10 Best Shaved Ice Machines

When the summer months roll around, some classic staples add to the enjoyment of the warmer, longer days, and one of those is the return of the shaved ice kiosks. But what if you can't wait until summer? Well, you don't have to if you put a portable shaved ice machine in your home. Your kids will love it!

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For shaved ice, even as a novelty, what you are looking for is efficiency, and we have covered both home and commercial models that have that in spades primarily because they are motorized. In the past, shaved ice machines were only available with a manual handle, but now, add your ice, push a button, and in moments you have what you want.

VEVOR 110V Electric Ice Shaver
Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker
Little Snowie Max Snow Cone Machine
Great Northern Premium Shaved Ice Machine
Nostalgia IS2AQ Electric Shaved Maker
Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A
Commercial Electric Ice Shaver
VIVOHOME Electric Ice Crusher Shaver
Nostalgia SCM550COKE Coca-Cola Countertop Snow Cone Maker
MANBA Ice Shaver

As far as electric machines, models like the Little Snowie Max and the Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A are perfect for a home that only wants shaved ice in small quantities or every so often. For families that run to the shaved ice machine with frequency, the Vevor Electric Ice Shaver and Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker are commercial grade and churn out plenty to satisfy all the kiddos.

It all depends on what your volume will be. The professional models are often heavy but still storable, whereas the smaller models are easy to store but only make one cone at a time. So for storage and efficiency, picking one that is small enough to move but large enough to give you plenty of shaved, the Cuisinart is the best of both worlds.

The Cuisinart is a perfect mesh of professional-grade efficiency and lightweight for portability. It can make 4 to 5 snow cones at a time and only weighs 7 pounds overall. Cuisinart is a well-known brand for quality kitchen equipment, and this model is a testament to this legacy. That is why it is our top pick overall.

For smaller home models that make one or two snow cones, the Little Snowie was the clear victor. It is smaller than a blender and very lightweight but is very fast and uses regular ice cubes. As for the commercial models, we decided the VEVOR Electric Ice Shaver was just about flawless. Yes, it weighs a lot, but it also churns out a significant amount of shaved ice in no time.

Choosing The Right Shaved Ice Machine

Picking the appropriate shaved ice machine for your home or small business is mainly about volume and quality. The quality of the ice, how quickly it gets chipped, and how much you can distribute in quick succession is the principle that makes for a quality machine. Everything else is secondary.

Physical size, gross weight, and ease of storage are also factors that matter, but if you have a machine that is easy to move, can store without much hassle, and doesn't take up a tremendous amount of space. Still, the ice's quality is lacking, it won't matter much to the kid who receives the melty snow cone. You need the whole package to be in harmony.

You can get better quality from a commercial-grade machine, but you can store a home-based model with minimal fuss. Both still shave the ice, but commercial does it more efficiently and can produce plenty of cones, whereas the home models can only do up to 4 at a time. As you will see in our reviews, each has pros and cons.

Picking a Size

It is a no brainer to say that commercial models will just be bigger. But how much bigger varies. And the size overall is not a huge as the ones you see in snow cone kiosks. A commercial-grade model for home averages 17 inches tall, by 11 inches wide, by 14 inches deep. In perspective, that is roughly the size of a standard crockpot.

Models for individual cones are smaller because they don't need to churn out a tremendous volume. They are about the size of a blender. Their size is more for convenience and efficiency than volume. And, like a blender, they are easy to move around and store.

If you have room to store a commercial model, have plenty of eager snow cone enthusiasts in your home, and want speed and efficiency with minimal noise, an electric commercial model is the way to go. If you are limited on space, only pull out your machine for every-so-often snow cone cravings, and don't mind the wait, smaller models will do nicely.

How much do shaved ice machines weigh?

Just like the size, the weights vary, but you can be sure a higher volume machine will be a little heftier than a single serving version. Many of the commercial models start at around 30-35 pounds. They often come with convenient carry handles and are relatively straight forward with the best ways to transport them. However, some can weigh up to 60 pounds.

The single-serving sizes weigh in at 3.5 ounces and top out at just about 8 pounds. Another way they are similar to a blender. When choosing your shaved ice machine based on weight, your personal strength is key, but also where you will store it. For instance, the last thing you want is to store a heavy model on a weak shelf.

