The Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker 68330R is a traditional ice cream machine that uses loads of ice and rock salt, but has an electric motor. It's perfect for making large quantities of ice cream back-to-back. Since it requires so much ice, owners with automatic icemakers will have an easier time meeting this machine's voracious appetite for the frozen cubes. The machine is well made, but some users complain that it's too loud.
Good results, usually. The Hamilton Beach 68330R makes ice cream the old-fashioned way -- with at least 8 pounds of ice, 3 cups of rock salt and a lot of noise. The machine has an electric motor and makes 4 quarts of ice cream in about 20 to 40 minutes. It's not super-powerful, but its power is adequate to get the job done. Still, very bulky mix-ins, such as pretzels, tend to hinder the mixer. Finished ice cream has the consistency of stiff soft-serve, which will continue to harden if put in a freezer.
Put the entire machine in the sink. Here's why: Ice that forms on the outside of the aluminum bucket begins to melt after a while, creating a huge puddle under the machine. If it's in the sink, cleanup is much easier. The machine seems sturdy, but it has a couple of design flaws. The bucket doesn't have a handle, making carrying it, especially full of brine, awkward. And, an Amazon.com user laments the absence of a transparent lid, which would make monitoring the ice cream's progress easier. Still, assembling the machine is not complicated and using it is simple too.
Pays for itself. An Amazon.com owner estimates that if she purchases cream in bulk, picks up a 50-pound sack of rock salt at Home Depot for $7, uses ice from her freezer and spends a few extra pennies for sugar and vanilla, she can make a gallon of high quality ice cream for about $5 or less. At that rate, she says, her machine, which averages $35, paid for itself within six uses. The unit includes a one year limited warranty.
Appliance expert Mandy Slake gives the Hamilton Beach 68330R a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars for its solid construction and its ability to make large quantities of ice cream back-to-back.
Review: Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker Review, Mandy Slake, Jan. 2, 2013
About 370 owners gave the unit an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 64 percent giving it a perfect score. The generally positive reviews focus on how easy the machine is to use. Most of those who wrote negative reviews said that their units broke after just a few tries.
Review: Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013