hi i've had the Cuisinart automatic ice cream maker for a while. when i first used it, it worked ok. the ice cream wasn't as thick as i'd like it, but it did churn it. i know the ingredients have to go over that arm on the paddle to thicken. however, lately it hasn't been working right. i freeze the bowl for at least a day as usual...don't think that's the problem bc i have that thin layer that freezes around the bowl too...i think it's not churning right. i never really liked it and to be honest, it really comes out good if you hand churn it while it's on...push the paddle up and down....but this does get tiresome after 5 minutes.......are there any brands out there that really churn the ice cream...i'm not concerned with price but would like a product that actually works.......it seems like a lot of positive response on this board for this product, but i wasn't happy with it from the beginning.......thanks in advance!