Reviews praise the stainless-steel Lello Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080, saying it makes richer, creamier French-style ice cream. It produces 1.5 quarts of superb, highly aerated ice cream in 30 to 40 minutes, but several owners say a 1-quart batch is more accurate, noting that larger mixes can overflow and create a mess. Unlike gel-canister makers, it has its own compressor, so it's ready for another batch immediately. It can also make slushy drinks. It's powerful and relatively quiet but weighs almost 40 pounds and is very expensive. For a less expensive compressor-style model, reviews point to the Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker IC-2L (*Est. $235), which makes up to 2 quarts of ice cream.
The best comparison review of the Lussino ice cream maker comes from Stephen Metcalf of Slate.com, who tests it along with six other machines using two different recipes. We also found more than 100 owner-written reviews and ratings of the Lussino at Amazon.com, Epinions.com and Cooking.com.
This detailed review picks the Lello Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080 as the best ice cream maker of all seven tested, giving it top ratings for the superior ice cream it produced in tests with two recipes. While this review is several years old, it's the most detailed we found, and all the models tested are still current.
Review: The Inside Scoop, Stephen Metcalf, June 28, 2005
More than 100 owners review the Lello Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080 here, giving it a near-perfect average rating with just a handful of negative reviews. Owners praise the quality of this stainless-steel model, and many say that the 1.5-quart capacity is ideal for the average family, although many point out that it makes only about 1 quart at a time. Some also mention that it's so heavy that it needs to stay on the counter. There are a few complaints about malfunctioning lights or motors, and at least one reviewer says Lello's customer service is less than stellar.
Review: Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker, Stainless, Contributors to Amazon.com
At Cooking.com, the Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080 earns near-perfect ratings of 4.8 stars (out of 5) from nearly 40 owners, many of whom also provide detailed reviews. Most owners are delighted with this ice cream maker, which has a removable churning blade, but a few complain that the bowl can't be removed.
Review: Stainless Steel Lussino Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Cooking.com
A dozen owners rate and review the Lello Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080 here, with praise for its durability, attractive design and delicious ice cream. Minor complaints echo those at Amazon.com.
Review: Musso Lussino Dessert Maker 4080 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Epinions.com