Review Aldi Lumina Ice Cream Maker

A few days ago a local current affairs program had a story about the chemicals and artificial junk which goes into commercial ice cream.  I have known about this for a while and have not bought much ice cream because of the issue. Of course there is the natural gourmet variety available, but it’s usually prohibitively expensive so I haven’t bothered to buy any at all.

Well… given that it’s summer here the odd ice cream treat is very welcome. So I thought I’d give making my own a go. Aldi had an ice cream maker on sale last week so I bought one. It is the kind which has a inner bowl (double walled and filled with some kind of liquid) which needs to be frozen for 8 (per the instructions) to 12 hours before use. So when I got it home straight in the freezer it went. I checked out the recipes in the accompanying instruction booklet and decided to try the lemon sorbet. I made up the lemon sorbet mix per the recipe and left it in the refrigerator while the bowl was in the freezer. At 1.30 in the morning I attempted to make the sorbet.

Aldi Ice Cream maker

It was a total failure. Absolutely no freezing of the sorbet mix at all. So, I placed the freezer bowl back in the freezer and tried again at around 11.30 the next morning. Same result, no freezing at all.

So I hit Google and tried to find a solution. The only answer seems to be the bowl wasn’t cold enough. So I checked the setting on my freezer and made it the coldest possible. I waited another 10 hours and tried again. Same result, NO freezing of the sorbet mix. Very disappointing. I gave up and just froze the sorbet mix in a container in the freezer.

I really wanted to make my own ice cream so I tried again with another recipe – this time for ice cream. I made up the ice cream mix per the recipe, chilled it in the freezer this time, and of course the freezer bowl was still in the freezer (on coldest setting). So hours later, I tried again. The ice cream mix was actually starting to set before I placed it in the ice cream maker bowl so I thought this time would be successful, but NO, I was wrong. The mixing process actually liquified it more (considering there was some setting from being placed in the freezer). So TOTAL FAILURE.

I called the support number and got a call back from their technical people, who could not offer any additional tips. So I took up their suggestion that I return the product and get my money back, which is exactly what I did. I’d be very surprised if Aldi does get a stream of people returning the unit. I’m not sure what the problem was. Wrong type of liquid in the double walled bowl? Not enough liquid? I don’t know, but I’m very disappointed as I wanted to be able to make my own ice cream and it’s not as if I didn’t try.