Best Ice Maker

Last update March 20, 2017
People associate ice cubes with holidays and summer. Having purchased an ice maker, you will always have an opportunity to bring conviviality to your life. This review will help you make the right choice of an ice maker device. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE OF ICE
ICE CUBE SIZE
DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY
ICE STORAGE CAPACITY
OPERATION CYCLE
WATER SOURCE
CONVENIENCES
EXTRAS
WEIGHT
ALERTS
 
PROS
Сrystal clear ice cubes don't absorb the drink, slowly melt down and perfectly cool beverages. The glasses filled up with ice cubes look strikingly posh and elegant. This energy-saving ice maker is an ideal choice for people who strive for performance and stylish design.
CONS
It's impossible to adjust the size of ice cubes.
OUR VERDICT
The combination of overall capacity and operation cycle makes Luma Comfort ice maker a profitable bid for most consumers. In a single cycle the device produces plenty of ice of a restaurant quality, suitable for ideal cocktails.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE
Crystal clear high-quality ice cubes
ICE CUBE SIZE
1 ice cube size
DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY
Up to 28 pounds
ICE STORAGE CAPACITY
Up to 2.15 pounds
OPERATION CYCLE
15-30 minutes
WATER SOURCE
1.6-liter water reservoir
CONVENIENCES
LED control panel, Mechanic On/Off Button, Melted ice will turn into fresh ice during the next ice making session, Adjustable ice thickness
EXTRAS
Ice scoop and bin, Water reservoir, Back drain for easy cleaning
WEIGHT
25.5 pounds
ALERTS
Water level indicator, Full ice indicator, Auto shut-off when ice bin is full
PROS
The timer allows users to delay ice freezing. This ice maker is capable of making ice cubes of three different sizes.
CONS
Beeping is rather loud.
OUR VERDICT
It is the best device for the customers who appreciate the combination of innovative technologies and a compact size.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE
Thimble-shaped cloudy chewable ice cubes
ICE CUBE SIZE
3 selectable ice cube sizes
DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY
Up to 26.5 pounds
ICE STORAGE CAPACITY
Up to 2.2 pounds
OPERATION CYCLE
6 minutes
WATER SOURCE
2.8-liter water reservoir
CONVENIENCES
Clear LCD-display, Auto-On/Off Timer, Easy Push-Touch Buttons, Melted ice will turn into fresh ice during the next ice-making session
EXTRAS
Ice scoop and bin, See-through window, Back drain for easy cleaning
WEIGHT
25 pounds
ALERTS
Low water level alert, Full ice bin alert, Alert of obstacles
PROS
The price for this compact and highly effective ice maker is moderate. Its water reservoir is spacious. It operates silently. The device is represented in Black, Red, Silver, Stainless Steel, and White colors.
CONS
It is difficult to distinguish indicators from a long distance.
OUR VERDICT
It is the best purchase for those who like parties and appreciate stylish design of kitchen appliances! The device is a quintessence of a stylish exterior and high functionality.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE
Thimble-shaped cloudy chewable ice cubes
ICE CUBE SIZE
2 ice cube sizes
DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY
Up to 26 pounds
ICE STORAGE CAPACITY
Up to 1.5 pounds
OPERATION CYCLE
5-13 minutes
WATER SOURCE
2.1-liter water reservoir
CONVENIENCES
Easy push button LED controls, Melted ice will turn into fresh ice during the next ice-making session
EXTRAS
Ice scoop and bin, See-through window for monitoring the ice making process
WEIGHT
20.5 pounds
ALERTS
Water level indicator, Full ice indicator, Auto shut-off when ice bin is full
PROS
High water reservoir capacity gives you a gain of time in making ice while the drain on a side simplifies the cleaning.
CONS
The device is rather bulky.
OUR VERDICT
This device combines a stylish design, high performance, and a long lifespan. It takes very little time to make a good batch of ice. Superb!
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE
Thimble-shaped cloudy chewable ice cubes
ICE CUBE SIZE
3 ice cube sizes
DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY
Up to 28 pounds
ICE STORAGE CAPACITY
Up to 2.2 pounds
OPERATION CYCLE
6-15 minutes
WATER SOURCE
5-liter water reservoir
CONVENIENCES
Easy-to-use button LED controls, Melted ice will turn into fresh ice during the next ice-making session
EXTRAS
Ice scoop and bin, Side drain is great for easy cleaning
WEIGHT
26.3 pounds
ALERTS
Low water level indicator, Full ice indicator, Auto shut-off when ice bin is full
PROS
Due to the light weight, this device is great for transportation. It is available in 3 shiny colors: Black, Red, Silver.
CONS
The device may work quite loudly when the ice bin hasn't been filled.
OUR VERDICT
Due to its portability, you can use this ice maker in your office, RV or yacht. Moreover, you can have the first batch of fresh ice in just 6 minutes.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE
Thimble-shaped cloudy chewable ice cubes
ICE CUBE SIZE
2 ice cube sizes
DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY
Up to 26 pounds
ICE STORAGE CAPACITY
Up to 1.5 pounds
OPERATION CYCLE
6-13 minutes
WATER SOURCE
1.9-liter water reservoir
CONVENIENCES
Easy push button LED controls, Melted ice will turn into fresh ice during the next ice-making session
EXTRAS
Ice scoop and bin, See-through window for monitoring the process of ice making, Drain for easy cleaning
WEIGHT
20 pounds
ALERTS
Water level indicator, Full ice indicator, Auto shut-off when ice bin is full

