For a fairly inexpensive ice cream maker, this one works fine for me. There's no rock salt needed, so yay for that. The outer part of the machine doesn't come into contact with the ice cream ingredients so it doesn't really need to be cleaned, and I just throw the inside part in the dishwasher even though the instructions don't agree with me on that. The inner canister needs to spend about a night in the freezer before it can freeze the ice cream, but that's a small thing. I also don't eat the ice cream right after it's done because it's too soft/runny for me- I freeze the newly made ice cream in a Tupperware for another night in the freezer. This is the only ice cream maker I've ever owned and it was a gift, so there are likely other brands/models which work a bit better but are also more expensive. For a budget ice cream maker, this product does fulfill its purpose.