How do I store my shaved ice machine?

As with any home appliance, always put it away clean and dry. Ice melts and becomes water, and water has a nasty tendency to find its way onto the floor. Unless you plan to use it with a high-frequency rate, whenever you finish using it, dump the remaining ice, make sure it is clean and clear, and dry the unit. Then either return it to the box or shelve it.

Never store it on the floor. If you must store it on the floor, put it back in the original box. Bugs are drawn to moisture. Even if you do your best to dry it, they will still find the last remnants of water in the unit. Store it on a shelf off the ground, in the box it came in, but never directly on the floor itself. This will also keep it free of contaminants.

Reviews

1. Little Snowie Max Snow Cone Machine

Little Snowie Max Snow Cone Machine

Little Snowie Max Snow Cone Machine

For a versatile, extremely lightweight, incredibly user-friendly, and terrific all-around machine, the Little Snowie is a fun appliance for any home. It is a domestic version of the larger commercial models by the engineers at SNOWIE, LLC, and has a no-hassle one-year warranty.

It is hailed as the fastest home shaver on the planet, fully capable of making snow cone grade shaved ice in 3 seconds flat. This is due to the high-speed motor that spins the 301 stainless steel blade, showing your ice no mercy. Even then, it is still conveniently sized for any events.

It uses regular ice cubes and distributes the shaved ice into a custom cup with a dome shaper so that you can fill and shape at the same time; no special tools are needed! And at only 3.5 ounces, you won't hurt yourself moving this from place to place. Since 2016, it is still our top pick for shaved ice machines.

There have been some issues, but most of them have been isolated. Units show up with parts missing, bad switches that won't turn the machine on, and freeze systems that melt the ice too fast and make it look like a slushy in a hot car. Of the handful of these complaints, there are hundreds of successes. As we said, issues are rare.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Works fast
  • Uses regular ice cubes

Cons

  • Possible defects

2. VEVOR 110V Electric Ice Shaver

VEVOR 110V Electric Ice Shaver

VEVOR 110V Electric Ice Shaver

If you want a professional-grade, you have come to the right place. The VEVOR Electric Ice Shaver makes no bones about how efficient it is when putting out the best shaved ice around. It has a commercial design but is small enough to put on a tabletop without taking up too much valuable space.

One exciting feature is the flexible texture option, which changes the taste profile and dynamic of the shaved ice it distributes. And it can chew up to 265 pounds of ice an hour, more than you will need to keep the snow cone lovers in your home happy on those hot summer days.

The powerful 250W motor spins stainless steel blades to give you effortless shaved ice that is perfect in size and temperature. It is designed to be safe for families with small children, exemplified by the safety switch that kills the motor when the lid is lifted off the machine. And it has a drip tray that easily accommodates everything from cones to glasses.

Some users have found the nozzle to clog when too much ice is put into the machine or not used rapidly. Although this is rare, and one received it, and it wouldn't turn on. That might be due to a manufacturing error. Beyond these, most other users had no complaints.

Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Texture switch
  • 265 pounds per hour

Cons

  • Nozzle clogs

3. Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker

Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker

Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker

From the brand you know for high-quality kitchen appliances, Cuisinart has given the world another wonderful gem for domestic use. The aptly named Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker is a small but powerful ice shaving dynamo. It works fast, it looks clean, and it is very lightweight.

Put in some regular ice cubes, and the powerful motor will chip it to snowy perfection. This little box of goodness can put out 4-5 cones in less than a minute, and it even has a slide-out tray for scooping like ice cream. And it is very user friendly, operating with little more than a flip of a switch.

The pull-out tray has an interlock safety feature that shuts off the motor when the tray is removed. The entire unit is made with BPA-free plastic, and it even has a fold-out holder that can accommodate two snow cones if you need a helping hand---an excellent item for the home.

The biggest issue with this model is that customer support seems to be lacking if you do have one fail. Some users have had some malfunction problems with their machines, and when attempting to address it with customer support, they had a difficult time getting any help.

