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Review of Lello Musso Pola 5030

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What is the Lello Musso Pola 5030?

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 is a machine by the Italian gelato equipment manufacturer, Musso. A family-owned and operated company, Musso has been making premium gelato equipment since the 1960’s. They make stainless steel equipment for both professionals and home ice cream makers. By and large, they use high-quality parts and their machines are well reviewed.

The company distributes in the US through retailers like Amazon and 1stincoffee. Later in the article, we’ll review the best vendor to purchase it from. 

Who is the Lello Musso Pola 5030 best for?

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 is a fantastic machine that is ideal for a few different audiences:

a) the passionate ice cream hobbyist willing to spend a bit more money

  1. b) the ice cream shop owner wanting a smaller machine to test new recipes
  2. c) a small restaurant wanting to offer house-made gelato or ice cream

 

While it can be used by anyone, and will offer a lot of fantastic ice cream making ability right out of the box, there are a few reasons why amateurs might want to consider a different machine first: space, price, and weight.

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 will take up a fair amount of kitchen counter space, so unless you are making ice cream regularly, or have a very large home/kitchen, it will be taking up a decent amount of permanent real estate. I wish you best of luck in explaining this to your significant other 🙂

While the machine is more than manageable for one person to lift at ~60lbs, it wouldn’t be enjoyable to be moving around with great frequency. Finally, for those just get started or making ice cream infrequently, it is best to just start with a freezer bowl, like an ICE-21, and go from there. 

What are the pros of the Lello Musso Pola 5030?

The Lello is a fantastic machine. I debated for far too long whether to purchase it. If you are in one of the 3 categories above, just do it. You won’t regret it. The machine has been a workhorse for me. I’ve used it for 6 consecutive hours to pump out pints for an event.

The Lello:

  • Makes great ice cream, relatively quickly
  • Churns out 10-15/pints/hour
  • Well-built and reliable
  • Whips in minimal air with an overrun of 20-30% range typically
  • Stainless Steel
  • Heavy, but manageable for one

 

A typical batch will take about 15-20 minutes. Compare this with most other compressor-based (non freezer bowl) machines, and it is at least half to a third of the time. (Note that the first batch will always take longer as you cool down the machine from room temperature. This is at least an advised step as to minimize the ‘residence time’ of the ice cream in the bowl. The faster ice cream is hardened, the smaller the ice crystals. The smaller the ice crystals, the better the texture. Hence why nitrogen-made ice cream simply has unbeatable texture.

My experience is that you can typically do about 2.5 runs per hour, adjusting for the time it takes to extract a previous batch properly and get the machine cold again.

What are the cons of the Lello Musso Pola 5030?

I mostly only have good things to say about the Lello. Most of my cons are simply nit-picks. But here is my list;

 

  • Most frustratingly, the mixing paddle can be extremely difficult to remove. Perhaps there is a cleaning step I need to take here (notes on that below), but I chose to actually swap out the nut that comes with machine for a 10mm nut from the hardware store. I spent too many hours trying to remove the company provided nut until choosing to just use a quick ratchet wrench and have the mixing paddle off in seconds

 

  • The ice cream on the bottom of the bowl appears not to get whipped. It is denser than rest of the product and must be scraped out to be removed

 

  • I wish I could control the speed of the blade

 

  • I wish there was a 1-minute warning on the mechanical timer of some form if I need to twist some more time back on. The machine can suddenly shut off and then you have to wait a few minutes before compressor can restart. Only a problem when making ice cream back to back and you forget to add time. 

 

  • It really can’t do the volume nec for an ice cream business of any size. It could maybe be suitable for a small restaurant serving product a-la-mode. 

 

  • It isn’t super loud, but it’s not quiet. It would be a loud ‘white noise machine’ if someone were trying to take a nap.

Lello Musso Pola 5030 vs. Lello Musso Pola 4080

This one is often debated in online forums. I personally have never used the 4080 as I went straight for buying the bigger brother. In any ice cream machine, mostly what you are buying for is compressor quality. e.g. how fast can the compressor remove heat from the bowl and freeze the ice cream.

The Lello Musso Pola 5030 has a better compressor and can freeze a higher volume of ice cream. I think there is a worthwhile debate whether to buy a 4080 or a freezer bowl, depending on your needs. But if you’ve already decided you want/need a compressor-based machine… I’d spend the extra money and go with this one.

Where to Buy?

If you want to buy new, you can choose between Amazon and 1stinCoffee. They appear to have the same price and similar shipping policy. Alternatively, you can buy a used one off of Facebook marketplace or eBay, at your own risk. If the machine turns on and is freezing with all working switches, you are probably good to go.

Parts are available online, but remember, the majority of the value of any ice cream machine or freezing/refrigerator equipment in general, is in the compressor. If that fails, the replacement value will likely be half the value of the machine, if not more including service fees.

 

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