The KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment adds a gel canister and paddle to your KitchenAid stand mixer. This lets you adjust the mixing speed to determine the texture of your ice cream and sorbet: dense or fluffy. For the most part, however, reviewers say this attachment makes airy ice cream, a texture some people like more than others. The attachment makes 2 quarts of ice cream in 15 to 20 minutes, but you must first freeze the gel bowl, which can take up a lot of space in the freezer. Owners say the attachment is easy to use. And it saves space and money to use the mixer's motor, but the attachment only works with specific models of KitchenAid stand mixers. KitchenAid also doesn't sell freezer bowls individually, so owners who want to make more than one batch will have to wait for the bowl to re-freeze between uses. If you want to make several batches consecutively, opt for the Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker (*Est. $60), which also uses gel canisters, but it's possible to buy additional bowls.
We found the most recent comparison tests of the KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker attachment at one foodie magazine, where editors tests six inexpensive canister-style ice cream makers. Good Housekeeping also tests the KitchenAid KICAOWH Ice Cream Maker Attachment in an individual product review. We found more than 700 owner-written reviews and ratings at Amazon.com, Cooking.com and Viewpoints.com.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine compare the KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment with three inexpensive canister-style ice cream makers and two self-cooling models. The KitchenAid attachment produces especially light, creamy ice cream and the KitchenAid is more expensive than the stand-alone machines tested.
Review: Ice Cream Makers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Sept. 1, 2010
2. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping intern Brooke Mazurk provides an in-depth review of the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, saying it quickly whipped up a batch of ice cream in about five minutes. She does note that while the attachment was easy to use, the bowl must be frozen for at least 15 hours before making ice cream, and the instructions recommend freezing the ice cream for a few hours prior to eating it.
Review: Make Your Own Ice Cream, Sharon Franke and Brooke Mazurk, July 1, 2009
About 530 owners give the KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment a very high average rating of 4.5 stars out of a possible 5, saying it makes superb ice cream that's quite airy in texture. Some owners wish the bowl had a lid and a handle, and a few note that the paddle is made of plastic.
Review: KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 160 owners rate the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment here, giving it a high average rating of 4.4 on a 5-point scale. Most owners say it does a great job, but some think it's a little pricey.
Review: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, Contributors to Cooking.com
More than 55 owners review the KitchenAid KICA0WH 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker Attachment here, where it averages 4.48 stars out of 5. . Most owners like the attachment and find it easy to clean, but some note that it can make only one batch per day, because the bowl must be frozen between uses.
Review: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment for Stand Mixers KICA0WH Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com