Watching the expertise of the people at ice cream shops place those perfectly round scoops onto ice cream cones looks so easy. You can do the same at home with one of the best ice cream scoops.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy homemade ice cream or store-bought pint containers, there’s no need to bend spoons or hurt your hand digging you some hard ice cream! These ice cream scoops make it simple to serve ice cream at any time.
If you’re looking for a good ice cream scoop, here are my recommendations for the best ones to find before the summer.
The Best Ice Cream Scoops
Getting the perfect scoops, even with deeply frozen ice cream, is made effortless with these scoops.
The Best: Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop
For a product that’s been around since 1935 and continues to be the preferred scoop at any good ice cream parlor, it’s bound to be the best ice cream scoop on the list.
It’s made of lightweight aluminum and has an easy-to-grasp handle filled with a food-safe heat-conductive liquid that transfers your hand’s warmth to the scoop’s head. This makes it easier to scoop hard ice cream, just like butter.
With a light, one-piece design, this scoop will last for years. The only downside is that it isn’t dishwasher-safe and must be hand-washed with warm water.
The Zeroll makes the perfect scoop even from the hardest of ice cream with minimal effort.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop
It can get really annoying when your ice cream scooper keeps slipping, especially when scooping hard ice cream. This isn’t an issue with the nine-ounce, sturdy OXO Good Grips scoop.
Its curved stainless steel head makes impressive round scoops with each use, and the sturdy rubber grip on the handle makes it comfortable to scoop ice cream easily (even rock-hard ice cream or a pint with freezer burn).
The narrow bowl with flat edges and a pointed tip makes it possible to reach the ice cream container’s corners for a lovely scoop. A downside is that the ice cream tends to stick to the scoop; it’ll take some shaking or prying to get it out.
For an ice cream scoop that will last for a long time, is dishwasher safe, and perfectly scoops anything from cookie dough to sorbet or any frozen treats, the OXO Good Grips is a safe bet.
Sumo Ice Cream Scoop
Who said ice cream scoops have to look dull? The Sumo ice cream scoop, available in six vibrant colors, will make scooping ice cream exciting.
This solid, well-made stainless steel scoop will last a long time and is similar in shape to the OXO scoop. A uniquely-shaped head with a pointed tip lets you dig even into really hard ice cream or other frozen desserts.
Its colorful, BPA-free rubber handle makes for comfortable scooping.
The downsides include the ice cream often getting stuck to the head, and getting a round scoop is almost impossible. If you’re more into easy scooping and not much into scoop shapes, go for a Sumo scoop.
The Midnight scoop sounds and looks fancy and is also the most expensive on the market.
Looking like a piece of modern art, it’s made of solid stainless steel and has an ergonomic design. A slightly curved handle helps reduce stress on the wrist and hand while scooping, instead evenly distributing it up your arm and shoulders.
Rather than pulling, like with a traditional scoop, you push it with the palm of your hand. It’ll probably take some time to get used to.
You can use the Midnight scoop to make beautifully round scoops of ice creams or any other food. Even after multiple scoops, the handle stays at an appropriate temperature, which is excellent, since you don’t have to keep bringing it back to temperature.
The downside is that this scoop works well only in wide-open containers and won’t be suitable for ice cream in a quart or pint container. Still, it’s impressive how easily the scoop glides through the ice cream with minimal hand movement.
Buff Ice Cream Scoop (USA only)
Here’s a scoop with an innovatively striking design that is lightweight and makes attractive scoops.
The Buff scoop is different from other squeeze-style scoops. It’s made of two pieces of cast aluminum (that separate into two halves) and has a nonstick coating making it easy to release ice cream.
You need to squeeze the two halves while scooping and then open them to release the scooped ice cream.
One of the downsides of this scoop stems from having to squeeze while scooping, which can get particularly uncomfortable with hard ice cream. The other downside is this is a handwash-only product.
What you can expect with this scoop is a good scoop size of well-rounded, delectable ice cream with no wrist strain.
Spring Chef Ice Cream Scoop
This is one professional ice cream scoop with an ergonomic, well-balanced weighted handle that makes it easier to scoop hard ice cream.
You’ll find its design similar to ice cream spades than rounded scoops, with thinner edges than the center. While it takes less effort to scoop solid ice cream, you may not get those pretty-looking, round scoops.
Not only can you choose from twelve different colors of the rubber handle, but it also features a notch at the bottom to help you lift those frozen lids off your containers. The scoop head is made of zinc alloy (it doesn’t transfer cold or heat), although it’s also available in stainless steel.
On the bright side, this heavy-duty scoop is dishwasher-safe and great for getting those stubborn remnants of ice cream from pint corners.
The cherry on top
If you’ve got an ice cream maker at home and love experimenting with different flavors, an ice cream scoop is a must-have too. The only way to do justice to your efforts is by scooping perfectly round balls of ice cream to relish.
The Zeroll scoop is probably what you’ll find in many ice cream shops, with most ice cream makers and food experts. And then, there are the next-to-best options; while not as perfect as Zeroll, but definitely worth considering.