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