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1. Musso 4080 Lussino Dessert Maker
$199.99 list($300.00)
2. Lello 4070 Gelato Junior
$99.99 list($259.99)
3. Simac MX700 PastaMatic Pasta Maker
$149.99
4. Lello 2720 Pastamaker, White
$19.99
5. Replacement Bowl for Gelato By
list($499.99)
6. Simac #4050 Il Gelataio Magnum
list($299.99)
7. Simac 4060 Il Gelataio Junior
list($399.95)
8. Simac Electric Pasta Machine
list($295.00)
9. Simac Electric Pasta Machine

1. Musso 4080 Lussino Dessert Maker
list price: $699.00
our price: $449.99
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Asin: B00004RDF0
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 1608
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Fully automatic and precisely controlled by a timer, thismachine takes the trouble and guesswork out of making ice cream,sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato, and frozen drinks at home. Ingredientsgo into the bowl, the timer is set, two buttons are pressed and about30 minutes later 1-1/2 quarts of a frozen confection are ready forconsumption. Because the machine doesn't require its bowl to be frozenfor hours in a refrigerator's freezer (like less expensive machinesthat only churn), it can immediately begin making another batch. If abatch becomes too hard the machine shuts off automatically. Not onlydoes it work professionally it looks the part, as the housing, bowl,and paddle are made of stainless steel for sanitation and easycleaning. The 100-watt machine measures 12 inches wide, 11 inches high,and 18 inches deep, and it weighs 38 pounds. Made it Italy, it carriesa one-year warranty against defects. An instruction booklet with manyrecipes is included. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • 12 inches wide, 11 inches high, 18 inches deep; weighs 38 pounds
  • Makes up to 1-1/2 quarts ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt in 30 minutes
  • 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

Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars MINT
My father is the most discerning food gourmet. Not only did he attend culinary school, but he also is a phd in chemistry, so he knows his stuff. When we learned that he paid the six bills for this machine, we thought he was insane. Then we tasted the ice cream. Put simply, this machine will make the best ice cream you will ever eat in your life, period. It will humble store bought ice cream or the expensive kind in all those specialty boutiques, and make Ben and Jerry eat their shorts. Everyone in my family proceeded to gain twenty pounds soon after his purchase. Frankly, the ice cream is [wonderful]. The machine itself is top quality, everything stainless steel and bulletproof. If you are ready to step up to the ultimate in ice cream, this is it . . .

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm gonna get fat!
One word describes this machine -- WOW.

PROS
1. Fast. First thing I did with the Musso was pour in a can of warm soda, turn it on, and enjoy a slurpee like drink within 40 minutes! Probably could shave ten minutes off with a chilled can, but the UPS delivery-person had just dropped it off.
2. It is so easy to use, the first three batches of ice-cream I made with this machine was devoured at a party, despite everybody claiming to be "stuffed."
3. Clean-up? Bowl of warm water and a cloth. The blade comes off to be cleaned separately. (If you screw the nut on too tight, it's hard to get the blade off afterwards. I don't know if trapped moisture freezes it on, I just know that it can be tough to unscrew.)

CONS
1. Noise? For something that packs its own refrigeration unit and motor, I wouldn't complain.
2. Calories? Whipping cream, heavy whipping cream, sugar, and egg yolks are not good for the waistline or arteries.
3. Price? Yes it's expensive, though cheaper now than before. But I no longer have to go out and buy high quality ice-cream or Slurpees. That's money saved in the long run.

My only complaint is that the bowl seems relatively small for a 35 lb machine. However, since it "only" makes a quart in 30 minutes, I'll keep my mouth shut.

4-0 out of 5 stars 5 star performer, 3 star price
We love our Musso and use it 2-3 times per week. The ice cream turns out beautifully. We put in rm temp ingredients, and the ice cream takes 35-40 minutes to make. We have saved money and calories by making our own low-fat ice creams. The ice cream tastes amazing because we can put in quality, fresh ingredients without additives.

