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|45 min||13 x 13 x 18"
13 x 13 x 23"
|4 & 6 qt.||Yes||1-year limited|
A mid-range apparatus, the Maxi-Matic EIM506 Elite Gourmet is especially designed for efficiency and ease of use. Indeed, priced below the $80 mark, this particular model can be easily afforded even if you’re on a limited budget. More importantly, beginners who aren’t sure whether they want a professional ice cream maker or not can invest in this appliance as a starter product before moving on to a more sophisticated appliance, since it’s quite simple to operate, even if you’ve never used this kind of appliance before.
With the Maxi-Matic EIM506, users will be able to enjoy the multiple benefits of making your own ice cream at home. For example, instead of constantly rushing to the store, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth without even stepping out of your house. Other than constantly having ice cream on hand, the appliance is also designed to help you save up on the costs associated with store-bought frozen treats while avoiding the often-harmful additives and other preserving agents that commercially-produced ice cream is notorious for. If you have small children who are fussy about their greens, you may even sneak some fruits in the mixture during the churning process to turn regular ice cream into quite a nutritious treat.
Diabetics and dieters will also be able to completely personalize their ice cream recipes, which mean that you no longer have to avoid this delicious treat for fear of over-indulging. Since the Maxi-Matic appliance gives you greater control over your ingredients, you can either omit the sugar or replace it with something healthier like organic honey or plant-based sweeteners. With a higher-than-average capacity, this appliance will also allow you to very easily cater to larger gatherings like barbecues, parties, birthdays and the likes.
In spite of its multiple features, this apparatus does have just a couple of drawbacks. One user, for example, found the canister to be too long and large to properly fit into her freezer and had to transfer the churned mixture to another container before allowing it to set. Another person claimed that his machine was far too noisy but this was not reported by other people. Lastly, one person bemoaned the fact that the appliance needed to be treated with salt and water before use, which can hinder anyone who needs their ice cream within short notice.
This particular appliance can easily make up to 4 quarts or 6 quarts of dessert, ensuring that you’ll never run out of ice cream. The generous amount of ice cream also means that you won’t have to turn the machine on a daily basis since you can make several large batches and store for later use. By this token, users will be able to considerably extend the lifespan of their appliance.
According to the manufacturers, this machine can make fresh ice cream in no more than 40 minutes. However, users do have to treat the bowl with rock salt and ice beforehand, a step that can add a few extra minutes to the preparation time as a whole. Additionally, while the ice cream can be consumed directly after the 40 minutes of churning time, you can also allow it to set in the freezer for a few hours afterwards for a firmer consistency.
Extra Features: 4/5
The Maxi-Matic Elite comes with an aluminum freezing canister to keep your ice cream at optimal temperature during the churning process. Best of all, it can even be used to make other frozen treats like Gelato, Frozen yogurt and custard, sorbets, slushies and the likes. A couple of users also managed to use this appliance to make super-thick fruit smoothies or milkshakes.
The motor is aptly equipped with an over-heat protection to guarantee both your safety as well as the longevity of your appliance. This machine even boasts of a hand-crafted pine bucket exterior that will undoubtedly embellish your kitchen while adding a rustic charm to the room as a whole.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Its handy features and ease of use combined with its surprisingly affordable price makes this machine quite a worthy investment. Indeed, thanks to its impressive capacity, this rustic model is a good alternative to the similarly-priced Cuisinart Pure Indulgence and Cuisinart Mix It In. Sturdy and efficient, the MaxiMatic EIM506 Elite Gourmet weighs 16 pounds and is covered by a 1 year limited warranty.
- Additional Capabilities: Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet
- Churning Time: 45 min
- Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 18″ and 13 x 13 x 23″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 10 and 16 lbs
- Capacity: 4 and 6 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: No
- Warranty: 1-year Limited