We love homemade ice cream, but the downside is that you usually can’t whip up it up on impulse; the bowls of your machine need to be frozen for at least 12 hours before you can even think about making ice cream. The Cuisinart ICE50BCU Professional Ice Cream Maker is different: it allows you to have homemade ice cream on tap, whenever you want it.
At the heart of this machine, is its built-in heavy duty compressor, which is what allows this professional ice cream maker to make your ice cream without the need to pre-freeze its bowl in your freezer. Ultimately, this means that you don’t need to plan ahead when you fancy some ice cream, and you don’t you to constantly ensure there is enough space in your freezer. You simply need to mix up the ingredients, pour them into the bowl, and turn the machine on.
As a result, this ice cream maker carries a heavier price tag that most home ice cream makers. We’ll be giving it a whirl later on, to see if we think that the advantages of the machine justify its price.
The Cuisinart Professional Ice Cream Maker produces soft ice cream in around 35 to 45 minutes. If you prefer your ice cream a bit harder, then you simply need to give it a bit more time in the machine; 45 to 60 minutes should do the trick. The machine has a built in timer dial, that you can easily use to select the consistency of ice cream that you want. This is homemade ice cream as hands-free as it gets.
The one thing that you do have to remember, is that the machine must have been resting upright for 24 hours before use. If it’s recently been placed on it’s side, or upside down, you won’t be able to use it until a day later. This is probably not much of a problem (we can’t think of many reasons that you’d want to store the unit upside down)!
The bowl can make up to 1.5 litres of homemade ice cream, and is completely non-stick, making it easy to clean. The lid has a small window that you can use to add extra ingredients once the ice cream has thickened, such as cookies, fruit, or whatever your ice cream cravings are telling you!
The machine itself is made of a commercial grade metal. This gives the machine a sleek and professional look, as well as meaning that it is highly durable. Even so, the ICE50 comes with Cuisinart’s excellent 5 year guarantee; peace of mind that if anything goes wrong you’ll be covered for a full 5 years.
The bowl, lid, and dasher are all easy to remove and disassemble. This means that when it comes to cleaning time, you shouldn’t have any problems. The machine itself simply wipes clean with a damp cloth.
We found that most ice cream makers were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Cuisinart ICE50BCU.
Cusinart ICE50BCU Professional Ice Cream Maker Features and Specifications
- Built-in compressor – no need to pre-freeze the bowl. Ice Cream on tap, whenever you want
- Built-in timer – control the consistency of your ice cream
- 1.5 litre bowl – enough ice cream for a family of 4
- High quality metal casing – durable, and easy to clean
- 5 year guarantee
Customer Reviews and Feedback
As always, we wouldn’t dream of coming to a conclusion without taking into account what the customers have to say. As with most Cuisinart small kitchen appliances, satisfaction appears to be high; over 90% of customers rated the ICE50 with 3 stars or more. Just over 50% of customers gave this machine the highest possible rating of 5 stars.
First, and most importantly, almost all the customers who reviewed their machine we’re very happy with the results; the results being delicious ice cream. People really appreciated the ability to control what goes into the mixture (no additives or colourings) and the vast majority said that the consistency of the ice cream was smooth, thick and delicious. We did expect this, as other Cuisinart ice cream makers have been praised highly in the past for their great results.
Most of the people who purchased this machine, did so because they didn’t want to have to freeze the bowl for 12 hours before making the ice cream. This is a definite plus, of course, for people who find they like to make ice cream on impulse (for example when unexpected visitors pop in). The other advantage to this, is some people struggle to fit the bowls of other ice cream makers into their freezer. If sounds like you, then a professional machine like this one is the best option.
The biggest complaint with this machine, like other Cuisinart machines, is that is rather noisy. Even the positive reviews acknowledged this, but were so happy with the ice cream that they felt that it didn’t detract from what they thought about the machine.
A couple of customers pointed out the the stirring arm and dasher were made out of plastic and they felt that, for the price, it should have been made from metal too. We feel that this may be a little unfair; since the vast majority of customers are very happy with the quality of their ice cream, we’d say that the plastic dasher is definitely sufficient. Cuisinart have coated it with an aluminum colour, to make it fit in with the rest of the machine too.
One more point to note is that one customer, after speaking to Cuisinart support, says that they acknowledged that there was a mistake in the manual. The instruction booklet says that the machine will automatically turn itself off when the maximum thickness is reached, however the customer says that this is not the case. We’ve been unable to verify whether or not this is true, but we’re mentioning it here for completeness.
The most important thing, is that the device delivers thick and delicious ice cream. It’s an easy and convenient machine to use, and has been made to a high standard, but it is pricey.
There are two situations where the price would be justified. 1) If you really value the convenience of being able to whip up a batch of ice cream without planning ahead, then this is the machine for you. 2) If you really want an ice cream maker but can’t fit the mixing bowls into your freezer.
This is a great fully automatic ice cream maker. People love the ice cream it makes, and it’s pretty much hands-off. It loses a mark for being a tad noisy, but since customers still loved it despite the racket we’re not going to be too harsh! You might want to take a look at the slightly cheaper Andrew James Fully Automatic Ice Cream Maker before you make a purchase (it’s quieter), but you wouldn’t go far wrong with the Cusinart ICE50BCU. A very good ice cream maker.