Time for Treats Ice Shaver Snow Cone Maker

Last updated date: February 7, 2020

DWYM Score
7.9


Why Trust The DWYM Score?

DWYM is your trusted product review source. Along with our in-house experts, our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. We then create one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in the category.

We looked at the top Snow Cone Makers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Snow Cone Maker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 79 expert reviews, the Time for Treats Time for Treats Ice Shaver Snow Cone Maker placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 3, 2020:
Checkout The Best Snow Cone Maker for a detailed review of all the top snow cone makers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.8
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
660 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The blue plastic exterior is designed well enough that it does not look cheap as it sits on a counter. The grinding chamber is clear enough that children can enjoy seeing the ice grind before it comes out as shaved ice.
- Plumbing Lab
All you need to do is add ice to the machine and within seconds get fluffy snow cones. With this particular machine, you do not need to have different ice molds that would fit the device. Regular ice cubes are enough to get you soft and fluffy shaved ice in no time.
- Home Holds
This electric ice shaver uses plain or flavored ice cubes instead of molds and features an adjustable stainless steel blade that is replaceable. To create coarser shavings, loosen the screws on the blade and lower the blade into the chamber. For finer shavings, raise the blade out of the chamber, and then retighten the screws.
- Diligent Chef
It does not require any special ice molds as it uses any regular ice cube. And features an adjustable stainless steel blade. It is also quite easy to operate
- Chef's Resource
To ensure your safety, the equipment has an auto-shutoff mechanism such that it won’t work when the top lid is open. With a transparent flip top, your kids can enjoy the unobstructed view of the shaving process.
- Dotbeasts
Avalanche ice shaver works without much noise. The device is easy to operate and clean after use.
- ReviewAir
Filling the machine with ice cubes give you enough to make three lightly packed bowls of shaved ice.
- Happy Shave Ice
This model contains the new and improved avalanche ice shaver. Also, it comes with various unique accessories like ice cones, straw spoon, free syrup and scoop spoon.
- Home Morphing
What experts didn't like
Some users have trouble getting it dry. Some find that it does not last long.
- Plumbing Lab
The free syrups are slightly watery. The lid needs to be pressed down continuously for shaved ice
- Home Holds
The lid has to be held down, so you can not just turn it on and leave it. The grinding slow down as the machine empties, so adding more ice when it is half empty keeps it working quickly.
- Diligent Chef
Can't operate without the lid being fully closed. Time-consuming. Designed from plastic.
- Chef's Resource
The device takes time to shave.
- ReviewAir
Free syrup may be watery.
- Home Morphing

From The Manufacturer

The Avalanche Electric Ice Shaver quickly shaves ice cubes into fluffy snow. Use for snow cones, slushes, and any other treat using crushed or chipped ice. Semi-transparent top allows kids to see the action! Wide base and rubber feet keep the unit stable during use.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Hawaiian Shaved Ice Snow Cone Machine
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 11
3. ZENY Snow Cone Shaved Ice Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
4. SNOWIE Ice Shaver & Snow Cone Machine
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Nostalgia Vintage Snow Cone Maker
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Hawaiian Shaved Ice Snow Cone Machine with Syrup
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
7. West Bend Electric Snow Cone Maker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Time for Treats Small Snow Cone Maker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
9. BLIZZY Snow Cone Maker & Syrup Set
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Time for Treats Ice Shaver Snow Cone Maker
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Snow Cone Makers

The snow cone machine was first patented back in 1920. At that time, it was used commercially to sell snow cones to customers at big events. Today, we have the luxury of purchasing a home model to enjoy a refreshing snow cone anytime.

Simplemost Media

As you shop around, consider how often you plan on using the snow cone maker and how many people you need to serve. There are models that can hold enough ice to make 20 snow cones at a time, as well as units that can prepare the ice in as little as 3 seconds. Single-serve snow cones makers are better for home or office use but wouldn’t work well in a party setting.

Simplemost Media

Check to see if the snow cone maker uses traditional ice cubes from your refrigerator. Many do, however, there are models that require you to use specially shaped ice drums.

Simplemost Media

Keep safety in mind as you browse the available snow cone makers. If you have children at home, you may want to go with a model that has a safety switch to keep your hands from coming in contact with the snow cone maker’s blade.

Simplemost Media

Look for any extras that put one snow cone maker ahead of another. For example, there are models with a built-in shelf for holding up to two snow cones. Other units provide complimentary serving scoops, sample flavorings and party spoons.

DYWM Fun Fact

A version of snow cones has been around since 27 B.C. when the citizens of the Roman Empire added syrup to mountain snow to consume as a dessert. Of course, this method meant you could only have a snow cone during the cold and snowy winter months.

It wasn’t until 1919 that snow cones became popular in the United States. They were served by Samuel Bert at the State Fair in Texas. It was summertime, so this dessert was a welcome treat, as it helped to keep fair-goers nice and cool.

The Snow Cone Maker Buying Guide

  • Some snow cone makers have extremely loud motors and make a great deal of noise while shaving ice. Keep this in mind as you browse the available models.
  • Not every snow cone maker provides a powdered texture. Some are coarser.
  • Check the running time of the snow cone maker if you plan on using it to serve a large number of people. Some overheat if they are used for an extended period of time. Those models aren’t recommended for commercial purposes.
  • Snowcone makers can be heavy and a bit bulky. This may be a concern if you need to transport the unit to the office or to a party.
  • Some models also have the option of adding a party kit. The kit would include snow cone cups, syrups for flavoring and straws with a spoon on the end.
  • Speed and quality are the biggest factors that affect the price of snow cone makers. The Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker, Hawaiian Shaved Ice Snow Cone Machine and the Nostalgia Vintage Snow Cone Maker are pretty evenly priced; however, the SNOWIE Ice Shaver & Snow Cone Machine commands a higher price tag because it has a professional-grade motor that can prepare one snow cone every three seconds.