Top 5 Table Top Ice Makers
Our trash compactor stopped working suddenly and we decided to get an icemaker. I did a little research on the under-the-counter models and didn’t find the one I liked. This time, the research of the countertop icemakers shows promise.
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|Model No.||Price Range ($)||Output (lbs per day)||Form||Storage (lbs)|
|Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker||100-199||26||Portable||0|
|iGloo ICE102 26 Lbs Counter Top Ice Maker||100-199||26||Portable||0|
|Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker||200-299||28||Portable||28|
|Ivation IVAICEM25NC Countertop Ice Maker||100-199||26.5||Portable||2.2|
|Della 048-GM-48186 Portable Ice Maker||100-199||26||Portable||1.5|
For all brands, it is suggested to first clean the ice maker inside and outside thoroughly. When it’s described to thoroughly clean, we’re talking about getting your hands all the way into the water receptacle and using Q-tips. It is also suggested to sit the ice maker upright for at least 24 hours to allow the coolant to settle out.
Last, when finally starting to use the ice maker, the first reservoir or so will be producing rather small sized ice cubes, as compared to later. These smaller ice cubes will be the first to come through the system and may end up having a kind of chemical smell or taste. So, dump the first reservoir. Although they are touted as portable, they really aren’t. In order to drain the reservoir, it’s necessary to store the ice maker near the sink. So, it may very well dominate your counter top area. If you are limited in the space of counter tops, it may not be a good choice to purchase a counter top style ice maker.
When comparing the brands, I found the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker and the iGloo ICE102 26 Lbs Counter Top Ice Maker to be relatively comparable in production capacity, issues, mixed reviews and issues. They both produce 26 pounds per day. They both start producing ice within 6 minutes.
Most people agree they are both pretty much a “hit or a miss” in terms of longevity. The Avalon for one owner, lasted about 10 months and when they bought a second one to replace the first, in just a few short months, it was already had it not working. An Igloo owner had his ice- maker break down before the warranty was up. He called to complain and was given instructions but didn’t actually solve the problem. When he called back a few short days later to tell them their solution didn’t work, they wouldn’t honor the warranty. The outsourced overseas technical support was pretty much useless.
Another brand is Luma Comfort (Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker, 28-Pound). This brand is a little bit larger capacity. It can produce up to 28 pounds per day. It’s really loud and throws off quite a bit of heat. One owner had to send theirs back as they were taking it out of the box. There was only three feet installed. It’s not that it fell off but instead, it was never originally installed. Another design flaw that several owners described was a leak on the right side of the machine. The leak represents careless assembly in the factory. So, it may not be a good brand to begin with.
A different medium capacity ice maker is the Ivation (Ivation IVAICEM25NC Countertop Ice Maker). It can make up to 26.5 pounds per day. The first 9 cubes were made in 7 to 9 minutes of turning it on. One owner put their ice maker on the floor in a convenient spot, out of the way rather than on a countertop. It seemed a convenient location with the size being only 12” x 5” with 11 inches in depth. It can also store up to 2 pounds in the ice cube basket. However, if you don’t empty it periodically, the ice does melt. It is not a freezer in of itself. You have to be willing to empty the basket.
Last, is the Della 048-GM-48186 Portable Ice Maker model. It is a much larger sized model than the Luma or Ivation models. It only makes 26 pounds per day much like the Avalon and the Igloo. However, this is the better model between the three smaller capacity ice makers. One owner had stated that when they took the ice maker out of the box, it wasn’t working and so they emailed the company and received the second ice maker machine within three days. They don’t make a white colored version of this model, however. For some reason, the red is priced somewhat cheaper even though they are the same in every other way.
Depending on what you want, the capacity size, type of ice cubes, how quickly the cubes are made, expectations of customer service, and so on are all factors to help you as you decide on which model you like the best. I have a couple of options but now need to look at price differences. There’s also financial constraints to consider!