I may have said I have favorites in the ice cream maker department, but I now have a new favorite. The cuisinart mix it in soft serve ice cream maker is the most fun and amazing thing I've ever bought that the whole family goes crazy for. I keep it cold so it's on hand to use. Don't be fooled about the plastic pieces to it, they are held together very well and the machine itself is easy to take apart and clean. We used it recently for a birthday party at my house and all the kids were so excited because it was like they were making their own soft serve ice cream cones themselves. It was a great purchase and I'm extremely happy with how well it works and how inexpensive it was. I love having the little cone holders and the sprinkles on the side. This little machine is wonderful and I would definitely recommend buying this brand, especially if you love ice cream and convenience.