Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Review

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Review

If you are looking for a new ice cream maker, then usually Cuisinart is the most common brand that people look to. This is because the products they make are usually pretty cheap and pretty reliable, too.

There are several different Cuisinart Ice Cream Makers that you might want to look at depending on the size of your family. For this review, I’m going to be looking at the ICE-21, which is only 1.5 Quart and suitable for a few people. You may want to opt for a bigger ice cream maker like the ICE-70, which makes just over 2 quarts of ice cream and is more suited to a large family. Personally, my favorite large ice cream maker is this one by Nostalgia. It’s 4 quart, which means you can make enough for now and save some for later on in the week!

Anyway, back to the Cuisinart ICE-21, which is my favorite option if you’re after a small ice cream maker.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Review


The Cuisinart makes ice cream for up to 1.5 quarts, which is about normal for an ice cream maker that you’ll just use at home. Personally, this isn’t enough for me to use it as I like to make larger amounts of ice cream, but it is perfect for smaller portions of ice cream. Plus, it’s not like it’s a massive hardship to use this ice cream maker repeatedly.


I still use manual ice cream makers sometimes, but I have to admit it’s much easier to use an electric one nowadays. For the majority of people, an electric ice cream maker is better as you don’t need to put any effort into making your ice cream.

Easy to Clean

It’s my pet peeve that people create ice cream maker that are difficult to clean. It’s so unnecessary to have loads of crevices for ice cream to get stuck.. why do it?! Well, at least you don’t need to worry about that with the Nostalgia, as it’s extremely easy to clean. All it takes is a quick soak and wipe down after use and it’ll be good to go again!

No Pre Freeze

Did I say that it’s my pet peeve when it’s difficult to clean an ice cream maker? Well, this is a close second. With many ice cream makers you have to pre freeze to ensure that it’s cold enough for your ice cream to be churned properly. You DON’T need to worry about this with the Nostalgia, as you can do this easily wiht pre freezing.

Salt & Ice

You will need to lays the edges of this ice cream maker with salt and ice, which isn’t the norm. With other ice cream makers, you can add the salt after, but it doesn’t really make much of a difference. Still, I thought that I had better mention this because it does affect the way that you will produce ice cream.

Old Fashioned

To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t really know why this “Nostalgia” ice cream maker is commended so much as being old fashioned. Sure, it looks vintage but it certainly doesn’t work in a vintage way – I mean come on, it’s electric! Anyway, I guess it’s old fashioned appearance does make it look good, so if this is something that concerns you then the Nostalgia will undoubtedly look good in your kitchen.

It’s faster

One of the main reasons that I like this ice cream maker is that it’s much faster at making ice cream than a regular ice cream maker. This is because the churning mechanism works faster, without affecting the quality of the ice cream in general. Mmm, delicious!

It’s safe for kids

The safety mechanisms in this ice cream maker make it suitable for children to use, too. This is one of the reasons that I’ve picked it as my favorite, because I can use it with my grandchildren without worrying about them hurting their fingers.

Different Options

Many ice cream makers only intend for you to use their ice cream mixes. This is pretty much the same with this one, as they advertise their own ice cream mixtures pretty vigorously.

This doesn’t mean to say you cannot use other ice cream mixes; you can! This ice cream maker will work well with a wide variety of different mixes, so don’t worry if you think you can only use it with Nostalgia products.

The ICE-21 in action!


 It’s a great option to start with if you’re looking to get your first ice cream maker. Whilst there are many others on the market that are also good options, this is a great place to start because it’s very easy to use.

 Unlike many ice cream makers, you don’t have to use ice to make ice cream with this one. This is due to the insulated bowl that you’re going to use, which if you leave in the freezer beforehand, makes it cold enough that you don’t have the need for ice.

 Whilst I don’t like to emphasise on price too much in my posts, this one really is available at a cheap price. Hence why it’s so popular as one of the best ice cream makers within it’s price bracket.


 The size may be an issue you for if you’re looking to produce a substantial amount of ice cream.

 For best results, you really need to freeze the bowl a few hours before (preferably the night before, actually) you’re actually going to use it. Not too much of a big deal, but it might be inconvenient for some.

 Whilst I’ve ever experienced any bad customer service from Cuisinart, I have had some friends who have had a bad experience with them. Usually I prefer to go for big name brands because of their warranty, so this condescends that completely. Make your own choice!

Overall Verdict

Overall, I’d be happy to recommend this ice cream maker to a friend if they were looking for an easy ice cream maker to use with their family. Whilst it isn’t the highest quality in my opinion, it’ll definitely get the job done for you and your loved ones.

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