“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Max Bowl Capacity: 1.5 Litre / Power: 135 watt / Automatic shut-off „
The Marks and Spencer Ice Cream Maker is a 'fully' automatic ice cream maker, which means there is no bowl to be frozen overnight before using it. It contains a refridgeration unit which chills the bowl as it is churning and makes great ice cream or sorbet in about an hour.
The machine is quite large due to the refridgeration unit. The main block of the machine is enclosed and there is a ice cream bowl, paddle, lid and motor unit that are all removable by pulling them out vertically.
A small mini lid in the lid means ingredients can be added whilst the ice cream is churning. This mini lid is quite small and it can be a bit tricky to pour an ice cream mixture through it (although perfectly manageable with a funnel)
The bowl is cylindrical and holds around 1.5 litres (A decent amount) it has a wire handle making it easy to transport around the kitchen.
The paddle is plastic which does seem little flimsy, but I haven't had any problems as yet.
The motor unit is a simple block which clicks easily into place.
The build quality is perfect, although I do have a few issues with the machine in this area. Firstly, the stainless steel has got some slight rust spots on the surface where i have wimped it down with a wet cloth. These rub off easily, but maybe making use of a proper cleaning product would keep it looking good for longer.
To get the ice cream container in and out you have to pull the motor unit off vertically and remove the paddle. This is fairly simple, but can be a bit fiddley to re-assemble as you have to get the paddle lined up well in order to slot the drive shaft of the motor into the top.
The functions on this ice cream maker are minimal. There is an on/off button, and a time select button.....that's it. The time ranges from 10-50 minutes (for some reason skipping a 20min option) which is usually enough to achieve a well churned sorbet or ice cream.
The results very much depend on the recipe you are using. So far I've made and excellent chocolate ice cream several times, a perfect pinepple sorbet (2 pineapples cut into chunks and a cup of sugar blended and thrown in the machine) and a terrible apple sorbet from apple juice which split into frozen ice and concentrated apple juice.
I find that the machine churns ice cream or sorbet well, but it does still need a few hours in the freezer afterwards to really get the mixture firm.
I paid around £120 for this ice cream maker online. It sells for around £140 on ebay at the moment which seem to be the only place I can find a current price. This is far cheaper than most fully automatic ice cream maker machines that include a refridgeration unit (often well over £200) an I think a very fair price for not having to pre-plan when you want to make ice cream.
I had for several years been drooling over models such as the Gaggia, or Gelato ice cream makers but I could not justify spending so much and was in any case, a little worried that some of them had poor reviews and needed vodka or salt water to make them work properly.
I stood in Marks and Spencer for about half an hour before finally buying the ice cream maker and it is fantastic. I have used it each day since I have bought it. At the moment, it is churning a melon, ginger and lemon sorbet.
The only niggles are that it can be fiddly to locate the spindle and the top for the chute for adding extra ingredients tends to fly off if touched, also the instructions are a little brief.
However, these things are unimportant as the price and quality more than make up for any small inconveniences. Highly recommended.
such a fantastic product from marks and sparks as i call it absoloutly brilliant got this as a gift as sadly my old one had broke down the main reason why i cannot keep bragging about this product is mainly because my old one had to freeze the bowl for 24 hours what use is that in this day and age time is of the essence i say so buy this product and forget about buying your ice cream out of the super market or your local shop the quality of ice cream the this machine makes is fantastic, The taste you get and also satisfaction from making your own from scratch is out standing and in just over half an hour you will have all your friends over for a batch there is not one fault i could find with this product and would recomend it to anybody who loves there icecream!!
I first came across this ice cream maker on an advert on dooyoo while i was writing a review for my old one, Phillips Delizia. It's just luck really, because i was looking for an ice cream maker where you don't have to wait for a bowl to freeze for 12 hours as my ice cream became more demanded and i really wanted to be able to make more batches during the day. I really owe dooyoo one, because it's such a fantastic machine.
It has a built-in cooling system, which is really convenient as you can make ice cream whenever you want as it instantly starts to cool down once you switch it on. For an ice cream maker with the ability to do this, it would be no less than £200. But when i first saw this machine on the M&S website after clicking the advert, i was so surprised that it was only a mere £99. I had to buy it after I read about it's features and the fact it was able to cool your ice cream in under 40 minutes and you could make ice cream non-stop all day. So the next day, i went to an M&S store where i knew they sold household products and bought it then and there. You can buy it online but i was too impatient to wait for the delivery! I knew when i first saw this ice cream maker it would be a good investment. It was £96 due to the change in VAT. What a professional machine for a good value!
My experience with this ice cream maker has been nothing but pleasurable. The only thing i could say is that it's quite hard to assemble once i first started to using it, but it's easy to get used to and it's no problem at all now. Also, it is quite heavy so you might have some difficulty moving it around. None of the parts are dishwasher safe, but since their are only 3 parts you need to intensively clean, it shouldn't be an issue. The main machine and motor cannot be soaked in water and if you wish to clean it, you need to use a damp cloth to wipe as it's dangerous since electricity is used to power it. It comes with a measuring cup (1 cup) and an ice cream scooper which i didn't expect at all and I think they're quite helpful to help measure things when making the ice cream. On the top of the ice cream maker is a digital display and buttons to set the time and to switch it on and off. What i find that really makes this ice cream maker convenient as well is that once it's finished cooling (after you've set the time) it beeps to signal when it's done so if you're in another room, you don't have to estimate when it's done, all you have to do is sit and wait for the beeper to go off! Also what i find really professional is the fact that if it's finished cooling and you haven't come to check it, and it starts to melt, it simultaneously switches back on if it senses the temperature is too high and gives you maximal results. The maximum bowl capacity is 1.5 litres which is reasonable and can produce quite a large quantity of ice cream. The ice cream maker comes with a manual which can provide you with additional information. Don't worry about being irritated by any noise as there is minimal sound so it won't be a problem at all, in my eyes.
Overall, this is one of the best ice cream makers I have seen on the market today because of it's brilliant features, qualities and how professional it works for such a minimal price. For people looking for an ice cream maker which has its own cooling system, this is THE one to buy.
If you're interested in buying it, go on the M&S website here:
and order it online, or you can buy in an M&S store where you're sure they sell household products.
From mixture to ice cream in approximately 35 minutes.