Many many things have been said about this Kitchen Aid accessory, some are good, some others are just plain nasty. I bought mine back in may and I wanted to give it some time to make a real fair review. As per the bad reviewers, well, I must say that my unit came defective, blue coolant began to show just after 2 weeks. I just went to BB and they replaced it without any objection. Leaving that bad incident in the past, I must say this Ice Cream maker will make you happy if you are an ice cream enthusiast. Of course a few important things must be say OUT LOUD first: You need to follow the instructions to the tee if you want product durability and then, the most important characteristic you must develop is PATIENCE. It takes somewhere from 15 to 24 hrs to have the unit cool enough for ice cream preparation, then, any custard base you might need to prepare to make the ice cream mix must be "mellowing" in the fridge overnight and once ice cream is ready, you need, at least 10 hours for maturation on the freezer, in other words, if you begin friday, you will be enjoying ice cream most likely at sunday. The other key issue about home made ice cream shall be the cost. As per my experience so far, it will cost you approximate $12 to $15 (depending on flavors) for each 1/2 gal of ice cream. All that being said, reward will be like no other. I will paraphrase what my ice cream book author says: "HOME MADE ICE CREAM SHALL NOT BE CHEAPER THAN THE SUPER-MARKET ONES, BUT THE SUPER-MARKET ONES, NEVER EVER WILL BE BETTER THAN THE HOME MADE ONES". Honestly, there are no limits as far as how many flavors you could make, once you get the hang of it, the sky is the limit. Believe me, you will be rewarded...Ahhh and finally, if you don't happen to reach ice cream consistency (Ice cream maker will produce soft-serving texture right off the bat), for sure you are doing something wrong. With the Kitchen Aid Ice Cream accessory you won't buy any other ice cream carton never again, not at the supermarket nor any ice cream parlor. Welcome to the endless world of Ice Cream.