The Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop is one of the most convenient home ice cream machines on the market. It features a whopping 12 hardness settings and it is able to make sorbet, frozen yogurt and gelato in addition to ice cream. It has a refrigeration compressor built in so there is no need to freeze bowls or use ice. Able to function in automatic or manual mode, as well as a “Keep Cool” setting, this ice cream maker offers a wide range of features to help you make the perfect frozen dessert. It’s time to find some new favorite recipes and surprise the kids with an unforgettable dessert.
This is a high end machine that comes with a high end price tag, but owners seem to agree that you get what you pay for. This unit offers professional grade ice cream making experience that was designed for home use. Those who have purchased this machine have given it high praise and recommendation rates.
12 Hardness Settings: This offers you the ultimate control to have ice cream turn out just the way you like it. To adjust the hardness level, simply switch the main knob to the left or right, and press the “Start” button. The machine will do all of the work for you.
Keep-Cool Function: This unit includes a “Keep Cool” function that will enable you to keep your frozen dessert cool for up to 3 hours to avoid melting and preserve its consistency at the same time. A simple press of a button and your ice cream will stay chilled temporarily until you are ready to serve it.
Pre-Cool Setting: Since the BCI600XL is fully automatic, you will be able to pre-chill the freezer bowl by using the “Pre-Cool” setting. By doing so, you will manage to successfully achieve the optimal temperature for freezing your mixture adequately, so you will never compromise its consistency, flavor or appearance once the unit finishes its job.
LCD Display: Breville appliances are known for the modern and sleek sense of design and this unit follows suit. This model comes with an easy to read LCD monitor display. Easy to operate controls are intuitive and are simple to follow on the display.
What Owners Like About It?
Great Usability: Owners really like extremely easy to use even with all of the options this unit has to offer. This Breville small appliance offers users a lot more flexibility and control over the finished product, but it does not require a long learning curve to use.
Excellent Texture: Due to the high quality of the mixing paddle, your ice cream will be properly aerated during the freezing process, which will leave no ice crystals, thus preventing that grainy texture that might eventually ruin the taste for some people. Users are very happy with the ice cream that comes out of the machine when it is done.
Easy Cleanup: Owners generally had no complaints about cleaning up afterwards. It is extremely easy to clean since the unit is manufactured using food safe materials. This is generally a breeze to wipe down and wash.
Keep Cool Feature: Most buyers who have used this product were very satisfied with the Keep Cool feature it comes with. Since you might sometimes need to wait until you can serve the ice cream, keeping it in the machine until wanted is quite convenient. Once your Breville ice cream maker finishes, you can simply activate the Keep Cool feature and maintain the temperature of your dessert until you are ready to serve it.
What Could Be Better?
Heavy Construction: At 30 pounds, the Smart Scoop is pretty heavy, which is not that good if you are not sure of whether you want to place it, or if you plan to carry it with you to some other places. Unless you plan on leaving it on the counter, this unit is going to be a hassle to move.
Price: This is one of the more expensive models on our list and quite a few owners couldn’t believe that they spent that much on an ice cream maker. Although some of those same users mentioned that you get what you pay for.
Even though it is a bit pricey, this is one of the best ice cream makers currently on the market. For those serious ice cream lovers that would like more control and want a serious machine that can handle a wide variety of frozen treats, then the Breville BCI600XL is a machine worthy of consideration. It is a modern and extremely capable unit that delivers exceptional results. This model gets consistent scores in the mid to high 4’s out of 5 stars from customers.