Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 11
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Glenn So Far So Good
I have used the ice cream maker about 30 times It is easy to use and easy to clean up, no difficulty making back to back batches. I find myself experimenting with different recipes more because the machine is so easy to use. I am pleased with my purchase.
September 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 We just love it.
Not a fancy machine, but it sure does make very delicious ice cream. The consistency is surprisingly smooth and creamy. Not airy or flaky at all. It's a whole concept ahead of the rock salt self churn toys. Quite easy to use, just put your preferred mixture in and press play. You can fine tune by adding frozen fruit during the process. I'm very impressed.
September 3, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Self freezing ice cream maker
Nice ice cream machine. Makes pretty good ice cream. Gets cold very quickly and is easy to use.
September 5, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by foofy This ice cream maker is pretty good, all things considered
I had trouble getting up and running but only because I was used to a traditional ice cream maker that has a much bigger capacity. The Sno doesn't freeze quite as hard as my other maker but is sure is easier to use. Not having to use ice really makes it handy. It would be the best machine ever if it had a larger capacity. It says it's 2 quarts but you can't put that much in. The instructions could use a little work...like a trouble shooting guide.
September 27, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Marauderer The Wynter works great and the price from HD was fantastic
This unit is great for making ice cream with a minimum amount of effort. The refrigeration unit gets cold quickly and it is a no hassle machine. I would definitely buy this unit again.
October 30, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GJHeis Quick and smooth ice cream
This is the only ice cream make I have ever used. That said, I bought it because is was highly rated, and the most powerful unit I could find for under $500 - 265 Watts vs the 150 Watt others from Cuisinart, Delongi, etc.
This machine can make semi-hard ice cream in about 40 minutes. Depending on the recipe, the consistency is good. Overall, I am very happy with the product for the amount I spent.
On the bad side, the first machine Home Depot sent was defective. The second has been fine. Here are a few things to consider:
1. One time the machine started grinding. It has not done it again.
2. There is no automatic shutoff. The timer is worthless. If you forget to shut it off, you will very likely have a broken machine.
3. The dasher is plastic. It seems very durable, but I am concerned about it's longevity.
4. The motor is attached to the lid - tough to clean well. This is not a big deal, since it doesn't generally get messy. You have to remove 2 screws to clean it.
5. There is a ridiculously small opening to add toppings while the machine is running. It is easier just to take the lid/motor off and add in.
Still, from my research, this is the best machine for the money.
TIP: If you want harder ice cream, run the machine until you get a thick soft serve consistency. Then turn off the motor and let the compressor run for another 15 minutes. You may burn up your motor if you let it freeze solid while mixing.
June 18, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bonehead Good, fairly heavy duty, lacks features
Early, but appears more ruggedly built than competition. Would like it to have some means to turn off at end of cycle - time, temperature, mixture stiffness, etc. Easy to clean and put back together. Touch controls don't always respond at first touch.
November 9, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JimScap Very unhappy
Complicated unit that broke on the first batch of ice cream. I have returned the unit (great customer service at Home Deopt by the way) and purchased a simple ice cream maker that required freezing the churn bowl. It is simple, easy to use and makes great ice cream. You really don't need an expensive, refrigerated unit. If many things can go wrong, they probably will.
June 25, 2011