I’m excited to review another product from Arctic Chill. This is their ice ball maker. There are three ways to make ice balls; cut them by hand, press them from a bigger block or freeze them with a mold. Arctic Chill is the mold method. While it produces the least clear ball, it is the easiest and cheapest.
As an experiment, I froze up four balls with four types/temperatures of water.
The result was four nicely frozen ice balls. There was an issue with some water seeping out of the top. This snapped off fairly easy. It is hard to judge how much water to fill in the ball. I went all the way up but trial and error for a bit less (water expands when frozen) would be in order.
Since there was too much water, the tops popped up a bit. This created a ridge on the balls. You can see the clarity of each ball based on the type of water. Not much.
Here are the balls in water. Starting on the left with Sample A and moving across to the right with Sample D on the end.
There isn’t a lot of different between my samples. What I did notice is tap water was clearer with bigger blocks of white while distilled has evenly distributed white and was nearly all opaque.
Here is a product show of the ice ball. You get four in a pack which makes the price of $15.95 much more manageable.
I finished up the shoot with a little whiskey and it does make for a nice presentation.
Pros: 4 Pack, easy to clean, light in weight, and freezes quickly
Cons: Tricky to fill, ridges on balls, and standard downfalls of ice ball molds.
Overall: I would give this a maybe buy. It’s great that you can make 4 with only one purchase but $15.95 is a bit high for me.