Yogurt is a food that’s been known for its health properties over the centuries, but the addition of delicious flavorings have turned it into a fun and nutritious food virtually anyone can enjoy. Unlike store bought yogurt, homemade yogurt preserves all the protein, fiber, and probiotic bacterial cultures for your digestive health. Additionally, homemade yogurt isn't full of preservatives and fillers commonly found in grocery store brands. There are few perfect foods out there, but yogurt (particularly homemade low fat yogurt) fits the bill pretty closely.
Making your own yogurt is a cost effective way to save money over the store brought brands. Plus, although there will be monetary savings of up to one-third the cost over buying store bought yogurt if you do this task yourself, your greatest cost benefit, possibly in the range of one-tenth the cost, will be in making pure organic yogurt.
In essence, yogurt can be made in any container as long as the temperature is about 110 degrees for several hours. You'll always have to boil the milk at 212 degrees or at the very least scald the milk at 185 degrees to kill off any bacteria that’s present. Add this prepared milk to a yogurt maker and it will keep the milk at a controlled temperature for optimum yogurt production.
To that end, all of the yogurt makers we’ve chosen for this list will heat the yogurt culture up to the optimum temperature required to make yogurt as fast as possible. Some inferior types of yogurt makers do not have as precise of a temperature control, so this is a very important consideration for consistent yogurt making. These options are all easy to clean with dishwasher accessories while the main units can be rinsed without harming their mechanical components. Each machine will come with BPA-free plastic cups but there are also types that come with glass jars as well. Unless otherwise stated in the description, every machine will come with a manufacturer’s one year limited warranty.
The Aroma AYM-606 8-Cup Digital Yogurt Maker will make six ounce cups of yogurt, and you can make up to eight at one time. The unique design of the control panel makes it easy to access, and the timer, with auto shut off, lets you cook your yogurt for as many hours as you wish, up to 12 hours at a time. Read Full Review
With a unique design and easy access controls, the Aroma AYM-606 8-Cup Digital Yogurt Maker makes it to the top of this list. The Aroma AYM-606 8-Cup Digital Yogurt Maker features a digital timer capable of running for up to 12 hours and an automatic shut-off. Fill up the eight six-ounce BPA free plastic cups with milk and yogurt culture, set the time desired and when done, the unit will automatically shut off. It's versatile to create yogurt for one or two people, but it excels as a family capable yogurt maker. Although the Aroma Digital Yogurt Maker is as competent as any on this list, the unique design sets it apart from the others and if you have kids who love yogurt, that’s a big selling point all by itself.
The Salton YM9 1-Quart Yogurt Maker makes bulk yogurt that you can flavor when it is being cooked, or flavor when you scoop it into a bowl. The interior container can be stored in the freezer for frozen yogurt, and this is one of the easiest units to use. Simply add ingredients, plug it in and that's it. Read Full Review
For making yogurt in bulk, you can't do better than the Salton YM9 1-Quart Yogurt Maker. You can make a large batch at one time, or even make frozen yogurt since the inner container can be placed in the freezer. This is the easiest to use yogurt maker on the list; simply fill, add culture, plug the unit in, and let it cook. The Salton YM9 1-Quart Yogurt Maker is temperature controlled, and all you have to do is worry about how much time for making before you want to eat it.
You can make one bulk batch of regular vanilla yogurt and then flavor each scoop to your liking or make an entire batch of flavored yogurt. You can store the finished yogurt in virtually any container you have available, as long as it has a cover. Rinse out the interior yogurt making container, and you are ready to make another batch. Simple, easy and effective, that's what the Salton YM9 1-Quart Yogurt Maker is all about.
The Rosewill RHYM-13001 Digital Yogurt Maker with seven Glass Cups puts you at ease because there are no plastic chemicals from the cups to leach into your yogurt. You can make a total of nearly 47 ounces of yogurt at one time. The unit has a 15 hour timer that will automatically shut off when the time has been reached, or you can manually turn it off with the touch of a button, at any time you choose. Read Full Review
If you are worried about plastic yogurt cups and the possible chemicals they may leak when heated, choose the Rosewill RHYM-13001 Digital Yogurt Maker. The glass cups of the Rosewill Digital Yogurt Maker are each almost seven ounces a piece, making about 47 total ounces of yogurt at a time. Each cup has a cover for storage and comes with a 15 hour digital timer. With a manual "start" and "stop" button, you can run the cooking process as long as you like. This relatively simple and effective yogurt maker is as good as any, but if you are looking for a maker with glass cups, the Rosewill RHYM-13001 Digital Yogurt Maker should be on your short list.
The Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker makes two quarts at a time, and can do this in four hours. The inner yogurt making container is surrounded by a heated water bath for an absolutely optimum yogurt making environment. While this is most expensive yogurt maker here, but if you want bulk yogurt fast, it can't be beat. Read Full Review
Although this is the most expensive yogurt maker on this list, if you want your yogurt done fast, the Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker is up to the task. The Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker uses a water bath system for absolutely precise and optimum temperature control inside which allows the cultures to incubate and become yogurt in as little as four hours. It's even versatile enough to make cheese using this very same method. Of course, this is a bulk yogurt maker that is capable of making two quarts at a time, but if large quantities is your thing, and you want the fastest yogurt maker available, consider this option.
The Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker would be considered the best bang for the buck unit on this list. The glass jars are 6 ounces each, and the seven of them allow you to make up to 42 ounces of yogurt in as little as 6 hours. Read Full Review
The Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker is one of the lower cost yogurt makers on our list and comes with seven six ounce glass jars, so there’s no worries about plastic chemicals leaching into your cooking yogurt. It will make yogurt in as little as six hours, and the side-mounted timer lets you know when you batch is done. Just turn this yogurt maker on when the cups are filled and simply wait for your yogurt to be completed. This unit may have taken the top slot on our list, but there have been sporadic reports of errant temperatures, either being too hot or too cold. Regardless, for the price, the glass jars and the ease of use makes it quality purchase, and it comes covered by a three year manufacturer’s warranty.