These ice makers produce perfectly clear ice


Let’s make something perfectly clear.


It’s true. Enough of the cloudy cubes that look like plastic shapes floating in iced tea. Or blobs dancing in bourbon.

Perfectly transparent ice. So clear that it’s “read-a-newspaper-though-it” ice cream. Crystal cubes in a glass. As clear as the glass itself. And crystal-clear ice comes out of the same household refrigerator that spits out the cloudy-looking stuff. It just requires the right equipment.

There are two models of home freezers: one set makes ice cubes; the other, spheres. They use no moving parts. Today we are going to focus on cubes. The spheres are another column.

Ice making sets all work on the same principle. They cool in the home freezer. All work the same way – thanks to a concept known as “directional gel”. More on that in a minute. A dozen of these cube makers are for sale on Amazon. The big difference between them is the quality of the materials used.

Ice makers are just two parts: a shoebox-shaped reservoir and an ice cube tray with holes in the bottom that sits on top of the reservoir. The ice cube tray is made of silicone and should be durable to withstand freezing, then be pulled out while it is separated from the reservoir once freezing is complete.

The water in the ice cube tray is exposed to the freezing air, so it begins to freeze first. In doing so, it pushes air into the water and dissolved solids through the holes in the tray and into the water reservoir below. When the ice cubes are frozen, which takes about 20-24 hours, the result is a clear ice cube. And that’s how the directional freezing process works.


Ice is the ice cube maker that produces a crystal cube and has a thicker ice cube tray than its competitors. Made. Clear (BMI). It is only available from the company ( It’s $99 with $7 flat shipping. It’s more expensive, but there are positives to support the price.

• IMC comes with two trays: one for making 2-inch cubes, six cubes at a time. Another makes 1.25 inch cubes, 12 at a time. The silicone used for the trays is thicker than that used in other brands on the market. This is important because the trays need to be separate from the water tank they sit on. They also have a large tab on one end that gives users a grip when separating the tray from the water reservoir.

• The IMC water tank is manufactured using a “rotational molding” process. It produces a seamless end product, which provides a dense thermal barrier to prevent water under the ice tray from turning to ice too quickly. “I like to say that rotational molding is the same process used to make Yeti coolers,” said IMC designer Joseph Myers, who is also a professional filmmaker and entrepreneur. “It’s more expensive to run,” he added, but after more than 100 prototypes, Myers’ production team decided it was best.

• IMC is made in America, a point Myers likes to emphasize on the website. “We could save expense by having it made elsewhere,” he said, but “I think it’s important to [make it in America] if I can. It employs people here, and it makes it easier for me to control quality.”

Myers said “the ultra-thick tops and rotomolded base…make the design bulletproof. I have many cocktail bar owners who have IMC 6-12 sets and use them regularly I also have a high percentage of repeat customers who come back to buy more gift sets.” (The website also offers discounts for repeat customers or for multiple purchases.)

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The result is a configuration designed to withstand rigorous freeze/thaw cycles and deliver an ice cube — large or small — with smooth sides and completely transparent. (If you’re planning a party, it’s best to make batches of ice cream in advance and store them frozen in a plastic zip-top bag.)

Myers said IMC cubes are denser than regular cubes because dissolved air has been expelled and the large surface area of ​​the cubes cools a drink better.

Summary: Ice cream. Made. Clear. And pretty. Also.

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