The Best Snow Cone Machine for 2020

Being able to make snow cones whenever you like, of whatever flavor you like, is awesome. And you’d be surprised just how good the machine that’s been awarded the top pick in this guide is at making those real, fluffy snow cones that you’re looking for.

The best snow cone machines are the ones which make the fluffiest ice. It doesn’t matter what other fancy features they may have – if they can’t make the right consistency of ice, then they’re not worth considering.

On that note, I’ve reviewed the snow cone machine which is easily the best deal, because it’s the best performing one out of the bunch, and is still remarkably cheaper than the vast majority of snow cone makers out there. It also looks great. They’ve really got the nostalgic theme down to a tee.

So, let’s take a look at the best choice for snow cone machine out there.

The Best Snow Cone Machines Reviewed

Best Snow Cone Machine: Nostalgia SCM525WH Vintage Snow Cone Maker

The reason this one is the top pick is because it makes flakes so fine that you can actually compress them into a smooth snowball if you wanted to. The consistent fluffiness of the ice this machine makes is quite remarkable.

It’s interesting actually. Because it makes the shaved ice so fluffy, you need barely any ice to make several snow cones. It only takes 30 seconds to make enough snow cone ice to fill three snow cones, but for some reason this kit only comes with two reusable cones. I guess that’s because there’s only holder slots for two cones at once.

Of course, you can get your own paper cones on Amazon or at pretty much any local store that sells them for super cheap. I’d definitely recommend that if you’re ever thinking about hosting a party. This thing is a real hit.

It can literally hold up to 20 snow cones’ worth of ice at once, if you’re making the 8 oz cones you can see in the photos in this review. That’s easily more than enough unless you have a truly massive party or something. I think at that point, having enough ice would be more of a problem than the storage capacity of this thing.

As for the design, the machine itself looks good for being plastic. I much prefer this to the boring blender style shaved ice machines out there, especially when the ice shaver in it works so darn well. You can also get it in ice blue.

The blades are stainless steel and are pretty sharp, so thankfully there’s a safety switch built into the shaving mechanism. As for the durability of the whole thing, it seems pretty robust, but if you dropped the clear plastic lid there’s a good chance it would crack.

To be honest, for the price, you can’t do better than this one. Even compared with the higher price options out there, I’d say this one beats them by a long shot at the core feature of “making really good snow cones.” Other than that, this machine doesn’t have any options or anything else. It doesn’t need them.

If you want to see more of a demo, then you can check out the manufacturer’s video below.

Bear in mind that you’ll have to source your own syrups, because it doesn’t come with any, unless you buy the bundle set version of the old version of this machine. Just get the new version and choose a syrup set that looks nice on Amazon. Or, even better, look up snow cone flavoring recipes online and make your own. It’s easier than you’d think.

What We Like:

  • Better Quality Snow Cone Ice than Many Commercial Machines – Quite often, with bigger machines you don’t get the shaved ice to be as fluffy as this one gets it. It can create a whole 8 oz snow cone’s worth of ice every 10 seconds anyway, so it’s not like you’ll ever need something even close to a commercial machine’s size. Besides, it can hold up to 20 snow cones of ice at once.
  • Fits on Your Countertop – It’s not huge. It’s just the right size to fit on your countertop. That’s something you tend to worry about at first, but it’s good to know that it’s turned out to be the perfect size.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Brittle Lid – The lid isn’t drop-proof, which is the only potential downside of this machine. I mean, dropping it on your countertop would be fine, but it wouldn’t survive falling on a tile floor without getting cracked.

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