The Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker uses ice and rock salt to prepare four quarts of ice cream in approximately 20 to 40 minutes. This model -- which should be used either outdoors or near a floor drain -- has an aluminum inner canister surrounded by a plastic outer bucket, which consumers say is easy to clean. Adding ice and rock salt can be labor-intensive, but most reviewers say operating this machine is relatively simple. It is loud during use, and some owners complain that the ice cream is too soft after preparation. Like most ice cream makers, the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker produces a soft-serve consistency; placing prepared ice cream in the freezer for few hours will firm it up to desired consistency. The Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker costs considerably less than its White Mountain competitors, including the Rival White Mountain 6-Quart F69206-X (*Est. $240), which is surrounded by complaints of malfunctioning motors and leaky buckets.
Nearly 160 owners offer feedback on the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker on Amazon.com. Additional user reviews are found on Epinions.com and Viewpoints.com, but some reviews found on Viewpoints.com appear to be referring to a different model. CookwareTalk.com features a detailed individual review of this model, but unfortunately, the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker isn't included in any professional roundups.
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Nearly 160 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker is fun and easy to use, producing 4 quarts of soft-serve consistency ice cream in about 30 to 40 minutes.
Review: Hamilton Beach 68330-R 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com
Editors of CookwareTalk.com offer a balanced and detailed perspective of the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker, saying that while it is noisy, it's easy to use, makes 4 quarts of ice cream in about 20 to 40 minutes and is inexpensive.
Review: Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker Review, Editors of CookwareTalk.com
While 15 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.73 out of 5, some reviewers refer to a different Hamilton Beach model, which doesn't use ice or rock salt and has a 1.5-quart capacity. There are several reviewers clearly referring to the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart model, and those reviews are mostly positive.
Review: Hamilton Beach 68330R Ice Cream Maker Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Less than 10 owners comment on the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker, which has an average rating of 3 stars out of 5. Detractors wish the ice cream was firmer after preparation, and there are a few reports of cracked lids.
Review: Hamilton Beach 68330 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Epinions.com