January 2023

Portable Ice Machines: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of Ice Machine rankings posted by key online experts, as of January 2023.

Summary

Between 10 Jan 2023 and 10 Jan 2023, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 68 Ice Machine endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

46 Portable Ice Machines were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included).

As of 10 Jan 2023, Igloo ICEB26 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed ice machine with 5 expert endorsements. It is followed by HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop and NewAir AI-215SS , with 2 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking portable ice machines start at $76.21 (Euhomy IM-06S) and go up to $595.05 (GE Profile Opal). Median ice machine costs $145.19 (Frigidaire ICE103).
$76.21
$595.05

At a glance - January 2023 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Ice Machine
HealthyKitchen 101
Simple Green Moms
Travel + Leisure
BestReviews
Advanced Mixology
Best Products
BestCovery
MUO
The Strategist
Gadgets Reviews
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- Check price
Igloo ICEB26
5
5
4
-
5
3
-
-
-
-
2
- $100
HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
3
+7 $205
NewAir AI-215SS
-
-
6
1
7
-
-
-
-
-
4
New * $115
Frigidaire EFIC189
2
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
+8 $108
Frigidaire EFIC108
-
-
8
2
4
-
-
-
-
-
6
-3 $220
Euhomy IM-F
3
-
-
-
6
5
-
-
-
-
7
-3 Check price
GE Profile Opal
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
1
-
8
+1 $179
Igloo ICEB26HN
-
-
9
-
3
-
-
-
4
-
9
+2 $139
Magic Chef MCIM22W
-
-
-
-
10
1
-
-
-
-
10
+2 $108
Frigidaire EFIC117-SS
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
2
-
11
-5 $145
Frigidaire ICE103
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
3
12
-7 $120
Crownful IM2102
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-
-
3
-
-
-
-
3
-
13
-5 $240
Luma IM200SS
4
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
14
-7 $120
Costway Mini EP22769
-
6
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
19
-1 Check price
FirstBuild Opal Nugget
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5

Sorted by price:

Position in ranking Price Ice Machine
#2 $99.99 HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop [buy] [more info]
#5 $108 Frigidaire EFIC108 [buy] [more info]
#10 $108 Frigidaire EFIC117-SS [buy] [more info]
#4 $114.87 Frigidaire EFIC189 [buy] [more info]
#12 $119.99 Crownful IM2102 [buy] [more info]
#14 $119.99 Costway Mini EP22769 [buy] [more info]
#9 $138.99 Magic Chef MCIM22W [buy] [more info]
#11 $145.19 Frigidaire ICE103 [buy] [more info]
#8 $179.28 Igloo ICEB26HN [buy] [more info]
#3 $204.71 NewAir AI-215SS [buy] [more info]
#6 $219.99 Euhomy IM-F [buy] [more info]
#13 $239.99 Luma IM200SS [buy] [more info]
#7 $595.05 GE Profile Opal [buy] [more info]

We ranked Igloo ICEB26 #1 in January 2023 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
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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Simple Green Moms

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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Travel + Leisure

Easiest to Use

Pros
This ice maker is stylish and practical, storing up to two pounds of ice at a time.

Cons
It can be quite noisy compared to other ice makers.

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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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Best Products

Best for Multiple Cube Sizes

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We ranked HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop #2 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 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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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 January 2023 ranking

We ranked NewAir AI-215SS #3 in January 2023 because:

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

Best Large Capacity

Pros
This ice maker can make a generous 50 pounds of ice in 24 hours.

Cons
This option is quite a bit louder than others on the list.

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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 EFIC189 #4 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Ice Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Frigidaire EFIC189 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
HealthyKitchen 101

Best Value Portable Ice Maker

Pros
Low price
Fast ice production
Holds a lot of ice and water
Lightweight
Quieter than most

Cons
Plastic body
Less insulated
Shorter warranty

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Travel + Leisure

Best Overall

Pros
This efficient option can produce 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours.

Cons
The drain plug can be tricky to use and maintain.

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We ranked Frigidaire EFIC108 #5 in January 2023 because:

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

Best Quiet

Pros
This budget-friendly ice maker is compact and whisper-quiet.

Cons
The ice basket isn’t very insulated and ice melts quickly.

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BestReviews

Best Bang for the Buck

Pros
Makes up to 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours; 9 cubes in 7- to 15-minute increments. Reservoir holds 3.1L of water. Cube size is adjustable. Includes compressor that helps keep machine cool.

Cons
Ice cubes are relatively small. Drain can be challenging to access.

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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 Euhomy IM-F #6 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 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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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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Best Products

Best for a High Yield

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We ranked GE Profile Opal #7 in January 2023 because:

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

Best for Chewable Ice

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The Strategist

Best overall ice machine

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We ranked Igloo ICEB26HN #8 in January 2023 because:

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

Best Self-Cleaning

Pros
Lightweight and easy to clean, this compact ice maker is a breeze to maintain.

Cons
The ice basket is quite a bit smaller than similar options on the list.

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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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The Strategist

Best self-cleaning ice machine

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We ranked Magic Chef MCIM22W #9 in January 2023 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:
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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Best Products

Best Overall

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We ranked Frigidaire EFIC117-SS #10 in January 2023 because:

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

Best Value

Pros
Window allows you to watch ice being made
Quiet operation
Compact design

Cons
Limited capacity for more than around 2 people

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The Strategist

Best less expensive ice machine

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We ranked Frigidaire ICE103 #11 in January 2023 because:

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

Runner Up

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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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We ranked Crownful IM2102 #12 in January 2023 because:

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

Compact Design

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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The Strategist

Best even less expensive ice machine

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We ranked Luma IM200SS #13 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 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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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 Costway Mini EP22769 #14 in January 2023 because:

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

Speediest Ice Maker

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We ranked FirstBuild Opal Nugget #15 in January 2023 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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