This is an older fashioned ice cream maker that is all by hand instead of plugging it in and doing it that way, but that is the greatest thing about it i think. The harder you work on the ice cream the better it taste, and it will taste incredible. After trying homemade ice cream from this amazing old fashioned ice cream maker from White Mountain, I could never possibly go back to regular store bought ice cream, it isn't even close to being as good as the homemade ice cream from this ice cream maker. I have had this ice cream maker since I received it on my birthday this last May, and I honestly could never go back to store bought ice cream ever. The first time I tried this homemade ice cream maker and ate my homemade ice cream I couldn't believe that I ever settled for less! So, all in all, this makes wonderful ice cream, easy to figure out how to use, takes some work, and is very easy to clean when you are finished. Performance This ice cream maker's performance depends on your performance, it depends on how hard you are willing to work.