I've made ice cream using a simple custard base, and left it in the machine for 30 minutes, and it turned out delicious and perfectly creamy and soft. I don't have to stick to one recipe, I can make any recipe that I want.
As for the reviews about the plastic padle, I just followed the instructions and started the machine before pouring the bater in the machine, and so far so good.
This already comes with a spare plastic bowl.
The only not so good thing is that the plastic cover for the bowl doesn't fit well and sometimes it rattles when the machine is working.
Overall, I'm very happy with this accessory, and very happy that I bought it, and I recommend it.