What is an Ice Maker

If you’ve ever held any cocktail party or gone through a hot day without a cold drink, you know how important having some ice at hand could be. This is where buying an ice maker can solve several problems in one fell swoop. ice maker is capable of producing ice of different shapes and sizes, suitable for multiple purposes. The variety of ice makers is vast so that everyone can find the best pick for their particular needs. It’s even possible to take an ice making machine on a trip (provided it’s compact and light). You’d only need to plug it in 110V power socket and nicely chilled beverage is guaranteed. Some portable ice makers require usage of power adapters to connect to 12V. Hopefully, our review helps you find an ice maker with the right specifications to fit your day routine and bring some chillness in hot, exhausting summer days.

Those who can’t live without partying may also want to buy outdoor & camping grills, handy outdoor cooking stoves to enjoy barbecue evenings with friends and family. Car cooler bags will come in useful during long trips, maintaining the chillness of your favorite drinks.

What To Look For

Type of Ice

You should pay attention to the type of ice that can be made. In general, ice makers can produce cloudy or clear ice.

Regarding cloudy ice, it not only chills beverages but also absorbs them. Thus, you can chew such ice even after you have drunk up your cocktail. As a rule, cloudy ice is thimble-shaped since it is made in portable ice makers with low-temperature metal pegs. During the ice-making process, these pegs are immersed in water. Thus, they accumulate some layers of ice and produce ice cubes which resemble thimbles with rounded ends. It should be noted that the length of such ice cubes is about an inch and a quarter, but you can always adjust their diameter. Large ice cubes are 1" in diameter while medium and small ones are 0.9" and 0.8" respectively. Besides, stationary and embedded ice makers produce crescent-shaped cloudy ice cubes, but you have to connect such devices to a water pipe. Furthermore, if you don't want to chew this cloudy ice, you can make it harder. Just take it out of an ice maker and put into a freezer for some hours.

As for clear ice, it has a solid structure due to a completely opposite freeze technology. In order to get clear ice cubes, you should use flowing water of 27° F - 32° F. Flowing water is deprived of various impurities. As a result, your ice is clear. It should be noted that clear ice melts slower than cloudy ice. That’s why it is widely used in restaurants and bars.

Ice Production

Ice production is the second important criterion you should take into consideration. This criterion is defined by a maximum amount of ice made per day, ice storage capacity, and operation cycle. If an ice maker produces about 22 pounds of ice per day, such device is considered to be powerful enough for household use. As for ice storage capacity, it indicates the amount of ice which can be stored without emptying an ice bin. Operation cycle length implies the timespan needed for making a batch of ice.

Conveniences and Alerts

Consider the conveniences and alerts of ice makers that make the maintenance of the device very comfortable. If you wish to make some ice, you will have to plug the device in, select the required setting, and then switch it on. That's all! 

For the extra convenience, some ice makers are fitted with additional features. Note that such accessories as an ice bin and an ice scooper can even simplify the process of ice making. As for cleanup, a side drain will help you significantly. By the way, most ice makers recycle water for further ice making. It is also cool if your ice maker has an Auto Shut-Off function because when the ice bin is full the ice maker automatically shuts off and no more ice is made. Besides, some models can also alert you when an ice bin is full with ice. Finally, most of the portable ice makers have a low water alert. To sum up, ice makers are very convenient and simple in maintenance. 

