Ice cream maker
My ice cream maker conked out and I'm interested in recommendations for a new one. I'm debating between the cuisinart ice-30bc and the Kitchenaid ice cream maker attachment. Any pros and cons of those two? Or recommendations for other ice cream makers in that general price range/category ($60-$70, no salt involved) would be welcome as well.
I have actually used both (I own the cuisinart model)
Advantages of the KA: Larger bowl (Pro for amount made – con for freezer storage), ability to control mixer speed, no extra machine needed, slightly easier to clean.
Advantages of Cuisinart: Smaller bowl (Pro-storage in freezer Con – amount of product made), price.
And although it’s rare and easily avoidable I have been making ice cream and using my KA for something else, so then it was a good thing to have two machines.
I bought the cuisinart simply because of price, Costco special sale $40. I also bought an extra bowl on craigslist for $15. So I spent less than I would have for the KA.
The real storage challenge with these things is keeping the bowls frozen. I have two bowls with my Cuisinart, which I like quite a lot, but the machine is not the problem, it is the bowls taking up room in my freezer that are a nuisance. So, unless we are on an ice cream binge, they are in the cabinet.
The machine is really good even for things like frozen Margueritas.
I bought a Cuisnart Ice Cream maker on Ebay for 34.00 dollars, with shipping recently.
But, you have to keep up the the bidding wars, they go fast. It's well worth the money, it works great. The only problem I can see, is you need a permanent home for the freezer bowl in your freezer, which does take up a good size amount of room. Other than that your choices are the expensive model, that you don't have to pre-freeze.
Just like you, I wanted no part of the "add the ice and salt" models.
I checked into the KA attachment and found the price to be around $100 dollars. So, all in all, the cuisinart one is "middle of the road", but makes excellent ice cream.