Pros

  • Great Brand
  • Lightweight
  • Uses regular cubes

Cons

  • Limited customer care

4. Commercial Electric Ice Shaver

Commercial Electric Ice Shaver

Commercial Electric Ice Shaver

Another drill press style machine, the Commercial Electric Ice Shaver is a no-muss, no fuss, beast of a machine. The entire unit is made with high-quality food-grade materials, from the stainless-steel connecting parts to the PC plastic body. This makes it completely corrosion resistant and very durable.

It will give you perfect fluffy snow in 3 seconds, shaved by the 301 hardened steel blades powered by the professional-grade high-speed motor. The blades have an adjustable knife edge design that gives you the luxury of adjusting the texture to suit. And it is very quiet.

Great for home use, but also perfectly functional in a bar, hotel, coffee shop, or restaurant, this impressive model has everything you want, and all in a lovely machine that will catch the eye but not cause a stir.

It is still reasonably heavy, and the design is somewhat bulky. Some users didn't like the handle system and preferred something more automatic. But other than that, it is a pretty solid machine.

Pros

  • Commercial grade
  • Adjustable blades
  • Corrosion-resistant

Cons

  • Heavy

5. VIVOHOME Electric Ice Crusher Shaver

VIVOHOME Electric Ice Crusher Shaver

VIVOHOME Electric Ice Crusher Shaver

For a premium commercial design that uses aluminum blades instead of steel, look no further than the VIVOHOME Electric Ice Crusher Shaver. It is made of high-quality ABS material and is very durable. It works well in a professional setting and at home and will make everything from snow cones to milkshakes.

It has a large 250W, high-speed motor, and a large ice drawer, with a working capability of 260 pounds of ice per hour. The blade can be adjusted to change the texture of the ice for different drink options and can be set to shave the ice thick or thin. And at just over 30 pounds, it is not difficult to move, especially when using the built-in carry handles.

The handles are not the only considerate feature. It also has a sanitary water tray and an easy to use drainage port. Never stress about water leaking out again. And for safety, the lid is built-in with a kill switch that cuts off the motor when it is open. If the lid is not properly secure, the unit will not operate.

This unit has one issue that seems kind of silly; it didn't come with adequate instructions. There are user videos, but you would expect a machine to come with a manual. And a few users found the motor to be lacking, even to the point of burning out in short order.

Pros

  • 260 pounds of ice per hour
  • Commercial grade
  • Kill switch

Cons

  • Weak motor
  • No manual

6. Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A

Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A

Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A

You have probably visited one of their kiosks during a scorching summer day. Now you can have the efficiency of the Hawaiian Shaved Ice product in your home. The Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A is ready to put you in the Snow Zone. It is compact enough to be easy to move but powerful enough to do the job with speed and quality.

It has a stainless-steel blade and uses cylindrical blocks to give you all the fluffy snow you desire. It comes with a non-skid tray to prevent accidental slips, and the blade is adjustable for coarse, crunchy ice. You are never locked into just one texture with your ice.

It is easy to operate with just a push. The unit is designed similarly to a juicer. Just put the cylindrical cubes in the machine, push down on the top, and watch as they are shredded into tasty snow with minimal force. And all in a device the size and weight of your home blender.

The biggest hassle with this unit is the cylindrical ice discs. The machine only comes with two molds, so you must buy more molds for a greater volume of snow. And once the discs are frozen, they have to thaw before they can be used. The machine doesn't function well if they are too hard.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Easy to operate

Cons

  • Unique ice
  • Weak motor

7. Nostalgia SCM550COKE Coca-Cola Countertop Snow Cone Maker

Nostalgia SCM550COKE Coca-Cola Countertop Snow Cone Maker

Nostalgia SCM550COKE Coca-Cola Countertop Snow Cone Maker

This is a throwback to a bygone era that will make you feel like you see a blast from the past. Nostalgia makes a beautiful line of products that showcase the style and efficiency of machines built to last, and the Nostalgia SCM500COKE is a testament to this legacy, in both design and style.

It can hold up to 8 ounces of snow at a time, which is about 20 cones worth. The stainless-steel cutting blades shave with keen precision to make short work of any ice you use. It even has an ice chamber that can be viewed from 360° for added historical accuracy.

