Because portable ice makers do no require a waterline run to them, they can be used virtually anywhere. Although they will require power, this could be supplied even by a generator. However, most will use a portable ice maker in their kitchen, an outdoor bar, garage, or even during events. Below you’ll see the top portable ice makers and what makes one different from another.
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Portable Ice Maker Comparison
|24 Hour Production: 26lbs||24 Hour Production: 26lbs||24 Hour Production: 26lbs|
|Cost: $$$||Cost: $$$||Cost: $$$$|
|Makes Ice In: 6 Minutes||Makes Ice In: 15 Minutes||Makes Ice In: 6 Minutes|
|Colors: Red, Silver, Black, White||Colors: Red, Silver, Black||Colors: Silver|
|Ice Sizes: TWO||Ice Sizes: TWO||Ice Sizes: TWO|
What Is a Portable Ice Maker?
Sometimes called, “tabletop ice makers,” these are ice makers that can go just about anywhere you want. There are no water pipes to install, so you can take it with you outdoors, camping, etc. However, if you want fresh ice on a camping trip, because theses are powered by electricity, you will need a generator or an inverter. The biggest selling point of a portable ice maker is how long they take to make ice. A standard icemaker may take a couple hours to produce a small amount of ice, with a portable ice maker, you can have ice in just a few minutes’ time.
How Does the Portable Ice Maker Work?
Most portable ice makers put water into a rotating ice tray and then a compressor freezes the water into ice cubes. After it is frozen, a warm refrigerant is released and the ice is then released into the bin. A portable icemaker will not make a lot of ice in the first few minutes because the rotating tray is not very large. However, if you make new ice every few minutes, you can quickly increase your ice output. In fact, most people end up with more ice than they need. That is exactly why many of the icemakers have an auto shut off that kicks in when the bin becomes full.
Best Portable Ice Makers
The Igloo Compact ice maker is available in a variety of colors and can produce up to 26lbs of ice in a day. A unique feature to this maker is the capability of producing large OR small cubes. Although it can hold only 1.5 pounds of ice at a time, the first batch of ice will drop in about 6 minutes. LED controls allow you to chose the ice size of your choice. See Available Colors⇒
Made to conveniently fit in kitchens, RVs and other compact areas, this small ice maker is capable of creating regular ice and CRUSHED Ice. Like the Igloo above, this can create about 26 lbs of ice a day. The automatic overflow shutoff prevents the machine from producing more ice than it can hold. Although this may seem like an obvious feature to include on all ice makers, some do not have it which often results in clogs/spillage. The Avalon Bay is one of the most popular portable ice makers and is available in three color choices. See Color Choices⇒
This ice maker produces up to 27 pounds of ice per day at 10 cubes per cycle. The Emerson offers LED feedback indicating how full (or close to empty) the ice maker is, whether it is turned on or not. It is more expensive than others, but often times a “certified refurbished unit can be purchased for a discount online. Check For Availability⇒
This portable ice maker is available in silver or white. It offers easy touch buttons and digital operation. The Ivation has a removable ice tray and alerts for when the water level gets low or are nearing maximum ice capacity. The machine can produce two sizes of cube. A see-through top window allows for cube production monitoring. The Ivation will product 26.5 lbs of ice in a 24 hour cycle.