Unitasker Wednesday: Cirrus Press ice ball maker

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes โ€” we donโ€™t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

This week’s unitasker was submitted to us by reader SF, who asked if the Cirrus Press ice ball maker is “For the person who has everything?”

At $799 a piece, I have to agree with SF that the buyer must already own everything. And, in addition to having everything, I think the person must also have an insane amount of time on his/her hands to only make one ice ball at a time. The product description says that it would be perfect for a bartender to use, which seems extremely unlikely based upon every bar I’ve been to where time is very precious to a bartender.

Make no mistake, I’m all in favor of slowly melting ice that doesn’t dilute my drink, but at this price I could buy alcohol so good that it doesn’t need to be chilled — and have money left over to give to charity or give to friends/family/strangers or to buy myself a new drink if one became watered down.

An alternative might be Sipping Stones, which won’t dilute your drink with water and cost less than $20. Plus, they don’t make your drink so cold that you can’t taste the drink (a problem I’ve sometimes encountered when having drinks “on the rocks”). Or, if you are committed to the idea of having a single, large, ice ball in every beverage, consider the Prepara Ice Ball Makers, where you can get four forms for less than $10. These even appear to have the bonus of being able to add mint or juice or grenadine or whatever you might want to add to the ice to liven up a drink.

I’m sure the Cirrus Press ice ball maker is pretty cool, I’m just not certain it is $799 cool, nor $790 cooler than the Prepara Ice Ball Makers.

29 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Cirrus Press ice ball maker”

  1. posted by Jessica on

    Yess, but Martha Stewart has profiled it several times so it must be cool!

  2. posted by Shawn on

    In defense of that thing, it only takes a minute to to make a sphere of ice from a block where those other ones take hours. So its more expensive but much faster.

  3. posted by liv on

    I bet if you are a high end bar looking for a signature drink, Or a high end whiskey bar, it would pay for itself fairly quickly. An extra $4 for your ‘jupiter martini’ or an extra dollar for slow melting rocks. It could work. It looks durable. Admittedly, you would have to be a rich individual or go a little nuts when planning your wedding.

    Definitely a unitasker, though.

  4. posted by ABM on

    It made a huge melty mess in the video. Plus, you have to have a big block of ice to start with (but not too big, or it won’t fit). So you start with a specially sized piece of ice and melt it into another specially sized piece of ice?? Seems like a stretch, even for a bartender.

  5. posted by Erin Doland on

    Oooh! In Japan, you can get three of these ice molds for $219! http://www.japantrendshop.com/.....p-875.html

  6. posted by sweetandcoolval on

    Think of how much $$$ you could save on liquor with all of the liquid that ice ball would displace. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. posted by Shalin on


    wow…and it’s not even covered in Swarovski crystals! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. posted by Pete on

    @Shawn – Um…No… It takes EXACTLY the same amount of time to make an ice ball with this device if not longer than the others (because you can only make one at a time).

    If you watch the video, to use this ‘press’, first you have to make a BIG block of ice by freezing water, then when the water is frozen (after several hours) you put it in the ‘press’ and wait for the ice that you don’t need to melt…

  9. posted by danielle on

    I saw Martha Stewart use this on her show and thought what a strange contraption it was and yes it would be lovely to have ice balls made out of your beverage of choice but who really cares that much?? $799 seems a little steep, even for Martha! Although now that I think about it, she didn’t give one away to everyone in the audience (which she does with just about everything these days), so that should have been the tip-off.

  10. posted by WilliamB on

    They’re kidding, right?

    Here’s my $4 solution: buy a round tupperware-style bowl. Freeze water in it. For small drinks, use the egg that silly putty comes in.

    Or use plastic ice cubes. A quick online search yields a typical price of $8 for 24. For example:

  11. posted by Rebecca on

    OK, so I am a fairly new reader to your site, but is it some kind of joke that people need to come here to defend these products? I get such a laugh out of that, and with today’s I thought, no way, no one would come out to defend this thing… and yet there you have it. TOO FUNNY.

  12. posted by Thomas on

    This isn’t the model that was on the Martha Stewart show – that one was a Japanese Model called Taisin that costs $1,637 for the equivalent 70mm ice ball mold that Cirrus sells.

    From someone who owns one, I’ll tell you there are added benefits to this device over a plastic mold. As ice freezes from the outside-in, impurities within the water get trapped in the ice as it freezes. This is what makes ice look cloudy. With a plastic mold there will always be impurities within the middle of the ice, along with the fact that you can’t get a perfect sphere from a plastic mold as it expands while freezing.

