Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Review (ICE100BCU)

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I’ve been churning out batches of ice cream with the Cuisinart ICE100BCU Ice Cream Maker almost every week for the last 4 months. Here’s the scoop!

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Cuisinart ICE100BCU Review

Avid readers of this blog & those of you that follow me on Instagram, will know that I love making ice cream! From classic vanilla to raspberry ripple stracciatella, I can’t get enough!

Since buying this machine in June of this year, I have churned close to 20 batches of homemade ice cream. So it’s safe to say I’ve been putting it through its’ paces! During this time, I’ve learned what the pros & cons of this machine are, as well as discovering some tips & tips to making the best ever ice cream at home.

Want to find out more? Keep reading for an in depth review & detailed instructions on how to use this machine…

raspberry ripple stracciatella ice cream
Raspberry ripple stracciatella ice cream (recipe linked below!)

Cuisinart ICE100BCU Ice Cream Maker

Review Date: 9th October 2023

When I worked in a restaurant, we used to make all of our ice creams & sorbets from scratch & churned them in a professional grade ice cream machine. These types of machines are self freezing but tend to be expensive & take up a lot of room, so aren’t really suitable for the home kitchen.

When researching what make & model to buy, I realised that in order to make the best possible ice cream at home, the ice cream machine needed to fit the following criteria;

  • Self Freezing – These types of machine churn quicker, resulting in a smoother ice cream. Plus, you don’t need to freeze the bowl first!
  • Minimum 1 Litre Capacity – To churn a reasonable amount of ice cream in one go
  • Removable Bowl – For easy cleaning
  • Not Overly Expensive – For casual home use, a super expensive machine isn’t that practical!

Taking these four things into consideration, the Cuisinart ICE100BCU ice cream machine came out on top. For a compressor model, it’s reasonably priced, it has a capacity of 1.5 litres & it is incredibly easy to use & clean. It’s not without it’s cons (more on this below) but if you’re serious about ice cream but don’t want to spend a fortune, this could be the machine for you!

This machine also comes with a gelato paddle which is a nice touch. As we’re only concentrating on this machine’s ice cream churning abilities, we won’t be talking about making gelato in this review.

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Available from Amazon, Price: £250

churning ice cream
Roasted strawberry ice cream

Pros

  • Easy to set up & use
  • Self freezing, so no need to place the bowl in the freezer first
  • A removable bowl makes cleaning a breeze
  • Capable of churning ice cream in 30 minutes or less (depending on batch size)
  • Reasonably priced for a self freezing machine

The Cuisinart ICE100BCU is incredibly easy to set up & thanks to the removable bowl, cleaning takes no time at all. To use, simply turn the machine on, set the timer & press start. Once the ice cream mix is added, this machine can churn a litre in less than 30 minutes. (Most of my recipes make one litre of ice cream!)

The equivalent machine from other brands will easily cost £100 extra, if not more. For the price, it really is a superb machine!

Cons

  • Expensive when compared to a freeze first machine (you get what you pay for though!)
  • Can be fairly noisy
  • Produces some heat from the sides of the machine, so make sure there’s plenty of empty space around it
  • Need to leave to dry thoroughly after cleaning (water tends to get trapped on the bottom of the bowl)
  • Keep cool function isn’t really necessary

A self freezing ice cream machine is quite the investment so this machine might seem expensive when compared to a freeze first machine (where you put the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours before churning) but you do get what you pay for!

At 42cm long & 30cm wide, this machine needs a fair amount of worktop space. It also kicks out some heat when running so you need to make sure that there’s enough air circulating around the machine. If your kitchen only has a limited amount of space & storage, this machine might be too big.

When it comes to cleaning the machine’s bowl, it is important to not fully submerge it because water tends to get trapped on the bottom, where the machine connects to the bowl. If water does get in there, you’ll need to leave it to drain for at least half an hour. This isn’t really an issue if you’re only churning one batch at a time but could be if you wanted to churn several consecutive batches.

