Living in a climate with tropical weather is great. There is no need for a seasonal wardrobe change, the sun shines warmly, the rains are refreshing, seasonal depression is not common, and it is always summer. The only drawback is the humidity and with it, the heat.
Summer can be summed up into three images: sunglasses, sun, and a tall glass of lemonade with ice. It is your best friend when it is hot outside and cold water is not enough.
It can be made in the freezer, but with all the things that’s already in there – ice-cream, meats, and other perishables – not only is there no room for the amount you need, but it will it take a long time to make. Water has to be in the freezer more or less overnight before it hardens . Who has the time?
A solution to this is the ice-maker. It will free up precious freezer space, save you from having to run to the nearest convenience store to buy bags of ice, and allows you to make it quickly and efficiently.
Our Top Quiet Ice Makers
Dimensions: 13.5” x 12” x 9.5”
Weight: 20.9 lbs
This gadget can make up to 26 pounds of ice per day or in a 24 hour period. It can also make nine cubes per cycle, which is about nine minutes long.
A great thing about this stainless steel ice maker is that it recycles water. So, once it melts, the goes down a drain into a reservoir and the machine just hardens what water is down there. It is not a new and engaging feature, but the drain is very helpful and cost-effective.
It has energy efficiency, too, running on only 120 watts with a quiet cooling feature and it can be put on display on the counter.
Set up is simple, but it has to be warmed up for at least 24 hours. So, this is definitely not something you purchase last minute for the summer barbeque you planned, nht forgot about it. Another thing worth to note is the first batch of ice is the proof or test batch. After that, the ice gets better.
Despite the fact it can create 26 pounds a day, it only has a 2.2 litre capacity. So, halfway through you’ll need to add water again. Refilling cannot be avoided .
It is relatively quiet, but at the end of each cycle it sends signal, which, depending on the situation, can be either helpful or distracting. If hosting a party, then this feature is helpful in reminding the host about the ice. If trying to nap at home, it might not be ideal.
- Easy to control
- No installation required
- Prevents overflow
- Not quiet all the time
- Refilling required
- Needs 24 hours to warm up
Dimensions: 14” x 9.8” x 13”
Weight: 20 lbs
Planning on a long summer road trip with friends and family? This portable ice maker is the key to a cool, summer vacation. It size is petite enough to fit in an RV, boat, or small kitchen counter.
It may be compact, but it can produce 26 pounds of ice per day and rather quickly, too. A bullet sized ice-cube, along with eight others, will be produced in six minutes. No need to wait overnight to get cool.
A tray can store up to 1.5 pounds of ice at one time.
It is a pretty easy ice-maker. No need for installation – just find a socket and plug it in! The control panel allows you to turn the machine on and off and it lets you choose your ice size.
Monitoring levels are simple enough thanks to the see-through window on the lid. It also features LED lights that indicate when the basket is full or when you need to add more water.
As for noise, the fan and condenser are reportedly quite and the real noise only comes from the falling ice at the end of each cycle. Apart from that, however, it is relatively silent.
- Fast cycles
- Reasonably priced
- Efficient and reliable
- Only one ice cube size
- Uses a lot of energy
Dimensions: 9.5” x 14” x 12.9”
Weight: 17.5 lbs
Another rather portable, stainless steel ice maker that comes with a high-power compressor, nine corrosion resistant condensers, and a R134a refrigerator. The tank also holds up to 2.2L of water.
This ice maker can produce nine ice cubes per batch, which lasts about eight minutes (but according to the product listing on Amazon, 6-13 minutes). It produces 26.5 pounds of ice per day or 24 hours.
It also indicates when the ice needs to be taken out, which is when the basket is full and when one needs add more water. However, monitoring the ice can be done through the transparent window.
Ever watch in horror as someone uses their hands to get some ice for their drink? Yikes! Luckily, this ice maker also with a scoop to remove it from the tray. Not only will you avoid faffing about, looking for a spoon to retrieve the ice, but it gives surety that the rest will remain clean.
It is low noise, easy to clean, and it ELT certified.
The Edison Laboratory Testing, or ELT for short, certification indicates that the device is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards.
- Simple to operate
- ELT certification
Customer service reportedly not good
Dimensions: 12.9” x 9.5” x 14
Weight: 19.3 lbs
Anyone like to chew on ice? This powerful ice maker creates beautiful, medium to small, bullet shaped, chewable ice in six to eight minutes. The small cylindrical shape is a perfect fit for water bottle openings and the medium sized one for mixed drinks and the like.
It can make a whopping 1.5lbs of ice at a time and 26lbs a day. Its water reserve is 2.2 liters.
It is designed with a water reservoir that sits at the bottom of the ice basket that reuses melted ice to make more. Warning LED lights are there to indicate when the water needs to be refilled when the basket is full. Additionally, it automatically shuts off.
It also comes with a scoop and is ELT certified.
