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Contrary to popular belief, ice cream makers can be extremely easy to operate and will help you experience the charm of making your very own ice cream at home. Indeed, not only will they help you avoid the financial strain of having to buy your favorite ice cream every time you have a craving, but these machines can also be used to make different types of frozen desserts and, in some cases, even slushies. If you’re diet-conscious, you will be glad to learn that an ice cream will help you enjoy your desserts without worrying about the calories since you can customize your mixture and only use low-fat ingredients.
If you would like to purchase one such machine, you might want to look into the Aroma 4-Quart Traditional Ice Cream Maker. This particular appliance is surprisingly inexpensive and only costs between $40 and $60. It has an attractive vintage-like wooden exterior that will bring a rustic look to just about any kitchen. Unlike other models, this machine can be manually or electronically operated. This budget-friendly machine may not be equipped with the same cutting-edge features that normally accompany higher-end models but at the end of the day, it gets the job done and will help you enjoy your favorite ice creams without even leaving your home.
Despite being quite a popular model, when it comes to downsides, a few other customers complained that it was difficult to set it up. Also, some people thought that the machine mainly provided softer-textured ice cream instead of the harder texture they preferred. Still, in spite of these minor drawbacks, this particular model delivers decent value for money and is ideal for periodical use.
To compare it with other models read our ice cream maker reviews.
As it name suggests, the Aroma 4-Quart can be used to make 4 quarts of ice cream at a time. This provides a considerably decent amount for its price. At 10.7 pounds, this machine measures 15 x 12.2 x 16.1 inches, which means that it is compact enough to fit on just about any countertop.
The preparation time normally depends on whether you use the machine in its manual or automatic mode. On automatic mode, this model normally requires around 20 minutes to half an hour of churning time to produce a soft-serve texture. While it is advisable to let the mixture set for a few hours in the freezer, you can also have your ice cream straight out of the canister. The hand cranking system might require more time, depending on how swiftly you manage to operate it.
Extra Features: 4/5
The best feature about this machine is that you can choose whether you use it in its automatic or manual function. Indeed, some people prefer the old-school charm of hand-churning their own ice cream for a softer texture. Of course, if you’re in a hurry, you can also use the apparatus on its automatic setting.
Most users have found that the Aroma 4-Quart was quite easy to detach and wash. Along with regular ice cream, this appliance can also be used to make frozen yogurt. Some people also successfully managed to make fruit sorbets using the hand-churning option. Making gelato, however, can be slightly problematic on this model since the motor may not be powerful enough to achieve the correct consistency for this type of frozen dessert.
The canister is made from solid aluminum, which keeps your mixture at optimal temperature. In fact, if you decide to freeze your mixture straight into the canister, you will be glad to learn that the aluminum built largely speeds up the freezing process. It is still important to note that the machine requires the traditional rock salt and ice treatment during the churning process.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
The Aroma 4 Quart is a very popular ice cream maker and for a good reason. If, however, you can afford a more expensive model, you can certainly buy a more sophisticated appliance such as the Cuisinart ICE-70 and the Whynter ICM-15LS. However, this machine is well-worth its price, especially if you’re planning on using it on an occasional basis.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice cream and Frozen Yogurt
- Churning Time: 20 min
- Dimensions: 15 x 12 x 16″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 11 lbs
- Capacity: 4 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: No
- Warranty: 1-year Limited