For those looking for a basic, no-frills ice cream maker that fits their budget, look no further than the Cuisinart ICE-21. At over $200 less than the Whynter model, the Cuisinart is a bargain.
The Cuisinart ICE-21 unit is smaller than the Whynter, producing only 1.5 liters of ice cream at a time, but it includes convenient features. Many ice cream makers have a stick in the middle of the freezer base, which makes it harder to remove your ice cream and clean the machine. But the Cuisinart ICE-21 has a blade that hooks onto the lid, leaving the base of the freezer clear of the annoying stick in the middle that other machines have.
This machine is also simple and easy to use, with just one button to turn it off and on. However, this simplicity also means you have to watch it or set your own timer to avoid over- or under-churning your ice cream. There is no compressor on this unit, so to make ice cream the base will need to be placed in the freezer, preferably overnight. If you want to make more than one batch of ice cream per day, you can purchase additional bases.
With over 17,000 positive reviews, the Cuisinart ICE-21 exceeds expectations for a $70 machine.
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