Cuisinart ICE-30BC vs ICE-70 – Dream Scoops


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Whatever, the motor on both machines is strong and durable. I’ve owned my ICE-30BC for a good few years, (using it every week) and the motor has never caused me any concern with whichever ice cream mix or anything else I throw at it!

And this is where the Cuisinart ice cream makers have a distinct advantage over most other machines. Since they rotate the bowl from below rather than the dasher from above (like the other ice cream makers), they are much more efficient. Unlike these other machines, the gears don’t slip, causing horrible clunking and screeching noises. And they never grind to a halt!

How long are the warranties?

Both machines come with a standard 3 year warranty. However, the best thing about these types of ice cream maker is that they’re so simple, very little can go wrong. So your actually very unlikely to ever need the warranty!

How noisy are they?

There’s no denying that ice cream makers are noisy! These two aren’t any noisier than any others I’ve tested. But you won’t be able to watch television in the same room as either of these machines.

I tested them both with a decibel reader and found the ICE-30BC to churn at 80-82 Db while the ICE-70 is slightly quieter at 79-80 Db. So not much difference, but the ICE-30BC makes a deeper, grinding noise that actually sounds much louder than the ICE-70, even if it isn’t!

What’s the ice cream like?

As always, this is the most important question! And there’s no doubt at all: both machines make fantastic ice cream, gelato, sorbet and other frozen goodies.

But to get a better idea, it’s worth looking at the two biggest differences between these machines: the control panels and the dashers.

The Control Panel

The control panel on the ICE-70 allows you to select from 3 different pre-set programs: ice cream, gelato and sorbet. The idea is that the machine will churn the mixture slightly differently for each one to best suit their characteristics.

In practice, this means that the bowl is rotated at a different speed for different lengths of time before the beeper goes off.

So if you choose the ice cream setting, the bowl will spin for 25 minutes at 56 rpm. If you choose gelato, it will spin at slightly slower 48 rpm for a slightly longer 30 minutes. And if you select sorbet, it will spin at the same 56 rpm as ice cream but for a much longer 40 minutes.

Gelato is more dense than ice cream because it contains less air. So the idea here is that if it’s churned slower, less air will be added to the mixture.

Sorbet contains a much higher proportion of water than ice cream or gelato. This means it takes longer to freeze. Which is why the pre-set timer is longer for sorbet.

Different recipes, different household freezer temperatures, and even different room temperatures will have a massive influence on how long any machine actually takes to finish the ice cream. So these times can only ever be guidelines. However, as guidelines, they are useful.

And more importantly the different settings do produce different end results. So while you’ll get ice cream with 35% air on the ice cream setting, you’ll get a denser (more gelato like) 19% air from the same mix on the gelato setting.

In contrast, the ICE-30BC spins the bowl at a very slow 21 rpm. And this means the ice cream generally has less air, averaging around 27%. You can vary this by taking the ice cream out earlier or leaving it in longer. But not to the extent that you can with the different settings on the ICE-70.

Varying the amount of air in your ice cream will have a huge impact on the texture. Ice creams with more air are light and fluffy. While ice creams with less air are dense and creamy.

So the ice creams from the ICE-30BC will always be thick, heavy and dense. While you can use the different settings on the ICE-70 to produce ice creams that are like (or even denser than) those from the ICE-30BC or much softer and lighter.

The dashers

The dashers are just the plastic paddles that churn the ice cream mixture in the bowl. And at first glance the dasher of the ICE-70 might seem almost identical to the dasher of the ICE-30BC.

But in fact, small differences in the dasher design can make a big difference in the way the ice cream is churned. And Cuisinart have significantly improved the design of the dasher between the older ICE-30BC and the newer ICE-70.

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