Dooba Reviews Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:48:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Secrets of Henckels Ceramic 12 Piece Cookware – Review Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:56:11 +0000 Is Ceramic the next best thing in cookware?

Yes. Yes it is.

But there’s a caveat. Read on to find out.

Henckels Ceramic Cookware 12 Piece Set

Is Ceramic better than Teflon?

Does Teflon cause cancer? It’s one of the main questions causing people to retire their old cookware. If so, then it would seem that Ceramic would be way better than Teflon coated cookware since Ceramic is PTFE and PFOA Free.

Teflon has those chemicals and it’s bad for us, right?

Definitely, PTFE and PFOA are bad news for our bodies. However does Teflon cause cancer?

Let’s check the American Cancer Society on Teflon:

“Teflon itself is not suspected of causing cancer.”

But, it’s not the whole story. As the ACS states further, it’s the manufacturing process that can be harmful.

“Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8, is another man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals (known as fluorotelomers), although it is burned off during the process and is not present in significant amounts in the final products.”

“PFOA has the potential to be a health concern because it can stay in the environment and in the human body for long periods of time. Studies have found that it is present worldwide at very low levels in just about everyone’s blood. Higher blood levels have been found in community residents where local water supplies have been contaminated by PFOA. People exposed to PFOA in the workplace can have levels many times higher.”

There’s still debate if exposed to high temperatures if Teflon releases these chemicals, but it’s definitely released in the manufacturing which isn’t a good thing for us of the environment.

Enter ceramic cookware. Let’s look at a popular set:

Is Ceramic Really Non-Stick?

How does ceramic work as non-stick? Ceramic by itself doesn’t do it, it’s got to have a coating mix which is what Thermolon is.

If you take care of your cookware, the ceramic coating will last a long time.

Tips to keep your ceramic cookware long lasting:

  • Don’t use harsh abrasive cleaners, just use soapy water
  • Don’t use nylon or other hard scrubbers to clean. Use a washcloth
  • Use soft spoons/utensils (wood or silicon) when cooking

People that report problems with the ceramic losing it’s non-stick probably didn’t follow one of the three points above.

Do you Need Butter or Oil to Help when Cooking Sticky Stuff?

In our tests, we’ve found just a tiny bit of butter goes a long way, especially when frying an egg, and we prefer using just a little bit when cooking, but ultimately, you don’t have to have to use butter or oil.

Ceramic Chipping? Ceramic Requires a Little extra Love.

One thing to note is that ceramic cookware is not ceramic all the way through.

It’s a ceramic coating. The metallic base helps with heat transfer and keeps it strong and sturdy preventing chipping on the bottom.

Some reviewers mention the ceramic coating chips. We’ve found this is usually from stacking the pots and pans without taking care to protect the bottom of the pan/pot as well as where the stainless steel handle comes in contact with the pot/pan below.

We’ve put paper towels between ceramic pans, and that’s helped prevent chipping, and others have kept the cardboard packing inserts and used those to protect the ceramic coating. Either way, just a little extra love and care will go a long way in protecting your ceramics.

Details about the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Spirit Ceramic 12 Piece Ceramic Coated Set

Henckels makes extremely well designed cookware. We’ve been very impressed.

You’ll get 12 pieces of Thermolon ceramic coated stainless steel cookware. Stainless steel is superior to other metals used for cooking and the Ceramic coating keeps the food from touching the metal.

The set has  a 1 quart saucepan, a 6 quart dutch oven, a 2 quart saucepan, a 3 quart saute pan,  an 8 inch skillet, a 10 inch skillet, a pasta insert, and a steamer insert.

The cookware is safe for induction cooking and safe on all stovetops, and broiler safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit

Henckels Ceramic Cookware 12 Piece Set
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Zwilling J.A. Henckels Spirit Ceramic 12 Piece Coated Set on Amazon.

Easy Shaved Ice: Paragon Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:41:57 +0000 Ahhh Summer! Sunshine, swimming, and snow cones.

I don’t know about you, but my kids and I frequent the local snow cone shack a bit too often.

Because let’s face it—nothing tastes better than an icy, frozen treat when the temperature creeps past 100.

We’ve found one of the best snow cone machines for home (or even professional) use.

The Paragon Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine

Paragon the Arctic Blast SnoCone Maker
About the Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine:

Do you remember the small home snow cone makers from when you were a kid?

Mine was the Snoopy dog house one—hand cranked, icy, and you could only ever pump out a tiny one.

Compare that to the nice snow cone shack in your home town.

That’s the Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine!

Finely shaved ice, minimal effort, ready in seconds.

In fact, this is a very popular commercial grade snow cone maker, so chances are, your local snow cone shack may actually use a Paragon SnoCone Machine!

The Power of the Arctic Blast

The Arctic Blast boasts a 1/3 horsepower, 1,725 rpm motor.

