We all love it – “the good ice”. A few fast food restaurants have it (most notably Sonic where you can buy it by the bag). If you still don’t know, the “good ice” is that mini barrel shaped ice with the perfect balance of ice crunch and softness to make you like the ice more than the drink it cools. The Firstbuild Opal Nugget Ice Maker makes that ice and it does it right from your countertop!

It’s not a commercial ice machine so it’s made of stainless steel and plastic. The benefit is that it’s portable and doesn’t take up much space; the downside is it’s not exactly rugged. But on the setup and operation side of things it’s as easy as it gets. Just plug it in, pour in water and in about an hour you’ll have a pound of the “good ice”. Actually you can get about 3 pounds total before the auto shutoff activates. As ice melts, the machine simply recycles the water to make more ice. It also has some tech as it uses ultraviolet lights to sterilize the inside and can be paired with a smartphone app to control machine settings.

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