Before you buy a portable ice machine, this is an important distinction to understand. While they are designed to make ice quickly, this type of ice maker is not designed to keep its creation frozen for long periods of time. As the ice starts to melt, the water will trickle back into the reservoir and the device will start the process of refreezing it again. This process will continue until you consume all of the ice or empty all the water out of the machine.
Igloo sells a few portable ice makers that all garner mixed reviews. The majority of their units are still on the positive side, with many customers saying their ice machine is fast, quiet, and easy to use. However, other customers describe machines that stop working within a couple of months, along with with frustrating experiences getting the run-around from the company when they try to claim the warranty. The cost is low with Igloo, but you’re risking ending up with a product with a short life. If you decide to go with an Igloo ice maker, be sure to take a close look at what customers are saying about the model you are considering.
When choosing from our commercial ice makers, it’s important to know your environment. Air cooled units are cost-effective solutions for cooler spaces because they don’t require additional water costs to operate, whereas water cooled models are ideal for extremely hot establishments. We also carry remote machines that operate more quietly than other ice machine equipment because the condenser is stored outside. You’ll even find space-efficient undercounter units for use in bars as well as combination machines that dispense ice and water.
For a top-rated nugget ice maker that has plenty of convenient features, we recommend the FirstBuild Opal Nugget Ice Maker. It produces 1 pound of ice nuggets per hour, and the bin can hold up to 3 pounds. The clear bin lets you see how much ice you have available and it’s easy to pull forward when scooping ice (ice scoop included). The bin is also insulated to keep the ice cold, but as it inevitably melts the ice maker will sense the lower level of ice and automatically make more.
If you’re going through ice quickly, be aware that someone will need to take a minute to pour more water in. Part of what makes this type of ice maker “portable” is that you don’t have to hook them up to a dedicated water line. While this eliminates any complicated installation requirements, you’ll still need to continually add water manually. It’s not a big job, but it is one that someone will need to be sure to do to keep the ice from running out.
All models feature easy-to-use controls, so ice making is quick and effortless. Portable ice makers also feature insulated storage bins to keep your ice from melting quickly, and most feature a drain plug for easy water draining. For those looking for a specific cube size, some models have up to three (3) different ice cube size options. Additionally, many countertop ice makers employ an innovative water-use technology that reuses water from melted cubes to automatically make more ice, conserving your time and water resources.
Portable ice makers are a fantastic countertop appliance for those that need supplemental ice in their home kitchen or bar but don’t want the hassle of installing a new refrigerator/freezer or clunky ice machine. Like their name suggests, these ice machines are completely portable. They require no installation. You simply pour in water, select your settings, and just like that, you’ll have fresh ice in minutes. You’ll never have to deal with those pesky ice trays permanently installed machines again.
Modern ice makers are designed using fast freeze technology so you do not have to wait for long. Most devices feature a processing cycle of between six to 15 minutes which is pretty good time. However, in case you are shopping an ice maker for use in the bar, restaurants, parties, or RV, you should choose a faster processing cycle to avoid disappointing your guests.
Small but powerful, this ice maker can produce up to 50 pounds of ice each day, and 12 pieces in 13 minutes, so you’ll have a ready supply for cocktails, soda water, or any other beverage! You can choose one of three different ice sizes and set the 18-hour timer to make ice on your schedule. Indicator lights let you know when you need to add water or when the removable ice bin is full, and an ice scoop is included for easy serving.
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