A Wort Chiller is a real time saver, and in the end, a lot less money than constantly buying ice. We went the ice bath at first but we moved to the IC Type Wort Chiller fairly quickly because of all the money we were spending on ice. Even worse, we would not get enough and have to run to the store mid brew. We have since moved to bigger batches (22 gallons normally) and have a Plate Chiller and Pumps. Going form ICE Bath to IC was a great step, but we do like the plate chiller as it is fast and we can normally have the Wort in our Stout Conical in less than 30 minutes (incluing Whirlpooling) at about 65 degrees. We do use some ice to chill some water in the summer to get to 65, but in the winter we do not need any ice.