Ice Makers

Ice Makers - Buying Guide

There several options of where you can install an automatic ice maker, but installing it in the refrigerator/freezer is usually the most convenient option for many people.

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
Design Description Points to consider


May be installed into either top-mount or side-by-side refrigerators.

  • Easy to install
  • Clean out ice bin periodically to remove old, stale ice


May stand alone or be installed underneath a counter.

  • Under-counter units with storage space provide extra versatility


May be used anywhere within reach of a plug.

  • Ideal for backyard barbecues or parties

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.