I purchased this product about 2 years ago and i have put it to a lot of use, especially in the summer. It is by far the easiest ice cream make I have ever used. There is no ice and salt mixture so, no mess. Instead, there's a container that has some sort of liquid gel inside. You freeze the container for 24-48 hours before making ice cream. This chills/freezes your ice cream mixture while the plastic blade part spins around inside and churns the ice cream. Its super quick. You can have soft serve ice cream in about 20-25 minutes. I start the machine when we sit down to dinner and we have dessert at exactly the right time. I leave the container in the freezer all the time so we can have home made ice cream whenever we want. It gets a lot of use in the summer months. The only negative is that it is a bit noisy. Performance Best ice cream maker I have used by far! Durability Ive had my machine for over 2 years and have used it probably 25+ times with no limitations Ease of Cleaning ice cream container is not dishwasher safe and has to be hand washed. The other parts are top rack safe. Capacity quart and a half is the perfect amount Design Comes in various colors (mine's red) and is designed to add additional ingredients like candy or nuts during the freezing process. I've swirled raspberry and caramel sauce in at the very end.