“ Brand: Magimix „
I have had this Magimix ice cream and sorbet maker for a number of years. It was in danger of becoming one of those forgotten kitchen gadgets at the back of a cupboard as it ran out of gas refrigerant. Going through a de-clutter phase, I decided it was time to either get the machine fixed or to get rid of it. It took me a while to find a local air-conditioning service company that was able to replace the gas but it's now good to go.
With new enthusiasm, I'm churning out a whole variety of ice creams and am back in love with this machine.
The dimensions of the ice cream maker are 290 (h) x 340 (w) x 240 (d) and is pretty heavy. It has a built in freezer and has a fixed and removable strainless steel bowl. You shouldn't move it around too much because the refrigerant needs to settle after its been moved. I now keep the machine permanently set up in my utility room and use a a large mixer cover to keep it from getting dusty.
It really is very simple to make ice cream. A recipe leaflet comes with it but I tend to cheat and buy ready made custard and then add my own flavours - you can get really creative! You need to turn on the main machine 5 minutes before you are ready to churn to allow the bowl to cool. It helps too if the ingredients have been chilled before you start churning. Then add your ice cream or sorbet mixture to the bowl, place the paddle and lid on to the motor unit and then slot the unit into the bowl - turn on and in about 20 minutes you will have delicious ice cream.
It's not a cheap gadget; around £250. I was lucky enough to be given one and I'm not sure that I would have invested £250 of my own hard earned money. However for the ice cream aficionado it is a great machine.
What you get:
There is very little difference between the 2000 and 2200 models of Magimix gelato ice cream makers. They are both generally considered to be top notch ice cream, frozen yoghurt, and sorbet makers. My original 2000 had an accident and died (always put on a flat surface). It had extensive use and I was quite excited to upgrade to the next model up. The strange thing is that 2200 doesn't seem to be much different at all. Having used both I think that the only difference might be that the previous version had slightly less capacity and was a little less sleek in appearance. I could swear it was a quieter machine to use than the newer one.
Was my upgrade really a downgrade?
I find the differences so slight, that what I write here can be applied to both older machine and my working machine. Both versions have had extensive use. The machine comes in white or chrome options. It includes two bowls not just one. One bowl is fixed and the other is removable. Each bowl has a capacity of around 1.6 litres. One bowl sits inside the other which means the removable bowl is a fraction smaller. There are two paddles provided of different sizes. The larger paddle is to only be used in the fixed bowl.
They seem to both be of the almost the same weight (the newer one may be lighter) and very similar dimensions. They both produce delicious ice cream and that is the most important point (licking lips at the thought of my next mint choc chip batch). Both models produce about one litre (2 pints) of ice cream.
Before you can start:
After transit and delivery, of either model, this machine must sit for twelve hours before use. This is because you should treat it like you would a new fridge or freezer. Don't groan at the slowness of process. This won't have to be done each time you move the device from a cupboard to the working surface. Actually, you're not meant to move it, but I do, carefully. This is not recommended and also it is very heavy to lift. The machine is robust but it doesn't like to be shaken because it has freezer capability. It must be stored in the upright position. This is the big bonus and explains why the machine has a high price tag. A machine that makes ice cream and freezes it as well means that no room is lost in your main freezer with a big bowl. I would not purchase a machine that does not have this function, now I know how useful this is for serving at a dinner party, without having to worry about my main freezer space. The ice cream freezes well in both models and tastes best if consumed after an hour.
After unpacking, wash all the parts, as you are using ingredients such as cream, or custard, and you don't want this to make you ill.
Make sure you read the manual so that you don't miss vital steps such as the bit about alcohol. Drop a small quantity of alcohol between the set bowl and the removable bowl. This model provided a plastic measuring cup to help out with the task. This will conduct heat and speeds up the production process. You can use the cheapest alcohol you can find. Perhaps, don't do what I did once, take a swig or two, and then get inventive with peanut butter when I was supposed to be using strawberries. That was my least popular ice cream ever!