It requires 120 volts or 635 watts or 5.3 amps.

But here’s what you really need to know: The Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine can shave over 500 pounds of ice per hour.

That means this one machine can make 1,000 (6 oz) snow cones in one hour!

Pretty impressive!

Types of Ice to use with this Shaved Ice Maker

The Paragon Arctic Blast makes great snow cones with a variety of types of ice.

One great thing for fast snocones, is that you can use cubes from your freezer, bagged ice, or chunk ice. Others require only one type of ice to be used (blocked), but the Arctic Blast allows for various types.

If you buy large block ice, just be aware the whole block won’t fit in the horn. You can use the blocks, though, if you first break it down into 3-4 inch pieces.

Some people swear by one ice, others, another.

Try different types, and see what you like best.

See the Arctic Blast in Action

Simple, right?

Pour the ice in the horn, press down on the pusher to guide the ice through the blades while holding down the motor switch.

“Snow” for your cone falls into the holding area.

Scoop and serve!

Components of the Paragon Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine

The Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine is constructed from sturdy stainless steel and aluminum.

The powder-coat finish helps to prevent chipping.

Stainless steel blades shave the ice and are easy to adjust and replace, should it be necessary.

The ice holding area is boxed in by tinted-high impact polycarbonate panels that are both shatterproof and easy to clean.

A slanted drain deck drains water away from the ice and into the drain hose, keeping standing water away from your shaved ice.

The plastic tray on the bottom of the holding area is made of food grade plastic and is removable for easy cleaning.

The Arctic Blast also comes with a snow cone scoop.

How Big is the Paragon Arctic Blast?

Made in the USA, the Arctic Blast is a large, sturdy, and dependable machine.

  • Dimensions: 16” x 14” x 24”
  • It weighs about 50 pounds.

How is Clean-Up?

Cleaning the Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine is a cinch.

All you’re using is ice, so messes are maintained to a watery residue.

Simply run the motor to clean out any extra water.

Detach the drain hose, if using.

Then unplug and wipe down with a clean cloth, inside and out.

The bottom of the holding area has a removable tray to make cleaning extra simple.


Some users say their drainage hose is a tight fit.

If this is the case for you, try scoring the tray all the way to the back before attaching the hose.

Some users also prop up the drain deck at a greater slant to help speed up drainage.

Tips For Amazing Snow Cones

  • Try different types of ice, including bagged ice and ice from your home refrigerator ice maker, to see which you prefer.
  • Use cold, solid ice for the best shaved ice snow cone texture.
  • The blades are adjustable. Moving them IN creates a finer shaved ice like snow. Moving them OUT creates a courser ice.
  • About 2 oz of syrup per 6 oz snow cone is about right, but the joy of having your own snow cone machine is that you can adjust the syrup according to your preference!

What Customers are Saying about the Paragon Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine

Reviewers on Amazon give the Paragon Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Here’s what some of the reviewers are saying:

“I have absolutely no doubt that this workhorse of a sno cone machine will last a very long time and make thousands of kids and adults very happy.”

“We love it and would totally buy again.”

“I made approximately 500-600 snow cones at this event and the machine performed perfectly without any problems at all. This machine is certainly well built and will serve you well. I can’t recommend this machine highly enough.”

“FYI, we never used this type of machine before and honestly it doesn’t matter if you did or didn’t. It’s pretty self-explanatory.”

Best Place to Buy the Paragon Arctic Blast SnoCone Machine?

The Arctic Blast is available from a limited number of suppliers.

We shopped around and found the best place to purchase is from Amazon.

While Paragon’s site lists the Arctic Blast at $695 with an MSRP of $730, you can get it from Amazon at a much more manageable $548 with the advantage of free shipping.

Whether you’ll use the Arctic Blast SnoCone machine for business or personal use, head to Amazon to purchase it for significant savings.

Paragon the Arctic Blast SnoCone Maker

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Secrets of the 6 Best Gelato Makers Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:27:25 +0000 What to find the best Gelato and Ice-cream Dessert Makers?

Here’s the quick guide to our top recommended Gelato and Ice Cream Makers.

Our Top pic is at the end of the article.

6. The DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker

delonghi gm6000 Gelato Maker Machine

The Delonghi Gelato Maker has been a favorite of Gelato Enthusiasts for years. Its price point and quality made it a favorite, but it’s not offered any more. 🙁 You might find people trying to sell old ones for double what you could have got them a few years ago. Needless to say, we’re sad about this, but it opens up the possibilities to other better Gelato Makers.

5. The Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker

Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart

The Whynter ICM-200LS is a great machine for making gelato or Ice-cream. Its 2 quart capacity is a major plus.

Priced around $299, it’s a great looking accessory for your kitchen. Check out our full review of the Whynter ICM-200 Ice Cream Maker.

