Advice needed on sorbet/gelato makers
I have a Musso Lussino (made by LELLO) which so far is THE BEST of all the ice cream makers I've owned. These included the KITCHEN AID BOWL ATTACHMENT, the Lello Gelato model (made in China) and some other one where you freeze the bowl. I actually did a head-to-head comparison with the Lello Gelato vs. the Musso Lussino and there was NO COMPARISON. The Lello Musso Lussino was much better: the consistency was much creamier than the Lello Gelato. I used the same "base" at the same time poured from the same batch. This is a $699 unit and for the price, it's the best. I use it at home and it is SUPER. This one is made in ITALY and the only plastic is the lid. My only complaint is that the bowl does not come out for cleaning but it probably freezes better that way. You have to add water and then sponge it out. The dasher (blade) is a variable speed which unlike most of the cheaper units, can speed up or slow down depending upon the consistency. The KITCHEN AID BOWL ATTACHMENT cannot do this. I got rid of mine! This baby is a KEEPER and if you like ice cream and frozen desserts, I highly recommend. I do not get ice crystals with this unit!! I did with all the others.
It depends somewhat on how much you are willing to spend. I have a mussino lusso which is a self contained unit and I absolutely love it. You don't have to wait for anything to freeze like you do with the cylinder units. Before that, I had a cuisinart cylinder type unit and it was nice too, but I am so glad I splurged and got the automatic because I use it on the spur of the moment all the time and it's great.