The Rival 8550-X 5-Quart wooden electric ice cream maker requires rock salt and ice as the freezing medium. It sports a high quality wooden bucket, a metal ice cream can and a plastic lid with a stopper for the hole and a metal shaft (extender) attached to a plastic dasher. There’s a latch system to secure the motor into the bucket and a 45-inch electrical cord. The machine features auto shut off, same as Deni 5530 Ice Cream Maker, to stop churning when the ice cream is made. An old-fashioned look housing a high-torque electric motor, the ice cream machine creates any frozen dessert within 20 and 40 minutes.
This ice cream machine from Rival does not have a rotating dasher; it’s the can that turns around the dasher. Post-churn hardening of the ice cream requires moving the dasher out. Except for the motor unit, everything is washable. A one-year warranty covers the ice cream maker.
Anyone who bought the Rival 8550-X wooden ice cream maker gave a ‘Go ahead’ signal to others. Firstly, it is because of the simplicity involved; next, it is about the guidebook with recipes. The crushed ice and rock salt does an amazing job for creating the rich, creamy and consistent ice creams.
TV addicts didn’t complaint on the Rival 8550, which means the unit to be fairly low on volume. Whether it is the amplifying effect of the sturdy plastic bucket or the actual sound level of the machine is debatable; there were mixed responses received on this ground. However, it is an easy-cleaning apparatus; the dasher, the ice cream can, the cover and the motor drive are easy to be taken out and put back together.
For around 15 pounds of crushed ice, no dessert remains half done with this ice cream machine. However, poorly crushed ice clogs the motion and the plastic stir even broke in some but it is a good appliance for people willing to master a less-than-crude copy first.
The strip on the dasher’s hub gets the first blow; it is poorly attached and doesn’t last even the first five batches, though it seems a manufacturing defect for some of the units. It’s a source of joy to those preferring candies and cookies with their ice creams, though not in big chunks. The Rival 8550-X 5-Quart ice cream maker otherwise proves a great appliance for rich, smooth ice creams.
The biggest plus point in the whole unit is the large-diameter can while the biggest downside is its less durable constructions. However, the large diameter can also makes wall-contact difficult for the ice cream unless filled completely.
The ice cream freezes along the sides and stays liquid at the center, so the result of a half-filled can is presumable. Or, the same may happen if the motor’s housing doesn’t properly fit the tub. This may also be the cause behind the hub strip wearing. Deepening the bucket’s notches may be required to solve the problem.
All in All:
The Rival 8550-X electric ice cream maker is a fine piece if the necessary modifications are taken care of, but care must also be taken that the plastic gear mechanism turning the tub (and the metal hub) doesn’t face the heat because of the alterations. At a low price, the Rival 8550 is a simple machine with manageable noise levels and consistently good results once gotten the hang of it.
- Electrically operated ice cream and frozen dessert maker.
- Pine bucket bound with plated wire imparts a traditional look.
- High-torque electrical motor with auto shut-off feature.
- Unit comprises a metal can, a plastic cover, a dasher and a cork stopper.
- 1-year warranty