DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker Review (Self-Refrigerating Compressor)

Updated on by Karla

As far as price goes, the DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker, with a price tag of around $400, certainly ranks among the top with those premium ice cream makers out there. But price alone is no indication of quality.

Nonetheless, this model has lots of rave reviews and ratings which is why I decided to buy and give it a try for the purpose of this review.

Lets start with the a quick manufacturer’s description of this machine and its main features.

DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker

Photo © DeLonghi

 

Best Place to Buy it From?

Before we go any further, let me tell you where to get this product for the cheapest price possible.

Do not buy it from the manufacturer. It is almost always more expensive. In this case, Delonghi is selling it for $299.00.

At the time of writing this review, the cheapest you can get DeLonghi GM6000 is on Amazon.com for $249.00.

 

Product Description

The DeLonghi Gelato Maker looks overwhelming with its size. However the designer has taken pain to ensure its streamlined outlook.

Overall, it looks elegant with very few parts and a brushed-silver plastic housing. The trick is in its simplicity; there is just a single knob that controls multiple options: paddle rotation, chilling, and combined rotation and chilling together, each represented by an unique icon.

The bowl that chills the ice cream is made of stainless steel. As in the case of plastic paddle, this bowl is also removable.

There is also a clear lid that allows you to monitor your gelato or ice cream making.

A built-in compressor helps to turn chilled ingredients into gelato in about 30 to 40 minutes, and the amazing thing is that you can make batches consecutively with this unit.

It is also notable that DeLonghi chooses to use an efficient refrigerant gas that would not compromise our ozone layer further.

Gelato stands out from ice cream in that it contains less butterfat. There is a difference in the product texture as well, since it is churned more slowly, the product you got is denser and not as airy. Moreover, it is typically made and stored with temperature that is higher than ice cream. (Read more about the difference between Gelato and Ice cream here)

Naturally the texture is influenced by the recipe used, but I did notice that the paddle actually turned a little slower compared to other ice cream makers.

Without fail, the gelato produced was ever so creamy and soft, comparable to commercial products from gelaterias both in the U.S. and in Italy. Gelato aside, this can handle any ice cream recipe just as competently, ditto for sorbet and sherbet.

 

Features

  • Built in compressor
  • Stainless steel bowl that is removable
  • Plastic paddle and scoop
  • All paddle, bowl and lid dishwasher safe
  • Instruction manual and recipe booklet (50 recipes included)
  • 12.5 inches wide, 16.5 inches deep and 9.44 inches tall
  • 28 pounds
  • 200 watt motor
  • Bowl capacity is 1 1/4 quarts; produces 2 3/4 cup ice cream
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Price: $200 to $420 depending on where & when you buy it from.

 

My Review of DeLonghi Gelato Maker

To say the least, the experience with the DeLonghi Gelato Maker was refreshing. Previously, my ice cream making adventurer has more or less revolved around models that require the bowl to be pre- freezed before use.

It was not straight out of box use for me when I first brought it home. Going by the instructions, it is best to leave machine alone for at least an hour after unpacked due to the likelihood the machine being tilted or jostled during transportation.

I made good use of the delay and used the lost time to prepare the pistachios and the custard base for a pistachio gelato/ice cream recipe that has attracted my attention.

 

Assembly

Putting together the machine was straightforward – I could place the bowl nicely into the indentation in the unit effortlessly, and the plastic paddle just slips right onto a post in the center of the bowl.

I applied a bit of alcohol (in accordance to the manual) to the bottom of the bowl to prevent it from freezing to the machine. Then the chilled custard base made its way into the bowl, before I put on the lid (function as a hermetic seal to make sure the temperature inside is kept low) and turned on the paddle and chiller.

With about 3 quarter of an hour gone, a thick creamy gelato was clearly visible. There is also a scoop supplied to fit perfectly into the corners of the bowl so that you can scoop out every last bit of the ice cream into a freezer-safe container.

 

Gelato with the Consistency of Soft-Serve Ice Cream

I am glad to report that the first ever gelato from my test machine produced a texture with the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. It was nice enough on its own, but you could also leave it inside the freezer for a few hours to firm up further.

The noise level from its motor is a tad higher than those automatic ice cream makers with freezer bowls, but I found it to be at acceptable level. A conversation is still possible within the near vicinity of the machine, and you could always tune out the noise as white noise.

If you take pleasure to monitor the whole thickening process, then you would appreciate the see-through lid.

Moreover, there is this dial to stop the turning of the paddle (while keeping the freezer on), so you could sneak a taste or to further improvise your ice cream with some more mix-ins.

Patented Mixing Paddle

Photo © DeLonghi

 

My Complaints

I really hope for a stronger paddle – especially one of the arms that seem really thin and flexible. The paddle did not snap on me but I have read feedbacks that this could happen when the mixing gets too stiff. But the ice cream from this machine never gets into over-solid state.

Fingers crossed, but maybe paying special care to this paddle while washing and storing could extend the lifespan of this paddle. And of course don’t forget to turn off the machine should the ice cream gets really thick.

The only other grouse I have on the DeLonghi Gelato Maker is its relatively small capacity. At about 12 inches wide by 16 inches deep by 9 inches tall, it really occupies a fairly big space inside your kitchen cabinet.

At nearly 30 pounds weight, it is really too heavy to move around when you are in the mood to make some ice cream. But the bulk and size is an illusion as they are attributed primarily to the motor and the compressor – you are still restricted to just about one pint of ice cream from its pathetic 1 1/4 quarts bowl.

 

Other Customer Reviews

No review is complete without taking into the consideration of the feedbacks from real life customers.

As I was preparing this review, I have collected over 70 customer reviews on this DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker.

Statistic wise, it garnered a respectable 4.1 out of 5 star rating. There are isolated complaints on certain mechanical issues, but overall people who have invested in this model seem pretty happy with their investment.

Pros

  • Almost professional grade ice cream
  • No ice, rock salt, or freezing bowls required
  • Acceptable noise level
  • Handle nearly all frozen treat known
  • Ease of use

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Less than exemplary customer service
  • Occupies space
  • Serves up very small amount

 

Resources

  • Manual
    This is a PDF file made by DeLonghi. You can download it here.
  • Gelato Recipes
    You can find lots of delicious and easy to make recipes on Food Networks site here.
  • Video
    Here is a video made by Clara Mathilda of Delonghi showing this machine in action:

 

Bottom Line

The truth is this machine is worth its price. But if you don’t like heavy small appliance, don’t have enough counter space in your kitchen, and usually make ice cream for more than a few people, this is not going to cut it for you.

But if you are looking for a quality ice cream maker that will last a long time despite the few drawbacks I mentioned, DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker is a great homemade Italian-style treat maker.

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