The Bottom Line
- Easy to use.
- Easy to clean.
- Comes with recipes.
- Don't even need to mix ingredients beforehand.
- One-trick pony tool -- only does one thing.
- Can't make a large quantity of ice cream.
- Easy-to-assemble countertop ice cream maker makes ice cream in about 20 minutes.
- Large opening for adding mix-ins like chocolate chips and nuts.
- Simple enough for kids to operate on their own.
Guide Review - Cuisinart ICE-20 Ice Cream Maker Provides Loads of Fun
Yes, you have to freeze the canister overnight before using. But it doesn't take any more work than washing it, drying it and putting it in the freezer.
It takes about 20 minutes to get a nice, soft-serve-like ice cream consistency. If you want to add mix-ins like chopped chocolate, nuts, M&Ms, crushed cookies or marshmallows, you add them about five minutes before the cycle is finished. And the opening for pouring in the mix-ins is big, so kids add the extras themselves.
The only drawback of this ice cream maker is that it's a one-trick pony -- that is, it only does one thing: make ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, sorbet or gelato. It doesn't serve as a blender. It doesn't make smoothies. It doesn't chop nuts or roast vegetables. It's just an ice cream maker.
Also, this ice cream maker only makes 1-1/2 quarts of ice cream at one time. I wanted to have an ice cream party for my kids, and I was able to make a little ice cream in this ice cream maker for the crowd to taste, but it certainly wasn't enough for 10 people.
I've heard people complain that this ice cream maker is loud. I guess I'd say how quiet does an ice cream maker need to be? It's not like you run it every day or when people are sleeping? It makes some noise, but certainly nothing you can't talk over.
For a budget-priced ice cream maker, this little gadget does the trick and lets you enjoy homemade frozen desserts all summer long.