Beautiful, traditional ice cream maker makes 4 quarts
With its unique, beautifully-vintage appearance, this traditional ice cream maker uses salt and ice to make 4 quarts of delicious frozen desserts like ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato. If you’re looking for an ice cream maker that has classic good looks, makes enough for a crowd, and is fast, the Aroma Traditional is a great choice.
Solid fir wood bucket
The solid fir wood bucket that houses the ice cream canister is very durable and built to last. It’s designed to hold the ice and salt required to cool the canister, and the thick wood helps keep the canister cold.
Traditional die-cast hand crank
In addition to the wood bucket, the traditional die-cast crank adds to the ice cream maker’s vintage appeal. To churn and mix all the ingredients together, turn the handle.
If you dislike turning a crank by hand, the electric motor will do most of the work. While the crank is functional, the electric motor brings the ice cream maker into the modern era, so you can just use the motor if you don’t want to babysit the ice cream.
One of the machine’s positives is how fast it is. It makes ice cream with that characteristic storebought hardness in only 30-35 minutes. The aluminum ice cream canister is built to insulate the cold so the ice cream freezes fast. Many other machines make much less ice cream in that same amount of time.
Another unique feature of the Aroma 4-Quart is its appearance. Many ice cream makers just look like kitchen appliances, are bulky, and take up a lot of space on the counter or in a cupboard. The Aroma is light (10 pounds) and adds decorative appeal instead of taking it away.
Don’t need to put anything in freezer
With many machines, especially of this size, they use freezer bowls instead of the traditional salt and ice. With bowls, you have to keep them in the freezer up to 24 hours before you plan on making ice cream, so you can’t be spontaneous. With the Aroma, you just need the salt and ice to make the canister cold and you can get ice cream fast.
Even with the wood bucket, the Aroma is not especially sturdy. The crank has plastic gears and is only attached by a single screw. It could fall apart if it is overused. Luckily, the crank is mostly there for looks, so if you just let the motor do its thing, you don’t have to worry about breaking anything.
The Aroma combines old-fashioned elements like the crank handle and wooden bucket with an electric motor to make great-tasting frozen treats fast. Four quarts is a good amount of ice cream and is a lot more than what fancier, more expensive machines can offer. If you love making ice cream, but want an affordable, more traditional option, the Aroma holds up.