Owners who've already plunked down $400-plus for a KitchenAid Stand Mixer say they love that their $80 ice cream maker attachment gives them another reason to use their appliance. It's a great option for KitchenAid owners who are already thinking about buying a gel canister type of ice cream maker and want to consolidate their appliances. The bowl, which holds 2 quarts, needs to be pre-frozen for 24 hours before use. Like others who own the gel canister units, KitchenAid owners often store their bowl in their freezer, making it possible to whip up a batch of ice cream at the spur of the moment.
Professional testers and owners say that the attachment produces soft serve ice cream that is light and airy like whipped cream. While it will firm up if transferred to the freezer, it will never get to a dense consistency. Seasoned owners of the stand mixer who are already comfortable with assembling and disassembling their appliance find it easy to use and clean. The dasher is dishwasher safe, but the bowl needs to be hand-washed and fully dried before it is put in the freezer.
The attachment includes a 2-quart freezer bowl, a drive assembly, a dasher and an adapter ring. Owners with limited space will save valuable storage real estate because the parts fit neatly inside the bowl. At $80, the unit costs about the same as the Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet and Ice Cream Maker, our top-rated ice cream maker.