4. The Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

Cuisinart ICE-100 Gelato & Ice Cream Maker

The Culinary ICE-100 is impressive for its size. It produces 1.5 quarts and is priced at around $220.

It’s a great machine, but doesn’t have the quality parts as the higher-end machines. See our review of the Cuisinart ICE-100 for more details.

3. The Breville Smart Scoop Ice-cream Maker

Breville Smart Scoop Gelato and Ice Cream Maker

The Breville BCI600XL is a great ice-cream and gelato maker. Breville’s products are also so well designed and hold up to lots and lots of use. It has 12 hardness settings including frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato, and ice-cream.

Its got a 1.5 capacity, is made solid, and is priced at around $229. Breville really does make top of the line machines, and the Smart Scoop in no exception. Check out our review of the Breville Smart Scoop.

2. Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Ice Cream & Gelato Maker

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Gelato Machine

The Italians know gelato. It’s their thing, and they make one of the absolute best Gelato Machines that makes Ice-cream as well.

It’s called the Musso Lussino 4080 by Lello, and its industrial strength, ease of use, and stainless steel construction truly takes the cake. It’s priced around $715, and the price reflects the quality.

It can product 3 quarts an hour, and that’s tremendous beating other gelato makers, except the one below. Check out our review of the Lello 4080 Gelato and Ice-cream Machine.

1. Lello Musso Pola 5030 Gelato & Ice-cream Maker

Lello Musso Pola 5030 Ice cream and Gelato Maker

If you want the best gelato ever, and you want it fast, consistent, and able to make more quickly, the 5030 by Lello is the best in the business.

It can make up to 6 quarts of Gelato an hour.

Its stainless steel housing, bowl, and mixer set it apart from other gelato and Ice-cream machines. This puppy works hard and will outlast the competition. Priced at $1,495, it’s nothing to blink at, but the results are fantastic.

See our review (with video demos) of the Lello 5030 Gelato & Ice-cream Maker.

A Short History of Gelato & Tips for Making Gelato at Home Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:56:11 +0000 Ancient Rome, Sicily, or even Egypt?

Gelato has a history rich in myth and tradition, some details are more firm.

Below is a short history of gelato.

Ancient History and Bernardo Buontalenti

The tradition of cold and frozen desserts dates back thousands of years and across many cultures based in Europe, Asia, and Africa, but gelato begins to take shape in the 1500’s with Bernardo Buontalenti an artist from Florence who brought gelato to the court of Catherine de’ Medici.

Procopio Cutò – Father of Italian Gelato

A man named Procopio refined and heavily influenced the creation of Gelato. From Wikipedia:

Procopio had learned in about 1680 how to make a beverage of ice made of lemonade using salt to lower its temperature and keep cooler longer. Procopio had a special royal license from King Louis XIV to sell a melange of refreshments including spices, iced drinks including “frozen waters”, barley water, anice flower, orange flower, cinnamon flower, frangipan, and his improved version of the Italian “ice cream” of fruit based gelatos like lemon and orange. This gave him exclusive rights to these unique sweet and cool products from his kiosk booth at Foire Saint Germain. He soon added coffee to his refreshments’ list and the kiosk became a cafe. Procopio introduced the Italian “ice cream” gelato at his cafe and is one of the first to sell this new European product directly to the public. Prior to then it was reserved for royalty only. Procopio’s café served it in small porcelain bowls that resembled egg cups. He is sometimes referred to as “The Father of Italian gelato”.

WhyGelato has a great resource with additional information on the History of Gelato.

The first Ice-cream Machines

In 1843, Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer. The ice cream freezer was a pewter cylinder. (WP)

That started the ball rolling, and ice-cream and Gelato machines have come a long way since then.

Gelato, Once Reserved for Kings & Queens

Once a dessert reserved for Kings and Queens, Gelato can now be enjoyed by all in the comfort of their very own homes.

With the advent of the modern gelato machine, families can make gelato right in the comfort of the their own home.

But even with these in-home gelato makers, the roots are still strong to Italy, since the best gelato makers are Italian made.

What you want in a gelato maker is Capacity, Easy Cleaning and Speed.

If you are interested, check out our reviews of two of the best Gelato Makers in the world.

Lello Musso Pola 5030 Gelato & Ice-cream Maker

Lello Musso Pola 5030 Ice cream and Gelato Maker

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 is Italian-made and is one of the highest capacity gelato machines available for the home.

Its stainless steel construction sets it apart from the rest of the gelato makers made of aluminum and plastic.

Check out our review of the Lello Musso Pola 5030.


Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Gelato and Ice-cream Machine


Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

The Lello Musso Lussino is the smaller cousin to the Pola 5030.

Both machines are made by Lello and are Italian-made. Check out our review of the Lello Musso Lussino 4080.

