October 2021

Portable Ice Machines: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Ice Machine rankings posted by key online experts, as of October 2021.

At a glance - October 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Ice Machine
HealthyKitchen 101
The Strategist
Best Products
Simple Green Moms
The Foodellers
Gadgets Reviews
BestReviews
Travel + Leisure
Zaycon Foods
Advanced Mixology
1
- $150
Igloo ICEB26
5
6
3
5
2
-
3
1
-
5
2
- $130
HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop
-
-
-
1
4
1
4
-
2
-
3
- $230
Euhomy IM-F
3
-
5
-
3
-
-
3
-
6
4
- $140
Costway Mini EP22769
-
-
2
6
5
-
-
4
3
-
5
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Vremi VRM010636N
1
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
1
-
6
- $534
GE Profile Opal
-
1
6
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
7
- $228
Luma IM200SS
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
2
8
- $189
Igloo ICEB26HN
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
8
-
3
9
- $181
NewAir AI-100
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
5
9
10
- $127
Magic Chef MCIM22W
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
10
11
- $250
NewAir AI-215SS
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
7
12
- $112
Frigidaire EFIC108
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2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
13
- $93
Crownful IM2102
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
2
-
-
14
New * $148
Frigidaire ICE103
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
9
-
-
15
-1 $890
Opal Nugget
-
-
-
7
-
5
-
-
-
-

We ranked Igloo ICEB26 #1 in October 2021 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Igloo ICEB26 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
HealthyKitchen 101

Best Igloo Portable Ice Maker

Pros
Easy to use
Trusted brand
Stylish looks in various colors

Cons
Costs more than some models with higher specs

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The Strategist

Best compact ice machine

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Best Products

Best for Multiple Cube Sizes

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Simple Green Moms

Portable 26-Pound Automatic Ice Maker

Pros
Simple control panel is easy to understand.
Sleek high-end look without a high price tag.
26 pounds of ice per day meet most user needs.
One-year limited manufacturer warranty.

Cons
May take up to 15 minutes to produce ice.
Designed for indoor use only.
Designed for household use only.

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BestReviews

Pros
This machine makes 9 ice cubes in about 7 minutes. Can produce up to 26 pounds in 24 hours. Reservoir holds 3 quarts of water. LED controls, including choice of cube size. Basket holds 2 pounds of ice at a time.

Cons
Many customers report that it is noisy.

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Travel + Leisure

Best Overall

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Advanced Mixology

Best for Traveling

Pros
Creates 26 lbs. of ice in 24 hours
Easy to set up
Includes an ice shovel
Has a window for process monitoring
Modern design

Cons
Some complaints of making one ice size instead of 3 as advertised
Difficult to clean

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We ranked HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop #2 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Simple Green Moms

Best Pick

Pros
Quick results – ice cubes in 6 to 8 minutes
User-friendly design for convenience.
Energy-efficient features for minimal power costs.
Compact for increased portability.

Cons
Made for indoor use only.
No self-cleaning function.

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Gadgets Reviews

Pros
It has a quiet compressor cooling system that makes it ideal for indoor use.
It is compact, so it doesn't take up too much space on the kitchen counter.
Ice cube production is fast as it takes about 6 to 8 minutes.

Cons
If the ice cubes are not removed immediately they are ready, they may begin to melt.

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BestReviews

Pros
Makes up to 1.5 pounds of ice in 6-8 minutes. Choose small or medium cubes. Reuses melted ice. Comes with bucket and scoop. Reservoir holds 2.2 liters of water.

Cons
Ice doesn't stay cold in the basket and melts, and if you put it in the freezer, it may form a solid block.

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Zaycon Foods

Budget Choice

Pros
No need for installation
Quick in its working
Is ETL-Certified
Has warning lights and automatic shut-off feature
Comes with a basket

Cons
Ice melts quickly
Is loud while working

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Portable Ice Machines.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Portable Ice Machines, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for October 2021 ranking

We ranked Euhomy IM-F #3 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
HealthyKitchen 101

Best Efficient Portable Ice Maker

Pros
Extremely efficient ice production
A large storage capacity
Stainless steel construction
A timer
Low-noise exhaust fan

Cons
Quite heavy and bulky

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Best Products

Best for a High Yield

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The Foodellers

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Travel + Leisure

Best Large Capacity

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Advanced Mixology

Produces the Best Ice

Pros
Makes 40 lbs. of ice in 24 hours
Comes with a basket and scoop
Sleek, professional design
Self-cleaning function
8-hour delay timer

Cons
High maintenance
Ice cubes can stick together

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We ranked Costway Mini EP22769 #4 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Speediest Ice Maker

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Simple Green Moms

Pros
5-lb design is very lightweight and portable.
Produces 26.5 pounds of ice per day.
Control panel is simple and user-friendly.

Cons
Small and large ice cubes very similar in size.
May not have a warranty – info not readily available.

