Here is what I think the best shaved ice machine for home use is.
I couldn’t find a better quality product that produces fine ice as close to a block ice shaver for home use at this price range anywhere.
First lets look at the main difference between shaved ice machine that is made strictly for the home and shaved ice machine that is made for commercial use.
- Motors and Gears – A shaved ice machine that is made strictly for the home shouldn’t be use for commercial use. If you are at an event selling shaved ice and have long lines and you are using a home shaved ice machine, you can almost guaranteed that you will burn out the motor. home shaved ice machine are not built to run constantly for hours on end. Where as a shaved ice machine for commercial can run constantly without the motors dying on you.
- Cost – A high quality shaved ice machine that is made strictly fo the home will cost around $200, where as a high quality commercial shaved ice machine will cost around $2,000. Anything less than $200 will produce ice chips and not fluffy snow texture.
- Weight – A home shaved ice machine will always weigh less than a commercial one, because home ones usually are usually smaller in size and made with more plastic parts than a commercial one.
If you’re looking for a commercial shaved ice machine or haven’t read my article on the best shaved ice machine for commercial use. You can read it here.
My criteria for the best shaved ice machine for home use.
- Portability – I want to be able to move my home shave ice machine easily.
- Convenience – I need to be able to setup and start shaving ice in as little time as possible.
- Speed – I need to fill up my cup with nice fluffy ice in seconds.
- Ease of use – I need to be able to use it without having to read complicated manuals.
- Safety – I need to know that when my kids use it, it is very safe.
- Price – I don’t want to spend a thousand dollar just for something I’m gonna use on certain occasion.
Theres only one shaved ice machine that I found fulfills all the criteria mentioned.
the best shaved ice machine for home use that I recommend is the Little Snowie 2 Ice Shaver.
Home Shaved Ice Machine Pros
Here are some of the highlights of the best shaved ice machine for home use:
- This machine only weights 12lbs! It comes with a handle so its easy to transport.
- It takes 30 seconds to to setup the machine and get shave ice into your cup!
- Use ice cube right from the freezer!
- This machine will fill an 8oz cup with finely shaved ice in 5 seconds flat.
- Its design to protect your fingers. Lids needs to be push down for it work.
- The machine is of high quality, which means it will last for years to come.
- Though this is not its intention: You can also use this machine to make frozen margaritas for adults, no need for a blender!
Cons but not a dealbreaker
- The downside that I see with this machine is that it is very loud. If the parties are outdoors or have the music on when indoors, then this is not an issue.
- The ice cube melts while sitting in the machine. It creates a puddle under the machine. It can get messy if you don’t have some type of pan to catch the melting ice.
- This machine doesn’t work with flower cups. Sometimes I like to get fancy and use colorful flower cups instead of plain styrofoam.
- I find that I have to constantly refill the ice after shaving a couple of cups.
- Having been spoiled with the quality of a block shaver which has the consistency of new fallen snow. The quality of the ice for this machine has the consistency of very fine sand. My nieces and nephews loved it as they couldn’t tell the difference.
Other items that I bought along with this machine.
- Half sheet pan – this is what I use to catch all the melting ice when the machine is standing idle.
- 12 quart pouring bottles with pourer and cap
- Flavor concentrate – The sample flavors that are included in the machine purchase can make about 4-6 8oz cups. I had a choice of getting flavor concentrates or ready-to-use (RTU) flavors. flavor concentrate is when you have to add sugar and water to the mix. Ready-to-use flavors is ready to use no need to add anything. I went with the concentrate because I can get more syrup for my money. Flavor concentrate are cheaper to ship and they last up to 3 years. Ready-to-use flavors last only 1 year.
- Styrofoam cups – this is what I found that work the best for this machine.
- spoons – I actually used a spoon straw but found that the ice sticks together at the bottom rendering my spoon straw useless. A plastic spoon works really well
- straws – I like the straws for slurping it up when it melts.
- napkins – gotta have these
I think that about covers everything. Let me know in the comments if I’m missing anything so I can update this post.