In this guide I am going to show you the best yogurt maker in 2021, as well as how you can find the right one for you. Homemade yogurt is fresh, healthier and tastes so much better than store bought.
Yogurt is something that we eat a lot of in our house, whether we have it with some fruit for breakfast or as a quick pudding after a long day. The great thing about homemade yogurt is that it tends to be a lot healthier than store bought because it is not full of artificial flavourings or colourings. It actually also tends to be cheaper, as some store bought ones can be expensive.
It’s also incredibly easy to make!
It is possible to make it without a yogurt maker, but why would you want to as it’s just easier and quicker to use a machine. Whether you are looking to make regular or greek yogurt, a maker will do it for you.
Below I have included a quick guide to help you find the right one for you and your needs, as well as sharing with which ones I feel are the best yogurt makers. Many of these will also come with starter guides and recipes to help you get set up quickly.
The Lakeland Multi Yogurt Maker is my recommendation for the best overall maker, due to its features, ease of use and the cost. Since it has a wide range of temperatures, you are able to make regular, Greek yogurt or Kefir.
One of the things that I find really great about this Yogurt Maker is the ability to be able to use different ingredients. For example you could pop in some honey or even make vegan yogurts by replacing the cows milk with plant based milks.
Depending on your personal preference this maker comes in one pot, instead of individual pots. I did however find that the single pot could fit in the fridge and this does have some advantages such as less to clean up and the ability to make more.
Another reason why I have voted it as one of the best is because of the price. It’s pretty more in the middle when it comes to price, not the cheapest but then not the most expensive either. It does also have a lot of positive reviews online from people like yourself that have already purchased it.
I have used a few VonShef products and I have always been impressed with them and the quality of materials used. One of the reasons why the VonShef Digital Yogurt Maker made it onto the list is because of how easy it is to use, another being its low cost.
In terms of capacity, you can make 7 individual jars of yogurt each of which will hold 180ml. Having these individual pots does make it easier for you to portion your yogurts. Simply follow the instructions on starting the yogurt and leave it for 8-12 hours and with it only using 15 Watts, it is actually cost effective on your electricity as well.
The design by VinShef on this Yogurt Maker is top notch, the stainless steel helps to make it look very modern with an easy to understand display. The only main downside is that it does have an automatic timer, so you do just have to make sure you are keeping an eye on it.
I love the way the Duronic YM2 Yogurt Maker looks and its also incredibly simple to use. One of the things I like about it, is how lightweight it is at just under 1kg. If you need to move it around your kitchen, it can be done with ease.
A positive to this machine is the timer, as this allows you to set it up to 24 hours. This is unlike other machines that will make yogurt in 8-12 hours. The reason why this is good is because it allows you to make thicker yogurts as well as easily use alternative milks.
You can make individual pots of yogurt as the Duronic YM2 comes with 8 pots that will hold 125ml of yogurt, perfect for a single serving. I like that these pots are airtight and can also be washed in a dishwasher, they are made from high quality ceramic instead of plastic.
It is a little more expensive when compared to alternatives, although it is high quality, easy to use and full of features. I would therefore say its worth this extra cost.
If you are looking to make yogurts in bulk then the Severin Yogurt Maker would be perfect, this is because it comes with an impressive 14 jars. You are only able to use 7 at a time but it does allow you to make another batch after the first.
One of the features I really like about this machine is the memory dial, making it so much more easier to use. You do not need to worry about complicated settings or overcomplicated functions.
This is probably one of the best low cost yogurt makers, as its decent quality, easy to use and is very reasonable in price.
If you are looking for a sophisticated maker, you will not be disappointed with the Aicok Electric Yogurt Maker. It features many excellent functions such as a nice temperature range, a timer and even an automatic shut off. This allows you to set it making the yogurt, whilst you are out and when you come back it will have finished and even turned itself off.
Even though it has these features, it is still incredibly easy to use. It comes with individual pots, allowing you to make individual servings of 170ml. It’s very easy to clean as these pots are dishwasher safe.
One of the things that I really like is the LED display, as it’s easy to view. The Yogurt maker is made from stainless steel and looks great. It is not the cheapest and costs a bit more than those above, however it is more than worth it.
Now this maker is very different to all of the others in this best yogurt maker list. It is low tech and doesn’t use any electricity and is small enough to fit in a cupboard, freeing up worktop space for another appliance.
