Which commercial ice maker is best for home kitchens?

From bestreviews.com
By
Nancy Dunham
BestReviews

You can choose from standalone, portable or under-the-counter commercial ice maker models to fit your specific style and needs.

Many refrigerators have automatic ice makers. Yet large households and those who frequently entertain may find the demand for ice can't keep up with their freezer's output.

Commercial ice makers for the home come in an array of sizes and price ranges. You can select from basics to more elaborate models that produce your preferred style of cube.

What to know before you buy a commercial ice maker

Before you start shopping, think about how easily various types will integrate into your home and budget.

Space of your kitchen

An oversized ice maker will crowd your kitchen and prevent air circulation, so the machine may not work correctly.

Ice maker output

Fast and plentiful aren't always best. If you don't use ice at a rapid pace, though, it will just sit there, perhaps freezing into chunks.

Ice maker cost

Commercial ice makers for home kitchens generally range from about $100 up to more than $2,000. You want to think about other costs, too. Indeed, you'll pay extra for energy. It's likely intelligent to hire an installer. Again, drainage is also an issue with ice makers. Think through all the costs before you commit.

Commercial ice maker features

Most ice makers don't offer all the bells and whistles found in modern kitchen refrigerators.

Style

Under-the-counter ice makers are trendy choices, though there are standalone and portable units available.

Efficiency

Ice machines do require a fair amount of energy. If you're concerned about energy costs and the impact on the environment, shop for one that has a high energy rating.

Our ice maker picks

Best of the best

Danby 15" Undercounter Ice Maker: Available at Wayfair

Our take: It's sleek, slim, produces up to 32 pounds of ice daily, and stores up to 25 pounds.

What we like: The removal ice bucket and built-in drain pump make cleaning easy.

What we dislike: Although it's billed as producing three shapes of ice, the manufacturer said the cubes are the same.

Best bang for your buck

Euhomy Ice Maker Machine Countertop: Available at Amazon

Our take: This countertop ice maker is affordable, quiet, makes different cube shapes, and produces up to 26 pounds of ice daily.

What we like: It's energy-efficient and portable.

What we dislike: You need to monitor the temperature of the water you add, or the ice won't be the right consistency.

Best freestanding under counter ice maker

Costway Commercial Ice Machine: Available at Amazon

Our take: This compact ice maker produces 88 pounds of ice per day.

What we like:  Its features include automatic shut-off and a self-cleaning option.

What we dislike: It's loud.

Best energy efficiency ice maker

Manitowoc SM-50A: Available at Amazon

Our take: This attractive, easy-to-use ice maker produces up to 54 pounds of ice in 24 hours.

What we like: It saves up to 25% on energy and water use.

What we dislike: It's pricey.

The best outdoor ice maker

Scotsman CU50GA-1A: Available at Amazon

Our take: It's approved for outdoor use. It produces 65 pounds of ice daily and stores up to 26 pounds.

What we like: It has an easy-to-use control panel.

What we dislike: It's cumbersome and requires professional plumbing installation.

Best for large ice production

DUURA DI50 60Lb Premium Energy Star: Available at Amazon

Our Take: It produces 65 pounds of ice daily and can work in freestanding or built-in environments.

What we like: It has a reversible door and is energy efficient.

What we dislike: It's not a freezer, so a drain is needed.

Best for wow factor

Opal Countertop Ice Maker: Available at Amazon

Our Take: This ice maker is sized to fit just about anywhere. It produces up to 24 pounds of ice each day and stores 3 pounds.

What we like: Bluetooth technology and a clear front to show the ice.

What we dislike: No ice storage monitor.

Best for large quantities

Smad Commercial Ice Maker Machine: Available at Amazon

Our take: It produces up to 99 pounds of ice, stores 33 pounds, and has an LCD screen.

What we like: The self-cleaning function and its standalone and under-counter versatility.

What we dislike: Some question its output.

Best with water dispenser

Frigidaire EFIC227-SILVER: Available at Amazon

Our Take: This ice/water dispenser is compact enough to fit almost anywhere. Its design eliminates the need to touch the ice.

What we like: It produces up to 26 pounds of ice per day.

What we dislike: It's loud.

Best for a trendy ice maker experience

Frigidaire EFIC102-RED Compact: Available at Amazon

Our Take: This funky-looking ice maker has a see-through design.

What we like: It makes up to 26 pounds of ice in two different sizes

What we dislike: Some have questioned the machine's durability.

Best ice maker with ice shaver

SYCEES 2 in 1 Ice Maker & Shaver Machine Countertop: Available at Amazon

Our Take: This space- and energy-saving multi-functional machine may be the only one to shave ice.

What we like: It makes up to 48 pounds of ice daily.

What we dislike: No ice storage.

Best built-in or freestanding ice maker

Whynter UIM-155: Available at Amazon

Our Take: This sleek, built-in unit can work as a freestanding model.

What we like: It produces 12 pounds of crescent-shaped ice daily. It stores 6 pounds of ice.

What we dislike: It's noisy.
 

Nancy Dunham is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money

BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. BestReviews and its newspaper partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links.

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.