Hamilton Beach 68320 Review


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Newbie ice cream makers appreciate this 1.5-quart freezer-bowl model's ease of use and the array of delectable frozen treats it dispenses.

The Hamilton Beach 68320 (starting at $35, Amazon) is a user-friendly machine that suits the needs of first-timers, partygoers, and frequent ice cream eaters, reviews assert. Just pre-freeze the bowl, mix up and chill the ingredients, turn on the power, pour in the mix, close the top, and stand by for half an hour or so. Hamilton Beach 68320 reviews at Best Buy say this is a good starter machine that churns out delicious, creamy treats and cleans up in a snap. One consumer who is lactose intolerant notes that the investment pays off quickly given the $6 price for a pint of coconut ice cream at the supermarket compared with the $1.50 cost of preparing a batch at home. Another reports that the bowl fits just fine in a regular freezer. (Depending on freezer temperature, the minimum freeze time is eight hours at -22 degrees Fahrenheit but at least 24 hours at 5 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Reviews on Amazon, which number more than 200, largely follow along the same lines but also throw a few darts. Some users complain that motors fail outright after just a few uses or struggle with thick mixes. Others report the consistency remains more like a milkshake than ice cream or doesn’t freeze uniformly. A few grumble about the noise and some simply say the canister doesn’t get cold enough to help the process along. Still, some are thrilled about not having to deal with ice and rock salt.

Aside from ice cream, the Hamilton Beach 68320 can whip up frozen yogurt, sherbet, and gelato. The user’s manual includes six recipes. The gel canister holds 1.5 quarts and the clear lid features a large opening for mix-ins during the last few minutes. The freezer bowl, lid, and paddle should be hand washed. Specs say a batch takes 25 to 40 minutes to reach the desired thickness. This model weighs 6 pounds.

A fair price and above-average performance appeal to scores of consumers -- and propel the Hamilton Beach 68320 to a second-tier ranking on our list.

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