Are Ice Making Machines any Good

Updated May 2022

Ice cube makers are handy if you like to have BBQs, parties or like to have plenty of ice available for cold drinks. Most fridges/freezers come with small ice cube trays and you can of course make ice in these. It is however a slow process and the quantity of ice cubes is very small.

These may be OK for a few drinks but will never be enough for a party or if you are entertaining a few people. That is where an ice cube maker can solve that problem.

Ice making machines are very good at making ice. They can make different sizes of ice cubes. The time taken to make them is around 10 minutes and ice cube makers can also make larger batches of ice cubes over a longer period of time.

What are the top 5 portable ice makers?

Andrew James Ice Maker Machine - Best for Home Use

This is by quite a distance the biggest selling ice machine on the UK market and is available in black, silver or a red colour

This is a small compact ice machine with a 2.2 litre tank that can make ice cubes in around 10 minutes

It can make different sizes of ice cubes and is capable of making up to 12kg of ice in 24 hours

This machine does not need to be plumbed in and has a control panel that allows you to control the functions such as selecting the size of ice required and when to top up the water.

It also comes with an ice basket and ice scoop

This machine comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

NETTA Ice Maker Machine - Most Reliable

This is the highest buyer rated ice machine on the UK market and is available in black, stainless steel or a red colour

This is a small compact ice machine with a 1.8 litre tank that can make ice cubes in around 10 minutes

This machine has a 1.8 litre water tank and that allows you to make almost 2 kg of ice cubes when filled.

If topped up it can make up to 12 Kg of ice per day

It also comes with an ice basket and ice scoop

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

Euhomy Ice Maker Machine

This machine will make 24 ice cubes every 15-34 minutes depending on which thickness of cube you want

In a day it could make up to 22 Kg of ice cubes which is an impressive quantity

It has one of the biggest water tanks at 3.2 litres and uses an easy to understand digital display

It has a transparent window, a timer and an automatic cleaning function and comes with a 12 month warranty

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Igloo ICEB26HNSS Automatic Self-Cleaning Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker Machine

This machine will make 9 small or large cylinder shaped ice cubes in as little as 7 minutes

In a day it could make up to 26 lbs of ice cubes which is a large amount of ice

It has a 4 pint water tank

It has a carry handle, an can store up to 1.25 pounds of ice in the ice basket and also has a 5 cycle cleaning function

86% buyer satisfaction based on 800+ online buyer reviews

Fooing Ice Maker Machine

This machine is all about making ice quickly and in about 6 minutes

It can also make larger volumes of ice and around 15 Kg of ice cubes in a 24 hour period

This machine comes with a self clean feature

The control panel is easy to use with the usual features such as ice size, and top up water times

This machine holds up to 2 litres of water.

90% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews

Ice Cube Maker Buying Guide

We always like to provide a user guide as we think it helps a lot especially if you have never bought an ice maker machine before. There are a few important things to fully understand before parting with your hard earned cash, as these are not a cheap purchase.

Is it worth it to get an ice maker?

Ice cube makers are not cheap and have an average cost of around £130. Unless you have a genuine requirement for lots of ice then it's probably not best to spend that amount of money. Having a plentiful supply of ice though is a good idea if you have regular parties, BBQs, or like to have a regular supply of ice on hand.

Does an ice maker keep ice frozen?

An ice maker does not keep ice frozen. They are not freezers. Now when they make the ice it is of course frozen. At this stage it is best to take it out and use what you need and then store the rest in freezer bags in the freezer.

If you leave the cubes in the maker they will eventually turn into cold water. You can of course then re-use that water. We would always recommend getting the cubes into the maker as soon as they are made.

What is the life expectancy of an ice maker?

The life expectancy of an ice maker is on average 5 years assuming regular use. However, the life expectancy will vary depending on how often the maker gets used. If for example is is used regularly over the summer months and not in the winter months, then you could easily get 8-10 years out of it.

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About the author, Enda

I enjoy cooking and love using a whole variety of small kitchen appliances. On this website, I review many of the best kitchen gadgets that are fun to own, and even more fun to use.

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