Next press the 'freezing' switch five minutes prior to feeding in the ingredients.
Put the paddle into the bowl.
Lower the lid which houses the motor.
At the press of a large and clear button the paddles start to move. This will not move if not inserted correctly. Only when the paddle is in movement do you need to add the ingredients by pouring through the small feeding entrance.
The bowl is only to be half filled with the mix and this can be a little difficult to judge but time has made me more familiar with this. The volume will increase during the production process.
The paddles change direction and the machine becomes extra noisy when the ice cream is churned. You must stop the motor but don't switch of the freeze switch now. Do remember to switch off this switch after about one hour to allow the ice cream to harden but not become too hard. There are plenty of possible chances for disasters if you are not good at time keeping and recall.
This can be stored in the ice cream maker for about twenty minutes after the freezing switch is turned off. For those intending to keep, store in a freezer for no more than two weeks, in a suitable container, as there are no preservatives to keep it safe for longer.
Thick, creamy, premium ice cream:
What more can I say accept the ice cream is of the best quality. I like to think I can match the gelato makers in Italy itself where ice cream tastes beyond anything we are used to from our supermarkets here.
The sorbet, made with fruit juice and sugar, tastes great but does take longer to churn than ice cream and it does not keep well so I make sure that it is eaten within two days.
I find it useful to make ice cream with over ripe bananas instead of creating food waste. I just mix in milk (sometimes cream) and brown sugar. Easy!
Please note that when using double cream 250ml is about the amount the bowl can take so do be careful when using recipes with large quantities you might need to lower the volume. It would be nice if the bowls could be made to hold a larger quantity but this is for domestic use only and so things like this can be forgiven.
Whilst I use this machine, and the previous model, around once every two weeks and serve the dessert to up to six people at a time, I find that the yoghurt will not keep at all well, and is less popular, so I have only made frozen yoghurt twice with the 2000 machine and once with the 2200.
I have used low-fat alternatives successfully but I am not so keen on the soya. I use less sugar than in the provided recipe book when making ice cream.
Well nothing is perfect in these models apart from the gelato:
Sadly, the area for putting in the mix is too small when you feed it in. This means that you might make a mess to begin and end the process.
The paddle is a battle to remove when topped with heavy ice cream.
The suggested recipes could contain better detail. I do not use the included recipes but take ideas from elsewhere and my imagination. Besides, Brown Bread (made with breadcrumbs) ice cream just sounds like it will be revolting and possible worse than excess amounts of peanut butter!
I do not like how loud the machine is when it gets to the point where the ice cream is thick. The noise is a bit scary for people of a nervous disposition when the paddle reverses direction during the final phase. However, this is fairly brief, and therefore, not enough to advise against purchase. I ought to warn you, other people have had unfortunate experiences with the plastic spindle breaking. How surprising to discover that my upgraded version has the same plastic spindle as the 2000! I hope that newer models have rectified this problem as I will be sad when this goes and I bet that the spindle thing will be the bit that dies first. There are Magimix parts which can be purchased separately. However, the cost for spares may be disproportionate and a newer model could be better value. I did not realise that these two models they were almost the same product. I also suspect that this machine makes more noise than the 2000 model. Perhaps I imagine this but I think my washing machine is quieter!
The biggest gripe is something of a design flop. Why does the motor continue once the ice cream has been churned? It makes no sense for me to have to make sure I am in the kitchen, in time, for when the paddles finish the process by changing direction. This is when the machine should automatically cut out. It does not stop. The manual even warns that the motor could be damaged if the paddle is allowed to continue for long in the reverse direction. You have to be there to switch off the machine on time. If this product did not freeze and did not produce such excellent tasting ice cream I would not rate either model beyond two stars. Given these faults it really ought to cost less too.
