Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE 4-Quart
The Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE may have a retro style but it has all the modern capabilities to make some great frozen desserts. This features an electric motor capable of churning out 4 quarts of ice cream in one batch. This unit is very easy to use and fully automatic. All you have to do is fill the bucket with ice, place the aluminum canister with your ingredients inside of the bucket and turn on the machine. It does all the work for you.
Owners have found this unit to be quite dependable and are very satisfied with the value that it provides them. This is one of the least expensive models on our list and is a great starting machine for those who are not quite sure if making ice cream at home is something that they will enjoy.
Plastic Bucket: The Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE features a vintage, old-fashioned design that includes a high-quality plastic bucket where your ingredients will be mixed to achieve the desired consistency. To make ice cream, frozen yogurt or any other dessert, you will have to add all ingredients to the aluminum canister, place it in the center of the plastic bucket, layer it with salt and ice cubes, then turn on the electric motor of the machine, which will be doing the churning for you in approximately 30 minutes.
Internal Electric Motor: Unlike other ice cream machines of its kind, this model features an internal electric motor that is not built into the aluminum canister or plastic bucket. To make it function, you have to plug the unit into an outlet, then press the upper part of the motor and the machine will start the ice cream making process.
Aluminum Ice Cream Chamber: As stated above, this machine has an old-fashioned design that includes an aluminum ice cream container you need to fill with the ingredients of your mixture. The aluminum chamber is then sealed with the plastic lid and placed in the center of the bucket, but not before you make sure to add the plastic dasher inside. Aluminum will keep the temperature of the mixture even, gradually freezing it as it comes into contact with the ice cubes and salt surrounding it, thus making delicious ice cream for you to enjoy.
See-Through Lid: To protect your mixture from coming into contact with the ice cubes and salt, the aluminum canister will be sealed with a plastic, see-through lid that will enable you to successfully track the ice cream making process. The lid connects to the dasher inside of the aluminum canister, as well as to the electric motor.
What Owners Like About the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE?
4 Quarts at a Time: Compared to other ice cream machines on the market, this Nostalgia Electrics model can make up to 4 quarts of your favorite frozen dessert in one batch, which is a great advantage if you need to serve more than four or five people at a time.
Great Consistency: Despite its simple approach, this unit can make excellent ice cream with a great consistency every time. Not too firm, but not too soft either, the finished product will be ideal for immediate consumption. Owners really like the ice cream that comes out of the machine when it is finished. For harder ice cream, just let it sit in the freezer to firm up.
High-Quality Plastic Bucket: Many buyers were very happy with the outstanding quality of the plastic bucket, which allowed them to use the Nostalgia Electrics ICMP400BLUE for several years without having to replace it. While wooden buckets might get easily damaged due to their tendency to warp and wave when coming into contact with water, this plastic piece remains sturdy, preserving its shape and density perfectly.
Stylish Design: Lastly, a substantial percentage of customers appreciated the design of this Nostalgia Electrics unit, which has a stylish old-fashioned appearance that makes it unique. With a vintage shade of blue/turquoise, this ice cream maker is going to be a real eye catcher.
What Could Be Better?
Motor: Some users were concerned about the difficulty that they had locking the motor in place before starting a cycle. They wished that it was a little bit easier to set in place.
Expensive Replacements: Several customers reported to have tried to replace the plastic dasher or see-through lid after they broke, but gave up the idea due to the expensiveness of the replacements. It would almost be better to just buy a new machine in some instances.
For those that want to try making ice cream at home for the first time and want a budget friendly starting machine, this Nostalgia Electrics model is a wonderful option. Old fashioned looks with modern technology and convenience have garnered this particular model with high ratings from owners. Customers typically rate this ice cream maker in the low to mid 4’s out of 5 stars.