We like kitchen gadgets with a bit of a twist, so we’re excited to be taking a look at the electric Cuisinart Ice Cream Deluxe ICE30 Ice Cream Maker. Cuisinart have been making small kitchen appliances for over 30 years now, and have carved themselves a reputation for making top quality kit. This is a bit more expensive than other popular machines, so our expectations are quite high.
So what sets this machine apart from the crowd? First of all, it’s sporting a nice high capacity. Its bowl will hold 2 litres of ice cream, which is quite a lot more than other ice cream makers on the market. One batch of ice cream from this machine is probably going to be enough to feed a hungry family of four twice over.
Being a Cuisinart product, this machine also has an elegant and sleek design. The outside casing is stainless steel with a modern brushed look, which means it’ll wipe clean easily and will look right at home in any modern kitchen.
The device has a sturdy, well constructed feel about it. You can tell that Cuisinart are confident of it’s quality too, as it comes with a hefty 5 year warranty! That’s peace of mind that if you did experience any problems, you’d be covered for 5 whole years; an extremely generous warranty period, and plenty of time to make a tonne of ice cream!
As with most home ice cream makers, the ICE30bcu has an insulated bowl that contains a liquid coolant. Pop the bowl in the freezer for 12 hours, the coolant freezes, and then you can put it to work making ice cream. It’ll whip up a batch in around 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the recipe.
This is where the twist comes in – the Ice Cream Deluxe works in a different way from other ice cream makers. Instead of the blade rotating and stirring the mixture, it stays completely stationary and the bowl revolves instead. I suspect that this simple departure from the usual method helps solve the problem that tends to plague other ice cream makers; the ice cream freezing at the sides at the paddle getting stuck. With the bowl revolving, this should provide a lot more leverage and prevent any jamming. Simple idea, but a great solution to a common problem.
Another simple thing that the machine seems to get right, is the opening for pouring the mixture and adding ingredients. Whereas other machines commonly have rather a small opening, this device has a nice big one. It seems like a small thing, but you’ll probably find it a god send when it comes to cleaning up; much less mess!
The manual is comprehensive. Although the machine is very simple to put together and use, the best thing about the manual is the recipe section. There are a good 17 recipes to get you started, with options for ice cream, gelato, frozen yoghurt, sorbet and even frozen drinks!
Another thing that should help with the cleaning is that everything comes apart nicely. The bowl, lid and stirring blade are completely separate and are easily rinsed after use.
We found that most ice cream makers were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Cusinart Ice Cream Deluxe ICE30 which is currently available for 12% off.
Cuisinart Ice Cream Deluxe ICE30 Ice Cream Maker Features and Specifications
- 2 litre bowl – plenty of ice cream for the whole family
- Stylish brushed stainless steel look – fits into any modern kitchen
- Bowl revolves instead of blade – no sticking
- Large opening for pouring – no more mess
- 5 year warranty!
Putting The ICE30 To The Test
The first I noticed after getting the machine out of its box and assembling it for the first time, was that it does look nice. A lot of ice cream makers aren’t exactly attractive, and this one has them beaten hands down. It’ll fit in nicely with any modern kitchen, if indeed you want to leave it out all the time. It feels well made too, with a chunky and strong looking cog driving the bowl and nice thick plastic for the lid.
I loved the ingenious way the motor drives the bowl from the bottom, rather than driving the paddle from the top. The extra leverage clearly means the paddle isn’t going to get stuck, and indeed the motor didn’t struggle at all in our tests. Whilst the motor isn’t whisper quiet, I was able to enjoy a TV show on my iPad whilst it was running, so it isn’t overly loud (however it does get louder as the mixture thickens).
I’m not exactly good at keeping the kitchen clean, but even I didn’t create any mess! The ingredients hole is easily the biggest I’ve seen on any ice cream maker, and the mixture went in there without a drop. The paddle is nice and big too, so it’s easy to scrape off the ice cream when you’re done, and equally easy to clean it.
But what about the ice cream? I’m happy to report it is excellent. After just 25 minutes the mixture was velvety and thick; you simply can’t beat Cusinart frozen bowl type ice cream makers for consistency.
The dasher itself is 2 litres, and this produces quite a huge amount of ice cream! I’d say, if you use it to full capacity, you’ll easy have enough ice cream for 7 or 8 hungry tums. My own freezer is packed full of ice cream after testing (not that I’m complaining)!
Customer Reviews and Feedback
Of course no review would be complete without a look at what you, the customers, think. The satisfaction rate with this ice cream maker is overwhelmingly high; it is clearly a well designed and realised product. Out of all the customer reviews that we examined, over 98% of customers rated this machine with 3 stars of higher. In fact over 94% of customers gave it 4 or 5 stars.
Every single piece of customer feedback that we read agreed on one thing – the Cuisinart Ice Cream Deluxe is simple, and works! In fact, almost every customer seemed extremely impressed with the result. Even those who said they were worried they might not use it once the novelty wore off said that they’d used it over and over again, as the ice cream it makes is exceptionally good. Of course, being able to control what ingredients go into it is a big plus; both from the perspective of using no additives, and also because people seem to find it a lot of fun!
Most people seemed to appreciate the stainless steel design too. It is a stylish device, which is a bit of a rarity for an ice cream maker. A lot of customers also mentioned that the bowl and blade was indeed easy to clean. All the parts are easy to remove and wash, and the stainless steel wipes clean easily with a damp cloth.
The simplicity of the machine was also appreciated. The bowl, blade and lid all fit together very easily; and the whole thing can be put back together in a matter of seconds. Ice cream is actually a pretty simple thing to make, so you can easily let your imagination run wild when it comes to the recipes too.
The one negative side, which the majority of customers mentioned, is that its a little on the noisy side. This is unfortunate, however a strong motor is a good thing in an ice cream maker; cheaper models with less power behind them do tend to get stuck from time to time. We should bear in mind, though, that 94% of customers gave the machine 4 or 5 stars despite the noise; it’s that good!
The Cuisinart ICE30 is definitely our favourite ice cream maker. It’s a quality design, looks stylish, and has a sturdy build quality. It comes with a very generous 5 year warranty, and has a larger capacity that most other home ice cream makers. To top it all off, it’s a great little performer, and whips up batch after batch of delicious ice cream. Sure, you can get good results from budget models such as the Kenwood IM200, but the Ice Cream Deluxe is really in a league of its own. A definite thumbs up from us on this one.