Updated: June 8, 2015
Snow Cone Machine Reviews:What kid hasn't wanted a snow cone machine - especially during those hot days of summer. I grew up with a father who worked in the food industry and he could get all the snow cone flavors we ever wanted. The only problem was finding a snow cone maker that actually worked. The ones meant for kids - like the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine ($15) - are flimsy and tend to break easily. A neighbor bought that last summer for their kids and it literally broke on the 4th try. The parts are made of plastic and you have to use so much pressure to create the crushed ice that it breaks apart. The Victorio VKP1100 Electric Snow Cone Maker/Ice Shaver at $25 is a step up from Snoopy but certainly not as good as the high end machines from Paragon and Great Northern. Yes, you may end up paying close to $200 or more, but these snow cone makers will last unlike the cheap alternatives. Many people ask us what is the difference between snow cones machines and shaved ice makers. From my experience the Hawaiian shaved ice is lighter and fluffier than the ice that snow cone machines produce.
Choosing a Snow Cone Machine/Shaved Ice Maker - The first question you need to ask is - How often will I use it? Then ask yourself how many snow cones will you be making? The Hamilton Beach 68050 or Hawaiian Snow Cone Machine - Ice Shaver #S700 are both reasonably priced and will definitely last for a season or two with regular use. If you plan on making snow cones or ice slushies for the entire neighborhood, then you'll need to get a machine that turns out the shaved ice in a hurry. The Nostalgia Electrics SCM-502 at $60 is a good selection with excellent customer feedback and the Paragon Little Snowie Shaved Ice Machine ($200) or the Great Northern Premium Quality Ice Cub Shaved Ice Machine ($200) are more commercial grade products. Paragon snow cone makers are going to last the longest. They are great for neighborhood parties or for use in retail shops. I see the Paragon machines at the country fair when we go in the summer. They are durable and produce perfectly shaved ice each and every time. If you want to read snow cone machine reviews there is no better website than Amazon.com. They list all the major brands, models and each has dozens of unbiased postings from actual customers. Get all the pros and cons before you buy and make an informed decision. You can browse the best selling snow cone machines here.