Buying Guide

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

Freestanding

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

Portable

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

Features

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.