Summary: I have been toying with the idea of getting an ice cream machine for several months and finally decided to research the noticeable price difference between different types of ice cream makers. In short, there are budget units that need a lot of prep work to get your ice cream done and doesn't quite get you the store bought quality. Then there are the pricier self-freezing types (which this is) that allow you to make ice cream on demand without any hassle.
Summary: So far, I've only made one batch: a simple chocolate from the book "The Perfect Scoop" but it was quite delicious! However, I stopped it at 40 minutes(after pouring in a hot mix) and although the top was great, the bottom was a bit soupy. 2 hours of freezing still left it quite soupy but overnight it hardened. Personally, I prefer half melted ice cream but I will let the machine run longer the next time.
Summary: This is my first ice cream maker. I got it specifically to make non-dairy ice cream and sherberts. This makes frozen desert making a snap. Just pour in the ingredients, click it on and in 30 to 50 minutes, it is ready to eat. Only problem is that it does not get hard enough or frothy enough to be scoopable after it's been in the freezer. You need to put the ice cream into the refrigerator about 2 hours before serving or it will be hard as a rock.
Summary: OK here is the dealWhynter Makes Lello Gelato Pro which costs a lot more. This is the exact same machine with a sliver (plastic) cover instead of a white (plastic) one. It comes in a lousy box, their Sno label comes off and the instructions are minimal at best but other than that, you save at least 100-150 bucks. It is not super powerful so if your mixes are not real cold they will take up to a full hour.