PRODUCT REVIEW: Ice Cream Makers
If like us, you enjoy a scoop of something sweet in the summer sun, then here are our top two ice cream machines to help you complete your creamy cravings!
Both machines have been picked for their simplicity and quality of ice creams they produce.
Magimix Le Glacier – from £40 for a 1.1 ltr / £55 for a 1.5 ltr
For around an extra £15 it’s definitely worth opting for the 1.5ltr, even then the price is still reasonable- and why wouldn’t you want more ice cream? The machine itself is extremely compact so makes great for those with limited space.
When comparing to the other machine I’ve picked, the Le Glacier’s only downfall is having to have pre-freeze the bowl. Although you could just keep the bowl in the freezer ready for when you want to use it. This machine is marginally noisier than the Cuisinart, I would give noise level 7/10.
Putting together the parts of the product can be a little bit fiddly to begin with, but
the quality of ice cream the machine makes is fab and some recipes you only have to churn for 20 minutes.
Cuisinart Gelato & Ice Cream Professional- from £200
Probably my favourite out of the two. Requires a larger space in the kitchen as it is a bit chunky, but the reason for that is that it freezes and cools whilst churning and no pre-freezing is required, meaning it is good to go whenever you are!
The machine is durable as I made three ice creams in one go, with the product only requiring a 10 minute cooling time after the second was made. If you wanted to do that with the other machine (Magimix), you would have had to re-freeze the bowl for each ice cream.
Some appliances can be daunting from the point you open the box and see all the contraptions that come with it, but Cuisinart have kept this minimal and simple.
Pretty much a plug and play product and has a timer you can set for how long you want to churn with an auto-off function.
It comes with a cute little ice cream pail and two different paddles (one for normal ice cream and the other gelato/sorbet) and the quality is seriously superior.