Best Portable Countertop Ice Makers – Buyer’s Guide

Best Rated Portable Ice Makers

Counter top ice makers are ideal for small kitchens, RVs, dorms and boats because they are a small enough appliance to fit on any counter.  They are also very convenient for events that require a steady stream of ice cubes such as parties and barbecues.

Portable ice makers require no installation.  All you have to do is plug in your ice maker, add some water and wait for the ice to be made.  Most appliances will produce their first batch of ice in 15minutes.

A typical counter top ice maker will produce 25-26 pounds of ice per day.

What to Look for in a Portable Ice Maker

1.   Choice of cube sizes:  Most ice makers offer 2-3 sizes of cubes

2.   Fast production of ice – 6 minutes

3.  Produces at least 25 pounds of ice per day

4.  See through windows for monitoring ice level

5.  Easy-Push Touch Buttons w/Intuitive Icons for Digital Control

6.  Low water level indicators tells you when water is needed

7.  Maximum ice capacity indicators tells you when the ice basket is full

8.  Weight:  Counter top ice makers can vary in weight from 18 to 38 pounds

9.  Price:  Price can vary from $84.99 to $229.99

10. Color:  Stainless Steel, White, Black or Red

11. Voltage:  110 or 120

Top 5 Brands

After extensive research, five counter top ice makers were chosen for review.  All ice cube makers had to have at least 4 out of 5 stars in customer review.  Brands with more customer reviews were given more weight than ones that had only a few reviews even if reviews were positive.

The details that differentiate these five counter top brands are weight, dimensions, ice cube sizes, color and price.  Only one model had the capacity to make more than 26 pounds of ice per day and that was the Ivation high capacity model.  See below.

Here are the top portable ice makers: Igloo, Ivation, Hamilton Beach, Avalon Bay and Magic Chef

Editor’s Pick

Igloo ICE103 Counter Top Ice Maker with Over-Sized Ice Bucket, Stainless Steel

Amazon’s best seller

Dimensions:  14” x 12” x 15”

Weight:  25.8 pounds

3 ice cube sizes

Large ice bucket holds 2.2 pounds of ice

Price:  $116.70

Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker

Dimensions:  11 x 14.8 x 14.7 inches

Weight:  21.2 pounds

Colors:  Black, red, silver

26 pounds of ice per day

Price:  $139 to $152.46 depending on color

Hamilton Beach Portable Ice Maker

Dimensions:  14.4” L x 10.5” H x13.5” W

Weight:  20 pounds

Self-cleaning function

Color:  red or black

Price:  $84.99 -$97 depending on color

Best Value

Magic Chef MCIM22ST 27 lb Ice Maker Stainless Steel

Dimensions:  9.5 x 14.1 x 12.9 in

Light Weight:  17.8 pounds

2 ice cube sizes

Price:  $164.59

Ivation Portable High Capacity Countertop Ice Maker

Dimensions:  14.2 x 14.2 x 11.7 inches

Weight:  22.1 pounds

3 ice cube sizes

Price:  $119.99

White color and compact

Ivation – Portable Ice Maker for Counterop – Sleek Tinted Clear Top Window Design

Dimensions:  16.4 x 15.6 x 11.9 inches

Weight:  20.4 pounds

2 cube sizes

Water recycling system: Unused ice melts back into the water reservoir and is turned into fresh ice during the next ice-making session

Unit shuts off automatically when the ice bucket is full

Ivation 48-Pound Daily Capacity Counter Top Ice Maker – Stainless Steel

Dimensions:  17 x 17.1 x 14.9 inches

Weight:  37.9 pounds

3 ice cube sizes

Super high capacity yields 48 pounds of ice per day!

Portable ice makers are ideal for small kitchens, RVs and boats.

Don't be caught without enough ice at your next gathering.


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