Pros: canister doesn't need to be frozen, higher overrun, more consistent product, not as fussy for temp w/ mix and canister
Cons: unsatisfying noise, smallish canister for some
I have been using the ice-20 model and with my fridge, i find it time consuming and inconsistent freezing the canister. So, I really appreciate a machine that freezes on its own. I do put the canister into the fridge or freezer for a brief time beforehand (say 20 mins), just for an extra umph, but dont feel this is necesary. Compared to the ice-20, ice cream made in this machine comes out a tiny bit more firm, with more air, and takes a bit more time per cycle. consequently, a 3 cup cream mix is about the maximum volume it will handle. It results in greater overrun than super premium while still staying in a reasonable range. the accompanying sorbet paddle can be used to produce a more dense product so you also have more texture options. As to the noise, it is fairly loud but not as bad as a blender or coffee grinder. more significantly, its an unsatisfying noise. It doesn't hum but is deeper and more gratingly noticable, and you have to listen to it for 30+ mins at a time. all in all, I do prefer this machine over the ice-20 and am jazzed at making multiple batches over a few hours. I have no idea if spending more on a lello, etc will do you any favors.