15 Best Ice Cream Brands Ranked

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When it comes to ice cream, there really are not a lot of ways to go wrong. Is it sweet? Is it churned? Is it creamy? We don't need much. However, when we are evaluating a truly exceptional ice cream brand, we need to increase our standards. 

The ice cream brands that stand out to us offer high quality ingredients. This means that they take extra care in sourcing pure ingredients and avoiding too many additives. The ice cream also needs to be extra creamy — no ice crystals here! We also look for a variety of ice cream flavors to choose from to suit our every need. We look for brands that are innovative and unique, not simply mastering a good vanilla ice cream flavor. Although, that is certainly a plus. The ice cream brands that can be labeled as the best of the best need to offer something more than just a frozen dessert line. Turns out, this is not too much to ask for and many brands come close to perfection.

The following list is a ranking of our favorite ice cream brands from worst to best. These are the cream of the crop ice cream brands available. And quite honestly, the competition is steep. If you are looking for the best of the best, read on to find out our recommendations.

15. Blue Bunny

Blue Bunny, which was founded over 80 years ago in Sioux City, Iowa, is known for their wide array of frozen treats. From strawberry shortcake bars to dipped cones to sundaes, Blue Bunny practically owns the freezer aisle in the grocery store and their ice cream flavors range from traditional to unique, with options like Bunny Tracks, Cherrific Cheesecake, and Monster Cookie Mash.

Even though this brand is highly accessible and found in most grocery stores, we aren't sure it's one of the best ice cream brands out there. Despite the claim of using high quality ingredients, the reviews via Influenster show that some reviewers, albeit a small minority, find that this brand is subpar. We personally want to set your sights a little higher. For this reason, we've placed this brand at the bottom of our ranking. Trust us, there are better ice cream brands out there.

14. So Delicious

So Delicious is unique in that it is a dairy-free brand. They make non-dairy coffee creamers, cheese, and ice cream products. If you are on a dairy-free diet, this brand is for you. They make so many types of non-dairy ice cream with bases including almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, soy milk, oatmilk, and their new concoction "wondermilk." Their flavors range from buttery pecan, to oatmilk coffee chip, and dark chocolate truffle.

This brand, which was founded over 30 years ago, prides itself on its non-GMO product line and its BCorporation status, according to their website. Per Influenster reviews, these ice creams are fairly hit or miss. Some love these products and some don't care for them. It's important to remember that these are non-dairy ice creams, so we'd recommend trying these with that in mind. They will taste a little different because they lack dairy and you may find them lacking in creaminess.

13. Baskin Robbins

Baskin Robbins has been around for over 70 years. And with their many locations of ice cream shops and the ability to purchase pints in grocery stores, these ice cream products are highly accessible. Baskin Robbins is known for their wide array of ice cream flavors, ranging from classics like Pralines n' Cream to unique offerings such as Secret Admirer, Cherries Jubilee, and Skillet Cookie Crumble. They even make delightful ice cream cakes that are perfect for children's birthday parties.

According to reviews seen on Influenster, some flavors are better than others, but most often you can find a flavor for everyone. However, we don't think this is the best ice cream available. While Baskin Robbins serves a lot of flavors, we think that in a lot of ways, they fall short. We want the creamiest, dreamiest ice cream products, and Baskin Robbins just isn't what we are looking for.

12. Häagen-Dazs

Häagen-Dazs was founded by two immigrants in the 1960s and carries many flavors including unique varieties such as Black & White Cookie, Cold Brew Espresso Chip Heaven, and Green Tea. They also carry a line of vegan ice cream flavors and ice cream bars. These products are available in most grocery stores, meaning you have likely seen these offerings during your grocery store trips.

Amazon reviews reveal that a lot of people love this brand. One reviewer mentions that Häagen-Dazs is the "benchmark standard" and another mentions that it is "hands down the best." Quite honestly, in our opinion, this ice cream is good, but it is not great. With so many new ice cream brands popping up in the last few years, the competition in the ice cream industry is getting steep and we're not sure that Häagen-Dazs is the best the world has to offer.

