The Rival 8806-BL 6 Qt ice cream maker is an electrically powered frozen dessert making machine. Made from durable plastic, the machine sports a compact design despite the rugged bucket of 6 quarts capacity. The translucent lid for the canister eliminates the latch system but tightly locks-in the motor housing with alternative arrangements.
The Rival 8806 is user-friendly in all aspects, from operations to disassembling, assembling and cleaning even though requiring salt and ice for attaining the freezing temperature. It’s a powerful motor that does the rest of the things while a transparent canister lid allows keeping watch over the churning mix in the aluminum canister. The oval shape makes for an easier storage.
Those who used enough salt got the ice cream done properly right at first try though some complaints were heard about the motor being low-powered. Most found the Rival 8806-BL giving the desired result within 18 minutes. Getting a stiff consistency has never been a problem with them who used a bit of deductive logic. The rest got it gritty; it’s the result of overdoing things with the Rival ice cream machine.
The Rival 8806-BL is a definite choice for anyone with a space shortage, the smaller, oval bucket to thank. However, that also shrinks the space within the ice cream maker making it difficult attaching the motor to the bucket or, filling in the ice and salt. But minor inconveniences are welcome for a good end result.
The real problem with this Rival ice cream maker is detecting how much is enough? That itself is a great riddle to solve if satisfactory results are expected and that also depends on the mix. An extra effort also required by this machine is finely crushed ice; else it doesn’t freeze well. The narrow gap (a space between the can and the sides of the bucket) often traps larger ice pieces and grinds the motor to a halt; trying to solve the problem may well render a failed project.
That’s to say the motor needed some more power. Not that it creates runny and funny results every time, but it seems the result of a sturdy-looking, flimsy housing design and construction. It doesn’t break, though. There are other times even when the motor sounds like dying; this is when the ice cream starts freezing and getting thicker. It shall completely stop when the ice cream is done. This is not auto shut-off and there is no timer, so a manual watch is must.
Now, these are the tricks to make the Rival 8806 work properly. Understanding if there’s been added the right quantity of ice is subjected to the appearance of humidity (or, condensed water particles) on the outer walls of the ice cream maker. The max time the 8806 ice cream maker takes to make a batch is an hour; if it doesn’t, then there’s not enough salt. And of course, with rock salt, the whole thing gets on high octane.
There are some more rules that apply to the salt and ice combo. It’s the layering pattern for maximizing the effects. Ice and rock salt should inter-lap each other, thus, a layer of rock salt must follow each layer of ice. This results in a better contact between the two, bringing down the temperature rapidly and significantly.
All in All:
The Rival 8806-BL 6 Qt ice cream machine is good fun chiefly due to the right price and less complicated operating mechanism than Lello 4070 Ice Cream Maker, but adjusting the canister in the plastic bucket for the right placement of the motor shall take some time to learn. And also getting the salt and ice proportions right. With everything set, the post-freeze part is going to take not more than an hour.
- Uses Rock Salt and Ice.
- Aluminum Canister with Translucent Lid.
- Powerful motor.
- Easy operation.
- New compact design with no latches.
- 6 Quarts Capacity.
- Oval Shaped Plastic Bucket for Easier Storage.