Inside the stainless steel flask is a glass jar, you simply heat up the milk, add the start and put all of this into the glass jar. This is then placed into the flask, as its made of stainless steel it should hold the heat for the required 8-12 hours. By the end of that time, you will have a tasty, natural homemade yogurt.
Its incredibly easy to use with no complicated buttons, timers or the need to turn off any electricity after its done. With this maker, you can make regular yogurt, non-dairy yogurt and event greek yogurt. To help you along the way you also get a 42 page yogurt recipe book.
It is a bit more expensive than I would expect from a product that doesn’t use electricity and has all of the functions a traditional yogurt maker does, however it is very good quality.
You will want to buy the best yogurt maker for you and your needs, however with so many different ones available what should you be looking for? To help, you will find a guide below with my recommendations on what you should look into when deciding on which one to get.
One thing that many people don’t know is that different types of yogurts such as Greek Yogurt and Kafir, all set at different temperatures. I’d always recommend looking for a device that allows you to pick the temperature or at least has some pre-settings to pick from.
It’s worth having a think about how much homemade yogurt you are going to be making. For example if you are making it just for yourself, you might not need a bigger machine and could easily make your yogurt in small pots. If however you are making it for your family, you are going to want one that either makes a large batch in bulk or has larger pots.
I would recommend one that has pots, as this does allow you to test out different flavours.
One of the things I look for in a yogurt maker, is the ability to clean it easily. There is nothing worse and more frustrating than kitchen equipment that cannot be cleaned very easily. Blenders for example can be a real pain, luckily more modern equipment does make this much more simple.
If you cannot get one that has an automatic cleaning function, you want to get one that is dishwasher safe. As you are doing fermentation, its very important that you completely clean it before using.
If you are looking to make a specific type of yogurt, you need to make sure you buy a yogurt maker that is able to produce that type. As an example, if you are wanting to make greek yogurt then there is very little point in getting a machine that only makes regular yogurt. Kafir for example must be made at a lower temperature, so if your maker only has a set temperature then you might not be able to use it.
Luckily most of the modern makers do offer a lot of flexibility and allow you to set the temperature, so you can make different types of yogurts.
On average it will take between 8-12 hours for the fermentation of your yogurt, although it could take a little longer. Due to the length of time it takes, I would recommend getting a maker that has a timer. It would also be worth looking for one that has an auto shut off, that way you don’t have to worry about turning it off if you are not home.
When looking at a yogurt maker, you want to consider the price. Afterall you don’t to pay over the odds and waste money, although at the same time a cheap one might be flimsy and break easily.
All of the machines in this best list are reasonable in price. The Luvele Pure is the highest price, whereas all of the other makers are between £20-£30.
Many people are worried that making your own yogurt is hard, however with a yogurt maker it does make it very easy. Equipment needed includes;
Don’t forget, before making your yogurt, you should check the instructions of your yogurt maker.
Place the milk into a saucepan and heat it up on a medium heat. You want to do this until it starts foaming on the top, once this happens you should take it off the heat. Its really important that you wait until the milk has cooled down to 110F, if you mix the milk in before it cools a bit, you will find that it will just split.
The next step is to gradually add the yogurt starter into the milk, add a lales worth at a time until all of it has been added. Mix to combine and ensure its a smooth texture.
Pour this into the yogurt maker, if it uses pots then make sure to evenly distribute it between all the pots. You then need to turn it on based on the instructions and leave for 8-12 hours (this would vary depending on the recipe you are following)
You should then put it in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours, before eating.
One of the guaranteed ways of keeping any of your kitchen equipment in good condition is to keep it clean, this will keep it in good working order for many years.
The blades are used to mix the yogurt, which means you want to make sure you clean them after every single use. This is good not only for the functionality of the blades but its also important for hygiene purposes.
If you do have a dishwasher then make sure to put any parts of the yogurt maker that can be put into a dishwasher, if you don’t have one then make sure you wash them properly. Make sure you follow the instructions to the machine on what can and cannot be washed.
If you are looking into yogurt makers, there is a good chance that you have already decided that you want to buy one. If you need an extra push then remember homemade yogurt does take so much better and it’s also often cheaper than store bought.
One of the reasons why I like to make my own yogurt is because I know exactly what has gone into it. Store bought ones tend to have artificial sweeteners, colors and even flavourings in them. Pectin is also used to thicken the yogurts and this can put a lot of people off.
If you do love the taste of yogurts, homemade is going to be healthier.