The Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Qt. Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker is an easy-to-use, sturdy electric machine that churns out excellent-tasting frozen desserts in about 25 minutes, as long as the ingredients have been pre-chilled. The inner bowl requires up to 22 hours of pre-freezing, which prevents making ice cream on a whim. The unit gets high marks from several professional testers and individual owners. One caveat: Some users find the machine exceptionally noisy.
Delicious frozen treats. The Cuisinart Pure Indulgence ice cream maker earns high marks from individual owners and several professional testers, including Good Housekeeping, for its simplicity and ability to churn out tasty frosty treats in about 25 minutes. However, the internal canister needs to be frozen between six and 22 hours. By the end of churning, the ice cream is the consistency of very firm soft-serve. Owners who want it harder will need to transfer the ice cream back into the freezer. Users also suggest starting with chilled ingredients for the best results. This Cuisinart unit is loud, but users equate the noise more to running a dishwasher than a blender full of ice.
Simple to use. With only four parts to assemble, the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence is a breeze to use and clean. Owners love the built-in cord storage and the opening at the top for adding mix-ins. This unit does not have a timer, but it will automatically stop if the motor overheats or the dessert gets too thick. Some users complain that the dasher (paddle) is not wide enough to scrape the sides of the canister, causing the dessert to build up on the canister walls. Avoid this issue by monitoring the machine and using a spatula to scrape the sides into the center for faster freezing.
Three-year limited warranty. Keep an eye out for deals on the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence, which retails for about $70. Owners say the electric machine is really just a motor that spins the canister, but it seems very sturdy. While there are just a few parts, they all require hand-washing. Long-time owners say their machines are still working well after years of use. Moreover, the unit comes with a three-year limited warranty.
1. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping tested 18 machines, grading them on which churned out the smoothest vanilla ice cream and peach sorbet. Testers also rate the machines on ease of prep and ease of assembly and cleaning, as well as their noise levels. The Cuisinart Pure Indulgence ICE-30BC earned an A rating.
Review: Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Qt. Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker ICE-30BC, Editors of the Good Housekeeping, May 2012
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The editors of Cook's Illustrated tested two styles of ice cream makers: self-refrigerating appliances and cheaper models with removable coolant-lined canisters. They churned vanilla ice cream and lime sorbet in two self-refrigerating models and four canister models, including the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence, surveying for texture, overrun percentage, noise and general user-friendliness.
Review: Ice Cream Makers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Sept. 1, 2010
3. Which? magazine
The editors of U.K.-based Which? magazine tested 16 ice cream makers on performance, ease of assembly, design and ease of use. The Cuisinart ICE-30BC was one of the ones tested.
Review: Ice Cream Maker Reviews, Undated
Bestcovery.com chooses the five best products in any category, designating one the #1 Best. Appliance expert Mandy Slake chose the top five in the general Best Ice Cream Maker category but does not disclose her methodology. She gives the Cuisinart ICE-30BC a 4 out of 5 score.
Review: Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker Review, Mandy Slake, Jan. 2, 2013
Individual owners gave the Cuisinart ICE-30BC an overall score of 93 out of 100, rating it on performance, durability, ease of use and cleaning, capacity and design. The other ice cream makers reviewed on the website have an overall score of 87. Many of the positive reviews include excellent tips for using the machine.
Review: Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker ICE-30BC Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints, As of August 2013
The Cuisinart ICE-30BC is Amazon's best-selling ice cream maker, as reported on the website's best sellers' lists. The machine has an overall 4.5 out of 5 star rating from more than 1,075 owners. About 72 percent of those owners give the maker a perfect score. The reviews are a great resource for troubleshooting tips and recipes.
Review: Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet and Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
Cooking.com analyzes its user data and identifies five top rated items, which must have been reviewed at least 20 times by customers and have a minimum overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The Cuisinart Pure Indulgence ICE-30BC has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 200 reviewers.
Review: 2-qt. Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of August 2013
Williams-Sonoma only sells five ice cream machines. About 300 owners review the unit for the website, giving it an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Reviewers are generally positive and cite trial and error for poor results. Dissatisfied buyers complain of the long time the inner bowl must be in the freezer and the soupy consistency of the finished frozen dessert.
Review: Cuisinart Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com, As of August 2013
ChefsCatalog.com sells 11 different ice cream or frozen dessert machines, and all of them get an overall rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars. The one with the most reviews and the highest rating is the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence -- a 4.6 rating with 75 reviews.
Review: Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet and Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of August 2013
Macy's sells 13 frozen-treat machines. The Cuisinart Pure Indulgence has 62 reviews, the most in the ice cream maker category, and garners an overall rating of 5 stars. Many owners praise the recipes in the book that comes with the unit, but they cite one drawback: having to lose freezer space to the canister.
Review: Cuisinart ICE-30BC Ice Cream Maker, As of August 2013, Contributors to Macys.com