This ice cream maker is a cheaper model than some of the other rival ice cream makers on the market. If you only make ice cream a couple of times a year and like having 4 quarts, it is a great option. We have used several of the mixes from the recipe book and liked all of them. Performance It is loud and takes much longer than I expect it to. Isn't this the case with many ice cream makers? It performs just fine and gets desired results. Durability The motor has held up fine for 5+ years of use but we store it on the shelf in its original box. Ease of Use Very easy to use and it comes with an ice cream recipe book that has some great recipes. It always takes longer than expected so make sure you have plenty of time when preparing. Ease of Cleaning Cleans just fine. Motor is wipe clean (of course). Other parts will fit into a large dishwasher. Capacity It "only" has 4 quarts and that goes fast in a crowd. Figure out how much ice cream you want and figure that in to the equation. Design Fits into the container just fine.