Last updated: 16/10/2022

How we pick our products

21Products analysed

27Hours spent

24Evaluated articles

67User reviews

Welcome to our big candyfloss machine test 2022. Here we present all the candyfloss machines we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best candyfloss machine for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a candyfloss machine.




Summary

  • A candyfloss machine is not only a popular attraction at Christmas markets and fairs, but also at private parties and festivities.
  • Depending on the design, you can choose a candyfloss machine with a bonnet, a candyfloss machine for sugar sweets or an extra large candyfloss machine.
  • When buying a candyfloss machine, you should take a closer look at the functionality, the ease of use, the accessories and the price-performance ratio.

The Best Cotton Candy Machine: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a candyfloss machine

What is a candyfloss machine?

With a candyfloss machine, you can easily and conveniently bring the pure fairground feeling into your home. After all, who says that you can only enjoy candyfloss once a year, when the fairground operators and fairground stall owners are in town? After all, this sweet is much more than “just” a treat.

Zuckerwattemaschine Kinder

Cotton candy is particularly popular with young children and those with a sweet tooth. Candyfloss is often sold at fairs, city festivals or Christmas markets. However, with your own candyfloss machine, you can make your own portion at any time. (Photo: Dmitriy Shironosov / 123RF.com)

In fact, candyfloss always takes you back in time: to a time when you were still allowed to be a child and enjoy the huge sugar balls on a wooden stick with your eyes closed.

In view of this precious memory, what could be more natural than to use a candy floss machine to bring the “good old days” home, just as you like, and in the process to fulfil not only yourself but also the wishes of your offspring, to let them share in what was once really good?

Enjoying candy floss is indeed something wonderful, and it is all the nicer that today everyone really does have the possibility to get this good feeling at home with a candy floss machine whenever they feel like it.

How much does a candyfloss machine cost?

A modern, averagely powerful candyfloss machine can cost around 25 to 30 euros, although such devices in the medium-price segment can cost around 50 to 100 euros.

Candyfloss machines that are to be used regularly in one’s own four walls and with which larger quantities are to be produced for family, friends and co. may well cost between 150 and 200 euros.

Candyfloss machines that can be seen at fun fairs often cost up to 2,000 euros.

Decision: What types of candyfloss machines are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we can distinguish between three types of candyfloss machines:

  • Candyfloss machine with bonnet
  • Candyfloss machine for sugar sweets
  • Extra large candyfloss machine

What is a candyfloss machine with a bonnet and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Not every candyfloss machine is equipped with a protective bonnet. With machines that have such a device, it can be ensured from the outset that the liquid sugar cannot get over the edge in the course of its processing in the machine and soil the work surface, for example.

Interestingly, such a protective cover is often also called a spit guard. As unappetising as this may seem at first glance, it is nevertheless important in terms of its functionality.

Advantages
  • Hood
  • Cleanliness
  • Functionality
Disadvantages
  • None

When you consider that there are usually many astonished connoisseurs and candyfloss fans lined up around the bowl to watch the preparation of the coveted candyfloss, it is not surprising that it literally makes your mouth water. This is precisely the deeper meaning of the spit shield.

What is a candyfloss machine and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Numerous candyfloss machines are designed in such a way that they are not only very suitable for making the much-loved candyfloss, but can also be used to make sugar candies.

Advantages
  • Making candyfloss and sugar sweets
Disadvantages
  • None

For this purpose, the rotary clamping head can be deactivated to prevent the melting sugar from forming threads right from the start.

What is an extra-large candyfloss machine and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

As is generally known, extra-large candyfloss machines are available for the commercial sector, although here too there are many different versions available in well-stocked specialist shops.

Did you know that the SV Feldkirchen-Mittelharthausen made the world’s largest candyfloss on 13 July 2013?

It was 5 metres and 45 centimetres long and a total of 70 kilograms of sugar were processed. The candyfloss was dyed red.

Those who like can opt for the classic large-scale machines in this regard, while others choose candyfloss machines implemented in a moving frame or a shop system equipped with wheels.

Advantages
  • More space
Disadvantages
  • More expensive than other machines

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate candyfloss machines

The following list contains all the criteria on which we base our search for the best candyfloss machine:

  • Functionality
  • Ease of use
  • Accessories
  • Performance portfolio
  • Price-performance ratio

Functionality

A candyfloss machine should “be able” to do one thing above all else: Make candyfloss. And it should do so in the simplest and most efficient way possible. It is important that the results are impressive – without having to invest a lot of time and nerves in advance. In this respect, the functionality of the device plays a very important role.

Zuckerwattemaschine Zuckerwatte

The functionality, operability, additionally included accessories, the performance portfolio and the price-performance ratio are important factors in the decision-making process. After all, you should be able to enjoy your machine for many years. (Photo: supergranto / 123RF.com)

By the way, some machines are even capable of producing different types of sugar sweets in addition to candyfloss. However, this is not necessarily an adequate assessment criterion.

Usability

If a candyfloss machine has many functions and features, this can definitely be an advantage for the consumer. However, this is only the case if the machine is also as easy as possible to handle, clean and maintain.

After all, you want to enjoy candyfloss in as short a time as possible – and not spend hours making technical settings.

