I did not expect this machine to produce such finely chopped ice. The sno cone comes out w/the consistency of actual snow that falls in the winter -- which is really great. I was afraid it would produce chunky ice, but this is perfect. My daughter loves it and insists on making sno cones for her friends even though it is January. They all love it. The retro style is also fun. It is a very light machine so I don't know how durable it will be in the long run, but it appears well made. I appreciate the light weight of the machine, since it is easier to lift out of the cabinet when needed. The only negative is that the ice kind of flies a bit. It has a cup holder at the base, and the majority of the ice will land in the cup, but it also sprays beyond the cup. I have tried holding the cup under the spout, but the ice still sprays a bit. It's a minor matter for such a fun treat. (Very happy with Overstock -- got this to me very quickly).