Which is better the Breville Smart Scoop or Lello 4080? Fri, 27 May 2016 14:14:10 +0000 If you’re in the market for a top of the line, self-refrigerating ice cream and gelato maker, you’ve probably heard the names Breville and Lello.

The Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop and the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino are both among the best ice cream and gelato makers, both making superb frozen desserts.

It’s tough deciding which one to purchase, so here’s a comparison of the two so you can make sure your ice cream maker has all the features you’re looking for.

The Breville Smart Scoop and the Lello Musso Lussino: How are they Alike?

Both the Breville and the Lello have self-refrigerating compressors, and both have a 1.5 Quart capacity.

Some frozen dessert makers are good at making ice cream and some are good at making gelato. The Breville and Lello stand out from their competitors because they shine at creating both.

The ice cream will taste better than parlor ice cream, and the gelato will taste just like what you get in Italy.

Both machines are sturdy and high quality, but let’s take a look at their individual features.

What makes the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino an incredible Machine?

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

You think gelato, you think Italy, and that’s where the Lello Musso Lussino is made.  It’s sturdy, heavy, and professional grade, but the price point, size, and capacity make it perfect for home use.

The Lello is made of the best material:

  • Stainless steel housing,
  • Stainless steel bowl (very hard to come by compared to other machines)
  • Stainless steel churn blade.

The bowl is built in to the machine, ensuring your ice cream cannot spill over into the motor. Having the bowl and blade made of stainless steel is uncommon and speaks of the high quality of the Lello.

While the lid and blade are both removable, the bowl is not. That’s the one drawback of the Lello.  That being said, the bowl is fast and easy to clean.

Reviewers on Amazon attest to that.

All it takes is warm, soapy water and a rag or sponge. Wipe it out, and you’re ready for the next batch!

From Amazon Reviewer:

“Cleanup – because of the way it freezes, it uses a non-removable stainless steel bowl. Use a sponge with warm water, and you’ll have it cleaned out in less than two minutes. It’s a bit easier if you let the bowl warm back up to room temperature first, but if you’re in a hurry to start another batch, you can do it right away also.”

With two buttons and a dial, the Lello is simple to use.

Put in your ice cream mixture, turn it on, and don’t worry about it.

Your ice cream will be ready–mixed and frozen–in about 30 minutes! The Lello will keep your dessert frozen until you’re ready for it!

Amazon offers free shipping (not to mention great reviews) on the Italian-made Musso Lussino with a price around $700.  Read on if you’re interested in another great machine that will leave your wallet feeling a little more full.

Why the Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop?


Breville is known for making high quality appliances that are built strong, built to last, and built to please.

That’s exactly how the Smart Scoop is built.

It has a sleek and modern style that will look good in any kitchen.

More than that, it makes a variety of frozen desserts that will wow you.

Amazon is full of praising reviews.

Others debated between the Breville Smart Scoop and other more expensive machines. Those who chose the Breville “couldn’t be happier.”

An Amazon reviewer tells how easy it is:

“This machine is so easy to use it is scary. You just make your base, put into the container, select the hardness level and push a button. The machine makes a sound when its time to add mix-ins and again when the ice cream is done. It is VERY quite while running and the batch took around 45 minutes.”

Other Features of the Breville Smart Scoop

  • The Breville Smart Scoop has an LCD display that shows progress, temperature, and settings.
  • A simple turn of the dial lets you pick from 12 settings, choosing sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato, or ice cream and your desired hardness.  Ice cream will be done within 50 minutes. Depending on your setting, it may be done sooner.
  • After the ice cream is ready, the Smart Scoop will keep it cold for up to three hours.
  • The bowl, lid, and blade are all removable for easy scooping and cleaning.
  • With free shipping and price around $395, the best place to buy this is Amazon.

In-depth Review of the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Ice-cream Maker

Check out our in-depth review of the Lello 4080:

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

View our Lello 4080 Review

In-depth Review of the Breville Smart Scoop Ice-cream Maker

Breville Smart Scoop Gelato and Ice Cream Maker

View our Breville Smart Scoop Review

3 Steps to Great Homemade Gelato Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:48:09 +0000 Gelato is by far one of my favorite desserts.

You just can’t beat that smooth, creamy, rich texture and the burst of cold flavor.

Here are the 3 Steps to making amazing gelato right at home.

#1: Use the right ingredients

A true gelataio (ice-cream maker) pays close attention to detail and only uses the highest quality ingredients.

In Italy, gelato is considered a “Real Food.”

A basic recipe uses whole fresh eggs, whole high-quality milk,  and a small amount of sugar.

Depending on the flavor, fresh nuts, fruit juice and puree (from the freshest fruit, of course), or dark chocolate and cacao powder are added.

Very little added sugar is needed in gelato, and the flavors are so vivid and intense that a modest-sized portion will leave you satisfied.