11. Magnum

Magnum ice cream carries many frozen ice cream products sold in grocery stores as well as a non-dairy line of ice creams. They are most known for their signature hard chocolate shell that appears in ice cream pints as well as on many of their ice cream frozen bars. They also carry a variety of ice cream pints in flavors such as Double Cookie Crumble, Milk Chocolate Vanilla, and Double Red Velvet.

Many reviews via Amazon, note that this brand is very well-loved. However, like all review sites, there are some mixed reviews. Some mention that this ice cream brand is hands down the best and dangerously good, while another notes that this ice cream brand is overhyped. We happen to agree. Don't get us wrong, Magnum ice creams are good, really good, but not as good as other ice cream brands out there. This is why it falls in the middle of the pack.

10. Blue Bell

Blue Bell is one of the ice cream flavors that has been around the longest, having been founded in 1907. You likely haven't been to one of their two creamery locations, which are located in Brenham, Texas and Sylacauga, Alabama, but you've probably seen them in your local grocery store freezer aisle. They offer a range of ice cream flavors including Cookies N' Cream Cone, Bride's Cake, and Banana Pudding. Additionally, they carry a line of sherbet and other frozen snacks.

Reviews, according to Influenster, show that many people love the dense and very creamy nature of their products. A few reviewers note the real flavor, which can be contributed to higher quality ingredients. Some, however, note that this ice cream brand is nothing exceptional and a bit too sweet. Blue Bell products are definitely better than a lot of other products we've discussed so far, but they aren't quite the cream of the crop. For this reason, we've placed them near the middle of our ranking.

9. Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's was founded by two men in 1978. While they have a few locations nationwide, their products can also be found in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores.

They are known for their exceptionally creative and unique ice cream flavors including Netflix and Chill'd, which is peanut butter frozen dessert with brownie and pretzel pieces, and Cannoli, which is mascarpone ice cream with fudge covered pastry shell pieces and mascarpone swirls. Always ahead of the pack in terms of innovation, Ben & Jerry's also carries a non-dairy line of ice cream products as well as a Core and a Topped line of ice cream pints.

Reviews of their popular flavor Half Baked, via Influenster, display the mega fanfare with this line of products. Many reviewers note that this is their favorite ice cream flavor, their "go-to," or that Ben & Jerry's products are "hands down the best." The rich and full flavor combined with the crazy unique product offerings make this one of the best ice cream brands out there. Unfortunately, because the competition is so steep, they fall at the middle of our list.

8. Talenti

Talenti, which was founded in the 2003, is an ice cream brand that makes both gelatos and sorbettos. They have a large line of flavors including many options that are gluten-free, egg-free, or vegan. Some of their popular flavors include Vanilla Caramel Swirl, Raspberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Crunch, and Caramel Cookie Crunch. When you think of gelato, you may think of Italy, but surprisingly, this brand's story began in Argentina.

According to the reviews on Influenster, this brand is well loved. With over 4.5 out of 5 stars based on over 2,600 reviews, people are liking these gelatos. Many reviewers love that their gelatos are lighter than ice cream, noting that they never disappoint. Despite the high price tag, many reviewers find these Talenti gelatos are worth it. While we happen to greatly enjoy Talenti flavors, there are a few brands that outcompete Talenti for our top ranking spots.

7. Adirondack Creamery

Adirondack Creamery was launched in New York and sources local cream for their wide line of ice cream flavors. Some of these flavors include Kulfi Pistachio Cardamom, Syrian Date and Walnut, and Black Raspberry. They pride themselves on avoiding the use of additives and sell their products in some grocery stores — although they also have overnight nationwide delivery if you are not a local resident.

Reviews on Facebook show that this brand gets a lot of love. Many reviewers declare that this is the best ice cream out there. We admit, this ice cream is exceptional. It's super creamy and dense. You can definitely tell that they source high quality cream in the production of their flavors. While we love this brand, and really have no suggestions to improve upon, Adirondack Creamery just misses our ranking for the top five ice cream brands. Like we said, the competition is steep.

6. McConnell's

McConnell's ice cream shop was founded over 70 years ago and has many locations in Southern California, many of which are situated in Los Angeles. This third generation family business takes pride in making their ice creams from scratch. They offer some really unique flavors such as Honey and Cornbread Cookies, Sprinkle Cake, and Eureka Lemon and Marionberries. They even carry a line of dairy-free flavors including Salted Caramel Chocolate Swirl.