Accessories

Many modern candyfloss machines score points for their high quality and comprehensive performance. However, there is sometimes a lack of suitable accessories.

If, for example, a splash or spit guard is not included in the scope of delivery, or if there are even no sticks included in the delivery, the consumer has to buy these utensils separately in order to be able to fully enjoy the candyfloss he has made himself.

Performance portfolio

Small machines that are only used from time to time are characterised by a wattage of around 600 to 800 watts. Compared to more powerful models, it certainly takes a little longer for these machines to produce the coveted candy floss.

In principle, therefore, a lower performance portfolio does not have to be meaningful in order to test the quality of a candyfloss baking machine. However, it is generally advisable to take a look at the corresponding specifications when it comes to weighing up how much and how often candyfloss is to be made.

In the commercial sector, users can do little with 600 or 800 watt machines. They should be at least 1,200 to 1,500 watts.

Price-performance ratio

As we have seen time and again – also with regard to candyfloss machines – good quality does not necessarily have to be associated with high costs. Cost-conscious candyfloss fans can find out which candyfloss machines are high-quality, powerful and functional and also score points for their attractive price-performance ratio in our tests.

Facts worth knowing about candyfloss machines

DOs and DON’Ts with candyfloss machines

So that you can be sure of making the best and most delicious candyfloss, we have put together a few DOs and DON’Ts for you.

DO DON’T
Sugar flavouring – for example with vanilla flavouring, this will give your candyfloss a great taste Add oil – you don’t need extra oil! The sugar will not burn as it is spun in liquid form.
Sugar colour – just add some food colouring and you’ve added some colour Sugar mixtures – Sugar mixtures are very easy to use but also very expensive.
Sugar shapes – Cotton candy is easy to shape. You can also create shapes while spinning Use brown cane sugar – the melting temperature of cane sugar is different from traditional granulated sugar and therefore not suitable.

When was candyfloss invented?

The exact date of the invention of candyfloss is unclear. The first reports can be found in literature between the 16th and 17th centuries in recipe books. In 1897, William J. Morrison and John C. Wharton filed a patent in Nashville for a machine to make candyfloss.

Did you know that candyfloss has its own holiday in America?

National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated every year on 7 December. Well, it’s not a highly official holiday, but it is celebrated by many Americans.

It is often claimed that candyfloss was only invented in 1897 and presented at a world’s fair in St. Louis a few years later, because the improved machine was patented here. This misconception even made it into popular literature, so it is widely circulated as a legend.

How is candyfloss made?

In a candyfloss machine, about five to six grams of household sugar or isomalt – maple syrup is also often used in North America – are heated, liquefied and spun by centrifugal force for one serving. Granulated sugar is heated on a heating coil to the flow point at around 150 °C and spun away from the spinning head by centrifugal force.

Zuckerwattemaschine Paar

Classically, the candy floss is coloured slightly pink. However, with the appropriate food colouring, you can also make your very own candyfloss. You can also add your own flavour to your creation with different concentrates. How about a green woodruff candyfloss, for example? (Photo: Valerie Elash / unsplash.com)

On its way from the spinning head, the liquid sugar solidifies into threads and is wound up in a round tub with a stick as candyfloss. The resulting threads are not crystalline like the original substance, but amorphous. Therefore, they are soft like cotton wool. The candyfloss also owes its name to this cotton wool-like consistency.

Candyfloss can be coloured by adding food colouring. Additional flavourings of numerous flavours, such as blueberry, strawberry, cherry or melon, increase the range.

How can I prepare candyfloss correctly?

When you have a craving for candyfloss in addition to your other cravings for ice cream and chocolate, you simply get the candyfloss machine out of the cupboard and prepare the appropriate ingredients. The most common method for making candyfloss “on your own” with the candyfloss machine is the following:

You need about three to four tablespoons of sugar. Ideally, white sugar and not brown sugar is used for this. The latter sometimes proves to be more “unruly” in the course of preparation, so the procedure could be a little more time-consuming overall. The sugar is filled into the container provided for this purpose, which is located at the bottom of the machine, usually in the middle.

Then it is only necessary to press the start button and bring the appliance to the required temperature of around 180 degrees Celsius. As soon as the temperature is reached, the sugar starts to become liquid. In the course of this, the spindle head is immediately activated so that thin threads of sugar are formed by these rotations, which now settle at the bottom of the container in the machine.

At this point, at the latest, you should take a thin wooden stick and stretch these threads with skilful grips. Steady turning is now important to stretch the delicious sugar threads evenly and to achieve a result worth seeing.

If you don’t have the opportunity to make your own candyfloss with your own candyfloss machine, you can either use a saucepan to produce the popular delicacy. However, this involves a considerable amount of time.

It also requires far more sugar – about five to six cups full. Here are the ingredients for candyfloss without a candyfloss machine.

ingredients amount
sugar approx.400 g
corn syrup approx. 20 ml
water approx. 20 ml
salt a pinch

Alternatively, you can buy ready-made candyfloss at the supermarket around the corner. However, in order to make it durable and thus attractive to consumers, colourings and preservatives are usually added. And who wants that?

Photo credit: Chalermphon Kumchai / 123RF.com

Reviews