There are two common types of countertop ice makers that you can choose from: both have the same primary purpose, which is to make cubes for your consumption — for fighting the heat during summer or party drinks. But they differ significantly in the capacity they could produce, the shape and size of ice. Also, their cost is another stand-out difference.
Ivation is another affordable brand that sells portable ice makers that earn mixed reviews. Most customers praise their ice machines for working fast, being easy to use, and making lots of ice. A number of reviewers complain about how quickly they stop working though – some saying they only got a few weeks or months out of the machine. As with Igloo, you can save some money upfront, but may end up looking for a new portable ice maker soon if you go with Ivation.
Many scenarios would necessitate having a countertop ice maker. One of them is the one already mentioned above— home and office parties. You need to be armed with sufficient ice to ensure that your guests can refill their drinks freely. The other situation that will require you to purchase a countertop ice machine is when you are camping, boating, tailgating, or having RV trips. During these events, cold drinks are paramount.
The Hamilton Beach wasn’t the fastest ice maker we tested, depositing 10 ice capsules every 10 minutes, so if you need ice in a pinch, you’ll need to turn the machine on at least one hour in advance. At $169, it’s a bit expensive, and although it did a good job, we still prefer our top pick, the Della for its speed and the amount of ice it can produce.
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