For their superfans or those that do not live locally, they offer a pint of the month club where subscribers can receive three pints per month delivered to their door nationwide. These are usually new and rotating flavors that subscribers can try before these flavors are released in stores.

Reviews according to Yelp show that many people love this ice cream brand. It comes highly recommended as some of the best ice cream ever and many people find it to be worth the long wait in stores.

5. Ample Hills

Ample Hills Creamery started off as a cart in Brooklyn, New York and today sells their ice creams in brick and mortar ice cream shops in California, New York, and New Jersey, and grocery stores. They are known for their innovation in that they were the first ice cream brand to pasteurize on site. They also bake their own mix-ins. This extra attention to detail and pride in their product line helps to create their exceptional ice cream brand. 

They offer many yummy flavors including Nectar of the Queens, which is honey cinnamon ice cream with baklava pieces; Kokomo, which is key lime pie ice cream with graham cracker crust pieces; and The Munchies, which is pretzel-flavored ice cream with ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels, and M&Ms.

These flavors really stand out as exceptional. According to reviews on Trip Advisor, their diverse product line is one of the best qualities about this ice cream brand.

4. Tillamook

Tillamook is an Oregon-based certified B Corp business that offers many ice cream products as well as a number of different cheeses, butter, and other dairy products. Some of their unique ice cream flavor offerings including Banana Split, Tillamook Mudslide, and Marionberry Pie. They also carry a line of frozen custards that we happen to adore. Don't sleep on the Sea Salt & Honeycomb Toffee flavor. This one is divine!

According to the reviews on Amazon, there is some slight disappointment. It seems that some reviewers find that this ice cream is not rich-tasting enough, but it really depends on the flavor selection. Meanwhile, other reviewers note that this ice cream is the creamiest and most flavorful ice cream ever. We happen to be big fans of the Tillamook ice cream and frozen custard product lines. We believe that Tillamook stands in the top four of our ice cream ranking.

3. Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw has many locations of their ice cream shop nationwide and the company prides itself on carrying dairy from grass-fed cows, which contributes to their high quality taste. They carry a line of extremely unique flavors that rotate out each seaon including Hunk a Chunk Peanut Butter and Jelly, Honey Lavender, Cinnamon Snickerdoodles, and Buttermilk Pancakes Bacon and Eggs. If you are not near one of their many locations, they offer nationwide delivery of any pint your heart desires. If you are looking for a reliable ice cream commitment, you can sign up for Salt & Straw's Pints Club, where five rotating flavors will be delivered to your doorstep monthly.

Reviews according to Yelp show that although this brand offers pricey ice cream selections, they also deliver when it comes to portion size. They do not disappoint and people go nuts over their insane variety of flavors.

2. Van Leeuwen's

Van Leeuwen's was founded in New York City back in 2008. They have many local scoop shops across the nation, but if you are not local to one of their shops, you can find their ice cream pints in many grocery store freezer aisles. Additionally, like many of the other brands on this list, they also offer nationwide shipping, in case you want to have your ice cream pints delivered.

While many ice cream brands offer unique flavors, Van Leeuwen's goes a step further, selling many out of this world flavors such as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Honeycomb, Royal Wedding Cake, and Earl Grey Tea. They also offer many flavors in vegan varieties. Reviews according to Influenster, show that people love this brand for their pure and simple ingredients. Many reviewers find that these ice cream pints are pricey but that their rich and creamy high quality texture is exceptional.

1. Jeni's

Jeni's ice cream is arguably one of the best ice cream brands available. They have many local ice cream shops across the country offering local delivery, but, you guessed it, they also offer nationwide shipping. You may even find Jeni's ice cream pints in grocery store freezer aisles, but often they are only in specialty or upscale grocery stores. Jeni's ice cream also offers a subscription based model, called their Pint Club. As a subscriber to the Pint Club, you will be delivered four flavors on a monthly basis. Their unique flavors include Maple Soaked Pancakes, Banana Cream Pudding, and Frose Sorbet.

Jeni's ice cream comes in at our number one spot. Many reviewers, according to Yelp, also share our obsession with the ice cream brand. People go nuts over their unique flavors and extra decadent creamy varieties. For this reason, we've placed them at the very top of our list.