The Cuisinart ICE-100 makes smooth ice cream less than an hour anytime anyday

The Cuisinart ICE-100 makes smooth ice cream less than an hour anytime anyday

One homemade ice cream.

That’s what it took for me to appreciate the science and magic of making ice cream from scratch.

It’s healthy, delicious and fresh. You will never want to go back satisfying your cold sweet tooth with grocery-bought commercial ice creams ever again.

Let me tell you about our family’s story of making ice creams at home and why we chose the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker.

Specifications: Cuisinart ice cream maker

The Cuisinart ICE-100 is an ice cream machine that comes with a built-in compressor unit. Without the need to freeze the bowl at least 12 hours before use, you can continuously make ice cream batch after batch. One batch of ice cream takes 25-40 minutes. The Cuisinart ICE-100 comes with 2 paddles, one for ice cream making and another for making gelatos.

Specifications of the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker machine:

ModelCuisinart ICE-100BCA Ice Cream Maker 1.5 Litre with Compressor – Stainless Steel
Dimensions16.5 in (41.9 cm) x 12 in (30.5 cm) x 10 in (25.4 cm)
Weight22 lb (10kg)
User interfaceLCD display and buttons for power, 60-minute countdown timer, and start/stop.
Powr150 W
Capacity of bowl1.5 quart
Warranty3 years
Time it takes to make ice cream30-40 minutes
Noise during freezing85 decibels
Number of paddles2 paddles:
-ice cream paddle
-gelato paddle
Preuse instructionsDue to its compressor unit, the machine should sit on a level position 24 hours before use.
Service1800 808 971 (Australia)
PriceAU$429.00 (Myer) inc GST $39
User manualhttps://cuisinart.com.au/content/46550-ICE100A-New-Compressor.pdf
The LCD and function controls

Why make ice cream from scratch

The quest to making homemade ice cream started when we left Philippines by moving abroad. And being new in a foreign country, you naturally get homesick. And one of the things we miss is food. For me, what i missed most was ube ice cream.

But it took almost four years to pluck the courage to buy an ice cream maker. First, because of its hefty price tag. Second, do you really need an ice cream maker to make an ice cream? That was the prevalent question.

“It will be worth it”, I kept telling myself then.

Six months and a few ice creams later, yes it really is. And you can make a decent home business out of this ice cream machine because its final output is of really good quality.

As long as you use an ice cream recipe that uses high fat content, your resulting ice cream from Cuisinart ICE-100 can compete with grocery-bought ice creams. Except yours is healthy, homemade, and fresh!

Unpacking the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker

Now what is high fat content in ice creams?

According to the Icecreamscience blog, milk fat contributes to the smooth and creamy texture of ice cream. In addition to that, it helps to make your ice cream more stable and not melt easily. And in terms of flavor, it enriches the flavor experience by slower release, lower intensity, and longer duration of flavor.

Making ube ice cream with Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker

So how do we incorporate fat in ice cream? What type of milk or cream to use? DreamScoops recommends the following:

  • Whole milk / Regular milk
  • Half and half
  • Light cream, table cream, coffee cream
  • Medium cream
  • Whipping cream / Light whipping cream
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Manufacturers cream

Here are some high fat-content recipes to try with the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker.

Let me just say this, Jeni Britton Bauer’s ice cream base recipe is a game-changer. I started it too late but never going back again. I’m gonna use it forward with my experiments because it’s definitely a foolproof recipe in making a smooth, creamy ice cream. It is highly recommended!

This is a chocolate ice cream using Jeni Britton Bauer’s ice cream base recipe
After three days in the freezer, the ice cream can be scooped smoothly and neatly from our 1.5-quart Tovolo ice cream container. No need to warm up your ice cream scoopers, and you don’t have to break an arm.

Electricity costs to make one batch of ice cream

Because the Cuisinart ice cream maker has a built-in compressor unit, I wonder if it’s gonna cost us huge bucks in electricity costs when using it. One batch of ice cream usually takes at least 40 minutes for me. Depending on the recipe, I have to make it a total of 60 minutes.

From where we live here in Australia, specifically the state of Victoria, we are currently paying about 28 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

So for every hour of use with the Cuisinart ice cream maker, I’ve calculated that our electricity cost is:

.5kWh x 28 cents per kWh = 14 cents per hour 

Not too bad.

Frequently asked questions about Cuisinart ice cream maker or any brand of ice cream maker in general

What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?

The Cuisinart ICE-100 comes with 2 paddles, one for making ice cream and another for gelato. Now how are they different that you have to use different paddles?

Ice creamGelato
More creamMilk in higher proportion than cream
Higher fat contentLess fat
AirierSofter, less air
Flavor depends on fat contentMore flavor

How long does it take to make ice cream in the Cuisinart ICE-100?

Keep it between 25-40 minutes. More than that increases overrun. Give your mixture a chance to thicken similar to a soft-serve consistency.

Does the Cuisinart ICE-100 make good ice cream?

Yes. In comparing the Cuisinart ICE-100 vs Breville BCI600XL vs Whynter ICM-200LS, the Cusinart came out the recommended product because of the quality of ice cream it produces.

Final thoughts: Why we chose Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker

Latik, Ube, and Chocolate ice creams


  • No need to prefreeze bowls
  • Makes ice cream in less than an hour
  • East to clean and assemble
  • 3-year warranty


  • Noise when churning (85 decibels)
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

So six months and a few ice cream recipes later, I think it is a good purchase. Only negative side probably is the noise it emits during churning, which is 85 decibels. That might not seem much, but with a baby who is sensitive to noise when sleeping, I choose making ice cream outside naptimes. Quite a hassle as naptimes are my free time to do anything, including a spontaneous ice cream making session.

Other than that, the Cuisinart ICE-100 ice cream maker machine gives me few good reasons to not regret buying it.

First, because it is very convenient to use. You don’t have to pre-freeze the bowl because it has a built-in compressor unit. It self-freezes while churning. Without preuse routines, you can make ice cream anytime anyday just because. On top of that, it is easy to make and can be a fun experience for the whole family, especially the kids who want to learn how ice creams are made.

Second, it makes good quality ice cream. Once you go making ice cream from scratch, you never go back. It’s like a whole new world.

Third. Delicious, healthy, and fresh ice cream. I won’t say more.

About Author

Cathy is a busy-bee homemaker who blogs on the side. Introvert, tea-lover, and rigidly frugal, she can wrap you words as long as her little tots are sleeping and not all over her just yet.