My Mom loves ice cream and is really eager to try to make her own, so I'm thinking of getting her an ice cream maker for her birthday this year.
I've looked at a lot of models and reviews and have narrowed it down to the three below. Any recommendations of other great machines or thoughts about which of these to pick would be most appreciated.
WHITE MOUNTAIN ELECTRIC ICE CREAM MAKER: http://www.whitemountainproducts.com/...
PROS: Makes 6 quarts at a time; vessel is stainless steel and beaters are cast iron (but coated with what, I don't know); don't have to pre-chill vessel; company has a good reputation.
CONS: Reviews since 2011 seem to show a marked slip in quality; have to use ice and rock salt which will probably limit usability when my sister and I are not around to help; clean-up seems to be a pain.
CUISINART ICE-100: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-1...
PROS: Drive system is under the bowl, which seems like a better design; no need to chill bowl or use ice or rock salt; price is good for a compressor ice cream machine; decent reviews.
CONS: Bowl is aluminum coated with something and paddles are plastic; haven't had the best experience with Cuisinart customer service.
KITCHENAID MIXER WITH ICE CREAM MAKER ATTACHMENT: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store...
PROS: She gets the mixer as well, and since she talks about getting started baking bread all the time too, that would be a nice twofer; makes 2 qts at a time (more than the Cuisinart)
CONS: Cost, especially since I think this attachment only works with higher-priced models; seems like it only makes very soft ice cream; also has plastic blades and coated bowl; will have to pre-chill bowl and she usually doesn't have much freezer space.
If money (and storage space) were no object, I'd get her the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino: http://www.amazon.com/Lello-Musso-Lus... -- It has almost everything on my ice cream maker wish list: it's a compressor type machine, everything that touches the ice cream is stainless steel, no need to chill the bowl, great reviews overall.
Do any of you have this Lello model? And does it so far surpass the others that you think it's worth $699? Still don't think I could get it, but would love to know.