How To Make Nugget or Sonic Ice At Home

Nugget Ice is awesome! That soft, chewable ice that soaks in the flavor of your drinks is delicious. Nugget ice is so much better for your teeth because you don’t have to crunch it and break it with your teeth. It’s so soft that it takes no effect at all to bite it.

How To Make Nugget Ice At Home

Nugget ice is also perfect for hospitals, nursing homes or any health care businesses because it doesn’t pose as significant a choking threat to health patients as regular ice. Nugget ice is often called hospital ice, sonic ice or nugget ice.


Commercial ice makers fill medal cube molds with water and use a refrigeration system to freeze the water into ice. Once the ice is ready, the metal molds are heated, and the ice is dumped into an ice bin where it’s used to chill your drinks, preserve food, or create awesome ice desserts.

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Portable ice makers operate a little differently. Water begins to freeze around cylinders cooled with a refrigeration system. As the ice builds around these cylinders, the ice forms what looks like small bullets. Once the ice gets to the desired size, the cylinder is heated, and the ice falls into the storage bin ready to be served.

Nugget ice has an entirely different system. For nugget ice, the key is to produce soft chewable ice. This process is achieved by scraping off flakes of ice from a cooled cylinder using a refrigeration system. The flakes of ice are squeezed through a narrow tube which gives it that nugget ice look. As the nugget ice is pushed through the tube, gravity breaks off small pieces of ice. Some larger nugget ice makers will use a blade that will cut the ice into smaller pieces. The process of creating nugget ice isn’t as simple as one may think. The mechanics and design of nugget ice makers are very complicated which is why most nugget ice makers are very expensive.

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There are a couple of ways for you to enjoy satisfying nugget ice at home. The first way is by purchasing an under-the-counter nugget ice maker.

Scotsman SCN60PA-1SS is a great option.

This 15″ under-the-counter ice maker produces 80 lbs of nugget ice every day. It’s an excellent built machine, aesthetically pleasing, and is made for superior performance.

Scotsman SCN60PA-1SS

This under-the-counter ice maker can store 26lbs of ice at one time, uses 40% less energy and 50% less water, making it an ice maker that’s perfect for any home or business.

Another great feature with this ice maker is that you can install custom door panels. Custom door panels allows the ice maker to fit into any kitchen decor.

If you like to entertain outside than the Scotsman SCN60OPA-1SS has you covered. This ice maker is approved for outside use, has a LED lit bin and a self-closing door.

This ice maker is easy to operate and gives you several alerts to help you maintain the unit.

Overall, this is a great under-the-counter ice maker, and though it’s priced on the higher end of under-the-counter ice makers, it’s well worth the investment for that exceptional nugget ice.

Another great option to get nugget or sonic ice at home is the FOLLETT Nugget Ice Maker & Water Dispenser.

The FOLLETT Nugget Ice Maker & Water Dispenser has a stainless steel design with some black plastic trim. This ice maker is built tough and is rugged enough for home and commercial use.

The 20-ounce drip tray sits under the water dispenser which can be easily removed for effortless cleaning. Around the ice and water dispensers, it’s coated with an antimicrobial agent that helps prevent potential growth on these surfaces. Blue LED lit controls shows everyone where you can dispense water and ice, and it includes a filter for clean, pure water.

 FOLLETT 7UC100AIWCFST00 Nugget Ice Maker & Water Dispenser.
FOLLETT 7UC100AIWCFST00 Nugget Ice Maker & Water Dispenser.

This ice maker produces 125 lbs of ice every 24 hours which is 140 servings every 10 hours (25 people at a time). This ice maker would make an excellent unit for an office, breakroom, a nursing home or retirement residence, and of course, any business.

The storage bin can hold 7 pounds of ice at one time and is insulated to slow down the melting process. This ice maker will need a water line installed but doesn’t need a drain line. This makes this ice maker more versatile.

The FOLLETT Nugget Ice Maker & Water Dispenser is a solid nugget ice maker for your home. It’s a beautifully designed, and back-up with exceptional craftsmanship and commitment from the company to give you a fabulous product. It comes with a 2-year warranty and a 5-year warranty on the compressor.

The second way to enjoy nugget ice at home is by purchasing a portable ice maker. Most portable ice makers produce bullet shaped ice, and not soft chewable nugget ice. There is one portable ice maker that makes nugget ice, and it’s a hot seller on Amazon.

Opal Nugget Ice Maker

As far as the price as concerned, this ice maker cannot be beaten. For about $500 you’re going to get a solid nugget ice maker for your home, cottage, home bar or business.

Opal Nugget Ice Maker
Opal Nugget Ice Maker

This unit has a sleek stainless-steel design, LED lit storage bin and Bluetooth technology.

It produces 24 lbs of nugget ice every day. It weighs 44 pounds and measures 17.2 by 10.5 by 15.5 inches. This unit isn’t the lightest portable ice maker on the market, but it is portable. What do I mean by that? I mean you don’t need a water line or a drain line to make ice.

All you have to do is set up the unit, plug it in, and add some water and you’re ready to make ice.

This unit also has self-cleaning functions. It comes with the ice bin and a scoop for transferring the ice.

I’ve been using this unit for several months now and enjoy using it. It’s well built, performs well and makes excellent nugget ice. The design fits my kitchen well; it has a VERY luxurious look to it.

I do find that it’s a little loud, though it’s pretty comparable to other portable ice makers.

There you have it folks; if you’re looking to add nugget ice to your home, these are three great solutions.

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Our #1 Recommendation is the Opal Nugget Ice Maker strictly based on the price. The $500 price tag is an attractive solution for anyone that’s looking for nugget ice on a budget.

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As always, leave your comments or questions below. For more information about the Opal Nugget Ice Maker you can read my full comprehensive review.

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