Sensio Home ice cream maker
This pre-freeze ice cream maker from Sensio Home makes a good vanilla ice cream, but how did it fare on our sorbet test? Read the full review.
- small and compact, easy to assemble, budget-friendly
- freezer bowl is quite large, struggled to make sorbet
Sensio Home ice cream maker summary
With a small and compact footprint, this Sensio Home ice cream maker is a good choice for anyone with a small kitchen and budget. The ice cream bowl doubles as the base of the ice cream maker, meaning there are fewer parts to gather when putting it together.
Like most of the other pre-freeze models we’ve tested, the bowl needs to be frozen at least 12 hours before use. It has a 1.4-litre capacity, which Sensio Home says equates to 500ml of ice cream base.
There's nothing complicated about this model – it just has an on/off switch, it’s easy to use, assemble and clean.
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How easy is the Sensio Home ice cream maker to use?
Putting this ice cream maker together is as simple as it gets. It’s clear to see where everything fits together and the lid and base lock with a firm click.
There are no dedicated ice cream, sorbet or gelato settings on this model, nor is there a timer. A simple on/off switch is all there is to get you started.
Two recipes are included in the manual: one for vanilla ice cream and another for strawberry. It doesn’t say how long it will take to churn, rather it vaguely says ‘churn until it has reached the desired consistency’.
Whist its actual footprint isn’t that large, we struggled to fit the ice cream bowl into the freezer owing to the wide top. We managed to squeeze the base in, but our freezer drawer was noticeably warped afterwards. Check the dimensions to make sure this model will fit in your freezer before buying.
The top of the ice cream maker is clear plastic, so you can easily check on the mixtures progress. There’s also a feeding chute for extra ingredients – sadly this is quite small, when we poured our ice cream mix in, we ended up smearing custard down the chute. Thankfully, the lid can be easily removed from the motor for cleaning.
Results were mixed. We made our ultimate vanilla ice cream and lemon sorbet. Our vanilla ice cream took 35 minutes to churn, after which it was smooth and creamy. We noticed a couple of ice crystals on top, but they were only small. Texture and flavour-wise, the ice cream was the texture of soft whipped cream, with the slightest of graininess.
There was a little build up of ice cream around the inside of the bowl where the paddle hadn’t managed to reach, which meant we had to sacrifice some of our yield. Overall, for the price of this machine, the results of the ice cream was impressive.
We had no such luck when making a lemon sorbet, though. Unfortunately, the mix was just too liquid, even after 40 minutes of churning. We let the bowl fully defrost, and refroze it for more than 12 hours, but again, the mix was still liquid.
We suspect that this freezer bowl can only handle thicker base mixtures, hence the success of our ice cream.
Considering its price point, this Sensio Home model is worth considering. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of it’s more expensive contemporaries, but it does make soft ice cream. We’d recommend making your ice cream base thicker than usual, to avoid the chance of it not turning into ice cream. Fans of sorbet should steer clear; we just couldn’t get it to work.
It’s easy to use, good value-for-money and not difficult to clean. Don’t forget to check that the bowl will fit in the freezer before you buy!
Pre-freeze or self-freezing: pre-freeze
Pre-set functions: none
Dimensions (cm): H: 14 x W: 20 x D: 20
Bowl capacity: 1.4L
Ice cream recipes
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