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What kind of cotton candy machine do you use?

One of the most common questions we get is: what kind of cotton candy machine do you recommend? And we’re happy to help. Our sugars can be used in any cotton candy machine, but we’ve had great success with 2. Each one serves a different purpose.

Here at SpunLight we sell cotton candy every way we can. There’s our online store. We also spin at private events in the Tucson and Phoenix area. We are even at large festivals making 1000+ servings in a weekend. And we make bulk orders for corporate events, conventions, marketing campaigns, and restaurants.

This is what sets us apart from other online cotton candy sellers, most of our customers see us face to face and try the cotton candy right in front of us. That’s why we care so deeply about how each flavor tastes. We want you to feel the same pleasure when your customers say, “This is the best cotton candy I’ve ever had!” Anyway, this is all to say: you can trust these recommendations.

Our day to day machine:

Clevr Large Commercial Cotton Candy Machine.

It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and makes nice fluffs. We switch through a lot of flavors at events and when we’re filling out online orders – this is great for that. You just throw in a scoop of sugar and the cotton candy appears. The spinning head isn’t huge so one flavor will run out after a serving or two and you’ll be ready for another flavor.

It’s perfect for events, too. It weighs about 25 pounds and the metal pan is 21 inches in diameter, so it’s easy to carry to events and set up quickly. It’s pretty quiet so you can take orders and make small talk with customers. This is the machine we use to make our perfect balloon shaped cotton candies. We’ve made cotton candy animals and flowers with it, too. It makes super fluffy, fine, melt in your mouth cotton candy.

There are a lot of machines that are similar to this brand, and we’ve had varying annoyances with all them. This machine isn’t 100% reliable either, but it’s been the best of the bunch.  We always have a backup because sometimes it breaks down. With this model we’ve had the power connection from the heating element to the spinning head fly off. Sparks will fly, it’s very exciting.

Our big production machine:

Paragon Classic Floss Machine.

We use this machine when we have a lot of one flavor to make. It’s always ready to go in our factory. The fluff comes out super fast and the quality is really good. It’s still nice and fluffy without being grainy. The spinning head holds about a half pound of sugar, that’s a lot of servings.

Lots of people and companies will use a machine like this at events, but we don’t. It tends to be loud, sometimes smoky, and doesn’t make beautiful, Instagram worthy cotton candies. It’s also much heavier and larger than the Clevr.

But it is completely reliable. It’s more expensive than the Clevr, but it’s never broken down for us. We’ve bought 7 of the Clevr machines over 3 years and only one of these Paragons since we started business 8 years ago.

Well I hope this helps you! Good luck with your cotton candy enterprise, whether it’s a new business or just an occasional good time. The machine you use makes all the difference!