Rival GC9155 Review

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In a variety of ways, the Rival GC9155 underperforms its rivals. Users complain it takes longer than 30 minutes to make ice cream, which often has a slushy, rather than solid, consistency. You have to freeze the bowl for at least an entire day before proceeding, and it weighs a hefty 10.8 pounds; users also gripe about faulty parts.

Unlike reviews for the best and good cheap ice cream makers on our list, Rival GC9155 reviews are very uneven. Consumers posting reviews on Amazon, for example, report an end product that's a far cry from ice cream, despite having followed the directions carefully; others report excellent results, with a few tweaks to the recipe, in less time than expected. On Viewpoints, reviews gripe about opening the lid to find slushy frozen ice milk while others praise the tasty results. But even consumers who seem satisfied with the ice cream or frozen yogurt or what-have-you find fault with this cheap ice cream maker. It uses a gel canister (no need for rock salt and ice) that some reviews say requires up to a week of pre-freezing despite instructions that specify 24 hours. Users also gripe about having to chill the mixture for 24 hours or longer, seals that pull apart on the freezer bowl, and a spout that's too small and awkwardly placed to accommodate the mixture that gets poured in after the machine starts running.

The Rival GC9155 (starting at $40, Amazon) is a bit smaller than some other cheap ice cream makers, measuring approximately 8 x 8 x 11 inches, although its capacity is the standard 1.5 quarts. This is a bottom-of-the-line model that uses a lightweight plastic body and a motor that could use more oomph. It comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Despite its moderate price, the Rival GC9155 lacks support from consumers. There are better and cheaper ice cream makers out there; let this one slide right past you.

Maralyn Edid

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