This $25 Gadget Turns My Hot Coffee into Iced in Just 1 Minute (It’s a Summer Must-Have!)

published Apr 11, 2024
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Someone holding a shaken iced coffee so we can see the foam
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Whether it’s the middle of summer or the dead of winter, I’ll always opt for an iced coffee over a hot one. But even though it’s an all-year beverage for me, iced coffee season has officially arrived, and it starts to get expensive if you’re constantly going to a café to get your fix. (I’m speaking from experience here.) There are a few reasons why, thus far, I haven’t been making my iced coffee at home. My old machine was a classic Keurig, so it didn’t have an iced function. Recently, though, I upgraded to a different model that does, and it’s been amazing.

However, there is one setback that I didn’t really take into account: It’s a hassle making sure I always have enough ice. The fridge in my Brooklyn apartment didn’t come with an ice maker, so I have to use molds. They’re way more trouble than they’re worth. I never have enough ice anyway, since my freezer is too small for multiple trays, and it always ends up becoming a whole production to remove the cubes. 

That’s where the HyperChiller comes in. This $25 gadget changed everything, and I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to get one. Now I can get perfectly chilled coffee in no time without using ice cubes at all.

What is the HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker?

After cleaning the HyperChiller in the dishwasher or by hand, all you have to do is fill one of the stainless steel chambers up with water and place it in the freezer overnight. (There are vents to regulate pressure inside.) Then you can place the gadget under your brewer or pour hot coffee right into it. It can hold up to 12.5 ounces, which is more than enough for your daily cup. The center of the lid is slightly concaved and slanted, so there’s no overflow, and the liquid moves into the inside chamber via a small opening. Once the liquid is inside the HyperChiller, you swirl it around for about a minute. Voilà: When you pour your coffee out of the spout, it’ll be 72F. You can add ice, or drink it on its own — the latter means that it won’t get diluted by melted ice.

Iced coffee lover or not, the HyperChiller also works for any kind of drink that you want to be near-instantly cooled. Soda, cocktails, and tea are all fair game. 

Credit: Morgan Pryor

Why I Love the Hyperchiller

With the HyperChiller, iced coffee has become a total breeze. In fact, I drink it more often than I used to, given the fact that I don’t have to go to a coffee shop or mess with my ice molds anymore. At 4.25×6.75 inches, it does take up a decent amount of space in my tiny freezer (that I share with two roommates), but it’s totally worth it. So far, I’ve been placing the gadget right underneath my machine and brewing coffee on the “hot” setting directly into it. The whole process takes hardly any effort, aside from swirling my coffee around for a bit. (Once, I skipped that step and just let it sit inside for a moment. Everything turned out fine.) It is a little wide, so you might have to use two hands to pour, but it’s really no sweat. 

Cleanup is effortless too. For a quicker clean after use, you can just rinse it out without removing the lid, like I do. I have yet to see how it holds up in the dishwasher, because it’s so easy to do a more thorough cleaning by hand. Several QVC shoppers reported that it held up on the top rack, though.

All in all, $25 is a steal for how game-changing this device is. I’ll use it all year, of course, but with summer on the horizon, I recommend snagging one for yourself pronto.

Buy: HyperChiller 12.5 oz. Iced Coffee Maker, $24.99