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Apr 12, 2006 12:44 PM

Ice Cream Makers

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Yet another question. Does anyone recommend an ice cream maker around $50? I don't want to make too big an investment, but I want a good quality machine. The Krups recommneded one by Cooks Illustrated doesn't seem to be made anymore.



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  1. I have a cheapo Cuisinart one (I think it was just around your price range, maybe under) that I have had great experience with. It's loud, which seems to turn many people off, but doesn't bother me at all.

    1. I like my cuisinart also.

      1. People on these boards seem to favor the Demi at about $50 from Amazon. Not noisy - makes ice cream. I think the model is 5150.

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        1. re: yayadave

          I was just about to say people on this board seem to favor a $50 machine that isn't the Cuisinart (which I have and like fine).

          Deni? Donvier? Anyone? Where are our ice cream mavens? Has the cold sent them into hiding?

          1. re: nooodles

            Mr. Taster's in Taiwan, but I think he ended up buying the Donvier maybe?

            Whatever you do... don't buy the battery operated one we had a huge discussion about last ice cream season... I can't even remember the brand name now!

            1. re: Katie Nell

              Nevermind... it was a Deni! Here's one of the posts... we had a lot of discussions about ice cream makers last season! (It took me forever to find it!)


              1. re: Katie Nell

                Thanks for the replies! I just glanced through all the ice cream posts from last summer! Now I know where to go to find recipes once I get the ice cream maker.

                I was just looking around online to see whether the cuisnart or deni was cheaper. Just found an AWESOME deal. On, rather strange place, the ice cream maker is going for 24.99!! I guess this is what I get for buying out-of-season!


                1. re: vf

                  Oh man! Now I feel the need to buy an ice cream maker again!!! I never got one to replace my stupid battery-operated one! I wonder how much Chowhounding has cost me... ;-)

                  1. re: Katie Nell

                    I know how you feel! I just bought the one on (thanks, vf), and I had also bought that stupid Panasonic battery-powered one.

                    1. re: AppleSister

                      Glad to help! I've officially gone with the Deni, as 1. it came with many chowhound recommendations and 2. it was 30 bucks with shipping!! you can't beat that!


                      1. re: vf

                        Hah! Wouldn't you know. I just checked and the cannisters are $30. Probably + s&h. At that rate, I may as well buy another machine at the drugstore.

                2. re: Katie Nell

                  Yes, I highly recommend the Deni! I have the older model (photo below of it churning beet-blood orange sorbet from last year), and it's still going strong after 7 yrs.

                  Mr. Taster and JeffW bought the newer model based on my rec, and as far as I know, they've been pleased w/ the machine.

                  I keep my canister in my freezer at all times, and it's still ice cold after the churning process. Not too loud either.

                  Ok, I'm putting out an APB to all the ice cream mavens out there...Let's rev up our machines for another summer of endless ice cream posts! It just needs to stop raining here so that I can crave ice cream again...


              2. re: nooodles

                I'm not an ice cream maven, but I'm becoming a sorbet fanatic (about which, more later). I have an old Krups La Glaciere - no longer available - that is strikingly similar to the Deni model 5151 on Amazon and elsewhere.

                I really like this freeze-the-cannister type of ice cream maker, and I would buy a Deni if I needed to replace my Krups.

                There are only two drawbacks - you need to plan ahead (my cannister needs to freeze for one or two days), and the mixture needs to be very, very, very cold before you start freezing it. I usually chill the mixture for at least 4 hours in the fridge - or at least 2 in the freezer.

                Also, you can't make a lot of ice cream in one batch. This isn't a drawback for my two-person household, but would be if you were making ice cream for a crowd.



                1. re: AnneInMpls

                  These are annoyances. I think the answers are to leave the canister in the freezer all the time and to buy another canister for larger quantities of mix.
                  Ya wonder doesn't anyone make one that makes a bigger batch. The Kitchen Aid attachment does, but it hasn't gotten much praise for ease of use. In the ease of use department, the Deni is ridiculous.