Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Smart Scoop™ Ice Cream Maker, Silver John Lewis £314.95 (price match)

Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Smart Scoop™ Ice Cream Maker, Silver John Lewis £314.95 (price match)

Found 28th Nov 2013
The Smart Scoop™ Ice Cream Maker from Sage by Heston Blumenthal is the first ice cream maker that automatically senses the hardness of the mixture based on your selection, and keeps it ready until it’s time to serve. Perfect for lazy summer days.

There are 12 hardness settings to choose from so you can choose from sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato and ice cream. Either use the pre-set automatic programs, or set it to manual for ultimate control. A pre-cool function gives the ice cream a head start at minus 30°C so it’s at your preferred consistency as and when you want it. A generous 1L bowl allows you to make a big enough batch for friends and family. It can even play an ice cream van tune when it’s ready! A bowl, paddle and cleaning brush are included.

Sage by Heston Blumenthal

Built-in freezer


H23 x W39 x D26cm

Need to have a bit of space in your home for one of these - and a fair bit of spare cash. Nothing else compares with what it will do, though - treat the family for Christmas!

Same price at Amazon and House of Fraser, but two year warranty thrown in with John Lewis. Normal price pretty much everywhere else £349.95, and this is the price it will return to with John Lewis and Amazon once House of Fraser finish their offer.
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I watched on the gadget show, pretty awesome machine. would not pay £314 but heat added
I got a budget ice cream maker for a tenner that works a treat with the right mixture. Especially good at making baileys ice cream

Still overpriced. Sage is a low-middle range by Breville, given a novel … Still overpriced. Sage is a low-middle range by Breville, given a novel feature and fancy branding to justify a huge price tag.

Such is life - and it's a shame it isn't cheaper. But it isn't, and this is the best price around, by some margin. There is, unfortunately, no other machine that will do what this one will do (notably the 12 hardness settings, the pre-cool function, and the keep-cool function holding the ice cream at the chosen hardness for up to 3 hrs.)

If there were another such machine, and if it were cheaper, I'd buy it. But sadly there isn't, and that's why this one costs what it does.

Not for everyone, certainly, but for lovers of real home made ice-cream, quickly and correctly made, there is nothing to touch this one. And believe me, I've tried a few over the years!
This machine weighs a ton.

Was looking at the Gaggia but decided on getting this. Hot imho.
I can fully understand why this is so cold - £315 is a lot of money just to make ice cream. But for anyone wavering, do take a look at one in John Lewis, or wherever.

We bought one yesterday, and it's very impressive indeed. Really solid build, stainless steel casing (rather than the usual plastic coloured silver to make it look like metal), reassuringly heavy, and everything looks to have been well designed and equally well manufactured.

This has all the hallmarks of a quality product, it comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty (not that you need that if you buy from John Lewis) and I'm already feeling that although it's expensive it is actually a cut above anything else on the market and good value for money.

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