    Another major benefit is the fact that you can get clear ice blocks from an ice supplier and use them with the aluminum press to make perfectly clear ice spheres. You can’t do this with a plastic mold, which means you don’t have the option of using high quality ice in your drink, only ice from your freezer which can pick up odors.

    It’s a premium product for those who want one – just because you all have no use for such a thing doesn’t mean it’s not valuable to a certain demographic. Don’t make fun of a Ferrari if you’re only in the market for a SmartCar.

  13. posted by momofthree on

    and to think that I would freeze Kool aid in my ice cube trays so that the kids wouldn’t have watered down Kool aid on hot summer days.

    Oldest child will be 21 and we still do this….never thought I would need an almost $800 gadget to ice down my beverage.

    Guess I am a tap water kinda girl, with a budget to match.

  14. posted by Katherine on

    Here’s a great alternative: http://www.uncommongoods.com/p.....-rocks-set

    All you do is let them chill for a bit, place them in your drink, and they do not dilute it. Plus, they are reusable, which is something I like to think about ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. posted by Another Deb on

    For $1,657, I will fly to Japan, hike to a glacier on Mt. Fuji and hire a skilled craftsperson to carve a 70mm sphere out of prehistoric ice cut from an ice core. Then toss it in my Jameson. Sip. Repeat.

  16. posted by priest's wife on

    Another Deb- ME TOO!

  17. posted by eccoyle on

    This is beyond absurd.

  18. posted by Space Matters on

    I’m sure one of these days we will be helping someone get rid of one of these! “Do you really need it?” or “How often do you use it?”

  19. posted by EngineerMom on

    For the yahoo who claims you get cloudy ice from “impurities” in the water – ice is cloudy because of tiny bubbles of air trapped in it. Want clear ice? Let your water sit on the counter overnight before pouring it into molds, or vibrate the mold while it’s chilling.

    Geez, people. If you’re rich enough to afford this junk, you should be rich enough to get the science right.

  20. posted by writing all the time on

    I don’t usually respond to Unitasker posts, just enjoy reading everyone’s responses.

    However, the elephant in the living room is begging me to point out that a disproportionately large ball o’anything in a glass makes the beverage more difficult to drink.

    I’d be wearing that drink, and not happy about it!

  21. posted by Claudia on

    this reminds me of the snowball maker: http://www.llbean.com/llb/sear.....ll%20maker

  22. posted by Brigitte @ Clutter TOSS on

    I have to say this one is the best(most outrageous)so far regarding a unitasker. Most of us would never use it enough to justify the space required keeping in our kitchen or wet bar. Then the cost on top of that. Wow. Thanks for the laugh this morning.

  23. posted by L. on

    As a person who owns a few coffee-related appliances that cost more money than many people would consider reasonable, I totally get that if you’re really into something–like mixology–you might go seriously over and above to buy something like this to allow you to perfect your hobby.

    But then I look at this thing and think about all the folks without jobs out there, etc. etc. and think… we are DOOMED, people, DOOMED! $800 for one ice ball!

  24. posted by Rhonda on

    Speaking as a cocktail nerd, I certainly see a use for this, though I do not own one. Amazon has silicone ice cube trays that make huge ice cubes, which could be used for small amounts of sauce and such too. It’s about $8, I use that instead and highly recommend it for good presentation when you don’t want your drink diluted. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi.....tterer-20/

  25. posted by danielle on

    i thought it was an iceball to throw when i first read this! i just saw today that companies like llbean and mastermind toys are actually marketing snowball makers for those who apparently can’t use their hands…yeesh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyJq0gYh2BY

  26. posted by Electrifieds on

    um, just drink faster.

  27. posted by ninakk on

    I want the cirrus for my ice coffee and ice tea. Love drinks but don’t make them that often at home. Diluted beverages suck but not enough to turn Another Deb’s plan down.

  28. posted by ninakk on

    Sigh, obviously meant the Prepara, sorry.

  29. posted by Charly on

    But wouldn’t it be so cool to have one of those round little ice balls sitting in the bottom of your cocktail… while you’re sitting in your penthouse… with all white furniture… overlooking New York City… BUT WAIT! I DON’T HAVE AN PENTHOUSE! Nor an unlimited amount of money to spend $800 on an ICE MAKER that makes ONE ICE CUBE (or ice ball, I guess)!!!

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