Costway Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Machine with LCD Timer Control Stainless Steel Electric Countertop Large Fruit Yogurt Ice-cream Machine – $209.99
DescriptionEnjoy the delicious time of DIY at home!This ice cream maker machine allows you to make up to 2.1 quarts of your favorite ice cream in a single batch. You will no longer have to wait hours or take up freezer space before tasting your favorite frozen dessert. Not only easy to operate, but also taste better! The bowl and churn blade are removable for effortless cleaning.Designed with an upright, small footprint profile, incredibly easy to use, this space efficient ice cream maker fits on any countertop. You can easily create delicious ice cream, rich creamy gelato and sorbet all in the comfort of your own home. Don't hesitate to buy one!FeatureUpright small footprint profile that fits any countertop, space-saving2.1 quarts large capacity, making you enjoy the DIY pleasureStainless steel housing is anti-rust, easy to clean and maintainRemovable aluminum bowl and churn blade make the clean-up quicker and easierFull touch key controls with easy-to-read LCD display makes the operation easier& smarterCold-keeping function to ensure you can taste the freshest and delicious ice creamStainless steel housing, aluminum bowl, premium plastic panel and base, sturdy and durableEquipped with 39.5'' long UL power cord, the whole machine is ETL certified, safe and reliableNewly designed motor drive that shuts off to prevent damage if the mixture freezes solidLess than 55 decibels working sound will not cause too much noise to disturb othersSpecificationColor: SilverMaterial: Stainless steel + aluminum + plasticOverall Dimensions: 16.5"(L) x 11.5"(W) x 10.5"(H) Rated Voltage: 120VRated Frequency: 60HzRated Power: 180WNet Weight: 26lbsCapacity: 2.1QT (2 liter) Package Includes: 1× Ice cream machine, 1× Measuring cup, 1× Ice cream scoop, 1× Instruction
NEGATIVES REVIEWS & MY EXPERIENCEBefore I purchased this IC maker, I read a lot of reviews here and all over the internet, and several negatives kept coming up, so I was nervous about the purchase. Since I bought it, I’ve made about 20-ish batches, so here’s my take of the negatives I’ve read.1. “The ingredients are too expensive, so it costs more than store bought.” Yup. Vanilla and whipping cream costs money. In fact, because I was blasting through vanilla so fast (4oz for $12 at Walmart), I have since purchased real vanilla beans and am currently soaking them in a jar for future use. Less $ and better flavor. But YES, homemade IC cost money. It’s not a way to save money; it’s for enjoying MUCH better flavored ice cream. For me, homemade IC is more like a hobby - but, SO worth it! It’s SO good that I am absolutely addicted and will never go back! Homemade IC is the chateaubriand of dessert, and store bought is ramen noodles.2. “Scrapping the stuff out of the blades is a hassle. “ Yeah, right, it does take about 30 seconds with a small spatula. If that’s too much for you, then you are a store-bought person. Nothing wrong with that, but if a few seconds is too much for you, I would go with Häagen-Dazs, a higher end ramen noodles. BTW, my favorite way to clean the last remaining morsels of IC on the blades is to lick it clean! I keep telling my wife that the calories don’t count this way. :-)3. “It comes out too soft, and you have to wait HOURS to eat it.” Again, a trip to Walmart can solve your problem. I actually enjoy it soft, right after it’s made. But I don’t mind waiting for it to harden. Besides, I always have some already hard in the freezer before I make another batch. Too much planning? Again. Hobby, not convenience.4. “The canister gets stuck in the machine & it’s hard to scrape the thin layer of finished IC off the inside of the canister.” If there is any water, even moisture on the canister when you drop in, it will freeze the canister to the sides. So make sure EVERYTHING is completely dry before you begin. That’s all. If it does get stuck, just wait 30 secs and it will soften up so you can twist it out. Easy. And if that layer of IC left on the side of the canister is too hard for you to scrape out, again, in 30 secs it will soften up and slide right off. I get the IC off the blades first, and by then it’s soft and the canister is un-stuck (if you didn’t start it out dry.)5. “No recipes come with the machine.” Actually it comes with a basic recipe for vanilla that’s great. That’s the foundation of most other flavors. And besides, the fun for me is trying other peoples different recipes by Googling them. (hobby)So… to finish, I was afraid this might be one of those devices that you use once, and then it sits on the counter, un-used. Well, not for us! This ice cream maker has given me creative fun and the best ice cream I’ve ever had! And it costs a fraction of the price of the same quality at Williams-Sonoma. The only negative for me is that I have to eat 1 banana for breakfast and lunch not to gain weight. But it’s worth it!! :-)Enjoy!
Let me start off by saying I’m a fat American who wants his ice cream now. Now that I’ve established credibility, let me discuss why this machine is a great buy. With frozen bowl mixers, you generally have to plan to make ice cream at least 8 hours in advance (I’m far too spontaneous for that). What’s nice about this machine is that ice cream is at all times only an hour away. The clean up on this machine is relatively easy, compared to the frozen bowl mixers you can get for $50. This device seems solidly built and does a superb job at making ice cream. It has a safety feature if the ice cream becomes too thick, it will prevent itself from breaking. There will be a direct correlation between how great your skill at ice cream making is to how much you’ll love this device.
I agree with the other reviewer. The Costway Ice Cream Maker is a great value for the price. It appears to be a generic version of the Whynter ICM200LS, sharing the same compressor and basic design. Overall, the Costway performs well. It consistantly delivers smooth, great tasting frozen treats with little effort. The only issue I had with it was the layout of the controls. To reduce cost, Costway uses a capacitive touch panel versus Whynter's physical push buttons. These are built into the top of the housing and very sensitive. While using the ice cream maker, I occasionally brush against the control area without realizing. This results in shutting the machine off or changing the settings in mid cycle. (The reason for 4 stars.)Overall, I feel the Costway is a good value. You get a quality, automatic ice cream maker while saving nearly $100 over it's competitors. I recommend it.