The Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker is a nifty budget machine that produces great frozen desserts. While it's constructed of plastic, it is easy to use and clean, and some parts can be washed in the dishwasher. However, its freezer bowl needs to be pre-frozen for about 22 hours, and users say it's a little noisy. Most importantly, the directions must be followed diligently for the best results.
Patience will be rewarded. This Hamilton Beach ice cream maker produces deliciously creamy ice cream in as little as 20 minutes or as long as an hour, according to both professional testers and owners. Just be sure to follow the directions precisely or the results will be hit-or-miss, fans advise. How long the ice cream takes depends on how cold the freezer is, how long the canister is in the freezer and the temperature and quantity of the mixture. When the perfect conditions combine, owners are rewarded with soft-set ice cream, which should be transferred into a container and stored in the freezer for about an hour.
Fun. The Hamilton Beach ice cream maker is easy to assemble, use and clean. But be sure to keep an eye on it, as it doesn't turn off automatically. The blade simply stops when it's ready. It's also important to pour the mix slowly and carefully through a hole in the lid, which one user finds too small. While the capacity is 1.5 quarts (6 cups), the mixture cannot measure more than 1 quart (4 cups) at a time; otherwise, it won't harden. The biggest downside for many owners is the racket the machine makes.
Good deal. Owners say that the Hamilton Beach ice cream maker is a fun machine for families with children or people who make ice cream only occasionally. The unit is all plastic and may not win any beauty awards, but it gets the job done. It's hard to beat at $35 (and it comes with a one year limited warranty).
1. Good Housekeeping
The Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker is Good Housekeeping's favorite budget ice cream maker. It's awarded an A for its delicious ice cream making abilities, its ease of use and assembly and its thorough manual. It's a bit noisy and doesn't have an automatic turn-off feature.
Review: Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker, Editors of Good Housekeeping , May 2012
2. Country Living
The author reviews five ice cream makers, providing a brief description of her personal experience. She does not disclose a formal testing methodology and only highlights the positives of each product. The Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Capacity is easy to use and clean and gave her great results.
Review: Best Home Ice Cream Makers, Serena Thompson, Undated
About 50 owners at Viewpoints.com gave the Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Capacity machine an overall score of 83 out of 100. The reviews are generally positive and focus on how easy it is to use the machine. One owner warns that recipes in the manual need to be checked for volume, since some recipes create too much mix for the bowl.
Review: Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of August 2013