Ice Cream Scoops

Published July 1, 2008. From Cook's Illustrated.

Almost every ice cream scoop can do the job—but we demanded ease and comfort.

Overview:

Even badly designed ice cream scoops do the job—but they make you work much harder than necessary with their uncomfortable handles, thick edges that can’t penetrate hard-frozen surfaces, bowls that won’t release the ice cream, or scoop sizes that won’t fit in an ordinary cone. To find the perfect dipper, we scooped up six models, both traditional and innovative, plus our favorite portion scoop.

We quickly eliminated three models, including the dwarf-sized model— concluding that nobody needs a scoop that stands upright—besides, ice cream clung to its plastic bowl, then dripped all over the counter. A second, untraditional model sported a comfortable, bicycle grip-style handle, but its big blunt teeth marred even hard-packed ice cream. The beak-nosed contestant rolled gawky, pointed scoops, as did the elongated scoop on another model.

The three remaining models, including a sleeker update of our previous favorite, scooped capably and easily, but the “perfect,” “camera-ready” orbs made by our winner impressed us most—especially… read more

Even badly designed ice cream scoops do the job—but they make you work much harder than necessary with their uncomfortable handles, thick edges that can’t penetrate hard-frozen surfaces, bowls that won’t release the ice cream, or scoop sizes that won’t fit in an ordinary cone. To find the perfect dipper, we scooped up six models, both traditional and innovative, plus our favorite portion scoop.

We quickly eliminated three models, including the dwarf-sized model— concluding that nobody needs a scoop that stands upright—besides, ice cream clung to its plastic bowl, then dripped all over the counter. A second, untraditional model sported a comfortable, bicycle grip-style handle, but its big blunt teeth marred even hard-packed ice cream. The beak-nosed contestant rolled gawky, pointed scoops, as did the elongated scoop on another model.

The three remaining models, including a sleeker update of our previous favorite, scooped capably and easily, but the “perfect,” “camera-ready” orbs made by our winner impressed us most—especially when it came to loading up a brittle sugar cone.

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    Rösle Ice Cream Scoop

    “Easy as pie to use,” admired one tester, and the thin edge made for clean, round, perfect scoops.

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    Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop

    This simple, sturdy classic packs an innovative feature in its handle: self-defrosting fluid that activates by hand warmth to melt rock-hard ice cream as you scoop. However, it’s not dishwasher-safe.

    $19.95

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  • Recommended

    Fantes Stainless Portion Scoop #16

    A perfect circle divided in half, this portion scoop doubles well as a scoop for softer ice cream, though the food “pusher” activated by the squeezable handle was an obstacle when pressing down to scoop hard-frozen ice cream.

    $11.99

  • Recommended with Reservations

    OXO i-Series Ice Cream Scoop

    The trademark Good Grips handle made for comfortable scooping, but the tapered bowl turned out oblong portions.

    $14.99

  • Recommended with Reservations

    KitchenAid Ice Cream Scoop

    Easy enough to use, but most found it “overbuilt,” as the handle was bulky and the scoop head approached a whopping 3 inches in length.

    $9.99

  • Not Recommended

    Van Vacter Ice Cream Knife

    Almost as flat as an ice cream paddle, this blunt-toothed tool dug into hard ice cream well, but left us with misshapen, scarred scoops.

    $18.95

  • Not Recommended

    Tovolo Standz Ice Cream Scoop

    The handle on this stumpy, stand-up scoop measured only 3 1/4 inches, and the blue plastic head tenaciously hugged ice cream so hard that we were forced to pry it out with a second tool—otherwise, it just melted and dripped on the counter.

    $4.99

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