The Great British Baking Gear

Great British Baking Show Ice Cream Maker

April 15, 2021 (Updated November 17, 2021)

TLDR: The Great British Baking Show Ice Cream Maker is the Magimix Gelato Expert (Amazon UK).

What The Bakers Use

Magimix Gelato Expert
(Amazon UK)

The Great British Baking Show uses the Magimix Gelato Expert (Amazon UK). It is a heavy-duty ice cream (read Gelato - so fancy) maker.

The Magimix Gelato Expert (Amazon UK) has a 2 liter capacity (or for those of us playing with the imperial system - roughly 2 quarts) and is preprogrammed with 3 automatic modes (Ice cream, sorbet and frozen yoghurt). It can make ice cream in as little as 20 minutes, and once it is done it can store the ice cream for up to 2 hours.

The Magimix Gelato Expert (Amazon UK) comes with 2 stainless steel bowls and all the attachments you'd assume you get - eg. a lid, paddles (for stirring the ice cream as it is made) and a spatula!

Why The Magimix Gelato Expert?

Well - as previously mentioned in the Magimix CS 4200 XL Food Processor post, Magimix is a French company. So for the Great British Baking Show to be using their products they had better be pretty dang good!

And apparently it is! Magimix claims the Gelato Expert is intended for heavy duty use and they back it with a 3 year warranty. However, compared to the warranty on the CS 4200 XL Food Processor (30 years?!) this seems a bit short. Like they were not quite as confident in the Gelato Expert as they are the CS 4200 XL. But that is just my sneaking suspicion.

The main reason I suspect The Great British Baking Show went with the Magimix Gelato Expert (Amazon UK) is that it can make ice cream in 20 minutes. When time is of the essence, you want something that is going to do quality work in a short time. Does it help that they always do ice cream on the hottest day of the year? No, but I guess it makes for good TV.

Magimix Gelato Expert - how it comes apart

They don't sell on US Amazon!... Or in the US! - where can I get one?

Magimix Gelato Expert - So pretty - So unavailable

Well bad news bears again! Magimix does not sell on Amazon - so the easiest way to procure the stuff is right out! Right out the window.

And more bad news! Magimix does not sell the Gelato Expert in the US! Which means if this is your jam... mmm jam... You're out of luck again. You're going to need to import one or find a reseller that happens to have one. Probably easier said than done.

It seems like the easiest way to get one is probably to go through the Magimix UK site (Which I've been linking to this whole time! So sneaky.)

You've got mail options.

With the Magimix CS 4200 XL Food Processor it was easy to say - "they're the best, buy that one if you can!" However, I'm not going to go that far with the Magimix Gelato Expert.

In fact, one of my best friends' wife loves to make ice cream. Blueberry Mint? Yes please!

She uses an older Cuisinart Ice-20 (Amazon Link) which was replaced by the Cuisinart Ice-21 (Amazon Link). This is actually the number 2 most reviewed and highest rated Ice Cream Maker on Amazon with over 13,000 ratings - 82% being 5 star.

To further add fuel to the... ice? The Cuisinart Ice-21 (Amazon Link) also makes ice cream in under 20 minutes and has the same 3 year warranty. So with that in mind, and clocking in at roughly $70, as opposed to the Magimix Gelato Expert at $500, a savings of $430, though it may not be featured on The Great British Baking Show, I would say that we have a clear winner on price here.

However, the Ice-21 does not have a cooling system built in which means you need to pre-freeze the container - which can be a hassle. Cuisinart also makes an ice cream maker with a built in freezer, the 1.5 quart Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker. (Amazon UK). It has roughly 83% 5 star reviews, but here we're looking at roughly $250, so half the price of the Magimix with similar functionality.

Cuisinart Ice 21 (Amazon Link)