“ Manufacturer: Magimix / Speeds: Multiple Speed / Max Bowl Capacity: 1.2 l „
I purchased this ice scream maker a few summers ago and I think it has been one of the worst ideas I have made. I got it for around £50 which I thought after doing some research was a reasonable price to pay for an ice cream machine, but it is not even worth £10 for the amount of edible ice cream we have gained from it. We have tried well over ten times to make ice cream using this machine following the instructions to the smallest print and yet every time it turns out far far too runny and not enjoyable. We have searched the internet for hours trying to find out what we are doing wrong yet nothing seems to tell us we are so the only thing to blame is the machine! It holds 1.5 litres of mixture and we have tried different levels of ingredients yet nothing seems to work! The only positive I can think of for my £50 spending is that the machine is easy to put together, even if it does not work.
My friend purchased a more expensive ice cream maker and it works a treat so it just leaves me thinking that we should ahve spent more money to expect a higher quality of ice cream.
I would not recommend this ice cream maker to anybody and would thoroughly suggest that they pay more for a better ice cream maker.
The Magimix Le Glacier is a mid range Ice Cream Maker, I bought one from Amazon for £49.99 on a whim last year when we had a couple of days of heat.
It has a 1.5l capacity and is one of the dullest looking appliances I have ever seen, the motif on the front of the maker reminds me of an old caravan we had when I was younger, the appliance doesn't have the sophistication of some of the expensive (very large) gelateria's on the market, but what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for in ease of use.
It isn't huge so doesn't feel like too much of an extravagance in terms of space in your kitchen, it is also fairly easy to put together, although have patience you can't make Ice Cream straight away!!!
It was a whim purchase, but i'm glad I did, as it has really made myself and my partner, enjoy getting to grips with it, learning how to combine flavours and really enjoying the experience.
I had looked at the Cuisineart ICE3 which was over £100 when we were looking, it looked bigger, more professional and more expensive....probably because it was.
In the end we chose this for price and because it looked small enough to fit on the kitchen draining board without it taking up too much space. Thankfully we were right.
With 1.5litres capacity, it allows us to make and store reasonable amounts of ice cream, it also is easy to put together and use. As Gino Ginelli and Mr Whippy would both advise, the key to good ice cream is patience and good ingredients, well you need both with this thing. You have to freeze the bowl for 12 hours before use, which means you can't just make ice cream on a whim, but it's no huge hassle either. Once you've done this you add your ingredients (Definitely check out the accompanying booklet for flavours to start you off) having mixed them in the fridge for a while and give the ice cream maker 30-40 minutes to do it's stuff.
The Ice Cream is surprisingly tasty, it allows real room for experimentation, i'm currently trying different crushed chocolates in my flavours, and I don't think i'll need to go back to buying any for a long while. We bought a Ben and Jerry Home Ice Cream book, which is really handy, giving lovely ideas for ice cream.
Being honest there have been a few dud batches, but overall, this is easy to use, not too large to store, is a reasonable price and is easy to clean, i'm more than happy with it, it's a luxury, but not a ridiculous luxury, save your dooyoo vouchers for the summer and treat yourself.
I was a bit surprised this has fairly low ratings in the reviews here. I absolutely love this item, and so do the children. Please forgive me if this is not the most technical of ratings, as I am not so good at such things .
Basically this consists of an insulated bowl, a plastic lid, the paddle and the electric mechanism. There is also one tiny fiddly part which you have to have to attach the paddle and it is quite easy to misplace. You also get a recipe book with some good starter recipes which you can adapt to suit.
THE GOOD -
This makes wonderful soft creamy ice cream, which will harden further if left in your freezer. Because you make it yourself, you can make any flavour. We like fresh strawberry, vanilla with double the real vanilla flavouring, and lovely dark bitter chocolate. The possibilities are limitless though, lemon, blueberry, orange (yes it is nice), anything you can think of. I find most ice creams to sweet and you lose the nice cream taste so I cut the sugar down in all recipes.
THE BAD -
This freezer bowl is big and nearly takes up a whole drawer in my freezer.
If you get impatient and try to make it without waiting 12 hours it will not work.
