It's probably a strange time of year to be asking about ice cream makers since we are looking at a big ole snow storm here in New England tonight...but anytime is a good time for ice cream as far as I am concerned. I currently have one that uses the canister that has to be frozen first. It works great but I would sometimes like to make more than one batch in a day and can always use the extra freezer space it takes up. Does anyone have any opinions about the self freezing kind? Do they work well? Cooks Illustrated recommended the Whynter Sno maker, it's on amazon for ~$260. A pretty big investment for an ice cream maker but I'm wondering if it would be worth it. Thanks for any advice.