The main cons against the Cuisinart, Krups and other makers requiring a pre-frozen container:
1) Space-- insufficient freezer space for the pre-frozen containers. 2) Time-- the containers require 24 hr. inside the freezer. 3) Insufficient freezing of ice cream. The ice cream does not get cold enough!
The ONLY pro for the container: easy to clean.

The Musso with its self-contained freezer works faster and chills the ingredients to a lower temperature. It easily makes multiple batches of ice cream, one after the other. The machine is a gorgeous example of modern design. Italian industrial design still leads the world.

The main cons of the Musso: the bowl is part of the machine and is harder to clean; the machine takes up counter space and is heavy; it's expensive.

I will grudgingly admit that the Musso is worth its high price.

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL! ..... and S-O-O-O-O-O easy!!!
I have owned this machine for two weeks and have made ice creams, sorbets, and sherbets. I grew up making ice cream with the old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice cream makers, with all the attendant mess and physical exertion. The 4080 makes it so easy that you almost feel guilty eating the final product! Cleaning is EASY and the noise level is moderate.

5-0 out of 5 stars It might be a great product
The musso 4080 might be a great product, but try and find anyplace that sells it outside the US. ... Read more


2. Lello 4070 Gelato Junior
list price: $300.00
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B00009365G
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 1714
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With a minimum freezing temperature of –4 degrees F, the Simac Gelato Junior takes only about 30 minutes to satisfy your craving for a frozen confection. Plus, the built-in compressor freezer operates continuously, so you can turn out multiple flavors of ice cream while your guests finish their dinner. A 60-minute electronic timer frees you up for other activities, and an automatic safety mechanism sounds a warning beep if the integrated spatula blade gets stuck. A removable 1-quart bowl, transparent lid, and slim ingredient window all simplify operation, and the unit is also useful for crafting frozen drinks and chilled soups. Though not lightweight at 31 pounds, the Gelato Junior is fairly sleek for its class, measuring 11 by 14 by 12-1/4 inches. Simac includes a booklet of tasty ice cream, sorbet, and dessert sauce recipes, as well as an ice cream scoop. --Emily Bedard ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 11 by 14 by 12-1/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Makes frozen treats one quart at a time in about 30 minutes
  • Built-in compressor freezer for continuous use; auto safety shut-off
  • Electronic timer; removable bowl, transparent lid, slim ingredient window
  • Recipe book and ice cream scoop included

Reviews (25)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ice cream? No problem!
A few simple steps: Turn on the machine and the refrigeration unit. Pour unfrozen ice cream or sorbet mixture into removable metal bucket. Insert stirring blade, set timer and start. Ice cream is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Refrigeration is more than adequate, moving parts are sturdy and well-designed, the price is 1/3 that of similar machines.

The unit is large but sleek. It looks fine on a countertop. Capacity is small, up to about 1 quart, but this isn't a real problem since it is so easy to make multiple runs.

No mechanical problems so far (2 months). I love my Gelato!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gaining weight has never been easier (or more delicious)!
I waited nearly two months for this, and when it finally came I was thinking it wouldn't see use until next summer. I was wrong. I've had to restrain myself to keep from making a batch a day! It's hard to imagine something much easier: mix the ice cream, pour it in, set the timer and go watch TV until it's done. The compressor is as quiet or quieter than the motor driving the paddle, so noise isn't a problem. The "manual" is really just a recipe book (with lots of delicious recipes), but what's to figure out? If I had to pick nits, I'd say that the slot to add ingredients mid-process is a bit skinny, and the fact that the freezer chamber lid can't be removed from the motor can make cleaning it a tad difficult.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent!!
This thing works great!!! Gets super cold and makes ice cream so fast.

The bucket and paddle detatch and are dish washer safe.

