Best Ice Maker for your Party or Event | Buyer’s Guide for 2017

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We all know how fast we go through ice especially during the summer months.

So, what to expect and is this the right thing for you?

Sometimes we might need some extra ice production boost especially if there’s going to be a party or a family meeting. Choosing the best ice maker is not vital to your party but it is strongly encouraged! I’m saying this because you don’t only need some deliciously prepared food and / or snacks but good and chilled drinks too!

Instead of going to buy or waiting for ice from the refrigerator, you can get yourself one of those little machines. Most of them are not that expensive, they are good option if you want to enjoy cold drinks at your parties.

Most of the models are really simple and straight forward. There’s barely any installation required if any at all.

First things first this is not a refrigerator and after a while the ice will melt if not used in time. Usually this means that the water will just go back to the reservoir and be used again. If left for a while the ice will be wet and if placed in the fridge it will probably stick together.

When you fill the machine and start it it will be producing ice on a fairly consistent basis that you can scoop it up and use it immediately. They usually produce from 1 to 3 different sized cubes and while working there is sound but it is not too loud.

This is what we found out about some of the top products on the market today in 2017.

Best Portable Electric Ice Maker – by Gourmia

This one from Gourmia has a really good design and it can fit nicely in the kitchen. It has fast freezing, it can give you 9 ice cubes in a fairly good timing.

It comes with 3 different ice cube sizes, 3 quart water tank (which stands out from the rest) but is still really compact. It also has a refill alarm indicating if the unit is low on water. It comes with auto start and stop function. It also has clock and a timer. It comes scoop and removable bucket.

Some of the really handy features are that you can set it on a timer so you don’t need to worry all the time and the auto-clean feature.

STORAGE: 2 lbs of ice

OUTPUT: 26 lbs / day

CUBE SIZES: 3

TIME UNTIL FIRST BATCH: around 8 mins

It is a good choice, for small parties as it is quite small and easy to take. The ice will melt if left unused but the it will just go back and be used for the next batch of fresh ice when you need it so nothing is wasted.

PROS:

  • Easy to use
  • Clean and neat design
  • Good capacity
  • Timer and auto-shut off  features

CONS:

  • The ice will melt after a while

 

Counter Top Ice Maker – By Igloo

This portable stainless steel model is another good choice. Its price is good, and it comes with many good features. It is another good model in a good price range. Compared to the first one this has a better capacity and over all the same productivity and specs.

STORAGE: 2.2 lbs of ice

OUTPUT: 26 lbs / day

CUBE SIZES: 3

TIME UNTIL FIRST BATCH: around 8 mins

This one is small enough to be portable and take it somewhere with you if you want and it is easy to use.

It is not refrigerating model so the ice will melt if not used or transferred to a refrigerator in a timely manner. If the ice basket if full, the machine will go into sleeping mode. The place that you keep the ice is just insulated, it will keep the ice cold for a while. In time the ice will melt, so the machine will start again and replace it.

It is good for parties just start it few hours before the part and will have plenty of ice.

PROS:

  • Works as expected
  • Delivers ice fast
  • Better storage capacity
  • Cleaning it is nice and easy

CONS:

  • The ice will melt after a while

 

Ice Maker – by RCA

This little red fellow here product because it manages to offer good performance on a decent price.

Okay so besides the color the other things that will catch your attentions arr that is the build quality is good and sturdy. It is small enough to be fairly portable and bring it to where you need it in a pinch.

STORAGE: 1.5 lbs of ice

OUTPUT: 26 lbs / day

ICE SIZES: 2

TIME UNTIL FIRST BATCH: around 8 mins

A good thing is that it works really fast all it takes is a couple of minutes and you’ll be having your first batch of ice cubes. The reservoir is definitely able to hold a lot more water than the allocated space for the ice cubes.  In a way this is to be expected of course because if you have the machine constantly running you want the cubes delivered ASAP and not constantly running for water refills. However, the ratio between the to storage compartments could seem a bit off.

A thing to keep in mind is that it doesn’t keep the ice frozen, which means you need to empty the tray.

PROS:

  • Works fast and efficiently
  • Good value
  • Easy to clean

CONS:

  • The Ice has to be used as it will melt
  • The storage compartment is somewhat small

 

Hamilton Beach – Portable Ice Maker

This model from Hamilton Beach is another good option. It is small, good looking and and in a the budget-friendly range.

It produces the first batch fairly quickly and it is good option for parties or meetings. It doesn’t keep the ice cubes cold, so you need to use them or keep them in a freezer.

STORAGE: 2 lbs of ice

OUTPUT: 25 lbs / day

TIME UNTIL FIRST BATCH: around 8 mins

It is really easy to use this machine because it is fairly straightforward it has lights that will indicate if it is full, or needs water etc.
The high quality materials are good and it seems sturdy enough to last some time, its compressor is good too.

PROS:

  • Works as promised
  • Easy to clean
  • Quiet

CONS:

  • The ice inside will melt if not used or refrigerated in time

 

Portable Ice Maker – By Avalon Bay

Okay so this good looking one is on the more expensive end of the spectrum. But let’s see what offers compared to the rest.

It is light it is around 20 lbs so it is fairly lightweight and portable. The good thing about those models is that they require no installation, you simply plug in add water and you are ready to go.

STORAGE: 1.5 lbs of ice

OUTPUT: 26 lbs / day

CUBE SIZES: 2

TIME UNTIL FIRST BATCH: around 8 mins

There are indicator lights to notify you if you have to add water or if the ice basket is full. It it easy to clean it and there’s drainage at the bottom and the basket is removable.

PROS:

  • Works as advised
  • Comes with a scoop
  • Easy to clean and use

CONS:

  • The Ice will melt if left in the bucket
  • Seems to be a bit noisier
  • On the expensive side