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|25 min||13 x 13 x 14"||4 qt.||Yes||90-day limited|
If you want to purchase an ice cream maker without stretching your budget, the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400WD, which is priced between $30 and $40, is certainly recommended for you. Best of all, in spite of its affordable price, this particular model is packed with handy features designed to help you enjoy cool treats in no time at all. Indeed, investing in your very own appliance will help you avoid having to fork out for expensive ice cream whenever you feel like something cool and sweet.
If you’re a dieter, this appliance is designed to follow you on your weight-loss journey by providing you with delicious albeit exceptionally healthy and low-fat snacks. Indeed, you won’t have to continuously restrict yourself or worry about the amount of sugar and fat that goes into your food since you’ll be able to control everything or even skip the sugar if you want to. Users will certainly appreciate the rustic wood texture that will undoubtedly bring a pronounced aesthetic appeal to your overall kitchen décor. More importantly, the machine is compact enough to be set on just about any surface. Users will also appreciate the see-through lid that allows you to see everything that’s happening in the mixing bowl, without having to open and close the lid.
In spite of its inexpensive price, this appliance has very few downsides to its name. For instance, one customer noted that the churning time took around ten to fifteen minutes more than the instructions manual mentioned. Another user claimed that the machine was hard to wash but that was an isolated case. Other than these two cons, most customers found this appliance to be extremely easy to use and claimed that it produced creamy, decadent ice cream that could easily rival store bought versions.
With this particular appliance, you’ll easily be able to make up to 4 quarts of ice cream- quite a refreshing change from the limited quantities that are normally imposed by lower-quality ice cream machines, and only matched by the similarly-priced Sunbeam Wooden Bucket. In fact, you can easily make a 4 full quarts in one batch and then freeze it for whenever you feel like something sweet. Having home-made ice cream on hand will also help you easily cater to parties and larger gatherings.
According to the instructions manual, this appliance requires around 25 minutes of churning time for the ice cream to be ready. However, a few users have found that thirty to forty minutes of churning provided better results. The bowl also needs to be treated with salt and ice for creamier and fluffier ice cream. There is no need to pre-freeze the bowl but customers claimed to have had better results whenever they’d frozen the canister prior to churning the mixture. However, this can also lengthen the preparation time.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
The appliance is especially designed for ice cream and frozen yogurt but several users have successfully managed to make other treats such as frozen custard, sorbets, sherbets and frozen drinks. Best of all, its fully automatic feature allows you to go about with your daily activities while the mixing paddle takes care of all the churning. Therefore, if you’re preparing for a party, you can turn the machine on and get going on the cooking while the appliance takes care of the dessert.
Customers will also be glad to learn that, since all the parts are detachable, this machine can easily be washed in the dishwasher or simply under running water. In fact, the aluminum canister is especially simple to clean and can easily last for several decades with the proper care. The 4 quart canister can very easily hold several additional ingredients like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, almonds, raisins and the likes. The lid is completely transparent, which allows you to see what’s happening without constantly having to turn the motor on and off. As far as the noise is concerned, users have reported that this model is on the quiet side.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Overall, the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400WD Old Fashioned does provide excellent value for money. Not only will it set you back a fraction of what other appliances cost, but it has the same features and will easily provide you with creamy, soft-serve dessert. If you prefer a firmer consistency, you can also allow your ice cream or frozen yogurt to set for a few more hours in the freezer after churning.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Gelato
- Churning Time: 25 min
- Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 14″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 10 lbs
- Capacity: 4 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: Yes
- Warranty: 90-day limited