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Jun 17, 2007 12:50 PM

Advice needed on sorbet/gelato makers

I'm considering gettng a sorbet/gelato maker and would like to get recommendations on which brands/models to consider and which to avoid. Thanks!

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: baloo

      Couldn't find "mussino lusso" with a google search. The only things that came up were 2 other Chowhound postings of yours :( Does it go by a different name?

      1. re: socalqtpi

        OOps, I did misspell it. Sorry about that. Here it is at

    2. Wow! That is a splurge, wish I had known that before I bought my Cuisinart with bowl that must be kept in freezer constantly.

      1. 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.


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        1. re: twodognite

          Is the speed adjustable? as far as I know, that Musso Lussino is a Ice Cream maker. The speed for making gelato is much lower, containing about half of the air that ice cream normally has.

          So can you please let me know if the speed is adjustable to Gelato's?

          Thanks! :)