The Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker IC-2L produces two quarts of delicious, creamy ice cream in 20 to 40 minutes, according to reviews. Most reviewers say this model is quiet during operation, and owners appreciate the ability to mix batch after batch of frozen treats without the need to re-freeze a gel canister. Like all self-cooling models, the Whynter SNO is expensive, but most owners say it's worth the cost. It features a 60-minute digital timer and an automatic shutoff feature that preserves the motor by halting churning if the mixture becomes too thick. The Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker is also sold as the Lello Gelato Pro 4090 at nearly twice the price. In comparison to the favorably reviewed Lello Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker 4080 (*Est. $700), the Whynter is about one-third the price, has a larger capacity and isn't as loud during operation. The Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker isn't as easy to find as the Lello Gelato Pro, but it's worth looking around to save a couple hundred bucks.
Cook's Illustrated magazine includes the Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker in their 2010 roundup, which evaluates four canister-style ice cream machines and two self-cooling ice cream makers for texture, ease of use, preparation time and noise during operation. Consumer feedback is limited to less than 20 reviews posted to Amazon.com, but an additional 30 owners evaluate the Lello Gelato Pro.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine test four canister-style ice cream makers and two self-cooling models in this review. Several batches of vanilla ice cream and lime sorbet are prepared in each; models are evaluated on texture, overrun (the amount of air in prepared ice cream), ease of use and noise during operation. The Whynter SNO Ice Cream Maker is one of two self-cooling machines included in this roundup.
Review: Inexpensive Ice Cream Makers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Sept. 1, 2010
Less than 20 owners offer opinions on the Whynter SNO, which has an overall average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Some reviews are surprisingly detailed, and the majority of owners are more than pleased with the durability, ease of use and quality of ice cream produced by the Whynter SNO.
Review: Whynter IC-2L SNO 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 30 owners weigh in with feedback on the Lello Gelato Pro, which maintains an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's quieter, lighter and has a larger capacity than the more expensive Lello Musso Lussino.
Review: Lello 4090 Gelato Pro Quart Ice Cream Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com