Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for $19.99!

I just noticed that Amazon is selling Cuisinart Ice Cream Makers for only $19.99! These machines are reconditioned, which means they were re-built at the factory and may have cosmetic blemishes. It’s an amazing deal and an inexpensive way to chill-out this summer.


This kind of machine has a canister that gets pre-frozen in advance, twenty four hours prior to churning—some people simply store theirs in the freezer all the time. The upside is that they’re inexpensive and they don’t churn a lot of air into the custard.

They also chill up a pretty mean margarita, too.

Don’t know how long they plan to feature these machines, but since they’re at the top of their best-selling kitchen items, they’ll probably go fast…

For more advice on ice cream makers: Meet Your Maker

*Update: Amazon is currently sold out of the very low-priced reconditioned ice cream makers, but it’s worth keeping an eye on their site as these kind of deals come and go frequently. To those who got machines—happy churning!

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  • May 2, 2008 3:09am

    David, I have wondered about electric ice cream makers. I have an old Donvier that you just turn the paddle on by hand. Do the electric ones just do the turning for you? Do they do anything else? (It doesn’t take a very long time to do it by hand, though you do have to make sure you don’t wait too long between turns or the paddle freezes up.)

  • May 2, 2008 6:39am

    This feeds into a one person discussion I have been having with myself lately. In high summer, it would be so nice to offer a special flavor of gelato with dessert when I am cooking for clients, but and it is a big one, many jobs are way too far away to keep a canister frozen, empty or full. So I looked at the ones that also freeze and they are way too huge to cart around! Is there any answer in the marketplace?

  • May 2, 2008 7:08am

    I love my cuisinart ice cream maker (Kitt: yes, the churning is done for you) and I also often borrow my brother’s so I can make two flavors at a time. It is a pain to have to make sure the canister is frozen, but if you plan ahead, this is a great little machine, especially at that price. Thanks David for tipping us off, my mother’s been wanting one of these.

  • May 2, 2008 7:13am

    Judith: I don’t know what’s available in Italy, but I’ve never seen a compact machine that was self-refrigerating. I would imagine the chilling mechanism is just too large.

    There are (relatively) small self-freezing units available, but I don’t know how well they work since I’ve never used one. One is a brand called Lello, and may be an Italian company?

  • Lorna
    May 2, 2008 7:50am

    Wow, now I can use your recipes from “The Perfect Scoop”

    btw – Rosie O’Donnell is on Rachael Ray’s show today. It’s remarkable how much they look like twins!!


  • Trish
    May 2, 2008 8:27am

    Just bought this through your Amazon link. I’m excited to try it. We’ve been looking at and talking about getting and ice cream maker for a long time. We have the old fashioned ice-salt maker in the basement but it’s pretty much unusable when the wind chill is 50 below here in Nebraska (lovely Januarys we have here…).

    My husband is an ice cream fanatic. We were going to get the Kitchen Aid attachment but for the huge difference in price, we’ll try this one! Thanks for the “heads up”.

    Omaha, NE, USA

  • May 2, 2008 8:43am

    You are a bad, bad, bad person. I’ve been convincing myself not to buy your book because I don’t have an ice cream maker, and convincing myself I don’t need an ice cream maker because I don’t eat ice cream very often. But seriously 10 minutes after reading this, I found myself on Amazon. Not nice at all. And now I have to go get your book too. Hmph :)

  • May 2, 2008 9:21am

    That is a nice deal! I have the KA attachment for my mixer.

    Tip for those who keep their churn bowls in the freezer.

    Before freezing cover the top of the bowl with Glad “Press And Seal” and store the bowl upside down in the freezer. Keeps unwanted odors out and protects the interior of the bowl from items falling in.

  • May 2, 2008 10:15am

    Thanks to you, I am now $20 poorer (but one ice cream maker richer!!!)

  • May 2, 2008 10:53am

    We have two of these and absolutely love them. We make all kinds of ice creams when the fruit is in season. It’s super easy and there’s nothing like fresh ice cream.

