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Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker Review

We give the Model 68330R 4 Quart Machine a star star star star rating.

The Hamilton Beach ice cream maker is a compact unit that easily makes ice cream in a short amount of time. The unit is attractive and easy to use.

It is fully automatic; you don't need to turn a single crank. It can make ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, sherbet and gelato as you wish.

The ice cream maker comes with a manual and 20 recipes that you can try out as soon as you unpack your machine. The lid locks in place easily. The parts should all be hand washed; they should not be run through the dishwasher.

A one year limited warranty is issued with this machine.

Hamilton Beach 68330R Pros

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The Hamilton Beach ice cream maker is fun to use. You can make your first batch of ice cream as soon as you unpack the ice cream maker. In half an hour, you get to enjoy soft serve ice cream.

Set the ice cream in the freezer to firm it up if you prefer it that way. Just put your mixture in the canister and surround it with ice and salt.

Turn the machine on and relax. Some issues can be rigged so the machine works anyway. Clean up is simple.

Hamilton Beach Cons

The Hamilton Beach ice cream maker is noisy. As a less expensive model, the motor is not muffled at all and the motor will get louder as the ice cream starts to firm up.

The power cord is very short. Set it up where you can capture any leaking water.

Some customers have had the motor continue to run but the shaft won't turn and mix the ice cream. Upon inspection, it was found that the gear had split.

Others have had the motor die in the middle of making their first batch of ice cream. The plastic construction is flimsy and the canister is almost as thin as foil.

The motor, when it does work, seems to be under powered. You must make at least a gallon at a time; if you don't have a big family, it may go stale in the freezer.

Ice Cream Maker Features

  • Makes up to 4 quarts of ice cream in 20 to 40 minutes
  • Fully automatic
  • Use for sherbet, gelato, frozen yogurt, custard or ice cream
  • Lid locks easily
  • Hand wash all parts
  • User manual and recipes included
  • 1 year limited warranty


The Hamilton Beach ice cream maker has mixed reviews. The cord is very short, which makes it difficult unless you have a handy outlet. The unit is noisy. This may not bother some people as much as others.

Some customers really liked this ice cream maker. With the inexpensive price, it could be worth the gamble to see if you get one of the units that work without an issue.

Many people found it easy to use. If you are on a budget, take a chance. This ice cream maker may make it possible to make as many batches of ice cream as you like.

Click here to read more consumer reviews or purchase this ice cream maker from Amazon

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