Swirlio Reviews: Frozen Dessert Maker

Swirlio is a frozen dessert maker from Big Boss, advertised as a way to turn ordinary fruit into a soft-serve dessert. Read our Swirlio reviews from editors and readers.

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About Swirlio

This frozen dessert maker has been available since late 2013. The official website is buyswirlio.com, which was registered in October 2013.

Swirlio is available in 5 colors: white, black, red, green, and purple. A 50-page recipe booklet and bonus topping dispenser are also included.

Below is the official website, as seen in March 2014:

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Television commercial

Below is a transcript of the television commercial for Swirlio:

Sugar here, fat there. Fat and sugar everywhere. Wouldn’t you love to give your family healthy treats they’ll enjoy without all the extra fat and sugar? Well now you can with Swirlio. Swirlio is the healthy treat maker that turns ordinary frozen fruit into yummy soft-serve desserts that you and your entire family will love, with absolutely no preservatives, no processed sugars, and no dairy fats. That’s right, just place frozen in the Swirlio, and in seconds you have delicious, nutritious treats that taste just like soft-serve ice cream or yogurt. But unlike real ice cream, Swirlio makes desserts without the added fat and sugar. With Swirlio you can turn bananas, strawberries, and kiwi into a scrumptious strawberry kiwi freeze. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries into a triple berry blast. Or pineapple and banana into a palate-pleasing pineapple whip. Swirlio turns whatever fruit your family craves into rich, thick, creamy desserts that are guilt-free in just seconds. 

“This is great mom!”

Swirlio is yours for only three payments of $19.95 and it comes with this recipe book with fifty mouthwatering recipes your entire family will love. Recipes like Fruit Frenzy, Punkin’ Pie, and the Bahama Mama. Call right now and you’ll also get this bonus topping dispenser. It’s just the trick when you want to be a little indulgent and put your favorite dessert toppings on your Swirlio treats. And it attaches right to your Swirlio. Call right now and we’ll double your order. That’s two Swirlios for only three payments of $19.95. Just pay processing and handling. Call and order your Swirlio now.

How much does Swirlio cost?

The advertised price of Swirlio is “3 easy payments of $19.95 plus s&h.” This breaks down to $59.85 plus $8.95 shipping for a total of $68.80. They also, however, force you into paying for shipping for the second “free” product, adding another $8.95 for a grand total of $77.75.

Puerto Rico and Hawaii orders add $20 and $10 respectively.

Our Swirlio Review

The concept of turning fruit into a frozen dessert is not new, as there are several items currently on the market that do just that. One of the more visible competitors in this category is Yonanas, which is about $50 and is available in stores.

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Swirlio feels more like a sausage grinder than a blender, which is a good thing because blenders typically don’t turn a frozen banana into a soft-serve dessert. The frozen desserts we were able to create with Swirlio were similar to that of Yonanas, with the texture being similar to frozen yogurt. Achieving the proper texture can be a bit of a learning curve, as this depends on the fruit you put into the machine. Allowing frozen fruit to thaw slightly will improve texture greatly. We found that most desserts benefit from a banana “base” due to the softer texture of that fruit.

Although cleanup is easy, the chute does require a little extra effort to clean out. Using a kitchen brush aids cleanup greatly.

Desserts created with Swirlio are healthier than ice cream, but this could quickly be offset by using their topping dispenser, which has the potential of making that “healthy” treat into a high-calorie dessert.

Bottom Line

Swirlio is a satisfactory way to make frozen desserts from fruit. It is not the only player in this category, nor is it the cheapest. You may want to browse the competition locally before making a decision, and to potentially avoid shipping delays and charges.

Your Swirlio Review

Have you used Swirlio? Let us hear from you in the comments below.

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  • Alex Manning

    I ordered this product 1/15/14 and I am still waiting on it. They state they are in back order, I think is ridiculous to wait 3 month for a product, if they continue to do business like this it’s crazy.

  • Amanda

    I was skeptical about this product, but they sell it at Giant Tiger in Canada for $50. My children 4 years and 9 months love it! My daughter wants it at every meal and it purées the fruit well for my son. I haven’t tried many recipes yet, but mixed berries and bananas are a favourite around here!