Top Notch

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use right out of the box.
UP: Can make multiple batches. Everything washes/sponges well.
My purpose for the ice cream maker was to make diabetic, no sugar, soy milk type recipes. I read the Amazon reviews, I scanned the internet for recipes, I'd gone bonkers trying to use the freeze cannister type ice cream maker. I was ready. When the machine came, the recipe book was more sophisticated, it used liquid sweetener. It takes more freezing time than the recipe indicates to get it cold enough, but if the beater is off and the machine is on, the ice cream will stay cold until you are ready to use it.
I did the recipes as written. My first and still our favorite is the maple syrup ice cream with pecans. I also use honey in this recipe. I have tried various other internet recipes and find that soy milk works best with pureed mango, chunk fruit added at end to prevent ice crystals. I have not made any custards using egg yolks, fat/colesterol,but am investigating a recipe using liquid lecithin. I've tried frozen yogurt, gelatin for thickener, and find that you either make a gelato/sorbet or make a rich cream ice cream. Inbetween takes alot of skill and practice. Plus,in a pinch, even strawberry jam and evaporated milk will make a great ice cream!
DOWN: Awful aluminum basket. I don't use aluminum anything, and would pay more for stainless steele. Everytime I scrape the ice cream out, I cringe. At first, there can be a buzzing sound if the beater insert unit is minutely off center, all you have to do is gently tweak right or left to perfectly align the beater head.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for diabetics! Great service!
I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes shortly after purchasing this item. I was thrilled to find out that the custard ice cream recipes are high in protien and could be made with Splenda! (although the substitution makes the ice cream freeze harder) I have experimented with a variety of recipes and indulged my sweet tooth that way!
Our first machine we received was damaged in shipping, Amazon had a new machince out to us by FedEx within 2 days, and provided free shipping back for the damaged item. We were very pleased with the service. This machine is quiet, easy to use, and a MUCH better investment than one of the cheaper varieties...you'll get your money's worth and never go back to store-bought junk. :) ... Read more


3. Simac MX700 PastaMatic Pasta Maker
list price: $259.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00004RDF1
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 2879
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This well-designed pasta maker brings the ideal within reach--homemade fresh pasta on the table in 15 to 20 minutes. The PastaMatic does it all, from mixing up pasta dough to pressing it into shape. Plus it's a pleasure to use.

Clear instructions (complete with endearing Italian translation quirks!) lead you through the mixing and kneading processes. Achieving the proper dough consistency is the trickiest part, and the instructions offer ample help. Then comes the excitement: extruding dough through one of the six pasta shapes. Cooks of all ages will want to watch as macaroni, spaghetti, or linquine noodles spill out. The fresh pasta cooks up quickly--usually in two to three minutes--and you've got one of life's true pleasures on the table.

For all its workhorse capabilities, this automatic pasta maker is remarkably compact, quiet, and efficient. It's only 10 inches square, and there's storage in the back for the cord and the pasta shape discs. A recipe book is included to tempt you with spinach fettuccini, potato gnocchi, ravioli, and more. Buon Gusto! --Sherry Smith ... Read more

Features

  • Made in Italy
  • Mixes dough and shapes fresh pasta in 1-pound batches
  • Includes mixing and kneading blades, measuring cup, 6 pasta shape discs
  • Appliance measures 10 inches square and is made of hardy, white plastic
  • Removable parts are dishwasher-safe; hand clean base with mild detergent

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pasta First Time
Bought old used one on e-bay, which did not include the instructions or recipes (received much ridicule from wife). Printed instructions from a website and tried it out, using all-purpose flour and eggs. Used supplied measuring cups for ingredients. Played with 3-year old, while machine kneeded for 3 minutes, checked consistency - seemed dry, so added some water, then played some more, while machine kneeded for 3 more minutes, checked consistency - was sticky, so added 3 TBSP of flour and let the machine kneed for 3 more minutes, while I played some more. This time it looked right, so I picked my dye, dipped it into hot water, started extruding and got excited!!! Pulled 3-year old up on counter to help out and he got excited - he wanted to swap dyes, so we did - extruded onto separate plates for the separate pasta - wife got home and through everything in to cook - best pasta that I've ever had at home. Looking forward to trying Semolina flour and seeing how that turns out - note that this was not the MX 700 model, just the Pastamatic 700.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great machine. Pasta has good texture with durum flour.
I have had a Simac Pastamatic for about eight years. I have owned several other brands of pasta makers. Most of the ones I previously had were not well made. They were all made in China or Taiwan. I do have an older 700 Pastamatic and it is made from a stronger and more flexible plastic. I prefer the older Pastamatic because I believe it is a better machine. I use either semolina with bread flour or all durum flour. All durum flour seems to work very well. I bought a new farmer's pasta die from Simac and I really love the texture.I recomend it if you are a pastaoholic like me. It's the closest you will ever get to commercially extruded pasta.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worse than the Ronco machine
After my Ronco machine broke, I bought this one. It never worked well for hollow pasta, and the bearings went out after about 20 uses.

