There are many different varieties of ice machine that you will come across. The first distinction to make is the size of your ice machine. Before we get to our review, we are going to be looking at the differences between the larger types of ice machine that you will come across. The two options are free standing ice machines and built-in ice machines.
We will start with free standing ice machines. These models are quite similar to mini-fridges and smaller ice boxes. Free standing ice machines are different from portable ice machines in that they are often larger and they require a connection to your home’s plumbing for a source of water to make ice.
Free standing ice machines often have the advantage that they can be used as freezers as well as ice machines since many of them are refrigerated. If you do not have any suitable cabinets in your home for ice machine installation, and you would like a larger model, you will find this type to be ideal.
The other option is a built-in ice maker. These models are meant to be installed directly into a cabinet, which requires an empty cabinet in your home of a suitable size. These have the advantage of not taking up as much space in your kitchen, which makes them suited for smaller kitchens.
Built-in ice makers will still have to be connected to a water source, so it is recommended that they are installed somewhere underneath your sink so that they can have a nearby connection to your pipes. Many larger ice machine models are capable of being used as both under counter models as well as free standing models.
Before moving on to our review, we are going to be looking at one of the more important aspects to search for in your ice machine.
The size of your ice machine is an important consideration for a large number of reasons. You will find that a smaller ice maker will be easier to fit into a cabinet because it will take up less space. It will also be easier to fit into a smaller kitchen since it will take up less space and be easier to fit into a more compact area.
Smaller ice machines will also have the advantage when it comes to portability. Especially models which are designed to be portable since they will not require a plumbing connection. These more portable models have a built-in reservoir for water which can be refilled which allows them to be used anywhere there is a power outlet.
The size of your ice maker will also have a bearing on how effective it is at making ice. Since a larger ice maker will have more room for the components which are needed to produce ice, you will find that it will be able to create ice faster since the cycles will be shorter.
A larger ice machine will also be able to store more ice before needing to be emptied out since there will be more space in the interior. Keep in mind that larger ice machines will typically cost more than smaller ones, so if you are on a limited budget, you will likely wish to opt for a smaller model.
- This ice maker is made out of stainless steel
- Features a versatile design which allows it to be used as a free standing or built-in model
- Features a maximum ice output of 12 pounds per day
- Can hold up to six pounds of ice before automatically shutting down
- Ice is produced in crescent form
- Includes a free ice scoop
This ice machine is manufactured by Sunpentown, a maker of a wide variety of home appliances, from personal hygiene fittings to refrigeration units and ice machines. This model is one of the more affordable built-in ice makers that you will come across.
This ice machine is one of the better choices you will come across if you are looking for a larger model which is still relatively affordable. It features a versatile design which can be employed in either a free standing role or an under counter role, depending on your kitchen layout and your needs.
It comes included with a 25-foot water hose which can connect to your plumbing system from most reasonable locations. The ice that this machine produces is of the crescent type, which is better suited for use with beverages than other applications.
This model features a reversible door which allows it to be placed in most cabinets, regardless of their position in your kitchen. This model is made out of stainless steel, which ensures that it is durable enough to be used for a long time without fear of it breaking down on you.
Other customers had quite a bit to say about this model of ice machine. Most customers were impressed by the low price point when compared to the excellent build quality. In this price range, it is rare to find ice makers that are sufficiently well-built to last you a good deal of time.
Of the few negative reviews we came across, most of them were directed at the volume of this machine when it produces ice. Unlike some of the other models you will find for higher prices, this ice maker can get annoying if it is operating at night.
As we have previously stated, you will find that this ice machine is well priced when compared to models of similar capabilities. While the design may be a bit basic, the excellent build quality makes it well suited for most applications when used at home. It is available for around 370 dollars.
If you are looking for a larger ice maker model which is more affordable than many of the other options on the market, you will find that this product is an ideal choice. We hope that you found this review helpful and informative, good luck with your purchase!