An ice maker is something you may not think you need, but you will soon come to appreciate when you own one. Whether ice is required for entertaining, filling chests for food transport, or just general beverage chilling at home, having this appliance around makes life easier.
Being able to produce a large quantity of ice without having to lug heavy bags of it from the grocery store or the service station makes owning an ice maker worth the consideration. More sanitary than public ice machines, an ice maker has one important job, to make ice whenever you need it.
These are our top three picks for in-home ice makers.
From the 1000 series, the U-Line UCLR1215S00B is a 15-in. ice maker that can be built-into cabinetry or left freestanding. It has the capacity to make 60 lbs. of cubed ice daily with storage for up to 30 lbs. of ice. At 34-in. tall and 23-in. deep, this ice maker fits easily into limited space, so you can produce ice even in a tiny kitchen. Four leveling legs that adjust independently provide a precise under counter fit.
The model features a digital touchpad control on the face of the unit, LED lighting, a white illuminated interior, reversible doors, and an alert indicator to signify when cleaning is needed. An easy clean process takes only 45 minutes, and a silent mode temporarily suspends ice production for three hours.
The doors are reversible, and a heavy-duty ice scoop comes with the unit.
The Whirlpool WUI75X15HZ is a 15-in. wide, 34-in. high, and 25-in. deep freestanding and built-in ice maker that can store up to 20 lbs. of ice. Cubed ice is retrieved using the included ice scoop.
Specialty features include:
● Fast Ice Mode which will produce a greater quantity of ice in a 24-hour period
● Clear Ice Technology for clean, clear ice cubes
● Automatic Defrost to limit downtime
● Door Ajar Alarm which sounds when the ice maker door is open for five minutes
● Water Filter Status Light to let you know when the water filter needs changing
Electronic touch controls are easy to use, and the doors are reversible.
Approved for outdoor use, the Scotsman SCN60PA1SS has a daily ice capacity of 80 lbs. per 24-hour period. Nugget shaped ice that is soft and chewable quickly absorbs the flavor of a beverage and is perfect for blended drinks.
Energy efficient, this ice machine uses 40% less energy and more than 50% less water than other stand-alone ice making appliances. The unit features a self-closing reversible door, a user-friendly control panel, and a lighted ice bin that holds up to 26 lbs. of ice. With a height of 33-in. and a depth of 25-in., the 15-in. Scotsman SCN60PA1SS virtually disappears when it is installed.
A built-in drain pump is available on this model.
Does an ice maker need a special water line?
In order to produce ice continually, an ice maker must have access to flowing water. A designated water line is the best way to achieve this.
What is the capacity of an ice maker?
The standard ice maker will produce about 60 to 70 lbs. of ice in a day's time. Most ice makers can store between 20 and 30 lbs. of ice.
Does an ice maker require a water filter?
An ice maker can operate without a water filter, however to ensure that ice is clear, pure, and fresh-tasting, you may want to invest in one that includes a water filter.