  • Phyllis
    May 2, 2008 12:20pm

    Okay David, you’re workin’ your influential magique again… I just ordered 2 Cuisinart machines; one for a friend and one for me. Can’t wait to make my own gelato! Mahalo!

  • Laura
    May 2, 2008 12:49pm

    I just ordered two too! Many thanks for the tip. I am so excited at the thought of being able to make two flavors at close to the same time!

  • May 2, 2008 12:56pm

    Phyllis and Laura: I was going to recommend that people order an extra bowl at the same time, but for the price, oddly, it’s cheaper to get a second machine!

  • dylin
    May 2, 2008 1:01pm

    in light of cinco de mayo being only a few days away, i am rather curious as to how it can be utilized for chilling margaritas! has anyone tried this? tips? thanks!

  • May 2, 2008 1:23pm

    Damn you man! I hope you’re getting commission AND royalties because I just bought one of the damn things AND a second copy of your book (the first one I lent out and mysteriously it hasn’t been returned).

  • TARA
    May 2, 2008 1:27pm

    Awesome! I’ve had one of these for about 10 years and have always wanted a 2nd one. Admittedly my old one looks awful, but it still works. Now I can either use two at once or at least have a spare bowl! Thanks for the great tip….

  • May 2, 2008 1:28pm

    is it wrong for me to want to get this even though i have an ice cream machine already?

  • May 2, 2008 1:32pm


    Don’t feel so bad. I’ve got 3 ice cream machines, and I want one too!

  • Melissa
    May 2, 2008 1:41pm

    I too have made both purchases. David you are devious man. I like the way you think. :-)

  • Terrie
    May 2, 2008 2:29pm

    David, it never occurred to me to use the ice cream machine for margaritas. What a FANTASTIC idea! Thanks.

  • Courtney
    May 2, 2008 5:34pm

    ::sigh:: I’m a college student and I don’t even have a kitchen…But now I have 2 ice cream makers! I mean what if some dire situation occurs in which I need to quickly create frozen desserts? What if I just really want ice cream? What if I just REALLY wanted an excuse to buy your book? Crisis overted? I think so. :)

  • Ms B
    May 2, 2008 7:03pm

    I have one of the Cuisinart machines and also one of the Kitchenaid attachments. I have had the Cuisinart for about eight years but I broke down and bought the Kitchenaid on sale last summer. After trying out both items, I strongly prefer the Kitchenaid for four reasons:

    1. It’s larger by about a pint.
    2. It is easier to scrape due to its construction (dasher is down in the bowl rather than grazing the top) and the fact that you do not have to remove the cover that goes over the bowl to scrape.
    3. You do not have to wash a cover that goes over the bowl (which is especially nice because the cover does NOT fit in my dishwasher).
    4. I also think that the KA freezes significantly faster, which is especially nice when working with something with a lot of alcohol in it.

    If you do go for the Cuisinart, make sure you get a second bowl. I find that many recipes (including several of David’s) produce too much custard to be processed in a single batch in the Cuisinart . . . and there is no way that I am letting a pint of incipient malted milk ice cream go to waste!!!!!

    In fact, just give in and get two makers. Solves all problems . . .

  • May 2, 2008 7:42pm

    I hope you’re getting kick backs from Cuisinart. I just bought one too!

  • May 2, 2008 8:37pm

    I’m with Terrie. I got a Cuisinart ice cream maker for Christmas (a PERFECT gift), and I’ve been churning out great ice cream ever since. But for some reason I never thought to try margaritas in it. Guess what we’re having at my house tomorrow afternoon . . .

  • May 3, 2008 1:05am

    Oh, it’s so unfair! Where I live these equipments are expensive… =/ I’m so envy now, heheheh

  • anne
    May 3, 2008 4:01am

    david, your endorsement wiped out the stock at amazon! (and i read your post too late… *sigh*)

  • May 3, 2008 4:29am


    Well, I’m glad some of you scored. I think there’s a way you can set up an Amazon alert since they seem to come in and out of stock, but I don’t know how to do that.

