What to Consider when Buying a Shaved Ice Maker

It’s like going to a tropical island without the long plane ride.

Rainbow shaved ice.
Can’t you just taste it?Pixabay

While snow cones and shaved ice (also called raspados or raspas) are both ice-based desserts, they definitely aren’t the same thing. Snow cones are crushed, resulting in a somewhat crunchy treat. Shaved ice makers use a steel blade to finely shave the ice to produce a fluffy, snow-like texture. Take your shaved ice in a natural direction with homemade syrups, fresh fruit toppings, and drizzle of sweetened, condensed milk (called a snow cap)—or hit that ice mountain with conventional syrups for a summer trip down nostalgia lane.

Little Snowie Max Snow Cone Machine - Premium Shaved Ice Maker, With Powder Sticks Syrup Mix
Uses a professional grade blade with multiple edges.SNOWIE

Professional grade shaved ice machines use a high-speed motor and a stainless steel blade to generate that fluffy, non-crunchy texture. Higher-end blades rely on 301 stainless steel, which is stronger for mechanical applications and may have more than one shaving edge. For example, a blade with 10 edges yields 14 total inches of shaving surface for more efficient shaving.

ZENY Ice Shaver Machine Electric Snow Cone Maker Stainless Steel Shaved Ice Machine 145lbs Per Hour
High efficiency design for processing large volumes of frozen goodness.ZENY

For max efficiency, consider the shaved ice maker’s rotation speed, as well as its high power motor. A machine with a 2,000 rpm rotation speed can produce 145 pounds of shaved ice per hour. That’s...a lot. It’s also a lot of contact with water, so make sure the product is rust- and corrosion-resistant.

Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine with 3 Flavor Syrup Pack and Accessories
Comes with cups, spoon-straws and pints of cherry, grape and blue raspberry flavorings.Hawaiian Shaved Ice

While many shaved ice machines use regular ice cubes, some require special ice pucks to achieve that fluffy texture with a single shaving edge. Generally, one puck produces about a pound of shaved ice, so users will need to plan ahead to shave larger quantities. Since blades with a single edge are more prone to wear, make sure the blade is easily accessible for annual replacement or sharpening.

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