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|25 min||12 x 12 x 16"||4 qt.||Yes||90-day limited|
With a 4 quart capacity, the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE Ice Cream Maker is a budget-friendly appliance that will help you enjoy sweet frozen treats just about any time you want. Indeed, ice cream makers are entirely designed to allow you to have total control of the ingredients that go into your ice cream mixture. Therefore, if you’re diabetic or simply trying to limit your calorie intake, you can easily use this appliance to whip your guilt-free albeit decadent ice cream at home. With this machine, you’ll even be able to save up on the cost of store-bought ice cream. Best of all, this particular model is extremely affordable, which means that you can easily purchase one even if you’re on a limited budget.
In spite of its affordability, however, the appliance does come with a plethora of features that will help you enjoy fresh ice cream or even frozen yogurt. Entirely automatic, this ice cream maker literally does all the work for you, which means that you can simply kick back and relax as you wait for the mixture to be ready. The boxed packaging even includes a handy instructions manual and a recipe book to help you get started- something that can be quite an advantage if you’ve never used this particular machine before. Users will also be glad to learn that the appliance has been built to North American Electrical Standards which makes it entirely safe to use. This machine also boasts of a highly appealing and retro turquoise exterior that will undoubtedly brighten your kitchen décor.
In spite of its numerous features, however, the ice cream maker does have a few drawbacks. For example, some users have claimed that they got below-standard results whenever they tried to churn the ice cream at room temperature and consequently found that they needed to constantly freeze the mixing bowl. Also, unlike professional grade appliances, this ice cream maker does require a salt water mixture for best results.
The Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE comes with an impressive 4-Quart aluminum canister, allowing you to make a significant amount of ice cream in one batch. In fact, with this appliance you’ll be able to make the same amount of ice cream per batch than with the popular Hamilton Beach 68330R, and definitely more than with the YayLabs Play and Freeze. Perfect for larger families with children, this appliance can also accommodate additional ingredients to add some extra panache to your ice cream or frozen yogurt.
This particular appliance only requires 25 minutes of churning time. However, the bowl does require to be treated with rock salt and ice prior to the churning process. In fact, all you have to do is place your ice cream or yogurt mixture in the canister and then add the salt and ice before turning on the machine for soft-serve ice cream. If you want ice cream with harder consistency, you can also allow your mixture to sit for a few hours in the freezer.
Extra Features: 4/5
The Nostalgia Electric is fully automatic, which means that it does all the work for you. Users have also reported that this ice cream maker is extremely easy to clean: indeed, all the parts are entirely detachable and can be cleaned in a dishwasher. The base only requires a quick wipe-down with a wet washcloth.
Best of all, while this machine has been originally designed for ice cream, quite a few users have claimed that they were able to successfully use it to make frozen yogurt and even gelato using this appliance. A couple of customers also reported that they managed to use this item to make frozen drinks such as slushies.
The ICMP400BLUE also comes with a rocker on/off switch, guaranteeing ease of use. As far as the noise factor is concerned, some people have said that while the appliance does emit some noise, it’s quite bearable especially when compared to lower-quality machines.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
All in all, the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE is an absolute bargain and certainly does provide excellent value for money. Extremely affordable at under $30, this appliance also has the added advantage of being extremely easy to use. Weighing around 34 pounds, this machine is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty of 90 days.
- Additional Capabilities: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Gelato
- Churning Time: 25 min
- Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 16″
- Automatic: Yes
- Weight: 6.3 lbs
- Capacity: 4 qt.
- Timer: No
- Dishwasher Safe: Yes
- Warranty: 90-day Limited