5-0 out of 5 stars You won't make boxed pasta anymore!!!!
Having read all of the reviews of the machine, it strikes me that people who have had trouble are probably not used to making things that require a level of attention. Making pasta is not like using a breadmaker. You can't just put all of the ingredients in the machine and walk away. Having used a CTC Pasta Express for years and being generally satisfied with it, I wasn't in the market for a machine as expensive as the Simac. But as an earlier reviewed observed, a large mail order company was selling it for 119 dollars including shipping. I decided to give it a try.
The PastaMatic 700MX operates differently than most models. For one thing, you have to weigh your flour and carefully measure the egg mixture(I use Egg Beaters). It takes longer to knead than my CTC too.
BUT...it makes the best pasta I have ever tried. The strands are much thinner than the CTC and a short dip in boiling water produces a superior pasta. I have purchased additional dies from Lello and look forward to trying them. The complaint about not being able to use 100% semolina is a recognition that that flour alone is just too dense and coarse for an extruder. No electric machine recommends using 100% semolina. But you can use a mixture of semolina and durum flour, which is a finer grind of semolina.
As for the cleanup, I was expecting all kinds of problems but it really wasn't any more difficult than any other appliance. Let it sit for an hour or so and the remaining dough will harden and be much easier to remove.
In short, I really like this machine! It takes time to make it work but that is time well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied customer
My wife and I decided we wanted to make our own pasta. Step one was to see what was on the market and what others liked (and didn't). The Simac went to the top of the list very quickly. Step two, find the most reasonable price. Failing Amazon (dicont.) went to Ebay. Average price was $150 for a new or barely used machine with all the parts/manuals. So I tried my luck...no good, and I hate the outrageous shipping charges. Went to Google again and did a deeper search. Ah ha, a big name retailer had them in their clearance section for $119 (wow) with free shipping (FedEx home delivery no less). I ordered it on Tuesday night and it arrived on Friday afternoon...double wow. Due to the issues we read about below, we decided to RTFM first. However, we also decided to go with a recipe for tomato pasta from the recipe book.

After we washed all the parts, we assembled the ingredients. I happen to own a kitchen scale (I use it for my RC airplane hobby) so we used that method to measure out a lb of flour. We sifted it as directed and put in the other ingredients. Pushed the button, and added the water slowly as directed. The pasta was too wet so we added a tbs. of flour (as directed) and let it run 3 minutes more. We had to add about two more tbs. of flour to get it in the "walnut sized balls" stage. During this time, something strange happened that I'll describe at the end. Finally, we ran hot water over the die we wanted while extruding 2 "golf ball" sized lumps without the die in place (as directed). The pasta was "ragged" on the edges, but after the first foot or so it cleared right up. We just recycled it. The pasta (linguini) only took 45 seconds to cook. It tasted good, but I am now aching to try some semolina :)

The weirdness:
We have GFCI plugs in the kitchen (as is code). After the first 10 minutes of kneading, the GFCI tripped? They should only trip if the HOT (120VAC) is connected to the ground. Very weird. It tripped both GFCI's. I didn't smell any burning so I moved the machine to a non-GFCI outlet to complete the process. Weird item number two: neither switch would turn off the machine? Hmmm, I'm an EE so I had an idea of how the machine is put together. The two switches are in series (if either opens then no current will flow) and most manufacturers switch the HOT side. When I opened the unit up, I saw that they were switching the neutral side. I also saw the problem. The HOT wire had become pinched between the case and the very hefty gearbox (metal BTW) and was shorting to ground. This completed the circuit to the motor so it would run but bypassed the switches too. I wire tied the offending wire out of harm's way and all is well. The motor on this machine is massive and I am positive that running it like that did no harm. After seeing the quality of the insides, I am also positive this machine will last a lifetime.