Authentic gelato does not contain fillers, coloring, additives, or emulsifiers.

When making gelato at home, think like a gelataio.

Don’t settle for the 2% milk in your refrigerator or flavor extracts.

Splurge on the high quality, real ingredients.

Trust me, you’ll taste the difference.

#2: The right recipe

Your recipe will vary depending on your flavor preference, but no matter what type you make, start with a good base.

A basic Crema Gelato base contains nothing more than milk and/or cream, egg yolks, sugar, and perhaps a pinch of salt.

This you cook into a custard, then cool in an ice bath before mixing in the flavorings.

Whether adding a fresh raspberry puree or cacao powder and espresso, it’s always a good idea to pour your mixture through a strainer or cheesecloth to strain out any seeds or chunks.

What’s left is a smooth custard that will make the creamiest, most decadent gelato.

Add it to your gelato maker, and you’ll enjoy fresh, smooth gelato in a matter of minutes.

#3: The right machine

It is said the Italians can taste the difference between an authentic gelato and an industrial version.

The perfect gelato is creamy and rich, yet light.  Gelato has much less air whipped into it than ice cream.

When choosing your gelato maker, you’ll want to look for one that specializes in gelato.

There are many good ice cream makers in the market, but if you’re looking to make authentic gelato, look no further than the Italian made Lello frozen dessert maker.

Lello makes all stainless steel, self refrigerating gelato machines that make gelato like you wouldn’t believe!

With the right ingredients, you’ll think you’re back in Italy.

Using the Lello Musso Pola 5030, you’ll have the best gelato frozen and ready to serve in a mere 20 minutes (30 minutes with the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino).

Lello makes two machines that are perfect for home use:

The Lello 4080 Musso Lussino has a 1.5 quart capacity and fits well in a kitchen pantry.

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 has a large 2 quart capacity and is the smallest of the commercial machines.

You’ll want a more permanent place or roll away cart for this one.

Whether you choose the Musso Lussino or Musso Pola, you’ll get smooth, high-quality gelato every time.

So there you have it!

The 3 steps to the best gelato.

Start with the fresh, real ingredients, follow a trusty recipe, then mix and cool your gelato in a high quality, self-refrigerating frozen dessert maker.

Now go try out your favorite flavors and have fun!

Check out our Italian Lello 4080 Gelato Maker Review

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino vs the Musso Pola 5030 Ice Cream Maker Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:58:16 +0000 Comparing two of the best Ice-Cream & Gelato Makers

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino


If you’re serious about making fantastic homemade ice cream, then you’ve probably heard of Lello.

And you probably already know that Lello brand ice cream makers are among the best.

They’re top of the line, powerful  machines that make delicious, parlor-style frozen desserts.

But which Lello should you get?

Let’s take a look at both the Lello Musso Pola 5030 and the Lello 4080 Musso Lussino and see if we can make that decision a little easier.

First off, Why a Lello?

When we think of gelato, we think of Italy.

Italians know how to make great gelato…and they know how to make the best gelato and ice-cream makers.

Both the Lello 5030 and the Lello 4080 make smooth, creamy gelato, ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.

How do they do it?

It’s all in the construction.

The Lello boasts a strong motor that’s built to last, all stainless steel construction, and more than adequate refrigeration.

All this works together freeze the ice cream surprisingly fast, churning along the way, resulting in very small ice crystals.

Small ice crystals mean smooth, creamy, decadent ice cream.

Watch the Lello 4080 in action in this Review

Rare Quality:  All Stainless Steel Construction

Most ice cream makers have removable aluminum bowls.

Not the Lello. It’s made from the best…

Everything is stainless steel:  the housing, the bowl, the blade.

Since the bowl is carved into the top of the machine, there is no gap letting cold air escape.

This means your ice cream will freeze better and faster, creating smaller ice crystals and a smoother taste.

What’s the Difference? 4080 Musso Lussino vs. Musso Pola 5030

The Lello machines are very similar in quality of construction, durability, and, of course, making great ice cream!

You really can’t go wrong.

However, there are some differences to consider:

  • Shape and Size
  • Capacity
  • How long till the ice cream is ready?
  • Intentions–home use or commercial?

Lello Musso Pola 5030 Ice cream and Gelato Maker

Shape and Size

You can see from the pictures that the Lello Musso Pola 5030 is rectangular, while the 4080 Musso Lussino is oblong or oval shaped.

The Lello 5030:

  • Measures 20 inches wide x 14 inches deep x 12.2 inches high.
  • Since the Musso Pola 5030 weighs 68 pounds, you may want to either keep it in a permanent location, or keep it on a stainless steel wheeled cart for easy access and storage.

The Lello 4080:

  • Measures 12 inches wide x 18 inches deep x 11 inches high.
  • It weighs in at about 38 pounds. Still heavy, but very manageable.
  • This one could fit on a pantry shelf.

