Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 119
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kelly Awesome Little Machine
Can't say enough good things about this ice maker. Have had it for over a month now. Own a small restaurant and have needed to buy ice by the bag at great cost. Since the day I received it, this little wonder has been cranking out ice at an amazing rate. Now we need another freezer. It is compact, efficient and quiet (for an ice maker) I don't understand the problem that some have, all you need to do is follow the directions and use good water and soon you will have more great tasting ice than you know what to do with. At the rate is is going it will more than pay for itself in another couple of months. I highly recommend this machine for anyone that needs a lot of ice.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 This product works
I decided to try this unit after reading the online reviews and doing online research comparing the user reviews and ratings services. Its only been about a month or so of daily icemaking but it is chugging right along. I make several batches each day and freeze the cubes in gallon plastic storage bags. One or two solid whack on the 2" wooden cutting board separates the cubes for putting into refrigerator/freezer ice tray for serving. I had previously brought from a different manufacturer but the item was malfunctioning on arrival and refused to make ice cubes. Decided to try this unit - it is meeting or exceeding my expectations so far.
February 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by IceLover Pretty good for ice chewers
I read a lot of the other reviews before purchasing this ice maker. I'm an avid ice chewer, going through about a 10 pound bag a week. This ice maker has been great so far. It makes the ice really quickly and it's softly frozen. If you want harder ice, just stick it in the freezer. I read one review that said the ice tasted "plasticky". Clean the ice maker as directed, fill it with water and then add a little lemon to the first couple of batches. After that, you'll have perfect ice.
August 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark outstanding!
I love this thing! I let the first few batches of ice go back into the water so it cools the water prior to freezing making the ice even more dense and last longer in the tray. I have my own home bar where I have a good amount of friends come and drink and the machine keeps up with the demand it's great!
April 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tracy Great Office Purchase
I purchased this a few weeks ago for our office of about 30 people, we had a smaller ice maker that never made enough ice, so when it died we were very happy to be able to upgrade. The first few batches tasted plastic-ey, so I threw them out, but its been fine since then. The only issue (which I knew b/c of our other machine) is that the machine doesn't keep the ice cold, it just sits there and if you don't use it quick enough it melts, at home you would bag it in and put it in a freezer, but we don't have a freezer in the office. I have it on the counter top plugged in 24/7 and it makes ice as needed. Its not a big deal, but its a nice perk to have in the office, everyone seems to be very pleased with the upgrade! I recommend this..also, I read about people talking about the noise, it may be a little loud in a home environment, but no one seems to notice it here at work.
October 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sandbocks Wish I had this a long time ago!
Makes ice as promised about every 7 minutes on average.
Looks great in my kitchen.
It keeps me and my wife in ice and we have never run out even when we dump it a clean it - it recovers fairly quickly.
I think four or more people at a social gathering would keep it busy but you can bag up the ice and keep it in the freezer if you plan ahead.
I think it would be very helpful at a camp ground if you have water and electric hook ups.
October 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Karen Magic Chef 30 lb Ice Maker
Just right size for table behind bar. A little noise when the cubes drop but not an annoyance. Ideal for quick ice for the champagne bucket! It's an asset for our outdoor kitchen & bar...and can be moved anywhere easily. The price is far below its competitors. I like the little window too.
July 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Billandfamily Some Details and Our Experience with the Ice Maker
A tray in the top back holds the water that will be frozen. Metal probes hang down in the tray of water and get very cold. The water freezes around the probes making the ice. When it's time, the tray turns over and the ice and remainig water dump into the collection basket at the front of the ice maker (where you can see thru the window on top). The basket has lots of small holes that allow the water to drain into the water storage area below the basket, leaving the ice in the basket. The ice maker draws water up into the back tray from the storage area below the basket, and so goes the process....
It makes three sizes of ice, based on how long the probes cool the water. It makes the ice quickly, as advertised. I did not notice an unusual taste to the ice - I did however discard the first batch of ice, but none since, even after not making ice for a few days. The ice has a great design - hollow in the middle (where the probes were) for maximum surface contact wiith the liquid you are trying to cool.
Because the ice is made in a water bath, when it is finished it is at 32 F. The ice is therefore "wet". The ice maker does not cool the basket that holds the ice, so you can't leave the ice there for very long or it will melt. You can, however, just let it melt, the water will drip thru the basket into the water storage area, and the ice will be remade.
We use the Magic Chef ice maker as a supplement to our freezer ice maker. When the ice is transferred to the freezer it sticks together (and to the other ice in the freezer) when the freezer further cools it. So we have to "ice pick" the ice to break it up.
If you've opened the freezer to fill your cup with ice but instead find only fragments, or if you've got a group coming over and the demand for ice will be greater than usual, this is the "toy" for you. We are pleased overall, and would recommend this product.
June 29, 2009