Jay ... Read more


4. Lello 2720 Pastamaker, White
list price: $149.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0001ZYYXI
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 26477
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Features

  • Kneads and mixes the pasta
  • Makes 2-pounds of homeade past in 20 minutes
  • Large 1300-watt motor
  • Includes 6 discs for 6 different shapes of pasta

5. Replacement Bowl for Gelato By Lello Model #4070
list price: $19.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00030IF1S
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 31914
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Features

  • Replacement bowl

6. Simac #4050 Il Gelataio Magnum
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00004RDDM
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 48216
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Fully automatic, this machine takes the trouble and guessworkout of making ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato, and frozendrinks at home. Ingredients go into the bowl, two buttons are pressedand about 50 minutes later 1 quart of a frozen confection is ready forconsumption. Because the machine doesn't require its bowl to be frozenfor hours in a refrigerator's freezer (like less expensive machinesthat only churn), it can immediately begin making another batch. If abatch becomes too hard the machine shuts off automatically. Housing,paddle, lid, and an accompanying spatula are plastic, while theremovable bowl is made of stainless steel for easy cleaning. The lid istransparent so freezing progress can be monitored. The machine measures11-1/2 inches wide, 8 inches high, and 15 inches deep, and it weighs 33pounds. Made it Italy, it carries a one-year warranty against defects.An instruction booklet with many recipes is included. --FredBrack ... Read more

Features

  • 1-year warranty against defects
  • Makes up to 1.5 quarts of ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt in 50 minutes
  • Fully automatic: pour ingredients into bowl, press two buttons
  • Removable stainless-steel bowl; plastic housing, paddle, lid, spatula,
  • 11-1/2 inches wide, 8 inches high, 15 inches deep; weighs 33 pounds

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent machine with a few problems
I've been using this machine to make multiple batches of ice cream every day, and it works wonderfully. The removable bowl is essential for quick clean-up, and allows you to swap in another bowl and dasher to quickly start a second batch. (Assuming, of course, that you've gone out and purchased these optional components) The wonderfulness of the ice cream it makes is entirely determined by the ingredients you put in, but the ice cream maker is fully capable of freezing the ice cream to a smooth and creamy consistency.

The only reason I didn't give this maker 5 stars is that, if the bowl overflows (which it may, as ice cream expands as it freezes) there are lots of holes and nooks that the ice cream can get into that are impossible to clean it out of. If you tend to fill the bowl full, be prepared for your ice cream maker to end up smelling a bit cheesey. It's not a big deal, but a little better design of the plastic housing would have eliminated this problem.

The plastic dasher also takes a bit of effort to clean; milkfat tends to stick to it. It may still be greasy coming out of the washer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money if you like to make your own ice cream
I started my foray into homemade ice cream with a Krups La Glaciere. Though I was careful with the freezer bowl, I still managed to puncture it after the 2nd use. I bit the bullet and shelled out for the Simac after that.

The ... price difference buys spontaneity, less fuss and ease of cleanup. I don't have to freeze the bowl for 12 hours before making ice cream, there's nothing fragile and all the parts that touch the ice cream come off and can go in the dishwasher. I've also never had the blades that stir the ice cream during freezing get stuck, which happened with the Krups.

The only downside with the Simac is that it's fairly large and heavy. Being able to leave it where you plan to use it would be a plus, but not a show stopper if you don't mind moving a 35lb machine to put it away.

