Pros / It comes with a beautiful 12-recipe booklet.
Cons / It takes a long time to make ice cream using this machine.
Verdict / The Gourmia GSI170 looks good, but the poorly designed bowl significantly slows down the ice cream making process.
The Gourmia GSI170 is hands down the best-looking ice cream maker in our review. However, it has a confusing timer system, doesn't get the cream mixture anywhere near a hard consistency, and costs much more than it is worth.
This electric ice cream maker has a 1.5-quart freezer bowl. The company states that the Gourmia can make ice cream in half an hour or less, but when we tested this machine the cream never got close to a frozen consistency.
We followed the directions in the user manual. In preparation, we left the freezer bowl in a -2 degree freezer for over 24 hours. After combining the ingredients in a mixing bowl, we let them chill in the fridge for eight hours, well over the minimum two hours. With the mixing paddle spinning, we poured the chilled mixture into the freezer bowl.
Although the manual says that you only need to run the machine for 30 minutes at most, we ran it for 40 minutes in each test because the cream mixture never even got close to leaving its soupy state. The recipe book that comes with this machine says all the recipes need to be placed in the freezer for four to six hours after the device has done its work. The recipes we made had to sit in our freezer for six hours after the mixing process before the cream was no longer soupy. Most other ice cream makers only needed the cream to be in the freezer for an hour to reach a hard consistency. It will likely take at least 4.5 hours to make a frozen treat each time you use it. The Cuisinart ICE-21 makes ice cream much quicker.
Unlike other products we tested, this ice cream maker comes with a digital timer, which theoretically should make the process easier. Unfortunately, you can only set the timer between 20 and 40 minutes. So if you simply want to run the machine an additional five minutes, you will need to use a different timer or watch the clock to get the job done. The timer might be useful for some people, but its limitations are rather frustrating.
In addition to being one of the smallest home ice cream makers in our lineup, it is also one of the lightest, weighing only 6.21 pounds. Finding countertop space and transporting this unit won't be a problem. The sleek design won't detract from your kitchen either. It features a stainless steel exterior, which not only looks good but is easy to clean. The removable parts must be washed by hand. Fortunately, the cleaning process should only take you a few minutes each time.
It features an industry-standard one-year warranty. Should you have questions, you can contact Gourmia's customer representatives by phone or email. The recipe book that accompanies the ice cream maker is filled with sumptuous desserts and features high-resolution images of each creation. However, to our disgust, the photo of the strawberry shortcake ice cream recipe plainly features a long dark hair winding its way around the treat.
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The Gourmia GSI170 is the sleekest ice cream maker in our comparison. It is compact and lightweight so it’s not cumbersome. Unfortunately, the work output of this machine doesn't match up with the look of it. The timer's limitations can add a measure of frustration where it should add convenience. Despite what the company claims, the ice cream making process is longer than with the other machines. All in all, the machine itself is little more than a cooling mixer and can hardly be called an ice cream maker. When you use this machine, the real ice cream making happens in your freezer.