- Warning lights
- If not properly maintained, it will not last
Dimensions: 28” x 26” x 38.5”
Weight: 153 lbs
This machine makes a serious amount of ice. It can garner up to 10lbs of ice at a time and a whopping 304lbs per day. That is a lot of ice! There is enough to share.
Proper installation and maintenance is key, since a few users have had trouble with theirs. However, the overall feedback is very good.
It fills up the bin pretty quickly and is also rather silent. This is a great investment for establishments that will need a lots of ice, from bar parties to church activities. Reportedly, it makes 64 ice cubes in six to eight minutes.
It can be left freestanding or built in to a wall.
A push control panel displays universally recognizable symbols that indicate whether the machine is on, the bin is full, a clean cycle is in progress, and service is needed. It also comes with a delay button that is ideal for establishments that are only open for certain periods of the day.
- Delay button
Dimensions: 15.5” x 10.5 “ 17.2 “
Weight: 44 lbs
This is another small ice maker with an elegant design. It creates little pellets of ice within 20 minutes. It makes ice at a rate of one pound per hour, so 24 pounds of ice in 24 hours. The bin holds about 3 pounds at a time, but luckily it is senses when the bin is full and ice production ceases.
A drawback to this machine is that it does not keep the ice cold. However, it recycles the melted ice, which is caught in the reservoir, and continues to make ice.
A unique feature of this ice machine is it is equipped with Bluetooth. A schedule can be created for ice making convenience from your phone with the free FirstBuild app.
No need for professional installing, since it can be plugged into any 120v electrical outlet and fill the reservoir of water.
A key to remember is to use potable water, with 12gpg or less of mineral hardness. This is not just a health precaution, but also a maintenance issue. More minerals can build up in the ice machine and damage it.
- Easy installing
- Restaurant quality ice
- Bluetooth activated
- Gourmet ice
- Ice melts
- Mixed online reviews
Dimensions:23.6” x 14.6” x 32.8”
Weight: 84 lbs
For more heavy duty jobs, a bigger ice maker is required. This one in particular makes 50lbs of ice every day. However, it can only hold half – 25lbs – at a time.
Water needs to be filtered ahead of time for this ice maker to increase units longevity. The water supply connection should be properly installed, so it requires a professional plumber.
It can either be built-in to the wall or be left freestanding.
Common user complaint is that the ice sticks together. So, while this unit does come with its own ice scooper you will still need to purchase another one and preferably a stainless steel one, at that.
Now, on the topic of quiet, this is an issue. While for a business it can be considered quiet, for residential use it is not. One amazon review reports that they have taken to switching the machine off during meal times or when they have guests over.
- Holds a good amount of ice
- Easy professional installation
- Well built
- Manually break apart the ice
- Not as quiet as advertised
1. Water Filter
Filtered water is important when using these ice makers and not all of them have a built in filter. So, what is so important about this process?
Water filtration is a process important to ensure that water is potable. This is usually done through a biological process, a chemical process, or a physical barrier. It removes impurities such as bacteria, viruses, minerals, and the like.
Ever notice a hard white film encompassing your shower head, faucet, or even some kitchen appliances? That’s what we call limescale buildup. It’s mostly calcium carbonate and it is not good for your appliances.
It can cause degradation and corrosion and this is why it is important that a water filter is used. Ice machines are not cheap, so it’s best to take care of them. Keeping limescale from building up is part of preventive maintenance.
2. Ice Quality
There are two main ones: clear and cloudy. The normal ice majority make at home is usually cloudy. This is again due to the minerals either present or absent in the water.
Aside from appearance, another key difference is the speed in which the melt. Clear ice melts at a slower rate and there keeps your drink flavourful.
3. Type of Ice
Aesthetic is definitely not the most important thing to consider, but ice shape is helpful for visuals and use. In allowing someone to choose the kind of ice they need.
Traditional looking ice cubes look great in any old glass or mug. However, they can be too bulky for some openings.
Bullet shaped ice is small and ideal for those who carry around H2O bottles. The shape allows it to easily slip through the narrow opening.
Ice pellets or nuggets is another fun and attractive shape some machines produce; ideal for smoothies or shakes and for those with an ice chewing habit. Additionally, they look really great in a glass.
It’s always good to consider the space where this additional kitchen application will go. There are those ideal for freestanding or built into the way. There are under counter and countertop options.
Ice capacity usually indicates how large the ice maker will be. Smaller, portable ice makers are usually countertop.
5. Ice Production
Not every household is going to need to make 26 pounds of ice per day. That can be excessive for a family of five. However, some establishments will most likely need a lot more ice than that.
As a general rule, the size of the ice maker is directly proportional to the amount of ice it makes per day.
So, for parties or road trips, one that can be placed on a countertop is alright. If the ice maker needs to make an increased amount of ice, like for big events like parties or bars, the freestanding one is usually the more ideal.
6. Freestanding vs. Built-in
A few built-in ice makers are designed to fit into different grooves and walls of the kitchen, instead of simply being kept under a counter,
Freestanding makers typically have front ventilation and finished sides. Some have reversible doors, castors and leveling legs.
