Pint-size container fits the fridge
Durable stainless steel body
Easy to operate
No cover for the nitrous port
Only two decorator nozzles
Manual is printed in red ink
After using the iSi Cream Profi Whip for weeks in our kitchen, we had our fair share of plain and flavored whipped cream, and we even ventured into making a few more creative foods that used the power of nitrous to make foams. We cleaned the whipper between uses, and when filled with cream, stored it in the fridge door, where it fits neatly. Should you ditch the store-bought cream canisters? We have our answer.
This type of cream whipper is much like the cans of refrigerated whipped cream that you can find in a grocery store, but we love the idea that we can customize our whipped cream with different flavors and adjust the sweetness to our taste. Setup was easy: All we had to do was fill it with the proper amount of cream (and sometimes we added a bit of powdered sugar, vanilla extract, maple syrup, or even a little bourbon), then we screwed the head onto the body of the whipper. We chose a decorator nozzle and attached that, then we used the charger holder to send the nitrous from the small charger (purchased separately) into the cream. The charger holder simply screws onto the head, and a pin pierces the charger with not much effort. A shake of the whipper distributes the gas in the canister, and it’s ready to serve. The whipper is turned nozzle-down, and the lever is pressed to dispense the cream onto pies, waffles, and ice cream.
This whipper includes two different decorator nozzles which are much like the tips you’d use with a pastry bag, for a little variety in whipped cream design. While the nozzles fit easily onto the body of the whipper, we found that sometimes the nozzle didn’t want to unscrew. It wasn’t actually stuck—we simply had to hold an internal nut as we unscrewed the tip. However, this could be awkward if we wanted to switch tips back and forth a lot while the whipper was full. In reality, we chose one tip and used it until the cream was gone, and we eventually figured out that we didn’t need to screw the nozzle on quite as tight, so it was easier to remove.
This whipper includes two different decorator nozzles which are much like the tips you’d use with a pastry bag, for a little variety in whipped cream design.
The booklet that comes with the whipper had some useful information. Unfortunately, it’s printed in a small red font, so it’s not easy to read. The good news is that the iSi website had plenty of information, including recipes to get creative with the whipper. The most unusual was the 40-second cake recipe, which “bakes” for 40 seconds in the microwave after dispensing the batter from the whipper.
Performance: Creates quick, fluffy whipped cream
The whipped cream this produced was light and fluffy and so much easier than hand whipping. When we wanted a denser whipped cream that held its shape longer, we found that additional shaking of the container produced that result. With a whipper like this in our arsenal, we doubt we’ll ever hand-whip cream again. Most of the time, we used the whipped cream as a garnish on ice cream, pudding, fruit, and cake, and we also garnished hot chocolate and iced coffee. And that’s before we got even more creative.
While most whippers include a small cap that covers the nitrous port after the nitrous is injected, this whipper does not have a port cover. This oversight doesn’t affect the function of the whipper, but it could leave the port vulnerable to damage if the whipper is bounced around a lot. If that sounds like it could happen, the charger cover could be left in place.
While most whippers include a small cap that covers the nitrous port after the nitrous is injected, this whipper does not have a port cover.
We actually found that our favorite thing to make in this whipper was—wait for it—whipped cream. Plain whipped cream took on a slight sweetness, so we didn’t even need sugar, while flavored whipped creams were a lot of fun to experiment with. Maple syrup was a favorite, but we also tried some fruity syrups, and of course, we added plenty of vanilla to one batch.
Our attempt at making a banana pudding mousse using our own ingenuity and a packaged pudding was a little less than successful. We hoped for a mousse but got a fluffy sauce instead. That’s not the fault of the whipper since we were experimenting, and it gave us a few ideas for future experiments. Our avocado mousse, also an experiment, was flavorful, fluffy, and a lovely light green. We’ll be refining that recipe for future use.
With enough flavoring, the whipped cream could be a dessert on its own, within reason. But since the cream expands to about four times its original volume—based on our rough measurements—it’s not as rich as you might imagine.
Quality: Built for pros
Built to professional standards, this whipped cream dispenser is NSF (National Sanitation Foundation)-certified, which means it can be used in professional kitchens and is made from sturdy stainless steel. Home users might not be concerned with certifications, but it does give us the assurance that this whipper will last a long time in a home kitchen. While the two decorator nozzles are made from plastic, they are sturdy, and they connect to the body via stainless steel threading.
Temperature Range: For cold use
This whipper can be used from 34 to 86 degrees, so it’s great for everything from storage in a very chilly refrigerator to operation in a hot kitchen. It’s not suitable for use with hot ingredients, but it’s great for things like whipped cream and for cold soups and sauces for folks who are interested in experimenting a bit.
This whipper can be used from 34 to 86 degrees, so it’s great for everything from storage in a very chilly refrigerator to operation in a hot kitchen.
Ease of Cleaning: Simple by hand or machine
This dispenser is simple to wash by hand, and the included small brush made it easy to get into the small spaces. However, it’s also dishwasher-safe, so that makes cleaning even easier if the whipper isn’t going to be refilled immediately.
Price: A little higher than some
This is one of the more expensive cream whipper brands, but with good reason. Depending on sale prices, the Profi Whip is on par with the company’s Gourmet Whip and less expensive than its Thermo Whip. Since this is a pint-sized whipper, it’s less expensive than quart-sized models. In fact, for $10 more, you can get this same model in quart size, but we think the pint is more than sufficient for home use.
Competition: iSi Cream Profi Whip vs. iSi Gourmet Whip
Since these two whippers have a similar price point—with the Gourmet Whip at a slightly higher price—it’s likely that shoppers will be comparing these. While we certainly were happy with the Profi Whip, the Gourmet Whip has a few extras. It includes a straight nozzle along with two decorator nozzles and it has a cover for the nitrous port, but the big difference is that the Gourmet Whip can be used with hot ingredients. While some folks might love the idea of experimenting with hot ingredients, if you’re only planning on making whipped cream, the Profi will do that with style.
Yes, invest in this whipper.
The iSi Cream Profi Whip made dispensing whipped cream a whole lot of fun, and we appreciated that we could choose every ingredient, from the brand of cream to the amount of sweetener. While it’s more expensive than some whippers, we thought the durability was worth the extra cost.
- Product Name Cream Profi Whip
- Product Brand iSi
- SKU 1630-01
- Price $134.95
- Material Stainless steel body
- Warranty 2 years; 3 years if registered
- What’s Included 2 decorator tips, 1 cleaning brush, user manual