It takes up precious storage space so only buy if you are going to use regularly. On the other hand, I consider this to be a little sleeker compared to the 2000 predecessor. In fact, I will go further and state that it looks smart and trendy on the work surface. When you consider that these machines house freezers the compact size is amazing.
Always chill the mix prior to use. I like to do this for a day before use. The wonderful news is that you don't need to pre-freeze the bowls. If the ingredients are not at a cool temperature to begin with you will find that the process of ice cream production will take much longer. It takes twenty to forty minutes from start to finish depending on the type of ingredients. Yes, it is easier to pop over to the local shop for pre-frozen factory ice cream and I still do this. However, I know what I put into my ice cream. It makes a great talking point for guests, and family, who always enjoy my smooth ice cream and sorbets. You can't beat home-made but I admit sometimes the trouble is not always worth the bother. You have to buy this machine knowing that it won't be sitting in a cupboard and gathering dust. The fantastic advantage of beautifully made ice cream, without the chemical rubbish of preservatives and additives, just pure ingredients of your choice, might well tip the balance in favour of the investment for an ice cream maker, such as one of these, or those of similar calibre.
You can eat the ice cream immediately but this will be too soft. The mixture ought to be frozen. I find the optimum time is an hour which works out very well at a dinner party. Don't forget there is no need to run to the freezer before it melts. Leave the machine on and it will keep the ice cream frozen you can also chill it for another twenty minutes when the freezing switch is off. It really is as easy as that.
The ice cream mix is easily scraped out with the provided spatula or a wooden spoon. The bowls are easily cleaned and any removable items all come out and go back it with ease, apart from the paddle, which I sometimes struggle to take out. Mostly I just give it a wipe over with a clean, damp, cloth, and the alcohol that I had swished around the inner bowl. The fixed bowl is a little trickier to clean and sometimes this makes me opt for the removable bowl to save me any bother though expect a slightly smaller quantity. This is not a problem when served with other things like apple pie or chocolate tart.
Considerations and final thoughts:
You have to factor in the initial cost of purchase which is around £300, electricity costs, individual ingredient expenditure, time pressures and storage space. Like my bread maker it is a bit of an indulgence and no-one has to own this.
The best news of all is that I've owned this brand for so many years that I have lost count which means there is something good about the motor in both models. Oh, I hope I didn't just jinx my current ice cream making machine!
I think ice cream makers are fun. If I need to replace this one think I would like a Magimix again but with the condition that it still has the excellent freezing option and that the motor would stop automatically on completion. I would then like to set the freezer to come on for one hour and beep at the end of that. If Magimix correct these design faults I would continue to be loyal to them. I have owned this brand for some years so I have hopes that this might have been rectified. Does anyone know?
Perhaps I'll consider an upgrade again but this time with some research behind it and not based on assumption of technological advancement. Due to the control of ingredients (just look at all the nasty ingredients on a tub of ice cream and think of your children) and the delicious results I will give both 2000 and 2200 models four stars. This might be overly generous but, Magimix, it is only these positive facts that saves you from a miserable two star rating. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the price tag difference between the 2000 model and 2200 model was not really worth the extra money that I paid at the time. I would have been better off paying the descending price for the older model as I don't see any major improvements. It was not an upgrade. These two machines are too similar. It might be difficult to get replacement parts for the older model but if you can find the 2000 for a cheap price it will save you an unnecessary spend on the later model.
I'm glad I own an ice cream maker. I can recommend the 2000 model but look out for the day Magimix resolves the problems and invest in the best upgrade you can find to make luxury just that bit more in the direction of perfect. It might be that other brands will meet these needs and with a good price tag but that will require a bit more research to find out about competitors.
The most important point of any ice cream maker is the taste test. Both Magimix Gelato Chef models get all five stars for the results when eliminating any technical considerations of the process.
I have tried various combinations of flavours; strawberry, chocolate, mango and honey have all been popular. I try to gear each batch toward the flavours I think my guests will like. I think my chocolate hazelnut ice cream is wow!
