Ice Cream Makers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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Inexpensive Ice Cream Makers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentCook's Illustrated magazine editors test six ice cream makers (two self-cooling models and four canister-style ice cream makers), highly recommending two of the six, and three with reservations. Only one of the six tested models is not recommended at all. An official rating scale isn't provided, but a brief discussion on each ice cream's texture (immediate and after two days of freezing), each ice cream maker's ease of use and noise are highlighted. While the editors don't describe their testing methodology in detail, their discussion indicates that both ice cream and sorbet were made in each model.
Ice Cream Makers
by Vivian Jao
Our AssessmentEditors at RachaelRayMag.com say they tested dozens of ice cream makers, but they don't tell us which ones, only identifying the top five. They also don't describe their testing methodology, but both pros and cons of each of the top five are discussed. Of the five recommended ice cream makers, each have downsides and none stands out as the clear winner.
The Inside Scoop
by Stephen Metcalf
Our AssessmentStephen Metcalf, a writer at Slate.com, is a self-confessed ice cream obsessive. In this article, he explains how Philadelphia- and French-style ice creams differ and prepares cookies 'n' cream (Philly style) and cinnamon gelato (French style) in seven ice cream makers. He rates each machine for ease of use, time of completion, elegance of design and ultimate ice cream quality. Lussino by Musso receives the highest ratings for the "exponentially" superior ice cream it produces. Metcalf also likes the Cuisinart ICE-50BC and the KitchenAid gel-canister stand mixer attachment, although the latter's price strikes him as "absurdly high." We wish this review was more recently written, but all the models included in testing are still current, other than the Cuisinart ICE-20, which has been replaced by a newer version, the Cuisinart ICE-21.
The Best Ice Cream Makers
by Editors of Real Simple magazine
Our AssessmentEditors at Real Simple magazine test 14 ice cream makers and recommend their top three picks. Testers say the Cuisinart ICE-20 is easy to use and easy to clean, earning it the title of best ice cream maker overall. The best ice cream maker for mix-ins, the Deni Automatic Ice Cream Maker with Candy Crusher, earns props for its ability to chop and mix M&Ms, pretzels and other goodies right into the ice cream. The Cuisinart ICE-50BC is the quickest, because it doesn't require pre-freezing a canister, but it has a price tag to match at $300. This article doesn't list all the models tested, nor does it include a description of rating criteria or testing methodology.
Ice Cream Machines
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwners are invited to rate their ice cream makers at Amazon.com, and there are several models here that have accumulated hundreds of reviews. Five models have an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on more than 100 reviews: the now-discontinued Cuisinart ICE-20 (over 1,000 reviews), the Cuisinart ICE-30BC (over 500 reviews), the Hamilton Beach 8330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker (over 150 reviews), the Cuisinart ICE-21 (over 150 reviews) and the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker (over 100 reviews). Among old-fashioned, bucket-style ice cream makers, the Hamilton Beach 68330-R 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker maintains an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on nearly 160 reviews, and the White Mountain F69206-X 6-Quart Electric Ice Cream Freezer has an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 based on nearly 215 reviews, but there are numerous complaints about durability.
Ice Cream Makers
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentCooking.com allows consumers to post reviews of products they own or have purchased from the site. There are a number of ice cream makers that have accumulated several dozen reviews; among them, the stainless-steel Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080 maintains a perfect 5-star average rating, based on nearly 40 owner-written reviews. The Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on more than 205 reviews, and the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment has more than 160 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.
Best Home Ice Cream Makers
by Serena Thompson
Our AssessmentCountryLiving.com recommends five ice cream makers based on the author's personal experience with each. Formal testing methodology isn't described, although a brief description of performance is provided. While the White Mountain 4-Quart Hand Crank Ice Cream Freezer was the most difficult to use, the author says the experience was nostalgic. Other recommended models, all said to produce excellent results, include the Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker, Hamilton Beach 1.5-Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker, KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment and Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.