Its keen build looks like a classic drink cart and is fully functional if you wish to roll it around your countertop. It has a side shelf that can hold up to two snow cones. Nostalgia is all about safety with the built-in safety switch to keep your hands safe. And it weighs only 5 pounds overall.

It is a recurring complaint that some pieces seem to be absent with some purchased models, typically the side shelf. And there are various reports of the motor being ineffective when ice is added, not shaving it. This might be a blade issue or a motor issue.

Designed similarly to a drill press, only smaller, the Great Northern Premium Quality Ice Cub is a different spin on what most people think an ice shaving machine should look like. It is made of high-impact ABS with bras and stainless-steel in the construction, the metal in the more mechanical areas.

8. Great Northern Premium Shaved Ice Machine

Great Northern Premium Shaved Ice Machine

Great Northern Premium Shaved Ice Machine

Designed similarly to a drill press, only smaller, the Great Northern Premium Quality Ice Cub is a different spin on what most people think an ice shaving machine should look like. It is made of high-impact ABS with bras and stainless-steel in the construction, the metal in the more mechanical areas.

It has a commercial-grade motor that is very heavy duty and high efficiency and can shave 350 pounds of ice per minute using the adjustable and replaceable stainless steel blades. Great Northern is known for popcorn machines, and they knocked it out of the park when they released this impressive machine.

It works best with ice blocks. It can shave a block that is 8 inches by 6.5 inches with ease. In a pinch, it is suggested just to freeze water in a paint pale, and it works just as well. And the unit comes with a commercial 1-year warranty against any manufacturing issues.

A lot of customers are having trouble with certain design aspects and a lack of customer support. If the unit fails, it is difficult to get anyone from the manufacturer on the phone. An internal gear slips under strain, which can be dangerous, and this model has limited safety features. Not to mention, it is cumbersome.

  • 350 pounds of ice per minute
  • Interesting design

Cons

  • Poor customer support
  • Gear slips
  • No safety cutoff

9. Nostalgia IS2AQ Electric Shaved Maker

Nostalgia IS2AQ Electric Shaved Maker

Nostalgia IS2AQ Electric Shaved Maker

For your smaller event, we give you a party pleaser all you little guests will appreciate. The Nostalgia IS2AQ is a fun little machine that will whip up perfect snow cones before your eyes. It looks like the 50s thought of when they looked into the future. And it comes with its custom cone kits.

Stainless steel cutting blades work in concert with the motor to make short work out of any ice that gets in its way. The 360° view chamber is a fun addition to any snow cone shaping experience, and it works with standard ice cubes for efficiency. It is the perfect size to fit on your countertop without taking up more space than a blender.

Use it, enjoy it, then store it. At just 4 pounds, it is not going to cause you any trouble. And the design is perfect to fit well on any shelf.

The motor is being seen as underpowered, locking up or dying entirely when under strain. These just aren't holding up as well as other Nostalgia products. And information on the warranty is hard to find.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • 360°

Cons

  • Weak motor
  • Inefficient design
  • Limited warranty information

10. MANBA Ice Shaver

MANBA Ice Shaver

MANBA Ice Shaver

We couldn't have a best-of list without including one wild card, and for that, we went with the MANBA Ice Shaver. What makes this significant? It is not motorized. Yes, no mechanical power at all, unless you consider muscle power mechanical. But when you are at the lake, and the power goes out, you will appreciate that this is on our list.

The MANBA Ice Shaver is simple, efficient, and comes with a free ice tray. With a turn of the manual crank, you will have plenty of fluffy white snow in no time. The 18/8 Stainless Steel blades will never fail and never rust but remain high-quality and sharp for plenty of ice shaving enjoyment.

Instead of one blade, this model has 4. It is effortless to clean, and as it is lightweight, also straightforward to carry and store. It is the perfect way to have cold drinks when there is no power in sight.

While plentiful, the blades are also off-angle on some units, shaving both ice and the plastic housing. And unless you apply the perfect pressure, it doesn't shave ice very well, but more trims it into slivers.

Pros

  • No electricity necessary

Cons

  • Cuts into plastic housing
  • Hard to use
  • Doesn't shave efficiently