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Jun 1, 2006 12:22 PM

Cuisinart automatic ice cream maker

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We're talking base model here, the $45 dollar version. How does it perform? It this a good machine? I'm not particularly concerned about the value if this doesn't make a good product.

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  1. I'm pretty sure that's the one I have.

    Makes pretty decent ice cream, a bit noisy tho. I find the ice cream a bit on the loose side but if you stick it in the freezer for a little while after churning it firms up nicely.

    I've been very pleased with it. I keep the container in the freezer at all times (wrapped up in plastic to avoid surrounding odors from infiltrating it) so it's always ready to go.

    For $45 you can't beat it. It's a pretty good workhorse and makes enough for a small family.


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    1. re: sivyaleah

      Oh, but you CAN beat it if you're very very patient. My friend just bought that one for $35 at an outlet (I believe it was a Williams Sonoma outlet, but I'll ask if you're interested). I bought mine on for $25. The going rate most of the time is $50.

      I like the machine, don't know of any that are better at that price. The Deni is also popular on this board and in the same price range, but I'm not sure that anyone has definitively found one better than the other.

      1. re: nooodles
        Virtual Frolic (previously vf)

        If you're interested, the Deni/Cook's Essential ice cream maker is still going for $24.99 at I still don't know the connection between the two brands, but I think Cook's Essential is a generic brand of Deni.

        I bought it and it works really well.


        1. re: Virtual Frolic (previously vf)

          I used mine for the first time on Monday night, and we left the house for about 10 minutes, and came back to a horrible burning motor smell! I watched it closely for the rest of the time and it didn't feel warm at all. The ice cream seemed to turn out fine, but I am worried about the smell. Did anyone else have this problem? I'm hoping that it was just a first time use thing!

          1. re: Katie Nell

            I've had mine for a few years and never had that problem. Perhaps you got a defective one - it can happen. I'd call the manufacturer. Cuisinart has great customer service.


            1. re: Katie Nell
              Virtual Frolic (previously vf)

              Hmm, I think I know what you're talking about. I got that once when I was overworking the ice cream maker and sometimes when I put too much in my mini-food processor.

              If you had a really heavy ice cream base in your ice cream maker, that could be a one-time thing. If it was normal (as in milkshake consistency) and it was already smelling, it could be defective.

              I'd try one more batch to see what happens.

              1. re: Katie Nell

                Hmmm...that sounds fishy. I never had that problem w/ my Deni even when it was brand new, and 10 min. is not long at all. I've had my Deni run for as long as 45 min. and never got a burnt motor smell. I would probably call the company. I hope the machine eventually works out for you, Katie!!

          2. re: sivyaleah

            I've had it for about a year and a half now and agree with Laurie's assessment. I haven't tried other machines, but I've always been satisfied with the product, esp. after an hour or so in the freezer. Complaints: noisy (to the point where you don't want to be in the kitchen with it), it's a pain to clean (no dishwasher, and the plastic liddy thing and paddle are full of nooks and crannies), and the freezer bowl must be completely frozen and can only make 1 batch a day due to this, and, well, that's it. I'm happy with it. There were some postings a while ago about a different inexpensive ice cream maker (not cuisinart) available on amazon that the board seemed to prefer... I can't remember the brand now, though. I'm sure someone will pipe up!

            1. re: Foodie2

              Piping up, here. The Deni is not noisy.

              1. re: Foodie2

                I too have had one for about a year and I am a huge fan[ I have not tried other brands]. It is noisy but this does not bother me due to the finished product one gets to enjoy. The consistency can be a little creamy - think of really good soft serve - but as stated a little time in the freezer and it becomes solid. I have to say that I think cleaning it is a breeze. Which ever model you end up getting I guarantee you are in for great fun.

            2. I think I've seen a 2-bowl cuisinart model at bed bath and beyond for not much more than that (under $60). That means you can double how much you make or make two different kinds at the same time. Good for our fam, since I can't stop eating nearly a quart at a time. The only real downfall of going that route is that, obviously, you need room for two freezer bowls in your freezer, and the base is a little larger.

              For what it is worth, I recently bought the kitchen aid ice cream attachment. Been very, very pleased with it. It's definitely more expensive, though ($80).

              - Adam

              1. I have the double one- makes two quarts at a time- if you have enough freezer space or an extra freezer it is worth having both. You can also use only one.You do not need to keep the containers in the freezer-only for 24 hours in advance.
                I agree that the ice cream this makes is not really solid and requires some freezing time after it is made but generally it is good.

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                1. re: Emilief

                  True that you don't need to keep them in the freezer but it does make it easier not to have to plan to make ice cream in advance. I like knowing that if I see some amazing looking strawberries at the market for instance, that I can come right home and get them going for that evenings desert.


                2. first summer i gained several pounds making a batch a night. my housekeeper almost got fired for throwing our perfect blackish bananas. ice cream usually needs a final hardening in the freezer after its done. Have lightened up on the eat intake but still like the machine.