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The Foodellers

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Travel + Leisure

Best for Travel

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Zaycon Foods

Pros
Bullet-shaped ice that does not hurt your mouth
Has a powerful compressor
Is easy to clean
Made using food-grade material
Cons

Cons
No place to keep the scoop

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We ranked Vremi VRM010636N #5 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Vremi VRM010636N as #1.
Critic endorsements:
HealthyKitchen 101

Best to Buy in 2021

Pros
High-quality construction
Highly efficient
Affordable
Compact and portable
Quiet and energy efficient
ETL and FTA certification

Cons
Only one ice size setting

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BestReviews

Best Bang for the Buck

Pros
Makes 9 ice cubes in less than 10 minutes and as much as 26 pounds in 24 hours. Auto shut-off and warning lights for full basket, overflow, and low water. Re-uses melted ice to make new ice cubes.

Cons
Ice basket does not hold 26 pounds of ice, and sensor indicating basket is full can be accidentally triggered.

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Zaycon Foods

Best Choice

Pros
Is energy-efficient
Works quietly
Comes with warning lights and a water reservoir
Is compact

Cons
Not quick enough to cater for larger groups

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We ranked GE Profile Opal #6 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked GE Profile Opal as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best-rated ice machine

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Best Products

Best for Chewable Ice

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Travel + Leisure

Best for Nuggets

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We ranked Luma IM200SS #7 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
HealthyKitchen 101

Best Clear Portable Ice Maker

Pros
Clear, gourmet ice cubes
High efficiency
High quality build with many certifications
Low water and full ice warning lights

Cons
Quite xpensive
A bit noisy
Only one ice size

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Travel + Leisure

Best for Cubes

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Advanced Mixology

Best Splurge

Pros
Produces 28 lbs of clear ice in 24 hours
Comes with a removable bin and scoop
Elegant and professional look
Thick insulation
Simple to use control panel

Cons
Ice sometimes doesn’t fall into the bin
May malfunction after a few months

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We ranked Igloo ICEB26HN #8 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Foodellers

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Travel + Leisure

Best Self-Cleaning

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Advanced Mixology

Most Portable

Pros
Makes 26 lbs. of ice in 24 hours
Self-cleaning function
Comfortable carry handle
Comes with an ice scoop and basket
Control panel has LED lights

Cons
Prone to control malfunction
The ice melts relatively fast

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We ranked NewAir AI-100 #9 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Travel + Leisure

Best for Quick Ice

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Zaycon Foods

Pros
Has indicators for tray emptying and water re-filling
Design is very convenient
Efficient compressor

Cons
Ice melts quickly

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Advanced Mixology

Best Features

Pros
Produces 28 lbs. of ice in 24 hours
Creates three sizes of ice
Designed with a side-mounted drain
Two indicator lights
Comes with a scoop and basket

Cons
May stop working after a batch is made

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We ranked Magic Chef MCIM22W #10 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Magic Chef MCIM22W as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best Overall

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Advanced Mixology

Most Compact

Pros
Makes 27 lbs. of ice in 24 hours
Comes with a scoop and basket
User-friendly control panel
Compact
Lightweight

Cons
Basket is quite small
Noisy

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We ranked NewAir AI-215SS #11 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked NewAir AI-215SS as #1.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Best of the Best

Pros
This BPA-free ice maker is capable of producing a fresh batch of bullet ice every 6 minutes. It is self-cleaning, has a programmable timer, and can make 3 different sizes of ice to accommodate all of your needs.

Cons
On the higher end of the price spectrum, but it has features that make it worth the cost.

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Advanced Mixology

Highest Yield

Pros
Makes 50 lbs. of ice in 24 hours
Comes with a basket and scoop
Programmable 18-hour timer
Self-cleaning function
Sleek design

Cons
Ice melts fast
Turns off from time to time

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We ranked Frigidaire EFIC108 #12 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best-rated (less expensive) ice machine

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Advanced Mixology

Best Value

Pros
Creates 26 lbs. of ice in 24 hours
Easy to set up
Includes an ice shovel
Has a window for process monitoring
Modern design

Cons
Some complaints of making one ice size instead of 3 as advertised
Difficult to clean

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We ranked Crownful IM2102 #13 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Pros
Can produce 9 cubes in 8 to 10 minutes. Very compact and stylish design, takes up minimal counterspace. Produces up to 26 pounds of bullet-shaped ice in 24 hours. Very quiet and efficient cooling system. Simple one-button operation.

Cons
Finished cubes are not completely solid, can refreeze together. Some complaints of "off" taste.

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Travel + Leisure

Most Affordable

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We ranked Frigidaire ICE103 #14 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Gadgets Reviews

Pros
The ice cubes made are smooth and perfectly shaped.
You can make small, medium, or large-sized ice cubes for your convenience.
It is available at an affordable price for its quality.

Cons
Some users argue that this ice maker is a little unreliable as it may stop working after just a few uses.
Some users say that after prolonged use of this machine, it began heating the water rather than freezing it.

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Travel + Leisure

Best for Variety

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We ranked Opal Nugget #15 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Simple Green Moms

Pros
Creates nugget ice cubes for at-home enjoyment.
Automatic shut off and water recycling conserves energy.
One-button design with LED light is simple and convenient.
One-year limited manufacturer warranty.

Cons
Pricey compared to other models
Noisy due to vibrating compressor
44-lb design reduces portability.
Must be used indoors.

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Gadgets Reviews

Pros
It is high quality and comes in an elegant design
It is super affordable for its value.
You can plug it into any electrical outlet.

Cons
Some users feel that 15 minutes of ice making is a little too much.
Other users argue that the ice maker is too noisy for indoor use.

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