I love this machine, it is a great value. It makes soft snow treats instead of icy ones when you use the ice molds that come with it. It's fast and not very noisy and I thought it was easy to operate. I think it's alot of fun to use and I am so pleased with the texture of the "snow" that comes out. You can even form the shaved ice into snowballs and store them in the freezer.
I thought I was wasting my money when I brought this, because I already have a Hamilton Beach Icy treat machine(68050) that cost 30 bucks. But I just had to get a snow machine that could make snow cones like the ones I could get a fair without buying one that cost 300 bucks. Well my search is OVER!! I cant believe this tiny inexpensive snow maker does the job. Fluffy snow heaven, and just add your favorite syrup and you're good to go. I will say i didnt know what to expect from the 2 freeze containers, but those tiny containers WORK THE BEST! They should given you like 5 of those. Ice cubes work too, but the ice mold works the best!