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Review of Luma Comfort Portable Clear Ice Maker, 28 Pounds

Luma Comfort Portable Clear Ice Maker, 28 Pounds

Luma Comfort Portable Clear Ice Maker, 28 Pounds

Type of Ice

Luma Comfort IM200SS clear ice maker is made of stainless steel, thus, its lifespan is very long. The combination of the eye-catching design and a black lid will be a precious gift for the fans of luxurious things. As this ice maker is very compact, you can easily place it on your desk, near a swimming pool or just install it in your mini bar. As the manufacturer has equipped the ice maker with the innovative commercial technology, this very device produces clear ice of a restaurant quality. This technology implies that water runs down the tray turning into hard clear ice cubes. Such cubes melt 5 times slower than cloudy ice. Super!

Ice Production

This ice maker produces 28 pounds of ice per day. It is the highest daily ice amount in our review. This ice maker can accumulate and store up to 2.15 pounds of ice in one go. Its operation cycle is 15-30 minutes. Although it is possible to make ice cubes of one size only, the customers will be able to vary the thickness. In order to have a necessary amount of ice, you should pour water into the 1.6-liter water tank, plug this device into 110V outlet and switch it on. After all, some consumers report that this ice maker model is as convenient in use as Samsung ice maker and Kenmore ice maker, but its price is lower.

Conveniences and Alerts

Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear ice maker is a real space-saver due to its compact size. The LED panel is very convenient for choosing the necessary operation mode. It should be noted that recycled water can be used for a new batch of fresh ice. And a comfortable drain will provide fast cleaning after use. As for safety, when the water level is low or the ice bucket is full, the appliance will automatically switch off. Moreover, it will not start its operation cycle until you add some water or take the ice away. It should be also mentioned that the price fits the quality. Such a good motivation to purchase it!


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Luma Comfort Portable Clear Ice Maker, 28 Pounds
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Review of Ivation Portable Ice Maker  with LCD Display, 26,5 Pounds

Ivation Portable Ice Maker with LCD Display, 26,5 Pounds

Ivation Portable Ice Maker with LCD Display, 26,5 Pounds

Type of Ice

Ivation portable ice maker is very convenient in use due to a wide set of features. Using this kitchen appliance, you can get thimble-shaped cloudy ice cubes of three sizes - small/medium/large. Most consumers prefer large ice cubes because they melt slower than small ones. As this device produces ice in a very short period of time, the final product resembles chewing ice. Thus, it is perfect for chilling your favorite beverages. Due to a combination of an innovative compressor and a stylish design, this kitchen appliance has gained a worldwide popularity.

Ice Production

If you purchase Ivation Portable ice maker, you will surely have 26.5 pounds of ice every day. The device can make a batch of ice in just 6 minutes. All you have to do is pour water into the reservoir and plug the machine into an 110V outlet! But if you want to use this device in an RV or yacht, it will be necessary to buy a special adapter. As the reservoir capacity is 2.8 liters, you will not have to fill it with water very often. To sum up, what can be better than adding chewing ice to your favorite beverages?!

Conveniences and Alerts

This electric ice maker has alerts that make its maintenance very convenient. Whenever it’s time to empty the ice bin or add water to the reservoir, the beep alert sounds. Furthermore, if ice cubes do not drop into the ice bucket, customers are also alerted. Then, if you do not take ice out, it will melt back into the water so as to turn into fresh ice during the next ice-making session. The backlit LCD screen shows all the settings that can be selected for ice making. Moreover, a large see-through window allows you to monitor and control the process. When the ice making process is over, you can easily remove ice either with the help of an ice scoop or by dragging out the ice bin.


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Ivation Portable Ice Maker  with LCD Display, 26,5 Pounds
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Review of iGloo Portable Countertop Ice Maker,  26 Pounds

iGloo Portable Countertop Ice Maker, 26 Pounds

iGloo Portable Countertop Ice Maker, 26 Pounds

Type of Ice

iGloo ICE 102-Red Compact ice maker is manufactured in five different designs. Thus, consumers will always be able to choose the ice maker which will fit their taste. Take into account that besides being very stylish, it is also very powerful. We guarantee that you will have enough ice not only for chilling your juice but also for chewing these juicy cubes. Although consumers often compare iGloo ice maker with the Whirlpool ice maker and the Rival ice maker, we can define it as the best compact device for home use.