Capacity – This is Key

Capacity is oh-so-important. It can be the difference in a quick dessert enough to feed everyone or waiting for a second batch before every can (politely) start eating.

The Musso Pola 5030 has a large 2 quart capacity.

The 4080 Musso Lussino is not far behind with a 1.5 quart capacity.

Many gelato/icecream makers have under 1.5 capacity.

The Lellos are great in this regard, but the larger 5030 offers a much larger capacity at 2 quarts.

There’s 4 cups to one quart, and many ice-cream labels will specify that a serving is 1/2 cup, but most people eat more than 1/2 cup of ice-cream in a single serving. If we bump up the serving to one cup which is more realistic, the Musso 5030 will provide 8 servings per batch. The more compact 4080 will provide about 6 servings.

The great thing about the larger capacity of the 5030, is that depending on your group size, you can make a single batch and be done with perhaps a little left over!

How Long Till It’s Ready?

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 mixes and freezes ice cream or gelato in about 20 minutes.

It also has a very high rate of output.

That means it can make 3 batches or up to 6 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in an hour!


The Lello 4080 Musso Lussino makes frozen desserts in about 30 minutes.

Although that’s slightly longer than the 5030, the Muso Lussino can still make 2 batches or up to 3 quarts an hour!

And there’s no down time between batches on either machine!

Simply remove the ice cream from your first batch, add your next mix, and start it up again.

You can make a variety of flavors back to back for the perfect ice cream bar that will please all your guests.

View the Elegant Lello 5030 in this Video Review

Home or Commercial Ice-cream Making

Both the Lello 5030 and the Lello 4080 make fabulous ice cream for home use, and the Lello Musso Pola 5030 also pulls its weight in commercial ice cream shops.

While the Lello 4080 is almost professional grade, its smaller capacity makes it perfect for homes.

The Lello 5030 is a commercial machine, but without the gigantic space requirements that large commercial machines require.

With its higher capacity and rate of output, many restaurant and shop owners find it does a fantastic job of keeping up with all those ice cream-loving customers.

Most shops make several batches and keep them in the freezer for future use.

Since the Lello 5030 is on the smaller end of commercial ice cream makers, many choose to buy it for use at home as well.

Here are few things to consider:

  • Consider your space and the size of the machine. You’ll need some counter space for the 5030. The Lello 4080 is smaller to handle and does fine stored on a shelf or in a cupboard.
  • Frequency of use. Since it’s so fast and easy, many reviewers find they use it more frequently than they originally thought. Both are a good choice here, but the smaller size of the 4080 can make it easier to get out and use more frequently
  • Number of servings for guests.  It’s easy to make ice cream ahead and keep it in your freezer, but if you host a large crowd, consider the Lello 5030.

These machines are so well-made, that you can’t go wrong with either pick.

The price for the Lello 4080 right around $700, while the Lello 5030 costs just under $1,200.

Choosing the Right Gelato Maker

The Lello 4080

Lello 4080 Musso Lussino

Learn more in our Lello 4080 Musso Lussino Review

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Or will it be the High-Capacity 5030?

Lello Musso Pola 5030 Ice cream and Gelato Maker

Learn more in our Lello Musso Pola 5030 Review

Here’s to happy ice cream making!  Cheers!

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Lello Musso Pola 5030 Ice Cream & Gelato Machine Review Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:13:47 +0000 Meet the Lello Musso Pola 5030 Ice Cream & Gelato Maker

We like to call her the Queen of Ice Cream Makers. Why?

Because whether you intend to make frozen desserts for home use or commercial, the Lello Musso Pola is the best of the best!

What Makes the Lello Musso Pola 5030 the best Ice Cream Maker?

We’ll start with just a few key features:

  • The Lello Musso Pola is an all stainless steel construction. This includes the bowl and blade. Since most home ice cream makers have aluminum bowls, this gives Lello a major advantage over the others.
  • Since the bowl is not removable, there is no gap letting cold air escape. Your ice cream will freeze better and faster and taste smoother.
  • Extra Large 2 quart capacity
  • High rate of output: The Musso Pola 5030 can make up to 6 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in an hour! Make a variety of flavors back to back for the perfect ice cream bar.
  • Ice cream goes from pouring in mix to frozen and ready to eat in a mere 20 minutes.
  • Made to last in Italy. The Lello Musso Pola is solid and sturdy.
  • Self-contained freezing unit keeps your frozen desserts frozen even after they’re ready.

And most importantly…

  • The Musso Pola makes fabulous frozen desserts! Rich and creamy ice cream, not too light, not too dense. Gelato that tastes like it’s straight out of Italy. Perfect fruity sorbets.

