Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker.
Both of these higher-end ice cream makers are good looking. I must, however, expose my bias; I have a penchant for Breville brand products. They just look better than the competition.
Both models are clad in stainless steel. The lcd screen for both is large enough. I don’t think you’re going to have a problem using either. The lcd display and control panel is larger on the Breville bci600xl.
Size and Capacity
The Breville smart scoop bci600xl measures 16.2 x 10.5 x 10.2 inches and weighs 30 pounds, some customers say that I has a capacity of 1 quart, others claim 1.5 quarts and yet others claim that it’s around 2 quarts capacity. Officially, the capacity is listed at 1.5 quarts.
The Cuisinart ice-100 measures 16 x 12 x 9 inches and weighs 32 pounds. Like the Breville smart scoop, when it comes to the capacity, there are some customers whom report a different capacity than the one officially listed by Cuisinart. While the official capacity is 1.5 quarts, there are customers that claim that the capacity is 1.25 quarts.
These are fairly large “small” kitchen appliances. Unless you make ice cream every day or have a lot of counter space you will probably want to store your machine in the cabinet or pantry.
Price and Warranty
If you’re seriously interested in either of these machines, then you must be prepared to make an investment. They are a lot more costly than your typical run of the mill ice cream maker, and for good reason. The features and optional settings offer convenience and performance that you can’t get from a cheap-o ice cream machine.
By comparison, the ice cream makers you’d find at your favorite department stores are like toys. It’s like comparing an ‘easy bake oven’ to the one in your kitchen.
The Breville smart scoop comes with a 1-year warranty while the Cuisinart ice-100 comes with a 3-year warranty. The Cuisinart really has a huge benefit here.
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Both machines in the Breville Smart Scoop bci600xl vs Cuisinart ice-100 are good in the performance department. To choose either machine is a major step up in class over their basic counterparts. As both machines have a built in compressor, you won’t have to wait hours and hours before your delicious ice cream is ready to be eaten.
The amount of time that it takes to make one batch of a frozen dessert depends on several different factors, such as: ingredients, frozen treat type (gelato, ice cream, sorbet), and desired thickness. However, most ice cream recipes seem to take between 30 minutes to an hour.
I think that you will have more options and features with the Breville bci600xl smart scoop. It has a 3 hour keep cool setting compared to a 10 minute keep cool setting for the Cuisinart ice-100. The Breville is the first non-commercial ice cream maker that automatically senses the hardness of your mixture and keeps it at the desired hardness until you are ready to serve.
If you have diet restrictions concerning milk, such as lactose intolerance, then you’ll be happy to know that the Breville has a built-in lactose setting. The Cuisinart ice-100 is said to work well with lactose-free almond milk but there is no specific lactose-free setting.
Another great thing about these ice cream makers is that you can make batch after batch of ice cream without pause. This is because of the compressor.
Cuisinart Ice-100 Ice Cream Maker.
Does the bowl need to pre-chilled to operate properly…?
One of the biggest let downs of using an ice cream maker is the need to freeze the churn bowl for 24 hours in advance before using. That means that you would have to plan out your ice cream making adventures. The good news is that both of these models have compressors, so you will be able to make ice cream whenever you want to.
The Breville bci600xl smart scoop has a pre-cool setting. In general, it is best to pre-cool if some of your ingredients were prepared stovetop. Some users even say that they use the pre-cool function if the ingredients are room temperature. This is all based on using warm or room temperature ingredients. These seem to be optional best practices, not hard-and-fast rules.
For the most part, users seem to just throw the ingredients into the machine and let the machine do the work.
According to Cuisinart, no pre-freezing is necessary for the Cuisinart ice-100.
How someone interprets noise level is certainly subjective. As both of these machines have compressors, you will certainly hear either when in operation.
According to customers, the Cuisinart ice-100 isn’t loud, but isn’t quiet. I’d bet it is quieter than a dishwasher. A steady hum. It’s the same with the Breville smart scoop. It has been put this way, it could be annoying if you’re in the same room when it’s in operation, but you can’t really hear it in a different room.
Also, if either machine is too loud, you can always move it to a different room.
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