Now that we've had a bit of time to play around with the ice maker supplied to us by Air N Water, we've taken some time to put together our thoughts. We were impressed overall with the device and its output, and we were glad we were given a chance to play with it. It has a ton of features, is extremely easy to use, and put out ice like it was its job (which it is, we suppose). The AI-210W costs around $200 - and is currently selling for $190 on the Air N Water product page.
Quick & Easy Setup: We plugged this thing in, poured in some water, and had viable cocktail ice in less than 10 minutes.
Fast Output: We had more ice than we knew what to do with after the first batch. Of course, we ran much more than one batch, because we don't know when to say when - we didn't make it to the advertised 35 pounds, but we gave it a run.
Portability: This thing isn't pocket-sized, but it's relatively light and easy to move around, with comfortable handles on each side.
Easy to Clean: When we were done churning out ice, we just drained the water reservoir, wiped out the inside with a cloth, and put it in storage.
Things to Think About
Noisy: This thing makes some noise - it rattled the items on our countertop while grinding away during the creation process, and the sound of ice dropping can be jarring. It's not shockingly loud - it's not like you didn't know you would be making ice - but you won't want to run this thing in the baby's room during nap time.
Counter Space: The machine is big - that's part of the game we suppose when you're getting the throughput this thing does. Don't expect to tuck this away in a corner - you'll have to get it out to run it, and put it away we're guessing, or set it up somewhere outside the kitchen.
All in all we feel the machine works great, and so far it has met all our needs. If you're someone who has a home bar (or has other icy needs) we see this as a good investment, especially if you're sick of running to the corner store for bags of ice.
Check out a video showing all the features of the AI 210 after the jump.
We've been on pins and needles waiting for our new ice maker to arrive, and it's finally been delivered. The folks at Air & Water sent us a NewAir AI-210W, a self-cleaning ice maker with an 18 hour timer. We're still in the midst of reading the operator's manual, so we'll let the Air & Ice folks tell you more about our model with a clipping from their product page:
The convenient NewAir AI-210W offers more features than most ice makers on the market, which makes it one of the best in its class. This portable ice maker features a convenient timer that allows you to choose exactly when the unit turns on or off. And with its quick 7-13 minute operating cycle, the AI-210W is able to deliver up to 35 pounds of ice per day!
You'll be the first ones to know when we get the review up; until then, check out all the ice makers available from Air & Water to see if one suits your fancy.
What happens if you take Kanye West's SUPER SERIOUS "Power" video, and get it drunk? You get "Power Hour" by Destorm Power, and it goes from SRSLY to LOLZ in less time than it takes this guy to drink a beer. [via The Awesomer]
Sometimes, when your friends are passed out, you have to go the extra mile. Those days, after drawing Sharpie mustaches on their faces, or painting them green, or putting them in funny positions and posting the pics and video to the Web...there's too much time lag between when they wake up and when they find out about it. For those days, you need the "While You Were Out Cold" notepad, to let them know exactly what kind of vile shenanigans you were up to as soon as they open their bleary, glitter-encrusted eyes.
Generally speaking, there are three pillars to making pretty much any cocktail - finding the right balance of sweet (e.g., sugar, simple syrup), sour (e.g., citrus), and strong (e.g., booze). This is one of the most important (and sometimes most difficult) aspects of mixing a cocktail is getting that balance right, which is a big reason why people often rely on pre-made cocktail mixers. They're quicker, you don't have to round up a ton of ingredients, but the trade-off is you're pretty much trusting someone else's taste for the balance.
That's why we were interested to review Powell & Mahoney's pre-mixed offerings for some cocktail mainstays - the Mojito, the Margarita, the Cosmopolitan, and the Bloody Mary, as well as a Ginger-flavored mixer that had Dark & Stormy visions running through our head. The labels promised high-quality ingredients and delicious flavors, so we rounded up the proper bottles of hard stuff and waded in, with mixed results.