Speaking of cleaning, none of the components are dishwasher safe so need to be washed by hand, in warm soapy water. This might be something to keep in mind.

Lastly, we have the keep cool function. When the timer ends or the churning is stopped/paused, the machine will keep the bowl of ice cream cold for up to 10 minutes. In my opinion, this isn’t that useful because the ice cream will still start to melt to some extent if left for anywhere near 10 minutes. Your best bet would be to transfer the ice cream to a freezer as soon as it has finished churning.

assembled ice cream machine
The assembled Cuisinart ice cream maker

Specifications

  • Machine Type: Compressor/Self Freezing
  • Capacity: 1.5 Litres
  • Churn Time: 25-35 Minutes (On Average)
  • Machine Weight: 10.2kg
  • Power: 150W
  • Dimensions: ‎42.01 x 30 x 24 cm

Features

  • Self freezing machine
  • 1.5 litre capacity bowl
  • 5 year guarantee
  • Keep cool function
  • Ice cream & gelato paddles included
  • Timer

What’s In The Box?

  • Cuisinart ICE100BCU Ice Cream Machine
  • Ice Cream Paddle
  • Gelato Paddle
  • Recipe Book
hazelnut stracciatella
Hazelnut stracciatella ice cream

How To Use The Cuisinart ICE100BCU Ice Cream Machine

Churning

  1. Insert the bowl into the machine, making sure that it is positioned correctly.
  2. Place the ice cream (or gelato) paddle into the bowl.
  3. Turn the machine on at the plug then press the power button on the machine.
  4. Set the timer on the machine to 60 minutes then press start, to get it running.
  5. Let the machine run empty for at least 5 minutes (this gets the bowl nice & cold).
  6. Stop the machine, remove the lid & pour in your ice cream mix.
  7. Pop the lid back on & churn the ice cream until it is the consistency of soft serve, if you take the temperature with a digital food probe, it will be around -5°c/23°f.
  8. Lift the bowl out of the machine & use a rubber spatula to transfer the ice cream into a container.
  9. Set the ice cream in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours.

Cleaning

  • Remove the bowl, paddle & lid from the machine & clean in warm, soapy water (don’t full submerge the bowl).
  • Dry each component thoroughly before placing back on the machine.
  • Don’t put any of the parts in the dishwasher.
  • Wipe the machine down with a damp cloth.

Ice Cream Making Tips & Tricks

  • Chill your ice cream mix overnight before churning.
  • Run the machine for at least 5 minutes before adding in the mix, to get it nice & cold.
  • Churn your ice cream until it is the consistency of soft serve (-5°c/23°f) then set in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
  • Use an ice cream recipe with the right amount of fat & sugar – my favourite recipes can be found below.
  • Don’t let the machine’s timer run out of time as this shuts the machine off. I like to set if for the maximum amount of time (60 minutes) & just keep an eye on how it’s churning.
  • Use a rubber spatula to remove the ice cream from the bowl. Don’t use anything metal!
  • Add any mix-ins in at the end of the churning process.

Our Favourite Ice Cream Recipes

Our Final Words On The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

If you’re serious about making high quality ice cream at home, then this is the machine for you! For less than £300, you get a machine that is capable of making smooth, creamy ice cream that can churn in less than 30 minutes. In my opinion this is a budget friendly option that rivals professional machines of the same style, that costs more than double the price!

This machine is extremely well built & hasn’t missed a beat after months of heavy use. A 5 year guarantee is also included which is super handy in case anything breaks or goes wrong.

That being said, this machine isn’t without its’ flaws.

For a home use ice cream machine, it is fairly pricey. For a lot less money, you can buy a freeze first machine that can produce, not quite as good but still decent ice creams. It is also quite noisy & does take up a fair amount of worktop space. So keep that in mind before purchasing.

If you do have the budget to spend more money, you will be able to get a more powerful machine that churns in even less time. But at this price point, you can’t really go wrong with the Cuisinart ICE100BCU.

Score: 8/10

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