The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment H is an excellent option for people who have already invested in a stand mixer from the manufacturer. Professional testers and owners praise the delicious, light and whipped cream-like ice cream it produces. While ice cream will firm up if it's put back in the freezer, it will never get super-hard. The attachment has a gel-lined canister that will churn out 2 quarts but needs to be pre-frozen for 24 hours.
Tasty frozen desserts if you control the variables. Professional testers and owners say the KitchenAid ice cream attachment makes delicious ice cream, however its texture resembles whipped cream. Devotees recommend transferring the ice cream into the freezer for further hardening, but admit that it will never get dense. Some disappointed owners lament that their desserts remain runny and loose no matter what they do. As with other freezer bowl machines, freezing the bowl and pre-chilling the mixture makes better dessert. Fans say various factors affect the results including: room temperature, the quality of the custard, and the amount of the mixture going into the machine.
Easy to operate. Owners say the attachment is easy to use, operate and disassemble for cleaning. Storing is easy. since the 2-quart bowl is the size of the standard mixer bowl and the attachment's parts fit inside. Cleaning is relatively easy, as the dasher (paddle) is dishwasher safe, but the bowl isn't. Users caution against pouring the mix into the bowl before turning on the mixer or the mix may prematurely freeze and lock in the dasher. Instead, turn on your mixer to the lowest speed while you pour in the mix, advises Kimberly Kunaniec of About.com, and then turn up the speed to two or three while churning.
Yet another reason to use the mixer. The KitchenAid ice cream attachment fits all KitchenAid stand mixers manufactured after 1990. Owners say they love being able to use their appliance in another way, and the mixer is powerful enough that users don't worry about it dying while churning a batch of frozen dessert. Prices for the attachment start at about $80. However, lovers of very hard ice cream may want to skip on the attachment and buy a standalone ice cream maker instead. The unit includes a one-year limited warranty.
1. Good Housekeeping
The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker earned a B+ grade from testers at Good Housekeeping for its ice cream and sorbet-making abilities. It got extra points for its thorough manual and ease of use, but it lost some for its tricky assembly and grainy sorbets.
Review: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment H, Editors of Good Housekeeping, May 2012
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The editors of Cooks Illustrated tested two styles of ice cream makers: self-refrigerating appliances and cheaper models with removable coolant-lined canisters. The KitchenAid Maker Attachment is one of the canister models reviewed.
Review: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Sept. 1, 2010
3. Country Living
The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment is one of five ice cream makers reviewed by Country Living magazine. The author provides a brief description of her personal experience and does not disclose her methodology. Her ice cream took 20 minutes with the KitchenAid attachment.
Review: Best Home Ice Cream Makers: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, Serena Thompson, Undated
The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment garnered 4.5 out of 5 stars. Kimberly Kunaniec likes that the bowl can churn up to 5 cups of ice cream, the mixer is easy to clean and the dasher is dishwasher safe. However, since the bowl needs to be frozen for at least 15 hours before use, it rules out making ice cream on the spur of the moment. She shares some other tips in her review.
Review: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment Review, Kimberly Kunaniec, Undated
The KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment got an overall score of 86 out of 100 score from the nearly 60 owners who reviewed it. The attachment got scores of 4 out of 5 for performance, ease of use and capacity, and 5s for durability, ease of use and design.
Review: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment for Stand Mixers KICA0WH Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of August 2013
More than 60 Williams-Sonoma owners gave the ice cream attachment an overall 4.1 out of 5 stars, praising the delicious, if not super-hard, ice cream it makes. They say the attachment is easy to use and clean, and is a good investment for people who already own a KitchenAid stand mixer.
Review: KitchenAid Stand Mixer Ice Cream Attachment, Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com, As of August 2013
Nearly 160 owners give the attachment an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 83 percent giving it a perfect score. Because of the attachment's open top, one owner suggests operating the machine in the coldest room in the house. Otherwise, a warm room will create slush.
Review: 2-Qt. Ice Cream Maker Attachment by KitchenAid, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of August 2013