Ice Production

If you urgently need ice cubes, this device can make a batch of fresh ice in 5 minutes. Another benefit is that the ice maker can produce up to 26 pounds of cloudy ice per day. The operation cycle length can vary from 5 to 13 minutes. Due to such short operation cycle and 2.1-liter water reservoir, this device is often compared with top ice makers. Overall, we find iGloo ICE102-Red ice maker the best middle-class device. Beyond any doubt, this ice maker is a quintessence of high performance and a moderate price.

Conveniences and Alerts

If the water level is extremely low or the ice bucket is full, the device will automatically shut off. Note that this ice maker is fitted with an LED control panel that is very convenient for choosing the necessary operation mode. Moreover, a large see-through window lets the customer monitor the process of ice making. So, we highly recommend you to purchase this simple device in case you want to gladden your family and guests with fresh cool beverages.


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iGloo Portable Countertop Ice Maker,  26 Pounds
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Review of NewAir Portable  Ice Maker, 28 Pounds

NewAir Portable Ice Maker, 28 Pounds

NewAir Portable Ice Maker, 28 Pounds

Type of Ice

A stylish design of this ice maker can decorate any kitchen or bar. It should be noted that NewAir AI-100SS ice maker is equipped with 9 metal pegs for producing thimble-shaped cloudy ice cubes of various sizes. Due to its porous structure, such ice can absorb the beverage, retain its taste and aroma. So, your kids will be able to enjoy juicy ice or chilled lemonade! If you prefer hard ice cubes instead of chewing ones, you can pre-stock cubes and put them into a freezer for a few hours. In general, this device will show you that making ice can be a very interesting process!

Ice Production

Due to a 5-liter water tank, you can forget about the ice making as soon as you switch the device on. This little helper can make 9 cubes of fresh ice in 6-15 minutes. Thus, you can chill as many beverages as you want! In general, as this appliance produces 28 pounds of ice per day, this amount will be enough even for a big company. Keep in mind that you should empty the ice bin every time it gets full (2.2 pounds of ice). However, you will surely empty the bin more often during a hot summer day. If you'd like to enjoy chilly, refreshing drinks during summer, it's high time to think of purchasing this ice maker! It will be a great purchase!

Conveniences and Alerts

NewAir AI-100SS possesses all technical characteristics that outline its simple maintenance. The LED panel alerts customers when the ice bin gets full and the water level drops low. Furthermore, you can easily take the necessary amount of ice from the device in a bin with the help of a convenient ice scoop. After that, a special side drain will help you empty the device. By the way, you can also use the recycled water to make a new batch of ice cubes. To sum up, this ice maker can refresh any hot sunny day!


NewAir Portable  Ice Maker, 28 Pounds
NewAir Portable Ice Maker, 28 Pounds
 
Review of Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker, 26 Pounds

Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker, 26 Pounds

Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker, 26 Pounds

Type of Ice

Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S ice maker is an outstanding portable household device. It is very lightweight, thus, you can move it, without making a physical effort at all. Due to its short operation cycle, it successfully produces chewing ice. Furthermore, consumers can choose between making small ice cubes and large ones. If you plan to take this ice maker on a picnic, you can connect this device to an automobile output. All in all, this appliance will do you a great service if you want to have a cool rest!

Ice Production

Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S ice maker can produce up to 26 pounds of thimble-shaped cloudy ice per day (either large or small ice cubes). And this device can store up to 1.5 pounds of ice. As the productivity of this item is very high, you can make a batch of chewing ice in 6-13 minutes. To have a necessary amount of ice, you will need to fill a 1.9-liter water tank with water and plug the device into an outlet. The final stuff will be ideal for beverages chilling. In fact, this machine possesses great functionality, exceptional quality, and a moderate price.

Conveniences and Alerts

This ice maker comes in three sleek colors: silver, red, and black. So, it will add luxury to any kitchen. Regarding convenience, you can easily remove ice cubes from this ice maker machine with a convenient ice scoop. Furthermore, due to a see-through window, you can always control the process of ice making. As for the safety features, this ice maker has got LED indicators that will visually alert you when the ice bin (or water reservoir) gets full. Note that its sound will not break the harmony in your home. Great!


Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker, 26 Pounds
Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker, 26 Pounds
 
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1. Kristen Hicks The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Portable Ice MakerCompactAppliance.com. October 5, 2016.

2. Ice Maker Buying Guide, eBay. March 3, 2016.

3. Portable Ice Makers: Value and Convenience, Air & Water.