This was purchased as a Bridal shower gift. The Bride was thrilled with it and finds it easy to operate. The soft serve is perfect.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? exactly
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent quality
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very accurate
First let me say this machine is BIG. Very very big. Keep that in mind when ordering it. The very first time I used it I ended up with a smoothie like ice cream. I was disappointed but tried again and I am glad I did. Tips: ~The bowl has to be frozen. FROZEN. I put it in my deep freezer for at least 24 hours (I actually just keep it down there) before I even attempt to use it. You can not hear liquid sloshing around. ~Best results? Freeze your mix too. I leave the mix in the freezer until it thickens and then pour it in. I have done it straight after mixing as long as all the ingredients were cold and it works, it's just a little softer. And it melts quickly so freezing the mix results in a firmer soft serve. ~When you clean the bowl leave it to dry overnight. It has to be completely dry and I wrap it in a plastic bag before freezing as per the instructions to make sure no water freezes in the bowl and it doesn't get freezer burn. ~Use real extracts. Anything with alcohol in it will raise the freezing temperature resulting in slushy ice cream ~Buy the Ben and Jerry's recipe book. It's totally worth it! Pros: It's easy to clean makes ice cream as promised if you are careful! the mix it in option is cool Cons BIG unit Really kind of loud Will take longer than 20 minutes sometimes the mix it in chute gets clogged easily with even the smallest and smoothest options So its a great machine and will work as advertised. It's not really convenient with how long everything has to freeze, it's not really quiet or easy to store but it's cool to make your own ice cream and my kids love it.
The apperance is deceiving the dispensing part does not work as well as I imagined. It does make soft serve and I think that was all that it was advertised to do. So all in all I am happy with the results
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Great
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Seems good
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
My son wanted this for Christmas. He is a teenager and was so excited. He read the directions, clean it up and the next day we had soft serve ice cream. It is so smooth, creamy and delicious. He put sprinkles, chopped M&M's and it worked like a charm. I would recommend this product and a quote from my son "this gift did not disappoint!"
I was using the old style maker and when It died I thought lets try this one it does not require ice and salt. first try did not go as well as expected ice cream never froze. next time put the mix in the freezer for a half hour then put it in the maker and then it worked found the mix should be a little cooler then refrigerator temp and it works great! the topping dispenser works good also mixes it in as it dispenses. Had it for about 2 years and 20 batches no problems
The only thing that is needed to up grade on it is the place to put the ice cream in needs to stay a lot longer frozen so we can use it more then 1 hour at a time. Other then that it is very good. I am using it for VBS and I wasn't able to use it like I would have liked because no matter how long you keep the container in the freezer it don't stay frozen for very long. Only can make one batch of Ice Cream and for 40 children we need to use more then that for it.