It doesn't make very big servings for four people. I suppose the amount is fair, but being as this is quite a treat, we would like to be pigs now and then.
The fresh cream and fresh fruits may cost more than buying ice cream.
Once this starts to set it will eventually push the lid loose. You have to watch it, and turn it off when the lid comes loose.
A few inconveniences aside, this will make the best ice creams you have ever had in your life. It makes Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Daz seem a very poor second best. The ice cream is so smooth and creamy it is indescribable, it literally melts in your mouth. Of course because you add the ingredients you can make it to your own individual taste, so it is just perfect for you. Now this review has got me thinking and made me very hungry. I must clear the freezer out and fit in the bowl tonight for ice cream tomorrow.
I have had this product for 2.5 years now, and it is still as new. I find it easy to clean, and have had no problems.
This only gets 5 stars because I can not give it 10.
Magimix Le Glacier - After shopping around for a small but affordable ice cream maker I stumbled across this one from Comet £39.99 which makes about 1.5 l of ice-cream. It's a simple enough appliance to use and assemble, although the plastic it is made from feels cheap and brittle (but then again what can you expect for this price!). I was dubious about what it would produce. I put the overly large bowl in the freezer after having to shuffle all my freezer food around and left it overnight for a good 20 hours, it recommends 12, but I would leave it longer. First recipe 11.30am Sunday - 500g pureed strawberries, 100g caster sugar, 300ml fresh double cream, squeeze lemon. The recipe booklet is basic but gives you standard custard or cream bases. 30 minutes later a velvety smooth ice cream much tastier and fresher than shop bought, but not quite set, its now 18.40pm same day and the mixture has been in the freezer 5 hours and still isn't set in the centre. I'm not worrying though as I will check tomorrow. You get what you pay for.
I've had my Magimix Le Glacier for about 5 years now (originally a gift), and use it about once a month. I've got mixed feelings about it. The instruction manual which comes with the machine is appalling (I actually wrote an entire essay on it for my 'Technical Writing' module at uni!) and clearly hasn't been translated particularly effectively, so there are lots of unclear messages. A few good recipes at the back, however in some instances, they've misprinted quantities - could be disastrous! Hopefully by now they will have reviewed this document! Nevertheless, in terms of functionality, this is a sound piece of kit. It's not fancy, and it does what it says on the tin - however, I do think the parts (the paddle and the electronic lid part) feel quite plasticky and insubstantial. The button bit has come off mine, although it still works. I also find it's quite difficult to get the lid to 'lock in' properly - but as I said, it still does the job in the end, so not a major problem. The tub itself is quite compact, so it's not a problem to keep in the freezer all the time, so it's ready for you when you need it. I do find that when the machine churns, as the icecream thickens, the paddle sometimes gets stuck and the comes off its fixing. Again, I think this is because it's not particularly sturdily built. The icecream also hardens more around the metal lining of the vessel, which I suppose must be common to all machines, although again, I think a closer fitting, stronger paddle would prevent this to some degree. Overall, I'd say this icecream maker is a good little piece of kit if you don't make icecream often (as I believe it's one of the cheaper models), but if you're a hardcore iccream fan, I'd pay a bit more and get a better quality of machine.
Decent design, pagddles a bit flimsy, do not thing they will last with sustained use. Makes a rather soft ice cream, which has very limited usage or life. Noticed after purchase that it was classed on the box as a " party item" what ever this means, but i suspect that it will not have the extended life that my last did 18 years!
With our Magimix Ice Cream Makers and our Compact Ice Cream Turbine, you will have no excuse not to yield to the temptation of an ice cream made from entirely natural ingredients whatever the season, whatever the occasion. They will produce homemade ice creams and sorbets just as quickly and easily as you can eat them. The Le Glacier Ice Cream machine by Magimix produces 1.5 litres of homemade ice cream in approximately twenty minutes. The bowl contains a liquid that chills when placed in a freezer overnight. Once frozen, the bowl can be attached to the motor unit, before being switched on and the ice cream 'custard' added. Churning takes approximately twenty minutes to reach the 'soft scoop' stage. This product is ideal for anyone with a love for ice cream or those with specific dietary.