Sonic ice, also called nugget or pellet ice is small, round and chewable ice that is popular in cocktails and is craving for many people (pregant women love this stuff).
The name comes from the fast food chain Sonic, which popularized the ice form but the original name is nugget ice.
I won’t bore you with a history lesson but instead, I’ll give you what you came here for.
I’ve compiled a list of the best sonic ice makers on the market right now.
Scotsman Brilliance 26lb
Scotsman was the inventor of this ice form we love so much and it is no surprise they’re still in business today. Their newest production to satisfy those who have this craving is the Scotsman Brilliance SCN60PA-1SS.
Here, you sacrifice a LITTLE portability for the ability to make as much as 80 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period and store a maximum 26 pounds at any one time. I say a little portability because it’s not as light as others such as the Opal, however, it won’t require more than 1 or 2 persons to move the appliance due to it’s weight and dimensions.
Weighing 129 pounds, standing about 3 feet tall and a little over a foot wide (15 inches), I’m sure you would agree that it’s not that big. And even though it’s not suitable for a counter-top, it won’t be hard to find space for it your home.
When it comes to features, its two distinguishing characteristics are an interior light and a self closing door. Otherwise, the quality of the ice and the SCN60PA-1SS’s build has received rave reviews from all corners of the internet.
This is the most expensive unit on our list, retailing at about $3,000 on Amazon. The price is not without reason, however, as reviews on the appliance and its build are overwhelmingly positive.
Overall, it sports a 4.5 out of 5 star review from 31 customers at the time of writing and we definitely recommend getting this model if you’re a lover of chewable, sonic ice.
Opal Nugget Ice Maker
Funded by an Indiegogo campaign, this new appliance was released onto the open market in 2016. The Opal was created by a company called First Build which crowd-sources design ideas before building products from scratch.
At almost $500, it’s a little pricey compared to ice makers of a similar size but that’s the price you have to pay if you want this type of ice. And it’s much cheaper than the price tag attached to the Scotsman model mentioned earlier.
Reviews I’ve seen online have been largely positive in the firsts few months of its availability.
Below, I’ve included a short video debriefing you on the device:
Overall, the difference between the portable devices for the home are extremely slim. They all use the same process to create the ice so the only variations are physical designs; which are only a few inches or pounds.
The controls are also slightly different but all extremely simple.