The Nostalgia ICMP400 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker has a loyal following among owners at Amazon.com and Walmart.com. They praise its simplicity and ability to make a gallon of creamy ice cream. The downside: It requires rock salt and between one and two bags of ice per batch.
The work pays off. It takes a bit of work to layer the rock salt and heaps of ice, but owners of the Nostalgia ICMP400 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker say their awesome results make it well worth it. The machine has a loyal following on Amazon.com and Walmart.com, with countless reviewers proclaiming they made the best tasting ice cream they ever had with this Nostalgia machine. Be forewarned: Don't bother following the recipes in the manual, since even the testers at Good Housekeeping couldn't use them to create ice cream.
Simple. The machine is so simple to use that even a 12-year-old girl used it for an ice-cream-making contest, writes an Amazon.com mother. While you can use cubes of ice, it's better to follow the tip in the manual about using smaller crystals, since the mixture freezes faster. Users who were dissatisfied with the unit say it works well, but they didn't like fussing with rock salt and ice.
Holds up to abuse. Owners say the machine is well worth its cost. The plastic bucket is durable, the aluminum is sturdy and its motor is strong enough to ensure that the entire batch gets firm. Some users admit to overworking their units, either making at least one batch a week for several months or several batches in a day. However, one Amazon user, who loves the machine, worries that over time the plastic paddle will strip its threads if the ice cream becomes too thick while the motor is running. But for now, his machine is operating well.
1. Good Housekeeping
Experts at Good Housekeeping gave the Nostalgia Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker a B-grade for ease of assembly, excellent customer service and the full gallon of ice cream it makes at once. However, testers did not like the way it produced vanilla ice cream and report that the recipes in the instruction manual do not produce ice cream.
Review: Nostalgia ICMP400 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker, Editors of Good Housekeeping, June 2012
About 215 users review the ice cream maker at Amazon.com, giving it an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, with more than 70 percent giving it a perfect score. Many users relayed happy stories about the machine's ease of use and the delicious ice cream it produces. One mother reported that her 12-year-old daughter used it for an ice cream making contest.
Review: Nostaglia Electrics ICMP-400 Blue 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
At least 95 percent of the 109 reviewers who wrote opinions about the ice cream maker would recommend this product to a friend. Walmart.com reviewers also effusively praise the machine's simplicity, effectiveness and value.
Review: Nostalgia Electrics 4-Qt. Plastic Bucket Ice Cream Maker, Blue, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of August 2013