Originally Posted by kmhvball
Interesting, I love that kind of ice...
Yeah, I have a couple dozen kitchen appliances & my family said this is the best one I've ever purchased (not to mention the most expensive, haha). We leave ours on 24/7. Cleaning is pretty easy; they recommend doing it once a week. You just use a little bleach with some water & let it run through the cleaning cycle for a few minutes (there's a switch on the back that puts it into cleaning mode). You do need to drain the water manually, so we keep ours next to the sink for convenience (I have a great faucet from Home Depot where the head comes out as a sprayer, so I can just refill it right from the tap). It is
huge, but does fit under the countertops & since we use it all the time, it's worth the footprint. They also sell a water filter for it now that plugs into the water reservoir, although even my cruddy city water actually makes pretty good-tasting ice, so I haven't bothered to buy one yet.
We actually ended up getting into modern vacuum-sealed mugs because of the nugget ice maker. I have a 16oz Zojirushi locking thermos; it will keep the ice cold all day so I can refill it a few times at work with water or whatever. Pretty pricey at $25, but it feels like it will last forever:
The RTIC 30oz tumbler also does a great job (Yeti knockoff, basically a 1:1 clone though). Also feels very heavy-duty. They do sell their own straws; I recommend getting a locking lid so you don't spill, but not from RTIC - we bought one of theirs & it drips, there are plenty of other brands of sealed lids that have little flip-up spout covers that do a better job of not leaking if you tilt it. Also recommend getting the handle for it since it's kind of oversized. Fits great in a car cupholder:
We also have a 10oz "lowball" tumbler, which is great for smaller drinks:
This next one isn't insulated, but if you have kids, it is worth its weight in gold - it's a no-spill cup with a pushbutton auto-seal lip. Basically, you have to push the button to open the spout (which is small, so even if they tilt it with the button pushed, it won't drip a ton like a big open nozzle would) & if your fingers release the button, it closes. You do have to break the button in for a day or two because it requires some force initially, but I would say any kid over say five years old wouldn't have a problem with it: