Ice makers come in many different shapes and sizes, and have many different specifications and features. Here is a guide about the most important things to look for when choosing your next icemaker for your kitchen or RV/Boat. As features in the list of Best icemakers of 2018.

What to look for when choosing an ice maker for your kitchen

Use: Where will you be using the ice maker? For everyday use in your kitchen, in your RV/Boat or at social gatherings like parties? Make sure the portability and capacity fits your need.

Capacity: Most smaller counter-top ice makers have a 1.5 lb capacity and will be enough for the “family” use every day. The larger and more expensive icemakers will have a 3lb or even 6lb container, and are better for parties and gatherings.

Costway Portable Compact Electric Ice Maker Machine Counter Top, Mini Cube 26lb of Ice Daily (Black)

This unit has a typical shape and 1.5lb capacity.

Decibel level: See how much noise the ice maker puts out by reading reviews. If the ice makers has cooling it will also make noise once cube production is complete.

Cooling: If you want to unit to keep cooling the icecubes after the capacity is reached, you need a machine with built-in cooling. Also check reviews for how much noise this cooling makes.

Alerts: Does the ice maker alert you? Typically the machine will let you know when the A) water level is low and B) when the full capacity is reached.

Glass lid: Units with a see-through top will allow people to monitor the ice production. It’s quite practical to be able to check up on the ice maker.

Scoop: Most icemaker comes with a plastic scoop, but check up on this if you don’t have one already.

Ice production time: The production time is “per batch” (typically 6-10 cubes) and the total production time to reach full capacity. Some units also specify how many pounds it produces in 24 hours. Most units produce a batch in 5-15 minutes and fill to capacity in 1-2 hours.

Bluetooth: A few ice makers will let you connect to the unit to monitor production. You connect via an app.

Ice shape: Check what kind of ice shapes does the unit produce? Most are “bullet shaped” or “half moon” ice cubes, a few will makes “chewy ice” which is ready for drinks.

Ice cube size: Some ice makers let’s you choose from 2 different ice cubes sizes. This is practical if you need a smaller ice cube size to put the ice directly into water bottles or other containers.


The Yongtong ice maker lets you choose the ice cube size and shows you important alerts

Design: It matters how the ice maker looks on your countertop. Make sure it fits your style:

Opal Nugget Ice Maker

The Opal nugget ice maker design is quite unique.

Customer service: Ice makers are known to break, since they have both cooling elements and many moving parts. Check reviews to learn about the responsiveness and friendliness of customer service.

Price: The more you pay, the better they get. No doubt about it. Still, the affordable ones comes with great reviews.

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