Whether used for making an endless number of cocktails or filling up a large chest cooler to take to the beach, ice makers can help create a steady flow of ice cubes. Unlike the standard automatic ice maker featured inside refrigerators, these units can produce up to an impressive 235 lbs. of cubes in a 24 hour period, along with up to 45 lbs. of ice storage. Many models require a drainage system to move excess water out from the unit and down into a drain.
Ice makers can be installed to suit ergonomics needs and various kitchen layouts. Built-in ice makers make a great companion to other undercounter appliances such as beverage centers and wine coolers. For a custom look, some are panel ready to match cabinetry. A few are even approved for outdoor use so you can easily keep drinks chilled during backyard pool parties.
If you prefer more flexibility, freestanding ice makers can be placed practically anywhere. Most have field reversible doors that allow for both left and right hinge options. A few portable ice makers come equipped with a self-cleaning mode that rinses itself, so ice cubes are made as freshly clean and clear as possible.
Countertop ice makers can be placed on top of counters for easy accessibility, making some usable for everyone by meeting ADA compliant standards. Their compact configuration allows you to place and move them whenever needed. For instance, they can be placed in the kitchen for morning smoothies, then transported to the bar area for evening get togethers.
Ice makers can create various types of ice used for any occasion. Crescent cubes and gourmet cubes are slow-melting and allow liquids to easily flow over for less splash backs. The smaller and softer texture of nugget cubes are another way keeps beverage chilled longer and are easier to chew for those who like to munch on ice. The classic cube shaped ice, along with half cubes, are ideal for sodas and mixed drinks. Flake cubes can be used to preserve fresh meats and seafood, keep salad bowls chilled at potlucks, and even make snow cones.
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