I got as a gift the Lello by Lello Self Container Ice Cream Maker a few years ago
4070 and started to love making my own ice cream. A few months ago it died on me, and the Chef's Catalogue refused to send me another one and instead chose to credit my uncle's credit card. So I asked them to remove me from the mailing list. I was a long time customer and they strung me along for months telling me they would send me a check so I could purchase something else and then sent me an e-mail that they would not do anythign for me.
I have a Sur La Table near me and my husband got me the really good one,
It is a huge machine, but it is stainless steel and looks really nice.
I missed my peanut butter Italiani Ice from the Lemon Ice King in Queens, NY because I live in Columbus, OH now, so I had to develop my own recipe since I couldn't find a recipe for a peanut butter Italian ice anywhere. I had made a chocolate gelato (with water) and decided to substitute the chocolate with peanut butter chips, and actually came out really really good.
I know these are expensive, but if you can afford one, it is so great. You don't have to put a container in the freezer overnight, you can just make your ice cream and then freeze your ice cream mixture for an hour or two depending on how hard you prefer your ice cream. Also, I put my mixture in the freezer for about 45 minutes to chill instead of 4 hours to overnight in the refrigerator to cool. I can't wait that long.