5-0 out of 5 stars nice luxury item
I am a caterer. I bought an earlier model which I have used constantly. It is expensive, it uses up a lot of counter space and since it is heavy, you need to be able to dedicate a space just for it. It is easy to use, makes fabulous ice cream, reliable and fast. Once you get used to homemade ice cream it's very hard to go back to commercial stuff. Also makes great sorbets. This would make a great gift to someone who has lots of counter space, loves kitchen toys and ice cream. It also makes a great present to oneself. For any caterer who does small dinners I would say it definitely allows you to expand your offerings and despite its hefty fee can be a real money maker.

5-0 out of 5 stars works like a charm
Just received a Magnum for Christmas and couldn't wait to try it out. It's ready to go with no assembly required, and extremely easy to use. The 'maiden' batch of ice cream I made was wonderful-smooth, creamy, and significantly better than anything you can buy. I would recommend that anyone getting this machine also have a loud kitchen timer, since it has none and several reviewers have warned about the danger of stripping the gears if the ice cream goes rock-hard.

The machine is heavy, so be careful when moving it around. My only complaints are minor: at these prices, couldn't the makers have put in metal gears and built in a timer? However, with a little attention, this shouldn't be a major headache.

If you're serious about making frozen desserts, you'll love this machine for the convenience (no prefreezing bowls)and the superior quality of fresh, preservative-free ice cream and sorbets in any flavor you can dream up, when you want it. i also appreciate the beater and bowl being diswasher-friendly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Things you should know
I recently bought the Simac Gelataio 4050 Magnum and have made several batches of ice cream, gelato and sorbets. It is an excellent machine that works as advertised (mostly), but there are a few things I think you should know. The most important is that it doesn't turn off automatically when the ice cream is done. I called the technical dept. of the company that distributes it, and was told that it shuts off automatically only to keep from burning up! By that time, the plastic gears are all stripped. You MUST monitor your batch and turn it off if the blades stop turning. If not, your gears are stripped. In the batches I've made, however, the blades kept moving the whole mass of frozen ice cream around and around! I then shut it off with no problem. Another thing is the noise. It is not quiet. You will not want to be next to it for 30 minutes. I put it in another room, and start checking it after 25 minutes. Having said all this, the ice creams, sorbets and gelatos are fabulous! I am very happy with the machine overall. ... Read more


7. Simac 4060 Il Gelataio Junior
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00004RDF2
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 69836
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Gelataio Junior's outstanding design and features make it easy to be creative with ice cream, gelato, sorbet, sherbet, or frozen drinks. This relatively compact machine does all the work--simply add blended ingredients into the removable canister, attach the motor, and press the Chill and Churn buttons. After 15 to 30 minutes, the ice cream is frozen to the perfect eating consistency. The Gelataio Junior also has an automatic stop mechanism, should the ice cream become too hard to churn, and because of the separate function buttons, the ice cream can be left in the machine to maintain this consistency, or scoop it out into a separate container for freezing. The powerful motor churns relentlessly, ensuring a smooth texture, and the ingredient canister is removable and, along with the churning arm, dishwasher-safe. Perhaps most importantly, the included recipe book will help get you started on many ice cream adventures--never had avocado ice cream (no kidding), here's your chance! --Julija Gelazis ... Read more

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Was I Surprised By This Ice Cream/Sorbet/Gelato Maker!
I had always hesitated to buy an ice cream maker. When I was a kid, it was the old hand cranker in an ice bucket. Fun but a lot of work! Simac's Gelataio Junior is superb for sorbets and other frozen goodies. Just put the ingredients in the cannister and within minutes you've got dessert! Also great for cocktail parties! Almost everyone likes frozen daquiris. I almost always have fresh fruit or vegetables around. The possiblities are unlimited for finding new ways to serve cold or frozen surprises. Best of all, I know exactly what is in it! I had doubts about the price...but it has paid for itself many times over and everyone looks forward to the next surprise. Like Cranberry Sorbet at holidays? Or just good old vanilla or banana cream ice cream with strawberries or crushed nuts? Ymmmm.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super ice cream maker
We've used this machine 2-3 times/week for the last 2 years. it makes super ice cream & the removable canister is key (hygiene). Despite the heavy use, we've had no problems of any kind with it...

