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Yale Appliance University - Clear vs. Regular Ice

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Welcome to the next edition of Yale Appliance University, where we answer the most common questions we get here at the store. This time we're doubling back on ice cubes to show the difference between clear and regular ice. This was a fun one, make sure to watch til the end.


Hi folks it’s Chris Wurlitzer from Yale appliance and Lighting in Boston Ma. Last time we spoke about undercounter ice makers and how they worked. Today we are going to expand on that conversation and talk about the ice cubes themselves. Please be sure to follow the links below for more detailed information on this and other topics.

So what ice cubes work best for your drinks? There are two basic types of ice cubes,  regular cubes like those you would find in a normal ice maker or ice tray and Clear ice like you find in an under counter ice maker. As you can see here I have two glasses with ice in them. This one has regular ice cubes from an ice tray in it and this one has clear ice cubes made in an under counter ice maker. Here we have an American classic, Root beer. Watch as I pour the root beer over the two different types of ice cubes. As you can see the regular ice foams up and over flows where as the clear ice still has a head on it but not nearly as much as the other. So why did this happen? Well with the regular ice make there are a lot of oxygen bubbles and some impurities in the ice. The clear ice has none of these so they react very differently.

See also: The Difference Between Regular and Clear Ice Makers

I don’t always drink scotch but when I do I use clear ice. Why would this make a difference? When you pay a lot for a bottle of scotch you don’t want it watered down. Because the clear ice has no oxygen bubbles in it, it will take longer to melt. This allows for the scotch to be chilled without being watered down. Also, the flavor of that scotch won’t be tainted by any impurities in the ice. Ever have that metallic after taste from your drink? That is most likely from those impurities. With clear ice you are left with the pure taste of your drink and no after taste.

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Chris Wurlitzer

Chris Wurlitzer works as an Appliance Sales Associate with Yale Appliance + Lighting. He has 24 years of sales experience. Chris enjoys helping people and is a father of four. He is also an avid Spartan racer.

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