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|6 min||7 x 9 x 7"||12 oz||Yes||1-year limited|
Especially known for its simple, cordless operation, the Hamilton Beach 68662 Half Pint also has the added advantage of being extremely affordable, allowing you to enjoy creamy, decadent homemade ice cream even if you’re on a limited budget. Several studies have highlighted the advantages of making your own desserts at home, both financially and nutritionally. For example, if you’re diabetic or if you’re simply trying to watch your weight, this appliance will provide you with larger control over your ingredients. In fact, users who can’t consume sugar can simply omit it or replace it with another ingredient like honey or artificial sweetener. By this token, the Hamilton Beach appliance will help you enjoy your favorite treats even if you have dietary restrictions.
Dieters will also be able to cut back on excess calories while they enjoy their ice cream without any guilt. Users will be glad to learn that this Hamilton Beach model is also quite simple to operate- even if you’ve never used an ice cream maker before. Best of all, its bright pink exterior is bound to add a pronounced retro touch to your kitchen. Extremely user-friendly, the appliance is light enough to be moved to just about any corner of your kitchen.
However, in spite of its excellent features and affordable price, this machine does have just a couple of drawbacks. One user, for example, complained about the non-stick bowl and found it hard to scrape the ice cream out if the bowl got too cold. This model can also be quite noisy, something that can be irritating to some in the long run. The bowl does not include any lid which means that you’ll have to scrape your mixture into another container before putting the ice cream into the freezer again. Some users recommend using a Ziploc bag for firmer textured ice cream. Another customer complained that her appliance broke after just a few users but this was a lone case and not reported by other customers.
With the Hamilton Beach Half Pint appliance, you can expect to make up to 12 oz of ice cream per batch which is the right amount for two people. For larger gatherings, some users found it easier to make several batches and then freeze everything for later use. While the appliance is certainly on the small side, the compact bowl size ensures a shorter churning period.
According to the manufacturers, this appliance only requires between 12 to 15 minutes of churning time for your ice cream to be ready, This provides a soft creamy texture but if you want firmer ice cream, you can also allow it to freeze for a few hours in the freezer after use.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
The complete packaging also includes an instructions manual to help budding users easily find their way around the machine. Best of all, customers will also receive a handy compilation of recipes that are guaranteed to help you whip up delectable frozen treats in no time at all. Indeed, while this appliance has originally been designed to churn ice-cream, quite a few people also managed to use it to make additional desserts in the likes of frozen drinks and slushies as well as frozen yogurt.
The compact design easily allows users to move it around their kitchen without having to claim extra cabinet or counter space. More importantly, customers will be glad to learn that, compared to lower-quality models; this particular machine does not even need to be plugged in, saving you the time and hassle of having to find an electrical outlet. The machine is fully battery-operated but works just as fine as a regular electric ice cream maker. According to the manufacturers, the batteries only need to be replaced after twenty-five batches of ice cream.
This appliance is also surprisingly simple to clean and some of the detachable parts can even be cleaned in the dishwasher or wiped down with a wet washcloth.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Although the Hamilton Beach Half Pint doesn’t come with as high capacity as other Hamilton Beach models 68330R and 68321Z, thanks to its cute finish and affordable price it remains a good investment for small families.
- Additional Capabilities: Soft-serve Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Sherbet and Gelato
- Churning Time: 6 min
- Dimensions: 7 x 9 x 7″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 4 lbs
- Capacity: 12 Oz.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year Limited