Portable Ice Machine Buying Tips - 3 Things You Need to Know

This begins my quest to find a really good portable ice cube machine maker gadget.  Here are some reviews, videos, etc that I've collected that really helped me - hope they help you, too. (note, I'm also looking for a good cooler, so you'll see links to that kind of info, too)

UPDATE:  I Picked a Portable Ice Machine!

I finally decided... yeah!

I read this awesome portable ice maker buying guide and it really helped me figure out which model was best for my needs. 

This is the one I got:

Are you thinking about buying a portable ice machine for your home-bar, RV, or outdoor bar-b-ques?

Or maybe your ice maker just doesn't cut it for the family.

Whatever your reason may be, the tips below can save you some headaches and possibly some money. Because no plumbing is required you can use these machines anywhere you have access to electricity (and water!). But with prices ranging from around $120.00 to over $300.00 you certainly want to be aware of some of the pros and cons before you invest.

Below I've listed 3 things to keep in mind. when comparing portable ice machines.

NewAir AI-100BK 28-Pound Portable Ice Maker, Black

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1. Size: When shopping for a portable ice machine one of the first things you'll see listed under the 'specs' will be the dimensions ( for example: 17" L x 15"D x 17"H). But what you'll never see mentioned ( until you open an owner's manual) is that most manufacturers recommend a 6" clearance for each set of air vents. On most models there are 2 sets of vents - one on a side and another on the back. These air vents keep the compressor from overheating.


2. Power: The power pulled by a portable ice machines varies from as little as 130 watts up to 400 watts. Usually this is listed in the 'specs' along with the 'Size', but not always. If the power usage isn't listed it's best to assume that it's on the high side.


3. Features: Some offer a hose connection ( then you don't have to fill the reservoir manually), some recycle the water into more ice (otherwise drainage is required), and some come with timers, just to mention a few of the extras offered on portable ice machines. But how will you actually use yours? By not buying features you won't really use you can save a considerable amount of money.  Source

DELLA© Portable Electric Ice Maker Machine Yield Up To 26 Pounds of Ice Daily - Silver

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