Best Ice Makers

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 1, 2019
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 of the best ice makers will help you make the right choice. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE OF ICE
ICE CUBE SIZE
DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY
ICE STORAGE CAPACITY
OPERATION CYCLE
WATER SOURCE
EXTRAS
CONVENIENCES
WEIGHT
ALERTS
Warranty
 
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

1.7-Qt water reservoir

EXTRAS
Ice scoop and bin, Water reservoir, Back drain for easy cleaning
CONVENIENCES
LED control panel, Mechanic On/Off Button, Melted ice will turn into fresh ice during the next ice making session, Adjustable ice thickness
WEIGHT
25.5 pounds
ALERTS
Water level indicator, Full ice indicator, Auto shut-off when ice bin is full
Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The Vremi is both very quiet and energy-saving - it runs on 120 Watts and handles 2.2 liters of water maximum in its reservoir. Like many other premium machines, it can re-use the melted ice water and produce more ice cubes.

CONS

The plastic top is prone to scratches. 

OUR VERDICT

The Vremi personal ice maker is a reliable appliance that will produce a bunch of crystal clear bullets within minutes. It can be a reliable camping companion or fit perfectly on any bar or kitchen counter.

detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE

Bullet-shaped ice-cubes

ICE CUBE SIZE

1 ice cube size

DAILY ICE MAKING CAPACITY

Up to 26 pounds

ICE STORAGE CAPACITY

Up to 1.5 pounds

OPERATION CYCLE

8-10 minutes

WATER SOURCE

2.3-Qt water reservoir

EXTRAS

Control panel with LED indicators

CONVENIENCES

Removable ice bucket, Plastic scoop, Top lid with transparent window, Water drain cap, “MAX” water level mark, Convenient drain

WEIGHT

23.6 pounds

ALERTS

Ice full indicator, Water shortage indicator, Status indicator, Automatic shut-off 

Warranty

1 year limited 

PROS

The device works almost silently both when generating ice and when maintaining the temperature in the ice container. Thanks to this, it can be placed just about anywhere as no noise will ever bother you.

CONS

It needs more time to produce large ice cubes. 

OUR VERDICT

If you need a portable ice maker for certain occasions such as picnics, BBQs, or even pool parties, the ice maker from HomeLabs is one of the best models you can get. 

detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE

Bullet-shaped 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

6-8 minutes

WATER SOURCE

2.3-Qt water reservoir

EXTRAS

Control panel with LED indicators

CONVENIENCES

Translucent window, Removable ice bucket, Ice scoop included, Convenient drain

WEIGHT

~ 19 pounds

ALERTS

Ice full indicator, Water shortage indicator, Automatic shut off

Warranty

2 years (6 more months after product registration)

PROS

The machine is available in two color options - Silver and Red. The Silver unit looks very chic and is a good option for classic kitchen interiors, while Red one can add a modern touch to sophisticated kitchens.

CONS

Build quality could be better. 

OUR VERDICT

Della offers you a decent ice making machine that is moderately-priced and portable enough to go from your kitchen towards the pool, from your RV to your boat or a campsite.

detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE

Bullet-shaped 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 minutes

WATER SOURCE

2.3-Qt water reservoir

EXTRAS

Control panel with LED-indicators 

CONVENIENCES

Translucent window, Removable ice bucket, Ice scoop included, Convenient drain

WEIGHT

21 pounds

ALERTS

Full ice basket indicator, Add water indicator, Automatic shut off, Automatic overflow protection

Warranty

1 year limited 

PROS

The interior is made of quality BPA-free plastic, so odd odors and flavors are less likely to lurk inside the unit. The plastic exterior is fingerprint-proof.

CONS

The see-through window is rather small.

OUR VERDICT

For less than $100, you get a small yet efficient ice making machine perfect for 2-3 people. With this mini ice maker, a chilly portion of ice for your beverages will be ready in a matter of minutes. 

detailed parameters
TYPE OF ICE

Bullet-shaped 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

2.3-Qt water reservoir

EXTRAS

Control panel with LED indicators

CONVENIENCES

Translucent window, Removable ice bucket, Ice scoop included, Convenient drain

WEIGHT

17.5 pounds

ALERTS

Ice full indicator, Water Shortage indicator, Automatic shut off

Warranty

1 year

Luma Comfort IM200SS

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!
Review of Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker

Ice Production

This high-capacity 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.

Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker in the use

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!
Detailed review of Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker

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Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Ice Maker Review

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I'm sure the 28lb claim is easily met as long as you refill the water and empty the ice bin.

Features

This is the best! Very cheap price! It doesn't have a drain so it doesn't need to empty into a floor drain. It doesn't keep the ice cold by itself so it needs to be emptied.

Size & Weight

Super nice Ice maker. perfect for a top of a table. Work with ice bucket and perfect for a mid size party.

Power

I don't keep it running all the time because it draws 150-200 watts.
 

