Written on: 07/07/2011 by LoneRanger (9 reviews written)
Did a lot of research before I eventually spent this much on an ice-cream maker, and I'm not disappointed with the Gaggia. If you are into making your own ice-cream, and can afford to spend £300 on a machine, then I can recommend the Gelatiera - far superior to the cheap non-compressor pre-freeze ice-cream makers.
Easy to use and clean and you can use virtually anything as ingredients, provided you use the basic ice-cream recipe. Super-smooth soft Italian style ice-cream, sorbets are great and granites (ice slurry booze!) are even better.
Machine is relatively quiet and takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete its cycle. 2 mixing bowls included, one fixed, one removable. If you use the removable bowl (which makes it easier for cleaning) you need to pour a small quantity of alcohol (I use vodka) between the inner and outer bowls to make the freezer work properly - the instructions say to use alimentary alcohol, but I've no idea what that is adn it doesn't seem to be readily available in the UK.
Machine is big and heavy (a permanent fixture in my kitchen) but appears well made, is attractively designed and is well finished. My only niggle is that the mixing bowl size is a little on the small size (600g) and if you're into making a lot of ice-cream I can recommend the optional extra bowl kit which provides you with 2 extra bowls and an additional mixing paddle - once you've tasted the product I can guarantee that you'll want more!
Expensive, but highly recommended if you're an ice-cream lover.