Pros / The included recipe book has over 20 recipes and nutrition information for each.
Cons / You need to watch the unit as it tends to overflow.
Verdict / The Pure Indulgence has a smart design, so you can quickly create the delicious recipes included with this machine.
It's no secret that most of the food from the grocery store contains preservatives and synthetic hormones. It's also no secret that nearly everyone loves ice cream. Ice cream makers like the Pure Indulgence let you make fresh, sweet ice-cream treats to your liking, and they allow you to control the ingredients beyond dairy and sugar to accommodate special diets or food allergies. With a homemade ice cream maker, you can make dairy-free ice cream or fresh frozen yogurt with milk substitutes and create your own custom flavors.
The winner of our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award is the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence because it’s easy to use and produces great results. The base and nonslip feet on the machine are sturdy enough to prevent tipping or accidents. This machine is tall, but the rectangular design means it fits neatly inside cabinets.
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Making homemade ice cream with this machine requires little preparation. Non-toxic coolant lines the inner walls of the freezer bowl to act as the freezing component, so storing the freezer bowl is the only preparation you need to do. The Cuisinart ICE-21 uses the same freezing component. Just keep in mind how much space you have in your freezer to store the bowl constantly. If you don't keep the freezer bowl in your freezer, you'll have to chill the bowl for at least six hours before you can use it.
Once the bowl is completely frozen, place the 2-quart freezer bowl inside the stainless steel base. The mixing arm fits inside the freezer bowl and spins with the bowl. The Pure Indulgence is fast and quiet compared to similar models. The bucket ice cream makers we encountered took about an hour to make soft-serve ice cream while this electric ice cream maker only took 40 minutes. For harder ice cream, you'll need to freeze the mixture after churning.
Prep & Cleanup
Like many freezer bowl models, the Pure Indulgence is composed of four parts: a base, freezer bowl, dasher and cover. Unfortunately, there are no dishwasher-safe parts. However, cleanup only requires a wet paper towel and a little dish soap. The base has a smooth metal finish that rarely touches ice cream, and the rest of the machine is made of smooth plastic.
This ice cream maker can mix up to 2 quarts of ice cream, so it’s not big enough to satisfy a large group. Keep in mind that the mixture expands when frozen, so you may want to keep an eye out for any overflow if you’re making a full 2-quart batch.
The Pure Indulgence stands 11.2 inches high and 8 inches wide, and its square shape means it stores away easier than round appliances. Because ice cream makers aren't typically an everyday appliance, storage compatibility is an important consideration.
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The manual for this ice cream maker has over 20 recipes for ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt and slush drinks. You'll also find guides for using milk and sugar substitutes in your frozen desserts. A few distinctive recipes include green tea gelato, cantaloupe sorbet, pumpkin pie ice cream and drinks like the brown cow slush. If you're entertaining guests, there are recipes for ice cream loaf, pie, sodas and parfaits. There are also more recipes on Cuisinart's website.
In the manual, you get the recipe and nutrition information like calorie, fat and cholesterol count. This ice cream maker also comes with a longer-than-average 3-year warranty. Should you have questions you can contact a Hamilton Beach representative via email or phone number.
The minimal-fuss Cuisinart model is one of the best ice cream makers we reviewed. It only takes a little foresight to prepare ingredients and your freezer bowl to make fresh desserts. It's a great appliance to use with kids because of its large size and sturdy base. Ice cream is prone to overflow with this unit, but cleanup is as easy as wiping the smooth plastic with a wet paper towel and dish soap.