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If you entertain often or you have a large family, chances are your ice maker is constantly playing catch-up. The ice maker that’s built into your refrigerator was likely designed to be compact to maximize freezer space. Although an easy, affordable fix is to invest in some ice cube trays, they’re messy and are a pain to refill. We researched and compared a dozen different portable ice makers to ensure you will always have ice on hand.
An ice maker should be quick, efficient, and easy to use. The Igloo portable ice maker ticks all those boxes and then some. It’s one of the most affordable and reliable ice makers on the market. It produces fresh ice in 7 to 10 minutes, depending what size cubes you want to make. At 14 inches deep, about 13 inches tall, and 9.5 inches wide, the ice maker is compact enough to fit on most countertops, and its rectangular shape and narrow build makes it easy to store or travel with. You can expect this model to produce 26 pounds of ice each day. It’s available in white, blue, or black.
This portable ice maker is the perfect accessory for your home bar or rec room. We’re huge fans of its stainless-steel exterior, which makes it look much more premium than other options. This AGLUCKY model makes 26 pounds of ice each day. It includes an ice basket and scoop and will produce nine cubes of ice in under eight minutes. Its compact design makes it portable and easy to travel with. Operation is incredibly simple and indicator lights will let you know when to add more water. You even have the option to make small or large ice cubes.
Best for Multiple Cube Sizes
No need to settle for ice cubes that are too big (or too small) for your drink. Use this ice cube maker's size-selection function to choose what you like. The smallest size will even fit in small water bottle openings. This portable ice maker produces and dispenses ice at a rate of up to 35 pounds in a day. Plus, its sleek platinum finish adds a sophisticated statement to your home.
Best for Cocktails
Don't settle for cloudy ice (the byproduct of impurities) — go for crystal-clear. This consumer favorite is known for producing harder and denser ice cubes that melt far slower than regular cloudy ice. This means they’ll chill your drink without affecting the taste. The ice maker features a digital control panel that’s easy to use and it’s worth mentioning that this model is on the faster side of producing cubes; it takes around 6 minutes to dispense its first batch.
BEST FOR A HIGH YIELD
The Euhomy ice maker is the perfect solution for folks who need a lot of ice, but don’t have the space for a commercial model. It outputs a cycle of ice cubes every 8 minutes, which means it produces around 26 pounds of ice cubes every 24 hours, which is twice as much as some other models
Best for Commercial Use
This premium ice cube maker is ideal for businesses or large gatherings. Whether you're looking for a freestanding or built-in model, this unit functions with either installation, producing up to 100 pounds of ice within 24 hours. Can't wait that long? It pops out nearly 45 ice cubes every 11 minutes, and it holds up to 33 pounds of ice. It’s worth mentioning that this unit is about 31 inches tall, so it likely won’t fit on a countertop with overhanging cabinets.
Brandon Carte has been the technology editor at BestProducts.com since 2017, where he's been covering the latest gadgets and scouring the internet for the greatest deals; His tech reporting has been featured on TopTenReviews.com and USA Today. When he's not researching washing machines or testing sleep headphones, you can find him at concerts, the gym, or the movies. He thinks smartphones are too big, prefers MP3s to Spotify, and misses his iPhone’s headphone jack.
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