This ice cream maker works on the same principle as other home ice cream makers: it comes with a removable bowl that has an inner layer of special gel. You have to freeze this bowl solid, then fill it with cold ice cream mix and churn. The bowl has to be re-frozen between each batch, which is the main drawback of this kind of model. If you're making ice cream for a party or for a crowd, it's actually pretty great to have a 2-quart model, since it's best to make as much ice cream as possible before putting the bowl away for another 24 hours. If we didn't already use a compressor model of ice cream maker we'd definitely be thinking about buying one of these.
• Find it: 2-Quart Cuisinart Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker, $79.95 at Williams-Sonoma