VREMI VRM010636N

More Than Expected

Although Vremi isn't the most familiar brand in the industry, there are some reasons why we've included this portable ice maker in our top chart. For starters, Vremi is just trying to get its name on the market, thus, the company makes high-quality machines for moderate price tags. Speaking about this model, it's a quite affordable option that certainly offers more than its retail price. It's a highly efficient ice making machine with the properties of premium ice makers. But before considering tech specs, let's go down to build quality and overall look.

Measuring 9.5 x 12 x 13.5 inches, it's one of the most compact ice makers out there. This thing is significantly smaller than the competition, allowing you to fit it anywhere, no matter how crowded the countertop could be. And thanks to a set of grippy little feet, it would provide a good grip on most surfaces.

In fact, this ice maker can also be an ideal choice for barbeques, outdoor parties, or basement bars. It doesn’t need a water hookup and is portable enough to bring it nearly anywhere.

It has a sleek and elegant design with stainless-steel outer finish that can protect its internal components from pretty much any elements. Nonetheless, the ice maker is featured with a plastic top that can be easily scratched up if not treated with care.

Still, the Vremi VRM010636N feels very solid, robust and durable overall. But not only this makes it a reliable ice making machine.

Review of VREMI VRM010636N Countertop Ice Maker

Intelligent Machine

The machine doesn’t require any tricky installation either. All you have to do after unpacking is just set it upright and leave it for one day to let its coolant settle.

The Vremi is both very quiet and energy-saving - it runs on 120 Watts and handles up to 2.2 liters of water in its reservoir. Like many other premium machines, it can re-use the melted ice water and produce more ice cubes. By the way, it makes 9 ice bullets in 9 minutes flat. The bullet-shaped ice cubes are chewable and delicious. Each one weighs 0.3 oz and is perfect for mixed drinks. If needed, it can fit even a small water bottle opening.

The machine is intelligent enough to make your overall experience far less tedious. With a neat set of warning lights, it informs you if there is a lack of water, the ice bucket is full or the ice ready.

To let you access ice easily, it features an ice door at the top. This design solution minimizes the risk of dropping ice cubes on the floor. And even if you drop some, they will get back inside the machine. For greater convenience, the ice maker comes with a removable ice bucket and an ice scooper. Hence, you get everything you need for your ice adventures.

All things considered, the Vremi mini ice maker is a reliable appliance that will produce a bunch of crystal clear bullets within minutes. The combo of a moderate price, great built quality, and intelligent capabilities makes it a win-win choice on many levels. It will fit perfectly on any bar, kitchen counter, or tabletop.

VREMI VRM010636N Countertop Ice Maker in the use

Additional Info

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hOmeLabs HME010019N

The Best Seller

Summer often means a lot of picnics and party opportunities. And the hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine is here to provide you with a constant ice supply. It's a sleek and highly-powerful countertop ice making machine that can change your kitchen's functionality. In just 6-8 minutes, it makes the first 9-piece batch of smooth bullet-shaped ice cubes. The basket gets full in less than an hour, which is perfect if you quickly need a large batch of ice. In general, it can produce up to 26 lbs of ice per day and store up to 1.5 lbs of ice at a time. You can choose between small and large-sized cubes. The smaller ice cones can even fit into a plastic water bottle.

The hOmeLabs ice maker is ready to use right out-of-the-box and is very easy to operate. You just need to set the machine on a flat surface (at least 4 inches from a wall), pour the water in, and keep the lid closed. That's it! The machine will swiftly generate fresh ice cubes for you. We would like to point out that the ice cubes come out "wet". So if you're going to remove them and freeze, they might all freeze together and you'll need to break them apart later.

The machine boasts a modern refrigeration technology and quiet compressor cooling, so it works almost silently. It's equipped with a convenient control panel and comes with a BPA-free plastic ice scoop and a removable ice basket. The unit is quite compact which makes it perfect for small kitchens, recreational vehicles, boats, patios and more. However, the feature that discerns this model from many similar ice makers is that it is able to turn itself off automatically once its ice basket is full which contributes to its usability and provides the user with a peace of mind. 

The hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine will come in handy when you are having parties or bar-b-ques and your beverages are being made constantly. The readily-made bullet-shaped cubes will definitely make every drink a pleasure to enjoy!

Review of hOmeLabs HME010019N Portable Ice Maker Machine

Useful Tips

Here're some useful tips which can make maintenance of this portable ice machine a bit easier:

  • The water mark is not so easy to see. So, it's better to additionally indicate it with a non-toxic market. It's somewhere about 2 inches down from the top of the back wall.
  • If it's very stuffy in your house, the hOmelabs machine might need up to 20 minutes to generate the first batch of ice. And the more often you will open the lid to check the process, the longer this will delay the ice. So, try not to open the lid during ice production.
  • We recommend you to remove ice cubes within a few minutes after they have been made, especially if the ambient temperature is very high. Shake ice a little to drip off excess water so that ice cubes won't stick together.
hOmeLabs HME010019N Portable Ice Maker Machine in the use

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What customers say about this product

Features

It has a setting where you can choose the size of the cube (it's actually more dome shaped) I always keep it set on large so the cubes last longer in my drinks. I have stopped using the ice maker in my freezer completely since having this.

