How to choose a yogurt maker? Overview of the best yogurt makers


Home­made yogurt is loved by both chil­dren and adults. Every­one knows that this use­ful prod­uct can be made at home, in a reg­u­lar yogurt mak­er. But not every­one knows how to choose it cor­rect­ly so as not to make a mis­take when buy­ing.

Basic selection options

To dwell on any par­tic­u­lar mod­el, you first need to famil­iar­ize your­self with the main char­ac­ter­is­tics of yogurt mak­ers.

1. Pow­er.

The pow­er does not affect the qual­i­ty of the prod­uct and the cook­ing time. This is pure­ly pow­er con­sump­tion. Usu­al­ly it is insignif­i­cant, from 12 watts to 50 watts. Each of these devices is able to main­tain the tem­per­a­ture required for mak­ing yogurt — 40 degrees.

2. The pres­ence of cups: their num­ber, vol­ume and mate­r­i­al of man­u­fac­ture.

For many, this is the main fac­tor when choos­ing a tech­nique. You can choose a yogurt mak­er with­out cups, one ves­sel with a total vol­ume of 1–2 liters (we will con­sid­er such mod­els lat­er, in the types of yogurt mak­ers). And you can take equip­ment with glass­es.

By mate­r­i­al they can be:

  • plas­tic,
  • glass.

Plas­tic in the pro­duc­tion of yogurt mak­ers is used for food, but glass will always be a win­ning con­tain­er.

In count: from 4 to 15, but most often 6–10 pieces.

By vol­ume:

  • the small­est — 100–125 ml;
  • medi­um size — 140–175 ml;
  • the largest — 200 ml.

3. Man­age­ment.

There are sev­er­al con­trol options:

  • elec­tron­ic timer (time is set on the dis­play — the yogurt mak­er turns off auto­mat­i­cal­ly by itself);
  • mechan­i­cal timer (rotary mech­a­nism with num­bers — cook­ing time);
  • with­out con­trol (switch­ing on and off is per­formed by the user, he also mon­i­tors the prepa­ra­tion time of the drink).

4. Addi­tion­al fea­tures:

  • auto­mat­ic shut­down;
  • light indi­ca­tion;
  • sound sig­nal about the end of the cook­ing process;
  • mark­ing of jars (the date of prepa­ra­tion of yogurt is set on the lid);
  • a sep­a­rate sec­tion for wind­ing the cord (when the device is not work­ing);
  • a sep­a­rate large bowl for mak­ing cot­tage cheese;
  • the yogurt mak­er is con­nect­ed in one device with an ice cream mak­er.

Types of yogurt makers

one. Accord­ing to the prin­ci­ple of oper­a­tion, there are:

  • Yoghurt mak­ers that work like a ther­mos.

In them, the molds are slow­ly heat­ed to the desired tem­per­a­ture (about 60º C). After that, the device turns off and, thanks to the high ther­mal insu­la­tion of the case, retains heat inside for a long time, which con­tributes to the repro­duc­tion of lac­to­bacil­li.

The main advan­tage of this type of yogurt mak­er is the short prepa­ra­tion time of the prod­uct — 4–5 hours com­pared to 8–10 stan­dard. But the minus scares away many — the high price.

  • Yoghurt mak­ers at a con­stant heat­ing tem­per­a­ture.

These devices heat up to an aver­age tem­per­a­ture of 40º C and main­tain it until they turn off. The main advan­tage of these yogurt mak­ers is that even “non-native” cups can be placed in their con­tain­er (many young moth­ers adapt baby food jars for them). How­ev­er, it is in such mod­els that the fer­ment­ed milk prod­uct often over­heats, i.e. re-fer­ment­ed (if there is no auto­mat­ic shut­down timer).

2. By the num­ber of jars:

  • Yoghurt mak­ers with sev­er­al cups.

In a spe­cial, avail­able in each yogurt mak­er with glass­es, a tray with a lid con­tains from 4 to 15 cups. They are in demand by fam­i­lies, where every yogurt lover counts on his por­tion. More­over, in cups you can make dif­fer­ent types of yogurt at the same time.

On the one hand, it is very con­ve­nient to take exact­ly as many glass­es of yogurt from the refrig­er­a­tor as you drink at a time, with­out get­ting into the rest, and of the desired type. On the oth­er hand, com­pared to those devices that come with one large con­tain­er, before start­ing the equip­ment, you need to spend time pour­ing milk with sour­dough into each cup, and after use, wash them all.

  • Yoghurt mak­ers with one vol­ume capac­i­ty.

Usu­al­ly the capac­i­ty of this form is from 1 to 1.5 liters. There are such devices, which include only one large con­tain­er (1 l, 1.2 l, 1.5 l). This type of yogurt mak­er is ide­al when you need a drink in large quan­ti­ties, for exam­ple, to pre­pare a whole lay­er of jel­ly cake, pas­try cream, home­made sour cream or cot­tage cheese. This is the advan­tage of the device, but dif­fer­ent recipes in one approach are impos­si­ble here.

