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Best Ice Makers for Your Kitchen

Freezer Ice Makers

Many new refrigerators come equipped with an automatic ice maker as a standard feature, but some of them don’t have one.

Can be installed into most top-mounted and side-by-side refrigerators

Most ice makers produce around 5 – 8 trays of ice per day

A simple trip-lever mechanism activates the ice maker and spurs production

Crushed ice cools beverages more quickly

Check with dealer or manufacturer to make sure that you’re getting the right model for your refrigerator


Ideal solution for larger families where a standard refrigerator ice maker cannot keep up with the demand.

Under-counter units are capable of producing and storing up to 25 pounds of ice per day

Look for under-counter units that don’t require a drain for greater convenience

Larger home units can produce up to 50 pounds of ice per day

Some units let you choose between installing as built-in or freestanding

Commercial ice makers are usually air-cooled, water-cooled or remote air-cooled

Commercial units may be noisy


A portable ice maker may be a better option than a cooler if you need ice for an outdoor activity. It can generate ice on the spot in a short period of time.

Some units can generate up to 29 pounds of ice per day

Some models can create different sizes of ice cubes

An insulated storage compartment will help keep ice cold

Look for an easy-to-remove basket to make getting ice out easier

Ice Maker Designs
Built-In & Freestanding Ice Makers
Commercial Ice Makers
Portable Ice Makers
Description May be installed into either top-mount or side-by-side refrigerators. May stand alone or be installed underneath a counter. May be used anywhere within reach of a plug.
Other Considerations Easy to install Clean out ice bin periodically to remove old, stale ice Under-counter units with storage space provide extra versatility Ideal for backyard barbecues or parties
Installation Considerations

Automatic ice makers can be installed into a refrigerator in a few hours without too much hassle or expense.

Supply tubing, compression fittings and wrenches will be needed for installation

Ice maker kits may or may not include supply tubing and compression fittings

Plastic supply lines are easier to install than copper lines

Use a standard T-fitting and shutoff valve if you’re not able to use a saddle valve

Freestanding ice makers may take up a lot of room and can be noisy


Filter. Ensures that pure, clean water is used to make ice cubes.

Self-Cleaning. Automatically empties the ice bin and cycles a cleaning solution through the unit.

Stainless-Steel Construction. Freestanding units made from stainless steel provide long-lasting dependability.