Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 8reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by badger101 Great Freezer I tried this freezer the day after I got it. It worked very well with the recipe I had for cookies and cream ice cream. It came out smooth and creamy.This freezer was purchased for a school lab setting.When I first opened the box it came in, it had a very strong paint/varnish scent. I filled with water as the directions called for and either the scent discipated or I just got used to it. LOL 02/16/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by meg0u812 Love this ice cream churn! Reminds me of being a child, this is how we got our ice cream. Makes good ice cream and quickly. 06/11/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Ravenall Easy to use and the chocolate ice cream recipe contained in the manual tastes just like an old Wendy's Frosty, without all of the nasty preservatives! 07/01/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by MsSub Performed as stated. The ice cream was made in the 40 minute time frame as mentioned in the instructions. Liked having an on/off switch on the motor and the handle was also a nice feature. 07/21/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by autoclavedog Bought this for my son and his family. I odered it and two days later they had it, I was so happy about how smooth the whole transaction went. 12/23/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Bugby good purchase except there is a strong lacqer smell coming from the outside bucket 08/16/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by HUMBOLDTSTEVE West Blend VS Nostalgia Electrics I have and have used both ice cream makers. I got the Nostaliga Elec. 4qt one first, and used it once a week for about 6 or 7 weeks. I thought it worked well. It made good ice cream. Regretfully, the main stir paddle(on the Nost Elect.) is made entirely out of plastic, so when you add what ever add in's you are going to add to the ice cream, the paddle started to turn with the bucket,(it needs to stay in place as the bucket turns). I found out the plastic paddle was stripping at the connection point. The plastic on the paddle was giving out. So when my homemade ice cream stash was gone, I got some from the store, and I have say the taste was just not the same. So I went back online and was just going to reorder the same maker, it was only $25.00. Then I started to look at other ice cream makers and was wondering why the West Blend marker was more than twice as much as the Nostaliga Elec. they are both 4qt, but the West Blend has a wooden bucket and the Nost. Elect. has a plastic bucket.The wooden bucket works a lot better than the plastic bucket. I make 2 to 4 batches of ice cream at a time, and with the plastic bucket it took 4 10 pound bags of ice to make 4 batches, with the wooden bucket, it only took 2 10 pound bags of ice to make the same amount. The differences don't stop there. The West Blend main stir paddle has a solid metal connection rod that connects it to the motor. The exact piece that failed on the Nost. Elect. The West Blend also has an on/off switch on the motor, the Nost. Elec. doesn't. The place where the motor connects to the bucket, on the plastic bucket, it's just a twist lock. That I wondered when that little plastic lock point would fail, on the West Blend, it has metal lock in points with a flip latch to finish the lock in. Very secure and looks like it will last. Also I don't know if West Blend planed for this, but since the stir paddle has a solid metal connection rod, when the ice cream gets too thick for the motor to turn the motor will turn off. At this point I add my add in's(cookie dough,mini Reese's cups, ect) and then I got a ratchet with a 1/2 inch socket and with one hand holding the bucket from turning you can now use the ratchet to turn the stir paddle. You don't need to turn it long, just long enough to get your add in's mixed in. There is no way to do this with the Nost. Elect. After all this, I wish I would of just gotten the West Blend ice cream maker first. I wouldn't of needed to get another one in 7 weeks like I did with the Nost Elect. Like they say " you get what you pay for " in this case it's very true. This ice cream maker is well worth the price and with proper care will last a long time. 12/06/2013