Watch it in action again making a Strawberry Sorbet, then a Strawberry Yogurt

Here’s What Reviewers on Amazon think:

“A simply outstanding piece of equipment. Above all else is the texture of any ice cream, sorbet, gelato, etc. It is instantly ready to scoop or quenelle after 20 minutes and being able to turn off the chill button at anytime allows one to remove all of the product smoothly…This machine is a professional chefs dream come true.”

“Let me tell you guys, you will not find a commercial grade ice cream machine that would freeze 2 quarts of ice cream in under 20 minutes that is priced under $1,500 other than the Lello Musso Pola 5030.”

“This machine is more than what I expected. If you’re a serious home cook or looking to make ice cream to sell and do not want to spend more than $1,300, then this is the machine to get.”

What About the Shelf-Space?

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 is the smallest model of commercial ice cream makers, making it perfect for either commercial or home use. As you can imagine then, this is a large machine.

  • It measures 20 x 14 x 12.2 inches.
  • It weighs approximately 68 pounds.
  • It uses 110 voltage and has a standard US plug.

With all the yummy treats you’ll be able to make with the 5030, you’ll want to have easy access to this machine.

If the Pola 5030 is just too big for your space, consider the smaller Lello Musso Lussin0 4080. It makes delicious ice cream just like the Pola 5030, but has a 1.5 quart capacity.

Speed, Capacity, and Quality Matter

Other gelato makers can only bust out 1.5 quarts per hour of ice cream or gelato.

The Pola 5030 can make up to 6 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in an hour!

A single batch on the 5030 can complete in about 20 minutes which is super fast compared to other machines.

How many servings of Ice-cream is that?

One batch can produce up to 2 quarts. Serving size for ice-cream is about 1/2 cups, but most people go for 1 cup serving size.

With 4 cups per quart, and a batch size of 2 quarts, the 5030 can produce 8 servings in just 20 minutes, and that’s at the larger serving size!

It can produce 16 servings if you opt for the smaller serving size of 1/2 cup which is great for gelato, and still allow for guests to go back for seconds!

The 5030 is a great option for a self-refrigerating ice-cream maker because of it’s speed and capacity and industrial strength quality.

Compared to other ice-cream & gelato makers, the blade is not plastic, it’s stainless steel which means it’s tough and will last a much longer than other gelato/ice cream machines with plastic parts.

If you’re going to make lots of Gelato or Ice Cream, the Lello Musso Pola 5030 is the best fit.

With it’s increased capacity, speed, and longer lasting stainless steel components, the Lello 5030 will hold up to even the toughest demands.

That means, more ice cream or gelato, and a better value as it takes less time, and is built tough.

But with its ease of use, the 5030 brings the durability of industrial strength without the complications of a million knobs and switches.

The Musso Pola is the right balance between high capacity and ease of use.

Lello Musso Pola 5030 Cleanup

Some are initially concerned about clean-up since the stainless steel bowl is not removable.

They soon learn that clean-up is a breeze.

There are no seams or crevices since the bowl is actually part of the whole unit. Simply wipe clean with a kitchen towel or sponge and soapy water.

Most people report cleaning the bowl takes no longer than 2 minutes. That’s incredibly fast compared to the messy cleanup of other machines.

To make clean-up even easier, let the machine sit for a few minutes so the ice cream residue melts.

Tips from Experienced Users

How firm do you like your ice cream?

When using the Lello Musso Pola 5030, your ice cream is frozen and ready to consume in a mere 20 minutes.

However, this is near soft serve consistency. If you want it firmer, you can adjust the hardness of your ice cream by increasing the amount of time you leave it in the Musso Pola.

Bonus: You don’t need to chill the ingredients!

Since this machine is self-refrigerating, there is no need to chill the ingredients.

If you want to speed up the freezing process and end up with a firmer ice cream, try chilling your mixture and see how you like it, but the great thing is that you don’t have to.

Another tip is to put any stir-ins (cookie pieces, nuts, fruit pieces, etc) in the freezer to chill them while your ice cream is freezing. Toward the end of the cycle, pour in the cold additions.

Where to find the Lello Musso Pola 5030

Lello Musso Pola 5030 Ice cream and Gelato Maker

The best place is Amazon. The price is just under $1,200, and you can’t beat free shipping especially for a heavy duty item like this. View now:

View the Lello Musso Pola 5030 on Amazon

Comparing the JumpSport 350 vs. JumpSport 350PRO Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:53:59 +0000 jumpsport rebounder

What’s the difference between the JumpSport 350 and the 350PRO?

The 350 and 350PRO are almost identical except for one key feature.

Whether this feature makes a difference for you will depend on how you want to use your JumpSport rebounder.

Why get a JumpSport Rebounder?

As the video above shows, they’re quiet, they’re easier on the joints than other stiffer mini-trampolines,

The 350 vs the 350Pro

JumpSport has a great model, the 350 which comes with the similar but more expensive 350Pro.

So what’s the difference?

