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The 3 best things aboout the Kenwood IM200 Ice Cream Maker are:

1. The container. For low price ice cream makers to work you need to freeze the bowl for about 24 hours prior to making the ice cream. I have a small freezer - so a relatively small bowl is essential. This bowl fills about half of a standard drawer on a standard fridge freezer (see photo - you can see the bowl tucked away in the lowest drawer). This works well for me.

2. As well as a small freezer I have a small kitchen. The ice cream maker is compact. This obviously means you make less ice cream - but one batch filled two medium-sized Tupperware boxes.

3. The price. You should be able to buy one of these for about £25 new. It's not the cheapest - for example the Andrew James Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yoghurt Maker is cheaper - but I think £25 is a very good price for what you get.

Other considerations

It is not especially difficult to clean - the bowl has no electrical parts so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. The lid is easily removed from the electrical unit which powers the spatula (this is done by pinching two clips - see centre photo).

The electrical unit is cleaned by wiping it down. The only tricky part of this is the hole where the spatula clips in. This can get gunky and you need a bit of patience to clean it properly.

The instructions are pretty clear. The main thing to remember with using ice cream makers is to make sure the machine is running when you add the mix - otherwise it sticks and freezes to the bowl and the spatula cannot stir the mix (and could break). The instructions are clear enough that if you follow them this won't happen.

Just as a tip (and this is true of all ice cream makers I have used) I find it's easier to spoon your ice cream mix into the maker through the hole - rather than pouring it in.

Drawbacks

Reading reviews of the Kenwood IM200, a few people say that there are issues around the unit's fragility. I've used my ice cream make about a dozen times without any problems and his has included some pretty sticky and chunky ice cream mixtures.

However it does feel a little lightweight - but as far as I've found not so lightweight that is cannot do its job.

It's not the quietest machine. It's not stupidly loud - but you know it's on.

Conclusion

If you want a fairly cheap compact ice cream maker this is perfect. I've had great fun with it. Ice cream recipes are pretty easy to follow and after about the sixth time we were making up our own (including melon and sherbet, Pernod and cherry, and broken biscuit ice cream). The ice cream we have made has been lovely. Check out other user reviews at Amazon.

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