Pros: Easy to use and clean
Cons: Over-simple controls
I bought this for my husband's birthday. He's hard to buy for, but I thought the idea of custom ice cream flavors would be enticing. The machine was on special from Williams Sonoma, and included a second chilling cylinder, so it's possible to make two flavors on the same day. I had used a Donvier manual ice cream maker before, and found this one very much easier to use. For example, the stirring blade stays put in this machine, whereas in the Donvier, it can move around and ruin your ice cream.
Never having made ice cream with a machine before, I was not sure when to stop the machine, and I fear over-loading the motor. I guess experience will be the best teacher. My husband is happy with the ice cream, so I guess this one is a "mission accomplished". I have yet to try frozen yogurt or sorbet, but I suspect it'll do well with those mixtures, too.
I would recommend this machine, including a second chilling cylinder. With only one cylinder, it would be okay for singles or a very small family, as the cylinder must be frozen 24 hours and makes just 1.5 quarts of ice cream.