The difference is in the elastics.

The Pro has 36 EnduroLast cords which are rated 4 million cycles!

That’s a lot of rebounding.

The standard 350 sports EnduroLast 3 elastic cords which are tested to “millions of bounces.”

The standard 350 has only 30 cords compared to the 36 cords on the 350PRO.

But there’s more to consider…

But is the 350PRO worth the price difference?

The 350PRO will definitely set you back a pretty penny compared to the 350. The difference is about $80-90, but there are some things to consider.

How many people will be sharing the use of the rebounder?

The more people using it in your family, the more use and wear and tear will occur. The 350PRO is made to withstand that with the capability of the elastic cords lasting twice as long as the standard 350.

Weight Consideration

The 350PRO’s weight capacity is 50 pounds greater than the standard 350 which comes in at 250 pounds.

More Support, and Longer Lasting

Selecting the Best JumpSport 350

If you’ve got a lot of people using it, need the extra strength and capacity, or are a fitness establishment, the Pro is definitely the way to go.

If you’re a casual rebounder, the standard 350 is a great and popular choice.

Hard to go wrong with just a great exercise tool.

jumpsport rebounder

Learn more about the Standard JumpSport Fitness Trampoline Model 350 on Amazon.

Discover the JumpSport Fitness Trampoline Model 350 PRO on Amazon.

Cuisinart ICE-100 vs Whynter ICM-200LS Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:18:49 +0000 Looking for the right ice-cream maker can be tough, but narrowing it down to the Cuisinart and the Whynter can make it easy depending on what you need.

We’ve reviewed the Whynter Ice Cream Maker and the Cuisinart ICE-100 individually, but now we take a quick look comparing both.

The Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

Cuisinart ICE Gelato Maker

See the Cuisinart ICE-100 in the Video Review Below

The Cuisinart is a great ice-cream and gelato maker for quick batches. With a self-refrigerating mechanism (compressor), you don’t have to pre-chill your bowl, or freeze your ice-cream for hours for it to set.

The Whynter ICM-200LS Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart

The Whynter is a workhorse and a big contender. Let’s see how these two awesome ice-cream and gelato makers compare.

How they compare on Price

The Cuisinart ICE-100 goes for $249. It’s definitely not cheap, but considering it has its own compressor, making ice cream in 40-60 minutes depending on your need, it’s a bargain for the convenience.

The Whynter ICM-200LS is priced much higher at about $325.

So why the difference? The Cuisinart is more compact, but not by much, the design makes it look small by comparison, but it’s pretty large.

The Cuisinart doesn’t have as elegant of an interface (control panel options), but that can be a matter of preference, so why the difference in price?

It comes down to the next item…

How they compare on Capacity

The Whynter ICM-200LS has almost twice the capacity as the Cuisinart.

The Cuisinart will produce 1 to 1.5 quarts of ice cream or gelato while the Whynter can produce a whopping 2.1 quarts.

Which do you get? The answer is how much do you like ice cream…

Seriously though, if you’re planning on having parties or have a large family, the Whynter is definitely the way to go as you can get twice as much ice cream in half the time.

If you’re just looking to make ice-cream for yourself, and one other, the Cuisinart is a great choice.

How they compare on Quality

Both are built to last with an elegant design. You won’t be disappointed.

The Cuisinart and the Whynter both have plastic mixing blades which work just fine the quantity of ice cream they produce. For its size, the Cuisinart does put out a good deal of noise, but hey, noise vs ice-cream in under an hour, I’ll take the ice cream.

What customers are Saying

About the Whynter

“This is major improvement over my existing ice cream maker with an internal refrigeration unit. It is quieter (the main noise comes from the gearbox driving the dasher). The capacity is greater (2.1 quarts / 1 liter vs. about 1.25 quarts for the old unit). It freezes really FAST.”

“The unit is quieter than I expected, but certainly isn’t silent. You can hear the motor turning the bowl and there’s also a “white” noise that comes from the compressor”

“The best Ice Cream Maker for the home you can buy”

About the Cuisinart ICE-100

“Cuisinart has taken the ICE-50BC and improved upon it’s design shortcomings. the biggest improvement is moving the drive system from the overhead arm to underneath the bowl. This system now resembles the much more expensive Lello unit but with a removable bowl. This unit also has a newly redesigned Ice Cream Paddle and includes a Gelato Paddle as well.”

“Really like it. Slightly noisy but quality of ice cream is delicious.”

“Really like it. Slightly noisy but quality of ice cream is delicious.”

Where to find them

The Cuisinart ICE-100 has over 430 reviews on Amazon, and the newer Whynter has over 100 reviews and is catching up quick.

You can find both on Amazon with the links below:

Cuisinart ICE Gelato Maker

Learn more about the Cuisinart ICE-100

Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart

Whynter ICM-200LS on Amazon