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|25 min||11 x 8 x 9"||1.5 qt.||Yes||1-year limited|
One of the least expensive ice cream makers on the market, the Hamilton Beach 68321Z delivers exactly what it promises: gloriously fluffy, decadent ice cream without any of the harmful additives and chemicals that are so often added to mass-produced dessert. Extremely easy to use and to clean, this appliance will only set you back by $20 to $30, which means that you’ll easily be able to afford it even if you’re on a limited budget. In fact, because of its exceptionally low price, this particular model is suited to beginners who are merely looking for a starter machine before investing in a more professional and expensive one.
Best of all, the ice cream maker is quite simple to use and does not require any rock salt or ice cube prior to the churning process. Anyone who’s on a restricted-calorie diet will certainly appreciate the fact that the appliance allows you to easily cut back on the excess fat and sugar that store-bought ice cream is reputed for. Therefore, by churning your own dessert at home, you can lower the amount of sugar that you want in your dessert or simply substitute it by your favorite artificial sweetener. With a trendy black and clear design, this model will certainly bring a sophisticated and contemporary look to your kitchen. More importantly, it’s compact enough to be left out on the counter. The boxed packaging comes with a handy instructions and recipe booklet that will help you enjoy your favorite frozen treats in no time at all.
There are, however, just a few downsides to this apparatus. For example, some customers found it hard to scrape the ice cream from the canister because of the lack of a non-stick feature. By this token, several of them had to resort to scraping the bowl with a butter knife just to get their dessert out. Some people also found the whole process to be on the messier side. A few customers did complain about the noise and found the noise to be too irritating after a while. However, in spite of these few downsides, the apparatus received mostly positive reviews.
True to its name, this appliance can make up to 1.5 Quart of ice cream per batch. Therefore, customers will be able to very easily use this appliance to cater to parties and larger gatherings. This is also an ideal machine for household with children because you’ll be able to make larger batches of ice-cream that you can freeze to ensure that you always have organic and homemade desserts on hand.
The Hamilton Beach 68321Z only requires around twenty to twenty-five minutes of churning time for the ice cream to be ready. The fact that the canister does not require to be treated with salt and ice certainly does cut back on the preparation time. While the canister does not necessarily need to be frozen before use, several customers found that they got better results when they allowed it to sit in the freezer for several hours before use.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
Along with ice cream, this particular appliance can also be used to prepare other frozen delicacies such as gelato, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, sherbet, sorbet and even frozen drinks such as fruit slushies. Because of its capacity, this appliance doesn’t even need to be turned on a regular basis since you can simply make large batches that you can store for long-time use. While twenty minutes of churning normally delivers soft-serve ice cream, you can also allow the ice cream to stand in the freezer for several hours for a firmer consistency.
Easy to clean and use, it does emit a bit of noise but while this was irritating to a few customers, most people did not have an issue with the noise factor. It is also enhanced with an auto-reverse feature to incorporate more air into the mixture, rendering it much fluffier than regular store-bought dessert.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
This model’s capacity, although higher than what you’ll get with the Hamilton Beach Half Pint, isn’t as impressive as what you can find on the models 68330R and Nostalgia Electrics Blue. Even though, because of its price, features and exceptional ease of use, the Hamilton Beach 68321Z is definitely worth the purchase. Weighing no more than 7 pounds, this item is protected by a solid manufacturer’s warranty.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Custard, Sherbet and Gelato
- Churning Time: 25 min
- Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 9″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 7 lbs
- Capacity: 1.5 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: No
- Warranty: 1-year Limited