3. Accord­ing to the mate­r­i­al of the cups:

They have hygien­ic cer­tifi­cates of envi­ron­men­tal safe­ty and can with­stand tem­per­a­tures from ‑20 to +120º C. Unlike glass, plas­tic is a light­weight, com­fort­able, unbreak­able mate­r­i­al. How­ev­er, despite all the guar­an­tees giv­en by the man­u­fac­tur­ers, there is a pos­si­bil­i­ty (albeit min­i­mal) of the release of haz­ardous tox­ic sub­stances dur­ing the heat­ing of con­tain­ers.

They elim­i­nate any pos­si­bil­i­ty of release of sub­stances harm­ful to health dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion of yogurt. But if the glass breaks, it is almost impos­si­ble to find an iden­ti­cal one for sale, unless you try to come up with a new glass con­tain­er.

In the next arti­cle, we will tell you how to prop­er­ly use a yogurt mak­er.

What else is important to know when choosing yogurt makers?

  • Think care­ful­ly about what addi­tion­al fea­tures you real­ly need in the yogurt mak­er. It would be a shame to spend mon­ey on an expen­sive device due to the mass of func­tions in excess of the norm and not use them due to use­less­ness.
  • When buy­ing the cheap­est appli­ances, be pre­pared to face the fre­quent prob­lem of over­heat­ing.
  • If you do not want to keep track of the prepa­ra­tion time of a sour-milk drink man­u­al­ly, look­ing at the clock, it is bet­ter to pur­chase a yogurt mak­er with an auto­mat­ic shut­down. This is espe­cial­ly con­ve­nient if you con­stant­ly spend time out­side the house or want to put yogurt at night: in the morn­ing, a fresh­ly pre­pared prod­uct will be wait­ing for you to wake up. But for a long time it should not stand like that either (it must be put in the refrig­er­a­tor), oth­er­wise all ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria will die.
  • It’s hard with­out a timer. Only thanks to the exact time, the yogurt will turn out to be the desired con­sis­ten­cy and taste (quite thick and not sour).
  • The shape of the yogurt mak­er (cir­cle, oval, square or rec­tan­gle) is only an aes­thet­ic indi­ca­tor, just like the col­or of the body.
  • If there are chil­dren in the fam­i­ly, take appli­ances with glass cups.
  • The func­tion with mark­ers on cups, where you can set the date or even the time of prepa­ra­tion of the prod­uct, is rel­e­vant only if your fam­i­ly does not drink yogurt in the first 2 days.
  • If you plan to cook both liq­uid drinks and cot­tage cheese in a yogurt mak­er, it is best to take an appli­ance with cups and an addi­tion­al bowl for cot­tage cheese.
  • Despite the fair­ly wide­spread opin­ion that it makes no sense to over­pay mon­ey for a pro­mot­ed brand (after all, all devices have the same func­tion), equip­ment from unknown man­u­fac­tur­ers can be bad, and the less known the com­pa­ny, the less like­ly it is to find a ser­vice cen­ter under war­ran­ty.
  • Yogurt ice cream mak­er is a mul­ti­func­tion­al device that fam­i­lies with small chil­dren will def­i­nite­ly appre­ci­ate. How­ev­er, in such attempts to com­bine 2 in 1, qual­i­ty always suf­fers a lit­tle.

Review of the best models of yogurt makers

The best yogurt mak­er with one large con­tain­er con­sid­ered to be Tefal YG2601 32. The vol­ume of its bowl is 1.75 liters. This is the first device that allows you to pre­pare fer­ment­ed milk drinks with skim milk. It is very com­pact, and its capac­i­ty can be stored even in the refrig­er­a­tor door han­dle.

Tefal YG2601 32

The best yogurt mak­er with lots of glass­es can be called Tefal YG652 Mul­ti­delices 3 in 1. In it, you can cook not only yogurt and oth­er liq­uid drinks, but also cot­tage cheese with dairy desserts. It is equipped with 12 glass cups with a total vol­ume of 1.8 liters and con­tains a max­i­mum of con­ve­nient and use­ful func­tions: from an elec­tron­ic timer to a sound auto­mat­ic shut­down.

Tefal YG652 Multidelices 3 in 1

The two best yogurt mak­ers with mechan­i­cal con­trol become Moulinex DJC-141 and Vitek VT-2600. The first con­tains 7 glass cups (150 ml each) with con­trol mark­ers on screw caps. The sec­ond includes 6 cups of 165 ml each and has a beau­ti­ful lid design.

Moulinex DJC-141

Vitek VT-2600

the best bud­get option turned out to be a yogurt mak­er DEX DYM-107. Mechan­i­cal con­trol, 6 plas­tic cups of 200 ml and a low price — that’s what makes it quite pop­u­lar among lovers of a healthy diet.


Video advice

How to choose a yogurt mak­er using an overview of some of the best mod­els as an exam­ple, is described in the video below:

Decid­ing on the right choice of a yogurt mak­er when buy­ing is not dif­fi­cult: it is only impor­tant to decide how much you want to spend on it and what fea­tures you will need in it.






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