What to Consider when Buying a Shaved Ice Maker

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

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.

Packed With Features

Uses a professional grade blade with multiple edges. SNOWIE

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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.

Fast & Powerful

High efficiency design for processing large volumes of frozen goodness. ZENY

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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.

All-Inclusive Kit

Comes with cups, spoon-straws and pints of cherry, grape and blue raspberry. Hawaiian Shaved Ice

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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.