I bought this recently in Aldi for €24.99 and while I was researching it, I found very little information to help me make the decision, so I write this in the hope that it will answer some of your questions.
The machine is a passive ice cream maker which means that you have to freeze the bowl for 24 hours beforehand and your recipes must be completely chilled also, otherwise the machine will be less effective.
Pictured below is the unboxed machine, the user guide comes with four recipes (none of which I have tried) and full operating instructions. The machine isn't too big, so your cupboard space won't be completely taken up.
The motor is 12 watts, which is more powerful than some branded makers (at twice the price) I compared it with and it will make up to 1liter of ice cream, which is a generous family size.
The freezer bowl needs 15cm height clearance (which fits with ease into my built-in freezer shelf). I now keep it permanently in my chest freezer, ready at a moments notice.
A word of advice, DO NOT lift the freezer bowl out with your bare hands as you will get freezer burn (I found this out the hard way!). Lastly it comes with a 3 year parts and labour warranty once you return the warranty card and a ROI helpline number.
I have found the machine very easy to use and if you want to start making your own ice cream, sorbets or frozen yogurt that this is a good starter machine.
Almost one year on....
I wanted to update you one my ice cream making endeavours, firstly I still have my trusty machine, it has never gave me a minutes trouble. I use it about once or twice a month at least and the only criticism I would have is, the opening to pour in your ice cream mix in is very small, to compensate I pour the ice cream mix directly into the freezer bowl and quickly put on the lid. It's working for me, put you decide if that is a deal breaker for you. The recipe I use the most is David Lebovitz Vanilla Frozen Yogurt which is a real keeper and comes out perfect every time. I still keep the bowl in the freezer so that if there is a blink of sun I can make ice cream in record time. I don't regret buying this machine and because it is so easy I find I use it more often. Believe me it is not collecting dust at the back of my cupboard!!
*This is not a sponsored review