation and its ability to produce both individual portions and bulk batches of delicious homemade yogurt. Reliability is a key factor in homemade yogurt production, and as owners have told us, this machine is definitely one you can depend upon!

Although the Euro Cuisine YM80's minimalist controls call for additional vigilance during the lengthy fermentation process, the benefits of having freshly made yogurt without paying for commercial packaging and brand recognition are worth it. Owners can use a number of different starter cultures: commercial live culture yogurt, probiotic capsules, bacteria-based starter packs. Storage is a breeze with the individual glass jars, and any number of flavors can be added to the yogurt base just before eating. Potential buyer note: because the heating element is located in the base, it is recommended that the jars be elevated with a towel or dishcloth during fermentation to avoid hot spots. This entry-level machine comes with few accessories, but for those who are interested in making quality yogurt on a budget, the Best Bang for Your Buck Euro Cuisine YM89 simply cannot be beat.
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Reliability is a key factor in homemade yogurt production, and as owners have told us, the Euro Cuisine YM80 is definitely a machine you can depend upon!
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