    Also you can bookmark the page and re-visit it to see when they come back. Either that, or maybe some of the folks who bought 2 might want to share : )

  • deanna
    May 3, 2008 11:23am

    You’ve inspired me once again to pull out the Cuisinart ice cream maker and get crankin! Hmmm…Maybe the Roasted Banana? I will, I promise give you FULL credit.

    p.s. Austin Loves Ya’

  • Alliey
    May 3, 2008 7:52pm

    I got one just like this at the Goodwill for five dollars. FIVE BUCKS! I was thrilled.

  • May 4, 2008 4:14am

    David, thanks for this tip!! Unfrtunately, they don’t ship this item in Italy…I don’t know why!!

  • Mary
    May 4, 2008 11:31am

    I doubt they were ever out of stock. Perhaps they sold so well, amazon pulled them ’til they could raise the price. They are now selling for $45.

    They sell the same model new (not reconditioned)at Bed and Bath for $49.

    I hate, they pull bait and switch scams like this all the time.

  • May 4, 2008 3:56pm

    20$!!! I got mine two years ago for much more, it came with 2 buckets a huge advantage when you make more than one batch! One for custard, another for sorbet for example.

    The only problem that I have had with this ic ecream maker is that the custard has to be chilled at least overnight or the buckets do not cool the mixture enough. But so far so good! Just plan ahead, I guess.

  • May 6, 2008 10:13am

    Mine arrived this morning. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • Denise
    May 8, 2008 2:15pm

    I wonder why they won’t sell to Canadians, i really want one of these, I will even pay full price! Dang.

  • May 8, 2008 6:55pm

    Denise: I believe it has to do with customs. Anything that crosses a border is usually subject to some sort of tariff or tax. Sometimes it’s the voltage, too. I know in the EU, they have specific requirements for appliances so American appliances, which are much cheaper, aren’t compatible.

    It’s a situation I’m all-too familiar with…


  • May 8, 2008 9:40pm

    I live in Canada and I got mine from the Bay two years ago, if Amazon does not sell to Canadians… You might still be able to find it!

  • Laura
    May 9, 2008 5:41pm

    My two cuisinart ice cream makers just arrived!!! Thank you again David. Now I just have to wait for the canisters to freeze…

  • trish
    May 11, 2008 12:02pm


    We ordered the ice cream maker the first day you featured it in your blog and received it a few days later. Last night we made your Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – so so so good! Thanks for a great find and a great recipe!


  • karen
    May 19, 2008 10:18am

    David – I have the twin bowl freezer Cuisinart. The ice cream is great. I have a problem, though, that maybe with your experience you can advise me on…I loose about 3/8 inch or more of ice cream around the sides and bottom of the freezer bowls because it is so darn cold. The custard closest to the bowl hardens way before the rest of the custard is done. This must be scraped off and the quality of this scrape off is not very good. Any hints?

  • May 20, 2008 3:44pm

    This is the ice cream maker I have, and I love it. I also bought a 2nd canister a few months after I got the original machine, because I’m an impatient churner, and it’s great to be able to pop a clean canister in the freezer while you’re using or washing the other one.

  • May 26, 2008 6:45pm

    I got one of these at a garage sale (yard sale, tag sale, depending on where you live) for $10 a couple of years ago. For the price – or $20, even – it’s fantastic! And easy to clean, BIG plus!

  • May 28, 2008 5:47pm

    I just bought this very model from a neighbor, via my local Craigslist, for $15 – no shipping, no bait and switch. Cuisinart even has their instruction manual (with a good parts diagram) online – – how nice!!

  • Tanya
    May 30, 2008 12:16am

    Hello David and you all ice cream lovers,

    There is only two ice cream eaters in my house and we are trying not to eat too much too fast. In other words, I would like to make a half quart or so in one time.
    However, I heard that Cuisinart doesn’t work well if the bowl is not full. Is that true? Does anyone has a relevant experience?
    Thank you very much,

  • Heather
    December 13, 2008 9:11pm

    I love this machine for all ice creams. I make raw vegan ice cream and it does a perfect job. It is a bit loud but who cares when the outcome is soooo good! My son made homemade butter in the machine, I wonder what else it can do?