The Best Portable Ice Makers


Portable ice makers can be a useful tool when entertaining at home. While many models of refrigerators and freezers come with ice makers in them, they often do not produce enough ice to serve a large group. Rather than making many trips to the store to stock up on bagged ice, consider a portable ice maker that can provide a time- and money-saving ice solution. For those who entertain frequently, purchasing a portable ice maker can be a wise decision.

NewAir AI-100S Portable Ice Maker

  • The NewAir AI-100S Portable Ice Maker can produce 28 pounds of ice daily. It weighs 31 pounds and is 12 inches tall. It can make ice cubes in your choice of three sizes within 15 minutes. The NewAir AI-100S is designed to be used on a counter top, and because it does not need to be connected to a water source or drainage line, it can be taken out of your kitchen. Galt Technology rated the NewAir line of portable ice makers as the best residential ice makers.

Danby DIM 1524W Designer Ice N' Easy Portable Ice Maker

  • The Danby DIM 1524W Designer Ice N' Easy Portable Ice Maker weighs 51 pounds and is 17 inches tall. It can make up to 33 pounds of ice in 24 hours and features an LCD screen on the front. The Danby DIM 1524W can make its first batch of ice in less than 10 minutes and has several different cube sizes to choose from. It also has a delayed start feature that allows you to program it to produce ice up to 12 hours in advance. Galt Technology rated the Danby DIM 1524W as the best choice for homeowners looking for a compact ice maker.

SPT Ice Maker

  • The SPT Ice Maker is featured on the web site of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and can produce up to 35 pounds of ice each day. It offers three ice cube sizes and can produce ice cubes in 10 minutes or less. The SPT Ice Maker is 17 inches tall and can plug into a boat or an RV. It features a lift-out ice bin that makes it easier to get ice out of the machine. Galt Technology recommends the SPT Ice Maker on its web site.

Scotsman - DCE33 Residential Ice Machine

  • The Scotsman DCE33 Residential Ice Machine can produce up to 30 pounds of ice daily and has a 26-pound-capacity storage bin. One and a quarter feet tall, it and is designed to fit under a counter. The Scotsman DCE33 is available in white, black or stainless steel finishes. It has an automatic shut off mechanism and a removable door gasket. It features a pump that continually circulates water to provide clear, clean ice. Galt Technology recommends it on its web site.

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