Eating freshly churned ice cream is sublime. I bet most of you are licking your lips at the very thought of home-made gelato. Creative cooks can be adventurous and attempt all sorts of flavours. This is a fun luxury item for the kitchen.
I bought one of these online for my partner's birthday and, when we tried to use it, we left it on for a long time and nothing happened - the mixture didn't turn to ice cream. We phoned the Magimix customer services, who talked us through leaving the machine to settle, not moving it at all, and trying again in a couple of days. We did all this and still the ice cream didn't work. We found it hard to see from online descriptions how long exactly we should leave it to work, but decided the machine must have been damaged in transit. Luckily, I'd bought it from Amazon and so returning it and getting a refund was very straightforward.
We then bought a replacement in a local shop, and had a much better experience. As long as the ice cream mixture is chilled to start with, the machine makes delicious ice cream in approximately 20 minutes. If anyone buys one of these and tries waiting hours as we did for it to make the ice cream, it's likely the machine is faulty - it shouldn't take anything like that long and, as long as you're not tipping it up or moving it very roughly, you don't need to keep it quite as still as customer services had indicated - it can withstand being stored somewhere and brought out for use.
It's very simple to use and clean. We always use the removable bowl, which is straightforward to take out and wash after use. The ice cream texture it produces is like ice cream that has been taken out of the freezer to soften a bit. It's also delicious, and we haven't had a disappointing batch yet.
Have owned this ice cream machine for around four years and paid around £250 for it. In that time the only problem I have had is to have to purchase a new lid/paddle mechanism. Spares are very easily available online and at not too bad a price.
Plug in and allow to cool for around 15 minutes. You can make ice cream in the fixed bowl, or insert the removable metal bowl - which I always do as it means you can remove it to scoop out the ice cream and wash it in soapy water. It is very important to get both the ice cream machine and your mixture nice and chilled before churning, to minimise the time it takes to turn to ice cream. I have had fantastic results every single time, and it can be used with any ice cream recipe. Also makes sorbets and frozen yogurts.
Comes with an instruction booklet with a few basic recipes for ice creams and sauces to get you started. It is quite a heavy machine and needs to be stored level at all times so make sure you have a cupboard with easy access to get to it, otherwise it will become too much of a pain to get in and out and you will stop using it.
The ice cream it produces is a nice soft texture, which is lovely to eat as it is, or you can freeze it to firm up if you prefer a stiffer texture, or are making an ice cream bombe for example.
The paddle and bowl are easy to remove and clean in soapy water but are not suitable for the dishwasher. The rest of the machine can be wiped down to clean.
The only gripe I would have is that it is quite noisy. If I am doing other things in the kitchen I tend to move the ice cream machine to the dining room to do its thing.
I bought this ice cream maker after reading excellent reviews, and because i`m already a fan of Magimix products.
The biggest advantage is the built in freezer compartment. It is so easy to use- you turn the machine on, wait a few minutes for it to cool, and then pour in your ice cream mixture (i also use it to make sorbets and frozen yoghurt), leave it to churn for 20 minutes or so and voila! you have homemade, delicious ice cream ready to eat. It couldn`t get any simpler.
The ice cream maker itself is about the same size as your average food processor, and should ideally be stored upright at all times so make sure you make space for it in your cupboards. You also get a recipe booklet with the machine. We paid £270 for this 3 years ago, and i don`t think the price has reduced much since then. It does sound like alot of money at first but it is worth it. It also comes in two colours- white and silver. We have the silver one- looks very sleek!
I would definetly recommend the Magimix Gelato chef to anyone who loves ice cream and wishes to make their own.
Unlike most ice cream makers the Gelato Chef 2000 has it's own built in freezer section / so making ice cream really is simple / Voted one of the best ice cream makers on the market by good House Keeping magazine this Rolls Royce of ice cream makers allows you to simply add your ingredients and 20 minutes later you have ice cream / Short name: Magimix 2000