I got this ice cream maker a couple years ago. It works great, but it does make a bit of noise and I find I don't have room in my freezer to keep the container all the time. So I now only bring it out during the summer. In the winter (when I have more meats in the freezer, and have less room for extras) I get store bought ice cream if I want some. I don't have a big freezer, just the one in my fridge, so I only put the container used in the freezer when I have the room. There are TONS of recipes for homemade ice cream online, so it's just the matter of getting the ingredients. I like sugar free or light ice cream and it's been harder to come with a good home made version. But I love it for full fat ice cream...tastes SO good! This is a nice little maker, that's fairly cheap to buy, so I would recommend it for the occasional user.