Compressor Ice Cream Makers?
I'm planning to buy an ice cream maker and leaning toward getting one of the models with an integrated compressor. I've seen great reviews of the Musso Lussino 4080, but I'd rather not spend $700 on this piece of equipment. Has anyone had experience with other, less-expensive compressor models, such as the Deni compressor?
Also, I'd rather avoid machines that make a lot of noise and would be willing to consider a non-compressor type machine if it is very quiet.
I have a Lello Gelato Jr and it's just great. The compressor makes a low hum, and the motor for the paddle makes about the same amount of noise as that of a typical frozen cylinder type. I expect it may be louder than a Musso Lussino, but it's no more noisy than most microwave ovens. It makes smaller batches (1 liter, which is plenty for me, and more than my old frozen cylinder model could make properly) and doesn't have the bells and whistles of the more expensive models, but it makes great ice cream. Here's an article from Slate that led me to chose the Lello. I got mine for around $150.
Note: the reviewer said the Lello's paddle was attached to the motor assembly with a screw, which made cleaning especially difficult. Maybe this was an earlier model. On mine the paddle fits into a slot and is easily removed by hand. But I agree there are a lot of difficult to clean nooks and crannies.