The Cuisinart ICE-50BC is a compressor-style ice cream maker, which means the canister needs no pre-freezing. The ICE-50BC reportedly whips up 2 quarts of creamy, mousse-like ice cream in about 40 to 50 minutes. Some owners wish for firmer consistency, and most find the Cuisinart noisy. A few find it flimsy, reporting that some of the plastic parts can break. This sleek box-like appliance is well designed and attractive enough to leave out on the counter, but at 13 pounds is also easy to store. The Cuisinart ICE-50BC has an automatic shutoff feature and a large opening for mix-ins. This all-in-one ice cream maker has its own compressor. Though less convenient, the Cuisinart ICE-21 (*Est. $60) also makes good ice cream, but you have to pre-freeze its gel canister. The Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker (*Est. $235), also a compressor-style machine, is much quieter, according to reviews, and is also less expensive than the ICE-50BC.
We found the best comparison review of the Cuisinart ICE-50BC at Cook's Illustrated magazine, where editors pit it against another self-cooling model and four canister-style ice cream makers. Stephen Metcalf, in a review for Slate.com, tests it along with six other ice cream makers using two different recipes. Real Simple magazine editors include this commercial-quality model in their roundup of 14 ice cream makers. We also found nearly 200 owner-written ratings of the Cuisinart ICE-50BC published at Amazon.com, Cooking.com, Viewpoints.com and Epinions.com -- many with useful comments.
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1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The Cuisinart ICE-50BC is one of two self-cooling models tested in this comparison, in addition to four gel-canister ice cream makers. A few batches of both lime sorbet and vanilla ice cream are mixed in each unit; editors evaluate models based on ice cream texture, prep time, ease of use and noise during operation.
Review: Inexpensive Ice Cream Makers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Sept. 1, 2010
This detailed hands-on review tests the Cuisinart ICE-50BC, along with six other ice cream makers, using two different recipes. Stephen Metcalf likes this machine's sleek looks and says it makes good ice cream, but he gives top ranking to the more expensive Lello Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080.
Review: The Inside Scoop, Stephen Metcalf, June 28, 2005
3. Real Simple
Editors of Real Simple magazine test 14 ice cream makers, selecting the Cuisinart Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker ICE-50BC as the best deluxe model. One tester calls it "instant gratification," because you can make batch after batch without having to freeze any canisters.
Review: The Best Ice Cream Makers, Editors of Real Simple magazine
About 150 owners review the Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker here, giving it an average rating of 4 stars. Most are very happy with it, but some find the plastic dasher flimsy and the motor weak, or they express minor complaints about noise and the time the machine takes to finish a batch.
Review: Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com
At Cooking.com, the Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker earns a rating of 4.2 stars (out of 5) from more than 30 owners, many of whom also add comments. Most are pleased with it, but a few say that ice cream takes a long time to freeze, and others complain that it's noisy.
Review: Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Cooking.com
Less than ten owners contribute to an average rating of 4.62 out of 5. Most say the Cuisinart ICE-50BC is convenient, with the ability to make consecutive batches of ice cream and no need to pre-freeze a bowl.
Review: Cuisinart Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker #50BC Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Far fewer owners review the Cuisinart ICE-50BC 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker here, giving it a lower average rating -- not only because of noise and flimsy plastic parts, but also because it makes softer ice cream that requires more time in the freezer.
Review: Cuisinart ICE-50BC 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Epinions.com