Ice Cream Makers
by Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic
Our AssessmentShopping experts and hosts of two Canadian television shows, Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic test three ice cream makers in their test lab by mixing a strawberry gelato in each. Their top pick is the Donvier Ice Cream Maker, because it produced the "smoothest, best-tasting gelato," but they do note that as a hand-crank model, it required a bit more elbow grease. It's not clear which specific Cuisinart or Musso models were included in this roundup.
Ice Cream Maker Reviews
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of U.K.-based Which? magazine test 12 ice cream makers and choose one. Each ice cream maker is rated according to preparation and freezing times, ice cream quality, ease of assembly, use and cleaning, design and noise. However, only three of the models tested are available in the U.S.: the Cuisinart ICE-50BC, the Cuisinart Ice Cream Deluxe ICE-30 and the Cuisinart Ice Cream Duo.
Ice Cream Makers
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a consumer-review website that provides a review snapshot of each reviewed product, with an overall summary of review comments and a breakdown of the ratings. While the volume of reviews is less than that found on Amazon.com, a number of models have a few dozen reviews. Among them, the highest-rated ice cream makers include the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment for Stand Mixers (with an average rating of 4.47 stars out of 5, based on more than 50 owner-written reviews), the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2 Quart Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker ICE-30 (rated with an average of 4.58 stars out of 5, based on nearly 75 reviews) and the Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker (with an average rating of 4.45 out of 5, based on nearly 30 reviews). The Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker averages 4.69 stars out of 5, based on nearly 15 reviews. The now-discontinued Cuisinart ICE-20 maintains an average rating of 4.49 stars out of 5, based on over 200 reviews.
Ice Cream Makers
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentIce cream makers receive fewer ratings here than at Amazon.com. However, feedback for the Cuisinart ICE-30BC 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker is overwhelmingly positive, with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on approximately 25 owner-written reviews.
Ice Cream Machines
by Contributors to eGullet.org
Our AssessmentThis forum for the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters includes a lengthy discussion, spanning several years, on the best ice cream makers and tips for using them. Participants in this forum are generally culinary students or professional chefs. While the feedback is valuable, it's necessary to read through many posts in order to find information on specific models.
Gadgets: Cuisinart's Latest Ice Cream Maker
by Nikki Goldstein
Our AssessmentThis short review details the differences between the newly discontinued Cuisinart ICE-20 and its replacement, the Cuisinart ICE-21. Author Nikki Goldstein says the difference is limited to a new paddle design, which Cuisinart claims reduces prep time by 25 percent. This proved accurate in Goldstein's tests, and the only downside she notes is the short cord.
Product Review: Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker
by Faith Durand
Our AssessmentWhile this review covers only one model, the Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker, we found it useful because it details the improvements made to the ICE-21 model over the previous Cuisinart ICE-20. The author says the Cuisinart ICE-21 has definite improvements over the ICE-20, including a new paddle design that delivers on its promise to reduce prep time. On the downside, the canisters are tough to clean.
Hamilton Beach Half-Pint Soft-Serve Ice Cream Maker
by Sonja Zjawinksi
Our AssessmentWe wish this review tested more than one model, but the description of the various features and potential problems of the Hamilton Beach Half-Pint Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker is highly detailed. While the author says this model is easy to use and easy to clean, she notes that the user manual doesn't provide thorough troubleshooting information, such as what to do if the paddle becomes stuck. Overall, the Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker is recommended.
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Our AssessmentAbout.com's Desserts and Baking Guide gives the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment a rating of 4 stars out of 5. She says the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment is easy to use and convenient, because storage is limited to a few small parts rather than an entire machine. On the downside, some preplanning is required; the bowl must be frozen for at least 15 hours prior to use. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Make Your Own Ice Cream
by Sharon Franke and Brooke Mazurk
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping intern Brooke Mazurk provides an in-depth review of the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, noting its ease of use and speed (ice cream was ready in about five minutes). However, she does note that 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.