Lello 4080 Musso Lussino 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker, Stainless
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- 1-1/2-quart capacity bowl freezes 3 quarts of ice cream or sorbet per hour
- Fully automatic: pour ingredients into bowl, press two buttons
- Timer controls operation for different frozen confections
- Housing, bowl, paddle made of stainless steel for easy cleaning
- 12 inches wide, 11 inches high, 18 inches deep; weighs 38 pounds
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The machine has a 60 minute timer which acts as a master on/off and two buttons, one to "churn" (mix) and the other to "chill". I often start it just before we begin our meal so we'll have a freshly made dessert when we're done.
This machine does an excellent job of making frozen desserts. We've made perfect fresh lime, cantaloupe and blueberry sorbets as well as delicious smooth and creamy ice creams like Mocha, Chocolate and Honeydew Melon. Because this machine is so easy to use, it allows you to be creative, often, and without the fuss of ice, salt or prefrozen bowls.
The 1-1/2 quart capacity is perfect for an average family, with some to spare, though for big parties you'd have to make more then one batch. Of course multiple batches are no problem with this machine and we've done 3-4 batches in a row more then a few times. Unfortunately since the bowl is not removable (the blades and cover are) you'll have to clean it out with a sponge and warm/soapy water between batches of different flavors.
You will need to have a permanent space for it since it is heavy and not the type of appliance you'd want to move in and out of a cabinet. This machine is really beautiful too with its stainless steel body/blade and eye appealing curves, it occupies a prominent spot in our home and has been a conversation piece. I consider it a practical "luxury" appliance.Read more ›
You probably already know that this model has a built-in freezer, so you don't have to pre-freeze a bowl for 24 hours or so before making a batch of ice cream. It'll happily make back-to-back batches if you want, and the extra freezing power makes incredibly smooth ice cream. Every batch I've made has been on par with Ben & Jerry's, my favorite ice cream up until buying this machine.
Unlike most other machines, everything is made of metal, including the dasher, so it feels extremely durable.
It also has a large see-through plastic cover that you can lift off to have full access to the ingredients moving inside, which makes adding things like nuts, candy, chocolate pieces, etc. very easy, instead of having to funnel them down a tiny chute and not really being able to see how the freezing is progressing. One of the fun things about this machine is being able to stand over it and watch as the liquid starts transforming into ice cream.
If you've read other reviews, you've probably heard people complain about a few things, so let me ease your mind:
Weight - it's 44 pounds, which I have no problem lifting up onto the counter.
Cleanup - because of the way it freezes, it uses a non-removable stainless steel bowl. Use a sponge with warm water, and you'll have it cleaned out in less than two minutes.Read more ›
But a new user needs to understand more than the very simple instructions would advise. After about six batches, you'll get used to what works for you:
1. While the book says to set the timer to 30 minutes, I have found that 40 minutes works best. At 30 minutes, with various recipes, they have all still been at soup stage.
2. The book advises that you turn the chiller off 2 minutes before ending the cycle. I would suggest doing so 3 to 4 minutes before (At about 37 minutes for my timing.) This way, it is easier to remove all of the ice cream, without having a cold "crust" which wants to adhere to the bottom / side of the mixer.
3. Cleaning is simple. I don't understand why so many other reviewers have complained about this. (Perhaps its the dishwasher appliance culture we have all adopted.) Take out the blade, and you can clean this thing in about one minute.
4. As another reviewer has noted, the indicators on the timer dial are deceptive. In fact, if you want 30 minutes, you must turn to the solid line following the number and the small arrowhead after the 30. In fact, I just set the timer well past 40, then manage the timing myself, both by a clock and by look and texture. You need to be careful, because the manual warns you that if the chiller is turned off, you must wait several minutes before turning it on again. Therefore, if you set the timer at too low a setting, this could be problematic if you still have "soup".
5. You MUST undertake an aerobic exercise program at least four mornings per week before you use this machine. Otherwise, buy lots of sansabelt pants, because you will increase your intake of ice cream once you acquire this device.
In summary, it's a fine appliance, and from only a utilitarian perspective, it is overpriced. But if you add in the design factor, it is well worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay, to be upfront, this is a decadent purchase. This is the kind of thing you buy to show off to someone. So I bought it for my wife. She loves ice cream. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ryan Riley
Does what it's supposed to do, does not get ice cream frozen though. Plan on using a freezer.Published 17 days ago by Jeromy Brantner
Over the years we have been fortunate to eat some fabulous ice creams...Will Wrights in Dallas...Ghiardelli Square in California...at Water Tower Place in Chicago... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Marsha
I love this thing as much as one would love a human child.
Makes great ice cream, fast, without fuss.
11 13/16" wide, 18 1/2" deep to the front of the timer button and 11 1/2" tall to the top of the lid. Fully assembled it worked right out of the box. Read morePublished 7 months ago by PEN NAME
I love love love the machine, the best our there. The ice cream we've made is beyond compare. The only problem is that the unit was badly damaged and did not notice until the 60... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suzanne