Whynter IC-2L SNO 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker
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- Reliable built in audible timer and LCD timer control display
- Newly designed motor drive that shuts off to prevent damage if the mixture freezes solid
- Capacity: 2 quart
- High efficiency CFC-free compressor
- Removable bowl for easy storage and effortless cleaning
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- Frozen Custard
- Ice Cream
- Ice Milk
- and even icy beverages (think Margaritas and the like.)
(Yes, this is a big deal. How would you like it if you plunked down $200 only to find your ice cream mix comes out soup or filled with chunky ice cubes?) This machine definitely gets the job done; It makes ice cream.
It is surprisingly quiet.
While you wouldn't want to use it in a library, this machine is actually pretty quiet. Most of us who don't have any experience with an Ice Cream Machine can only relate to the beasts they have at the local Ice-Creameries (You know the ones: Buy One, Get One Free on certain days...) These industrial behemoths are LOUD. This machine (not being an industrial behemoth) is not loud. It **IS** louder than my refrigerator (barely,) but not quite as loud as my washing machine. It's NO WHERE NEAR AS LOUD as a Blender, Food Processor, or Stick Blender (if those are your only gauges of relevance.)
You can make your own concoctions.
Some local ice-creameries will make you a custom blend of ice cream. For example, if you want chocolate chips in some strawberry ice cream, they'll do that. (Probably not nationwide chains, but the local shop might.) But ask them to make anything crazier than that, and you're probably out of luck. Rosewater ice cream? Sorry. Green Tea ice cream? You're probably out of luck.
With this machine, you can make whatever flavors your heart desires, and that's pretty cool.Read more ›
Overall, this is a huge step up from makers using a bowl you put in the freezer. It's by far the best bang/buck in a maker with built-in refrigeration. I deducted one star for the incomplete instruction book.
Unfortunately, after less than ten uses, one day we put the ice cream mixture into the device, and started it up. It ran and ran, and after well over two hours, we realized that while the machine was making all the noise, it was not cooling the mixture at all. So a week or so later I tried it again. Same outcome. The unit did not cool down the mixture. So I wrote Whynter LCC about it, inquiring what might be wrong. Their response was,
"According to your description, the compressor of your ice cream maker may be defective or out of refrigerant. You can return the unit to us for repair or replacement and the estimated repair fee will be $160.00 + $35.00 return shipping."
That was not a typo. With postage costs, the repair would be over $200 to fix a machine that was hardly used. I paid less than that when I bought it last year!
So my review comes with the warning: While the machine works well when it does work, be warned that when it needs repair...even after little use...this company will soak you! I will not throw good money after bad, and so this device will now be junked. It is shocking to realize that the ice cream I made from this machine cost me over $40 a gallon! From my experience, I would recommend either another brand ice cream maker that backs their machine better, or purchasing ice cream from your local store. (In the end it will cost you a LOT less!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Upon the first use, the base never froze. Attempted a second batch and got the same result. Returned it.Published 2 months ago by Lara Parks
I would give zero stars if I could. This is the second order that I received in non working condition. It has visible damage and I clearly not well made at all. Read morePublished 11 months ago by kelly-ann warawa
I have made ice cream with the old fashion crank and the newer ones driven by electric motors. While the end product is delicious it is not what you call "Ben & Jerry's"... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Earl McCauley
Works great the motor is a little bit touchy but once you learn it it's good to go.Published 12 months ago by Ron
I purchased this, so very excited. What a splurge! A self cooling ice cream maker, one that came highly recommended by the Sweet Home, that seemed the perfect size to live on my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MCA
Best Ice Cream maker EVER. I have now figured out how to make ice cream out of coconut milk and my diabetes blood sugar numbers remain low (normal) even when eating a scoop of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sally R Kernan
Bought this because Cooks Illustrated recommended this model and brand. It has lived up to every expectation. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris
Full disclosure is I took two shots a this machine, the first was a refurbished one (I found upon its first use that it had a bad compressor which actually warmed up my chilled ice... Read morePublished 13 months ago by PA Shooter
Wouldn't work for us so we paid to ship it back. They said it worked so charged us 25% restocking fee.Published 14 months ago by Kim W. Irwin