5-0 out of 5 stars Il Gelataio Ice Cream Maker
A wonderful Ice Cream Maker - the best I've ever had. I had purchased one 20 + years ago, and when I moved, gave it to my cousin. Big Mistake! I love the new model and have enjoyed my little adventures in making ice cream and sorbets. Yes, it is heavy - and I live in an apt. with minimum space. However, I purchased a rolling cart at [a store], and keep the Machine on it in a closet. There's a handy plug available, so don't have to move the item into the kitchen. I have a bit of trouble plugging in the top motor. Sometimes it doesn't align properly and then, the paddle won't rotate. Takes a bit of doing. And yes, it does take more than 20 minutes to make ice cream but well worth it!
Susan in OR

4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Machine...
The Simac Junior is a lovely machine that creates "soft-serve" style ice-creams. (Almost a sorbet consistency.) I suppose that this is to be expected, since the machine is made for gelataio. I give this product 4 stars because I was expecting it to produce a firmer ice cream, but I still love it. It's wonderful to have home-made ice cream without all the fuss. If you can afford it, go for it!

However:
1.) Be aware that it takes closer to 50-60 minutes to achieve the desired consistency--not the 20 minutes stated in the instruction/recipe booklet. Although the booklet is small, it has some basic recipes to get you started.

2.) The machine is very LARGE and heavy, so be prepared to have some serious counter space available! Ideally, a permanent spot...

3.) There is a fair amount of noise from the machine. Not unbearably noisy, but you'll know it's running!

5-0 out of 5 stars great maker!
One thing that other reviews don't mention is the remarkable quality of the recipes provided with the maker -- far fewer eggs, and abundant use of light cream make for slightly healthier and certainly cheaper ice creams that are FABULOUS! I have a dozen ice cream books with hundreds of recipes, but I prefer the very simple, light vanilla with variations offered in the tiny booklet provided with the Gelataio! ... Read more


8. Simac Electric Pasta Machine
list price: $399.95
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Asin: B0000CF4H5
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 98210
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Product Description

Of course the danger of owning a Simac pasta machine is that you will never again be willing to settle for pasta out of a box. Then again, it takes only 20 minutes for this machine to transform eggs and flour into dough, and then just a few more minutes to extrude the shape you want. And of course if you have the water boiling, you're just a couple of minutes away from piping hot, delectable bucato, or spaghetti, or whatever shape you are craving. Finally, if for some unfathomable reason you tire of pasta, you can use your machine to make cookies! ... Read more

Features

  • Model 1400
  • Dimensions: 8" W x 12" D x 12" H
  • Includes discs for: lasagne, spaghetti, maccheroni, cookies, capellini, bucato, tagliatelline, tagliatella media
  • Full cycle pasta machine kneads dough and creates pasta
  • Makes up to 3 lbs. fresh pasta in about 20 minutes

9. Simac Electric Pasta Machine
list price: $295.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DDXA0
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Simac
Sales Rank: 80676
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Product Description

Not only can you make delicious spaghetti, fettucine, macaroni, and other pasta, you can also make wontons, kreplach, cookies, and bread using the Pastamatic. The specially designed blade doesn't just mix the ingredients, it actually kneads the dough! The foot on the mixing blade moves up and down to mimic the action of a hand during the kneading process. A reasonably simple method of operation results in fresh pasta in as little as 15 minutes. Easy clean up makes this a machine that any pasta-lover will adore. There is plenty of useful information in the charmingly Italian booklet that accompanies the machine, including the suggestion to weigh rather than measure the flour, as well as tips for correcting dough texture. ... Read more

Features

  • Model MX700
  • 10" W x 11" D x 10 1/4" H
  • Makes 1 - 1/2 lbs. of pasta
  • Patented kneading blade truly kneads the dough
  • Includes 6 different plates for linguine, cookies, capellini, small fettucine, spaghetti, and macaroni

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