Both are fine and no installment surpasses the other, but it goes down to preference and living space.
Key to Remember
Maintenance is very important. This is what separates the machines that have lasted for years upon years and those that were quick to give up the ghost.
Make sure that water quality is up to standard when making the ice cubes. Don’t skimp out, because if the instructions were that it should be filtered prior to putting it in the machine then there is a purpose. Minerals left unfiltered can ruin these expensive pieces of equipment. So, keep a water filter near by.
The Ice Maker for You
The ice maker most likely to make the customer the happiest is the one that will meet the customer’s needs. How will the ice maker be used and how frequently? Who will be using the ice maker? It does not matter how good the rating is if it is not what you need.
Here are a few more breakdowns to help choose which one is best suited for you.
Obviously, countertop ice makers are the makers you’ll want to choose for home use. They might have even been created with that particular need in mind. These ice makers pack a punch without taking up too much space or burning holes in the customer’s pocket
The Vremi Countertop Ice Maker is a particularly good choice for this because it only has a 2.2 liter reservoir capacity. This is a probable con for parties or outdoor large family barbecues, but for every day use not too bad. It will easily fit in your kitchen counter, too,
It is energy efficient, too, which is ideal. Households usually won’t want to purchase something if only for convenience especially if it wracks up on the bills.
There is also the water recycling aspect. It sadly does not keep the it cold, so it returns to its natural state of liquid . A drain pools it into the reservoir and gets cooled back into ice.
Now, this is more for fancy home use, but the Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker
markets itself to producing the ‘best ice.’ To give the that claim credit, it does produce an extremely attractive version of the ice cube.
This essentially makes crushed ice (otherwise known as ice pellets or nugget ice). This is better for smoothing, drinks, and for chewing.
Chewing? Well, if there is an anemic person in the household, they might crave chewing ice. The phenomenon is called pica, although not limited to ice. Pellet ice is also helpful for women in labor, since some of them look for ice to chew.
Whether it is a trip to the beach, camping in the forests, or a cross country road trip, everyone will need ice at some point, especially if this is done in extremely hot weather. So, something compact is typically what will be looked for in an ice maker.
The Della Electronic Ice Maker is the one for you. All that is needed for this maker to work is to plug it in to a power socket. Now, this seems a little odd when camping. Who has a socket in the middle of the forest or even on a beach?
There these extension wires that can draw power from a car – think car charger port. With this method, ice can be made en route to the destination and then simply transferred into an ice bucket. However, this concept is probably best for RVs and boats.
A dandy thing about this is that its tray can store to a pound and a half of ice at a time.
For wedding receptions held at the couples’ backyard or small children’s birthday parties or even just a small family reunion, an ice maker can be really helpful in keeping everyone’s drinks and heads cool. However, as a busy host, there is just not enough time to keep checking on how the ice is doing. So, a unit that signals for attention is bliss.
hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker has exactly that. It uses the power of LED lights to signal when water needs to be refilled or when the basket is too full. It also automatically switches itself off, so there is no fear of overflow.
Costway Countertop Ice Maker also has an indicate mechanism when the same instances are encountered, It additionally has a transparent window on the cover so someone can check the ice.
It comes with its own scoop so you can choose which piece of ice out of the basket. Keeps people from using their hands.
The Vremi Countertop Ice Maker also sends a signal at the end of each cycle.
While a countertop ice maker can be used for bars or restaurants, they may not be able to keep up with the high demand of much bigger establishments. This is where undercounter ice makers take center stage.
These machines can be either left freestanding or be built into the wall to save space. However, either way, they are big.
SPT IM-600 US Stainless Steel Ice Maker and Manitowoc UDF0140A NEO Air Cooled Undercounter Ice Machine are both good quality units that can make more than its fair share.
The former can make up to 50 pounds of ice within a 24 hour period, but can only hold half of it at a time. Ice formed tends to stick to each other, so they will need to be broken apart before use.
The latter is excellent for big clubs or a Christmas Soup Kitchen, since it can reportedly make 304 lbs of ice per day. In one cycle it can make up to 64 ice cubes. If that is not impressive, then I don’t know what is, especially when using the fridge, the ice cube did not taste the best.
A unique feature is its delay button. So, if an establishment was only open in the evenings, then this program allows the user to delay or schedule ice production to the time it will be used.
Our Top Pick
This is going to be divided into two. Best under counter and best over counter ice maker.
The best over counter quiet ice maker is the Vremi Countertop Ice Maker . Its stainless steel design makes it elegant and easy to clean. It is cost effective, efficient, quick, and fairly price. It is quiet, asides from the ice falling. Truly an excellent ice maker.
The best undercounter quiet ice maker is Manitowoc UDF0140A NEO Air Cooled Undercounter Ice Machine . It has such a high output it is hard to consider anyone else’s ice maker. The control panel is easy to understand and it is not sore on the eyes.
The rating would have been higher if not for the price. However, you get bank for your buck with that one.
Those were the our top picks for quiet ice makers this year.