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What Refrigerators Make Craft Ice (Ball Ice)?

Like drinking a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice or sitting down with a good book and an even better bourbon, simple pleasures can be quickly ruined by melting ice turning your drink into slush. It seems that no matter how many ice cubes you can get into the glass, they always melt faster than you can sip and still enjoy your drink. Well, help is at hand!

The Instaview range of refrigerators from LG makes clear craft ice balls. These fridges produce ice that is in the shape of a sphere. These balls are great for craft cocktails and craft beers.

Do these spheres warrant changing your fridge to obtain? Perhaps not, but if you are considering a new refrigerator, you might want to consider the family’s cold drinks for the next 10 – 20 years; why settle for boring ice in your drinks that are more diluted with each mouthful?

The Craft Ice Balls

They are 2″ or 5cm in diameter, and according to LG, they are one of the hottest beverage trends for the home kitchen, being produced automatically in batches of three (or six!) slow-melting spheres per day. 

LG predicts no more messing with expensive and time-consuming molds and expects the balls to open up a new world of high-end drinks. Soft drinks, lemonade, and iced coffee can finally taste their best.

Because of their spherical shape, the balls have less surface area in contact with one another, preventing clumping or sticking together, unlike conventional ice cubes.

They also have less surface contact with the side of the cup or glass, so warm air outside will not affect the ice balls (and thus your drink) as quickly.

Produced very slowly, the Craft Ice avoids most of the air bubbles trapped via the normal method of freezing ice, which means that the ice ball is almost crystal clear. 

More importantly, the air usually trapped inside, warmer than ice, is absent, allowing no warming of the ball from within. You have a bigger, more attractive ball of ice that takes longer to melt – bonus!

LG claims that the Craft Ice allows carbonated drinks to retain much of their carbonation when poured over the balls, as there is less foam and fizz. This lack of explosive fizz would be fantastic for a gin & tonic, where the considerable fizz flow at pouring means a different effect on the drink.

Which Refrigerators Make Craft Ice Balls?

Below are our picks for the top refrigerators where you can easily make craft ice balls. These sphere ice balls will impress your guests and leave them astonished on the frozen water presentation.

The LG LRMXS2806S Instaview

Price is always worth considering when buying a new fridge, and if Craft Ice were the only thing the fridges offered, we’d all stick to clumpy, opaque ice and drink our drinks faster to negate the melting effect. 

The truth is, these refrigerators offer a lot more and are starting to set the standard in home refrigeration. Take note, Samsung and GE.

This is the entry-level refrigerator with Craft Ice, which sells at U$3099.00. The black stainless-steel version is LRMXS2806D, which costs U$100.00 more. The key features of the fridge are:

  • 28 cubic ft. Large Capacity 
  • Double Freezer Drawers 
  • Dual Ice Maker with Craft Ice™ Plus
  • Temperature-controlled Pantry 
  • Tall Ice and Water Dispenser with Pharmaceutical Water Filter

LG’s exclusive Craft Ice™ slow-melting spherical icemaker automatically makes batches of three to six ice spheres per day without the work of time-consuming molds.

Incredibly stylish, the fridge boasts a fingerprint and smudge-resistant finish, which easily wipes clean, so the only lasting impression is on your friends and not on the doors.

The ThinQ® App controls the fridge remotely & Proactive Customer Care sends helpful tips & alerts via Wi-Fi.


Is also available in natural stainless steel under the model number LRMVS2806S, at $100.00 less. Key Features of this refrigerator are:

  • 28 cubic ft Fridge Capacity 
  • Double Freezer Drawers 
  • InstaView® with Door-in-Door®
  • Dual Ice Maker with Craft Ice™ Plus 
  • Tall Ice and Water Dispenser with Pharmaceutical Water Filter 
  • ThinQ® Technology with Proactive Customer Care

Combining innovation with a very distinctive design, the InstaView® Door-in-Door® fridge will enhance even the most exquisitely crafted kitchen.

The chic, tinted glass panel illuminates with two quick knocks, allowing you visual access to the first compartment without opening the door. This feature reduces cold-air loss sharply to help keep food fresher longer.

Lg claims that the spheres are designed to melt slower and chill drinks more efficiently.

Unlike regular ice, which can be dispensed through the door, the craft Ice is produced and stored in the freezer, which you can easily access via the Freezer Drawer, located at around thigh height.

Craft Ice Maker Not Making Ice?

If the Craft Ice ice maker is not producing ice in your new LG Instaview Refrigerator, check the ice-making unit, which has its own power switch to the left, on the unit’s side. If off, turn it on and wait up to 12 – 48 hours to create the ice.

If the switch was already on, do a reset by turning it off and then back on.

If the Craft Ice maker is still not producing ice, remove the ice bin and place a shallow bowl under the ice maker to catch any excess water. Using your fridge’s manual to find the test button, press this button for 3-5 seconds to force a reset from the ice-making process.

Note that this reset button is tiny, so use the tip of your finger and never do anything that might damage the switch. Requiring three or four resets is not unknown.

Once the reset is concluded (water fills the unit, ice is created and harvested), replace the ice bin. Be careful to replace the ice bin in the demarcated area, or the icemaker may think the container is full and stop producing those lovely, clear orbs.

If there is still no Craft Ice being produced after all of this, call a specialist technician for assistance. Hopefully, the issue will never get this far.

Craft Ice Balls Melting In the Bin

If your Craft Ice is melting in the bin, the chances are high that the freezer door is not closed correctly. If it appears closed, there might still be an issue with the door seal not working.

Take a standard sheet of paper from an A4 pad or similar and trap the sheet between the door and fridge body by closing the door on the sheet.

Tug gently: If it comes free easily, your door is not sealing correctly. You should require a solid tug to free the paper.

Does The LG Instaview Range Offer Other Ice Forms?

I’m not sure I’d be happy with a fridge that produced only three (or six!) Craft Balls of Ice in 24 hours, but hey (!), I guess you will have around 14 by dinner time Friday if you load from midnight Sunday.

Provided you use none in the week and have a small family and no friends, that might be enough for the weekend, though I doubt it.

Fortunately, this is a moot point because the range also produces ice nuggets and crushed ice, so your family will have more ice than they will need in the course of an average lifetime.

The Slim SpacePlus® Ice System allows more shelf space and allows even more room for door bins. Typical nuggets and crushed ice are dispensed through the door, making your most difficult choice of the night for which type of ice you feel in the mood.

Next Steps

I’m not convinced that having a transparent ice sphere is sufficient reason to go for the Instaview. Still, the range offers a knocking facility that shows you the contents of the front door section without having to open the fridge, and that’s an energy-saving I can respect. 

Then the range is SMART, so ruined food, doors left open, etc., should be a thing of the past as you communicate more and more with your chief food storage unit from your mobile phone in a remote location.

The range also offers craft ice, ice nuggets, and crushed ice, as well as cold water; all dispensed quickly through the left door and all in a beautiful package.

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