I’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to ice cream makers, and let me tell you – there are a lot of them. You’re bound to be looking for a long time if your goal is to explore every option – and testing them would take even longer. Sometimes, you make a mistake and grab a unit that isn’t very effective, can be hard to handle or just straight up dies on you.
That being said, however, there are a few times you make a great find, and grab something awesome. For me, it was a pricey, yet very enjoyable maker, well worth its investment. That maker, perhaps the best ice cream maker I even bought, is the Cuisinart ICE-100.
Now, let’s take a step back. It’s a big machine, that’s for sure. It does weigh a lot, and it does make some noise – but that’s to be expected. Although I will say that it’s the best ice cream maker in total, I still recommend the ICE-30BC over it for most people, because the amount of money you put into the ICE-100 should suggest that you’re making a lot of ice cream. If you only enjoy a treat every now and again, however, the ICE-30BC is just right. But, if you’re really into ice cream, then you should make this investment.
That being said, there’s a lot to look at when it comes to the ICE-100 – first and foremost being what it can actually do.
- First off, it can handle about 4 cups of ice cream mixture – whatever mixture you happen to make yourself. The booklet mentions a maximum of 5, but you’re much better off sticking to 4 unless you plan on making very, very thick ice cream.
- Secondly, it comes with two paddles – one for regular ice cream, and one for gelato. Gelato is the thicker and, less airy version of ice cream, although I’ve heard people experiencing issues with the motor arm not functioning properly as the gelato approaches dense stages.
- It also keeps your ice cream cool after it’s done. Meaning, you can get your mix in the machine, turn it on, and that is it. Didn’t I say something about this being the best ice cream maker? Well, this is a big reason for that credential.
- Part of that reason also comes with the fact that this is a compressor-type ice cream maker – meaning, it freezes the cream without you needing to stick its bowl in the freezer for half a day. So you can make delicious, heavenly ice cream pretty much right away.
- You get great ice cream, and almost immediately. All you need to start this thing is the mixture – although I do recommend sticking the bowl in the chiller for about 10 minutes. That’ll quicken the process.
- Compressor ice cream makers are usually very, very expensive – just look at Breville and the like – so the price factor does play heavily in this. Then again, if you’re buying a maker like this you probably make a lot of ice cream, so it’s a worthwhile investment – but that doesn’t mean missing out on a bargain, right?
- It does last a long time. Sure, it’s heavy, and yeah, it’s big – but I’ve still got mine standing proudly on the kitchen counter.
- It’s relatively fast, especially when you factor in the fact that you don’t have to pre-freeze the bowl.
- It’s pretty voluminous, and makes both gelato and regular ice cream.
- You don’t have to worry about the ice cream melting in the maker once it’s all done – after all, this is my best ice cream maker for ice cream lovers, and that means it’s got to keep your treasured treat cool after finishing.
- The motor is a bit loud, so I wouldn’t hold a conversation in the kitchen while it’s running.
- Trouble with the motor arm can be frequent according to a number of other ice cream makers reviews (I’ve had a few issues, too) so this maker does require a learning curve to deal with the situation. I like to call it the maker’s “personality” factor.
That’s it – in conclusion, if you’re looking at making a ton of ice cream, and don’t like pre-freeze makers, this is really the best ice cream maker, price to value. Grab your mix, pop it in, sit back, and relax – that’s what I’ve been doing whenever I wanted to make some ice cream out of nowhere, whether as a little surprise treat or because my family and I felt like it.