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|20 min||10 x 10 x 14"||1.5 qt.||Yes||3-year limited|
Packed with features, the Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker is a budget-friendly appliance that has been designed to help you enjoy cool treats without having to spend an outrageous amount of money. Indeed, with the ever-increasing cost of living, regular trips to the ice cream store can be cumbersome for many. Investing in your own ice cream maker will ultimately help you save money in the long run since you’ll be able to make as many batches as you want, at barely a fraction of the cost. More importantly, these appliances provide you with greater precision, allowing you to decide what you want to put in your ice cream.
This particular model was especially designed to help you make your very own ice cream or sorbet from scratch. Extremely easy to use, this appliance has been built to North American Electrical Standards and is extremely easy to use, even for beginners. This ice cream maker is even equipped with an automatic off switch designed to turn off the machine if the motor overheats. Users will be glad to learn that the boxed packaging also includes detailed instructions manual with various sorbet and ice cream recipes. On its pure-white design, as well as on red and turquoise, the appliance is attractive enough to be displayed on the counter.
However, as with many other appliances, a few users did report a couple of downsides with this model. For example, a couple of customers claimed that the bowl needed to be kept in the freezer for a minimum of twelve hours for best results, resulting in a rather lengthy churning process. Other customers initially found the machine hard to use but a quick glimpse through the instructions manual quickly resolved this issue. Otherwise, this machine received a rather overwhelming amount of positive reviews, especially considering its exceptionally affordable price.
This ice cream maker has quite a large capacity and can easily accommodate up to 1-1/2 quarts of ice cream per batch, which is the same amount you can make with the similarly-priced Cuisinart ICE-20 and more than with the Yonanas 901 and 902. By this token, you can very easily use this appliance for summer parties, barbecues and the likes. Best of all, it’s large enough to accommodate other chunky ingredients that you would like to add to your sorbet or ice cream.
Users have reported that the Cuisinart ICE-21 took much quicker than advertised to be ready. In fact, this machine only requires around 20 to 25 minutes for the whole batch to be fully churned; something that’s quite a welcome change from machines that normally require around 1 hour or more to properly churn your ice cream.
However, the bowl does need to be placed in the freezer prior to the churning process. It’s also recommended to freeze the mixing paddle for better results. According to the manufacturers, the freezing time after churning is between 16 to 24 hours.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
Other than regular ice cream, this automatic appliance can even be used to make other delicacies such as sorbets and frozen yogurt. In fact, one user even said that she successfully managed to whip up a fresh batch of gelato in this machine. Customers are also going to appreciate the transparent Easy-Lock Lid that will help you get a proper visual of the mixture during the churning process.
This model even features a wide Ingredients Sprout designed to help you add additional treats like chunks of chocolate, nuts, coconut flakes, fruits, mixed peels, chocolate chips and other items that are bound to provide you with a creamier, more delicious mix.
In fact, this appliance is so versatile that you can even use it to make frozen drinks. It even features a non-slip base to keep it entirely stationary, no matter how slippery your counter gets. The heavy duty motor is entirely suited to sustain regular use. As far as the washing goes, this ice cream maker is extremely simple to clean. Users have also praised its near-silent feature and double-insulated freezer bowl that completely eradicates any need for ice and salt prior to the churning process.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
All in all, considering its surprisingly affordable price, features and ease of use, this machine is certainly a recommended buy. At only 10 pounds, its much lighter than most other models on the market and is compact enough to be placed just about anywhere in the kitchen. Entirely BPA-free, the Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker is protected by a limited manufacturer’s warranty of 3 years.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet
- Churning Time: 20 min
- Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 14”
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 10 lbs
- Capacity: 1-1/2 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: Yes
- Warranty: 3-year Limited