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Smeg ice cream maker attachment review

Want to make ice cream but don’t want to invest in a big machine? An attachment to a stand mixer is a space-saving alternative. Read our review of the Smeg stand maker accessory.

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Smeg SMIC01 ice cream maker attachment

Pros: simple set up, lovely ice cream
Cons: you need to have a Smeg stand mixer 

Star rating: 4.5/5

Available from AO.com (£99)

Read our full review of the best ice cream makers

Smeg’s ice cream maker is brand new to the UK in May 2020, but to use it you will need a Smeg stand mixer. Read our review of the Smeg retro mixer if you’re thinking of investing. 

This pre-freeze style ice cream maker, which also makes sorbets, granitas and frozen yogurt, can be used on any Smeg mixer with a stainless steel bowl, and has the same robust build.Setting up this attachment is a dream. The freezing bowl fits snugly into the stainless steel bowl of the mixer, a centring ring clips onto the bowl and the whole accessory clicks into place using the handle of the mixer bowl as an anchor.

The paddle has a built-in magnet fixing it under the head of the machine, and we loved a well thought through chute built into the ring, which made pouring the cream in smooth and clean.

The whole set up was straightforward, and the precision of the fit made everything feel secure and stable. Once up and running, the mixer was the quietest on the test, churning away in the background quietly and effortlessly. 

Smeg ice cream maker in a kitchen setting
The instruction book claims the ice cream can only handle a maximum of 700g of cream. We found 700g too much for the machine – as it churned and swelled up, the ice cream started to spill out the top.

We reduced the amount to 650g and achieved a super-light, creamy ice cream in just 20 minutes. When we checked back after 24 and 48 hours, it was just as tasty.

Removing the attachment is as easy as attaching it, and the included Smeg spatula barely left a speck in the bowl. The bowl holds the temperature exceptionally well – it was still cold when we decanted the ice cream over an hour later.

The Smeg ice cream maker attachment is well designed and beautifully constructed, achieving one of the best ice creams during our review of the best ice cream makers.

Available from AO.com (£99)

Smeg ice cream maker specifications
Type: pre-freeze
Capacity: 1.1 litre 
Size: 15 x 15 cm
Noise: whisper quiet
Settings: N/A
Functions: makes ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt
Lid: transparent
Extras: spatula
Cleaning: paddle, lid, and magnetic adapter dishwasher safe
Guarantee: 2 years
Instruction manual: yes
Recipes: yes 

Read our full review of the best ice cream makers

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This review was last updated in May 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.

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