Portable ice makers are extremely convenient for carrying from place to place.
Requiring only an electrical outlet and manual water refilling, portable freezers are perfect for making ice cubes in minutes while on the go.
There are mainly two types: domestic and commercial ice maker dispensers. In this review we look at residential models.
Determine your budget before starting your search for an ice maker. Once you know what you want to spend you can search through the local and online retailers for ice maker prices and make a list of best sellers. Also look at consumer ratings to get the best deals.
The Sunpentown IM-101 is an ice maker that can produce 35 pounds of ice cubes per day. Its dimensions are 17.1 x 15 x 17 inches and weighs 46 pounds, while its reservoir can carry 1.2 gallons of water. The unit can produce about 12 ice cubes in 10 minutes and can make three different cube sizes.
The machine is eco-friendly thanks to a CFC-free compressor that is highly efficient in freezing water quickly. Self-contained, it does not require any installation, runs on an 115V electrical outlet and is ideal for rooms, boats and bars.
However, on the downsides, some users have complained that the unit quit working within 48 hours or lasts less than a year. Some users have also had the label fall off the control panel. It also doesn't have a water line attachment.
The Sunpentown portable ice maker costs about $350.
Play and Freeze is a portable ice cream freezer and is ideal for picnics, camping trips and barbecues. Available in a range of colors, like pink, orange, red, and more, it makes ice cream super fast. You just have to add ice cream mix through one end and ice and rock salt through the other end. Roll and shake the freezer for 10 minutes and you'll get rich creamy ice cream.
Made from advanced, durable materials, this mini freezer is very light, easy to clean and portable. You can use a mix made of vanilla, cream and sugar, or can try adventurous flavors to whip up your concoction. Weighing only two pounds, the ice cream freezer requires manual labor and can prepare up to a pint of ice cream at a time.
Users find the two-cup capacity is too low for medium to large parties. The opening of the device is too small for large ice cubes and some users have complained that the ice cream created is not thick enough.
As with anything, make sure to buy compact freezers from reputable brands with a minimum one-year warranty.
While ice makers have definite advantages there are some drawbacks, one of which being the common plastic taste in the ice. To remove it just follow these simple steps.
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