||20 min||10 x 10 x 15"||1.5 qt.||Yes||3-year limited|
A mid-range appliance, the Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic Ice Cream Maker is priced at around $50, which means that you’ll easily be able to afford it even if you’re on a restricted budget. In spite of its affordable price, however, this particular model is surprisingly versatile and can easily be used to whip up various types of delicacies from regular ice cream to frozen yogurt and custard or even sherbets, sorbets and various types of frozen drinks. The perfect appliance for people who are trying to watch their weight, this model will also help you control the amount of fat and sugar that you consume. For example, instead of indulging in creamy, sugar-loaded ice cream, you can make your own low-fat snack with frozen fruits, skimmed milk and honey or sugar substitute.
The Cuisinart ICE-20 comes with a heavy, thick-walled bowl that has been especially designed to retain a cold temperature, ensuring ease of use and efficacy. This also shortens the preparation and churning time. Extremely simple to use, this model does not require any additional preparation prior to putting your ingredients in. More importantly, it will help you cut back on your expenses since you won’t have to constantly have to pay for expensive store-bought ice cream. The boxed packaging also comes with a highly detailed instructions manual and a recipe booklet to help you find your way around the machine and whip up delicious desserts in no time at all.
In spite of its countless features, however, this appliance does come with a few downsides. One user found the whole cleaning process to be quite complicated because of the small crevices on the paddle. Another person complained about the fact that the bowl needs to be frozen for a few hours before the churning process to ensure a consistent and decadent texture. While this certainly provided a creamier consistency, it also lengthened the preparation time. Still, for its price, this appliance is certainly worth a try.
The Cuisinart ICE-20 can make up to 1-1/2 quarts of ice cream per batch, which is an appropriate amount for larger families with children. Also, if you want individual servings, you can also make larger batches and store it in the freezer for later use. This will prevent you from using the appliance on a regular basis which, in return, minimizes wear and tear and ensures your machine’s longevity.
This particular appliance only requires approximately 20 minutes of churning time for your ice cream to be ready. Best of all, the bowl doesn’t even need to be treated with salt and ice before use which will help you cut back on the preparation time. For a firmer textured ice cream, you can also allow the churned mixture to rest in the freezer for a few hours after mixing.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
If you have small children in your house, you will be glad to learn that the lid also comes with a lock feature that ensures that the top remains firmly into place during the churning process. The lid is also entirely transparent, allowing you to see what’s happening without having to constantly open and close the appliance.
The Cuisinart ICE-20 is fully automatic which means that you don’t have to worry about having to churn your mixture by hand. The mixing blade also ensures that you won’t have to constantly scrape down the sides of the bowl to properly churn everything together. The canister is enhanced by thick thermal walls to keep your ice cream at adequate temperature during the entire duration of the churning process, which largely enhances the overall texture of your ice cream while preventing anything from melting or spilling.
With a white design, this apparatus is bound to bring a sophisticated look to your overall kitchen décor. The nonstick bowl makes the appliance extremely simple to clean without any necessary scrubbing. Users can also add extra ingredients to their mixture, such as chocolate chips, dried fruits and nuts, coconut flakes and the likes.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Because of its price, ease of use and handy features, this particular appliance is certainly a recommended purchase. It delivers thick and decadent ice cream that’s even better than store-bought ones. Thanks to this appliance, users will be able to make the same amount of ice cream per batch than with the newer model Cuisinart ICE-21 or the popular Yonanas 902. Weighing 8.7 pounds, this modelis protected by a limited manufacturer’s warranty of 3 years.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet
- Churning Time: 20 min
- Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 15″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 8.7 lbs
- Capacity: 1.5 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: No
- Warranty: 3-year Limited