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How to make ice balls with LG’s new fridge

How to make ice balls with LG’s new fridge

Ice balls in the LG Craft Ice Maker

Wondering how to make ice balls? It’s automatic with LG’s fancy new cocktail fridge.

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It’s called the LG Side-by-Side refrigerator.

It comes in 12 different modes, each with different features and finishes. Only three of those will score you a “Craft Ice Maker”, however. 

This will make you ice balls worthy of any decent cocktail. The Craft Ice Maker creates slow-melting ice balls around 50mm or two-inches in diameter. 

The ice box stores up to 30 craft ice balls at any one time, but it only makes about three ice balls every 22 hours or so.

The whole point of rounded ice, it has less surface volume which means it melts slower than regular ice. That’s important if you want to keep your cocktail colder for longer with less water to affect the taste.

It seems counter-intuitive, but the Side-by-Side fridge actually heats the water before freezing it.  LG says that it helps to slowly form the ice and get rid of the air bubbles inside. The process leaves you with a solid and more importantly a clearer ice globe.

Obviously, it’s going to depend on the quality of the water you’re putting in from the tap, but it looks the goods.

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Speaking of quality water, fridges in the Side-by-Side range also include a UV-light system. This gadget sterilises the water dispenser nozzle for ten minutes every hour. This apparently kills 99.99 per cent of bacteria, and you can activate it on demand if you wish.

And to keep it more in the entertainer’s lane, the fridge comes with a four-bottle wine rack for your chilling needs.  If you’re an aspiring mixologist who wants to score the new “Craft Ice Maker” for yourself, you’ll be looking at the  GS-D635PLC, GS-D635MBLC and top of the line  GS-V635MBLC.

Here’s the full price list for the new LG Side-by-Side refrigerator range.  

LG Side-by-Side Refrigerator 2022: price list

Model RRP Features and finishes
GS-V635MBLC $3,239 InstaView® Door-in-Door® Craft Ice Maker™ Plumbed Ice and Water Matte Black finish
GS-VB655MBL $2,759 InstaView® Door-in-Door® Matte Black finish
GS-VB655PL $2,639 InstaView® Door-in-Door® Stainless Silver finish
GS-D635MBLC $2,879 Door-in-Door® Craft Ice Maker™ Plumbed Ice and Water Matte Black finish
GS-D635PLC $2,759 Door-in-Door Craft Ice Maker™ Plumbed Ice and Water Stainless Silver finish
GS-L635MBL $2,639 Non-plumbed Ice and Water Matte Black finish
GS-L635PL $2,519 Non-plumbed Ice and Water Stainless Silver finish
GS-N635MBL $2,519 Plumbed Ice and Water Matte Black finish
GS-N635PL $2,399 Plumbed Ice and Water Stainless Silver finish
GS-B655MBL $2,039 Matte Black finish
GS-B655PL $2,039 Stainless Silver finish
GS-B655WL $2,039 White finish


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