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Compressor Ice Cream Makers?

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racer x Mar 24, 2008 09:04 AM

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.

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    baloo Mar 24, 2008 09:11 AM

    I have the musso lussino 4080. I can't speak as to the noise level of the other compressor type machines, but mine is just a low hum. Not noisy at all. Before that, I had one of the frozen cylinder types (it was a cuisinart), and it was kinda noisy in comparison.

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      racer x Mar 29, 2008 10:15 AM

      Thanks for the input.
      Anyone else have experience with a compressor-type ice cream maker?

    2. Zeldog Mar 29, 2008 04:39 PM

      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.

      http://www.slate.com/id/2121378/

      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.

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      1. re: Zeldog
        ChowFun_derek Mar 30, 2008 04:05 PM

        I also have a Lello and am happy with it....I got it on Amazon..at a Friday sale

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