Key Specs

This machine is amazing. I keep it sitting on my counter top and run it 24-7. It takes about 6 min to get ice.

Size & Weight

I am so happy with this little machine. It fits on my counter, it looks nice, it is fairly quiet, and it makes ice in two sizes FAST!! It is also super easy to fill.

Power

It's a low energy machine meaning it won't hit your utility bill hard at all.
 

Della 048-GM-48187

Budget Friendly

Understanding the needs of most customers and how much they’re going to spend on an ice making machine, the folks behind Della have created one of the best budget ice makers on the market.

It's a frills-free model that deftly combines a decent build quality with affordable price. Of course, it's not suitable for commercial or even semi-commercial use, but it's a good thing to have in your home bar for parties.

Also, this ice generator can be of great use for campers or anglers who need some ice to keep their beverages chilly or their food in coolers fresh. Being around 20 lbs in total weight, the Della is very easy to carry around.

However, the cost for that light weight is a bit poor construction. It's generally made from plastic with the exception of the copper teeth that are designed to freeze the water. Still, the machine is resilient and well-put together. By any means, it doesn't seem cheap or flimsy made. Plus, plastic is resistant to rusting and corrosion build up.

Review of Della 048-GM-48187 Ice Maker

Ice Making Properties

When it comes to ice making, this machine is very consistent and reliable. As advertised, it's capable of creating up to 26 pounds of ice per day.

The machine can make the first batch of ice in 10 minutes after unboxing. The only requirement is 1 foot of free space around the machine to let it "breathe" freely.

Importantly, it's made with a smart cooling technique that involves flattening the copper tubes, except for the teeth. Therefore, the coolant doesn't need 24 hours to get activated.

As long as you keep the 2.3-quart reservoir full, the Della machine will keep pushing out ice till the basket is full. Though, take note that it has no notification signal to alert you when the ice tray is full.

One cycle takes about 6 minutes, which is quicker than most other models offer. Depending on the drinks you're going to cool, you can choose Small or Large ice cube size.

All in all, Della offers a decent ice maker that is moderately priced and is portable enough to go from your kitchen towards the pool, from your RV to your boat or a campsite.

Della 048-GM-48187 Ice Maker in the use

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Costway EP22769BK

Compact Yet Efficient

The Costway countertop ice maker machine is a good pick for those who need a compact and fairly efficient machine without paying 1000's bucks for a professional model. Unless they run a restaurant, of course. 

This model isn't so big and heavy as most other ice makers offered on the market. It can be compared to a large toaster in size. It has a modest footprint, so you can even store it on a kitchen shelf. But although it's so small, it still can provide you with a decent amount of ice cubes in a relatively short amount of time. It prepares ready-to-serve ice cubes in about 7-8 minutes. The ice basket capacity makes 1.5lbs, which is more than enough for families of 2-3 members. And like many other standalone ice machines, this one can generate up to 26 lbs of clear ice per day. It can run non-stop for 24 hours to provide you with a readily available supply of ice. The machine can create large and small-sized ice tubes depending on your needs.

The ice bin fills in a couple of hours or so, and if you're not around to empty it, the ice will start melting. The melted water falls back into the water reservoir and is made into new ice bullets. 

The unit has a see-through window to let you check the ice level and a "full" sensor" that alerts you to empty the tray so that more ice could be made. You'll also find another useful alert on a digital control panel that says when the water level in the reservoir is low and you need to refill it.

The Costway mini ice maker is equipped with the latest compressor cooling system and thus operates almost quietly. It has a chic design and is offered in four colors (black, white, red, and silver) to match your kitchen decor and hardware. Its portable design also enables you to use it for boat or RV trips, small parties, and other gatherings.

Review of Costway EP22769BK Ice Maker Machine

Stock Up on Some Ice

As we have just mentioned, this is a great portable ice machine which quickly makes a decent amount of ice for 2-3 people. But for a big party? You'll need to wait for about 5 hours before the ice bucket becomes full. Therefore, we suggest that you add water to the reservoir up to the max level before going to bed or leaving a camper. The next morning, you will have a full load of ice. For best results, pour cold water into the unit. Note that the ice bullets from the first few cycles might be not as big or thick as you expect. For food safety reasons, the manufacturer recommends you to empty out the water reservoir every 24 hours.

Costway EP22769BK Ice Maker Machine in the use

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Comparison of Ice Makers

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 Features to Compare

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 ф 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 of 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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1. Kristen Hicks The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Portable Ice Maker, CompactAppliance.com. October 5, 2016.

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

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

4. Ice Maker, Wikipedia.

5. Tom Harris How Icemakers Work, HowStuffWorks.

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