May 2024

Portable Ice Machines: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of portable ice machines rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 9 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 63 ice machine endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

45 ice machines were endorsed in total, only 13 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 May 2024, HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed ice machine with 2 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 2 recommended it as the '#1 ice machine' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking portable ice machines start at $35.99 (Aglucky Z5879) and go up to $514.99 (GE Profile Opal 2.0). Median ice machine costs $124.99 (Magic Chef MCIM22ST).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price Ice Machine
Food & Wine
Simple Green Moms
Best Products
MUO
BestReviews
The Strategist
Advanced Mixology
Gadgets Reviews
BestCovery
HealthyKitchen 101
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HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop
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- $296
Igloo ICEB26
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3
- $90
Silonn SLIM01B
The Silonn Ice Makers Countertop is a compact and lightweight portable ice maker with a high portability rating, automatic timer function, self-cleaning feature, and a daily ice production capacity of 24 pounds, making it ideal for various use cases.
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- $157
Igloo ICEB26HN
The Igloo ICEB26HN is a compact and convenient portable countertop ice maker that is praised for its durability, ease of use, and efficient water usage.
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Euhomy IM-F
The Euhomy IM-F portable countertop ice maker is highly recommended for its convenient features, size and portability, ice production capacity, ease of use, low noise level, and durability, making it suitable for various use cases and highly praised by experts.
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GE Profile Opal
The GE Profile Opal ice machine is a highly recommended countertop nugget ice maker that produces soft, chewable ice and offers convenient features such as an automatic timer and intelligent water use.
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- $259
NewAir AI-215SS
The NewAir AI-215SS is a versatile and efficient portable ice maker that can produce up to 50 pounds of ice per day in just under 7 minutes, offering clear and nugget ice in three different sizes, with a self-cleaning feature and automatic timer function, making it suitable for various settings and high-demand situations.
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- $120
Magic Chef MCIM22W
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- $91
Frigidaire EFIC117-SS
The Frigidaire EFIC117-SS is a portable countertop ice maker praised for its compact size, portability, and ease of use, making it suitable for various settings and providing a steady supply of ice.
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- $90
Frigidaire EFIC189
The Frigidaire EFIC189 is a compact and portable ice maker with a sleek design, self-cleaning function, and indicators for full basket and low water, making it a reliable and efficient option for those in need of an ice maker without space for a built-in model.
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- $250
Luma IM200SS
The Luma IM200SS is a portable clear ice maker that produces high-quality ice cubes, but some users have reported concerns about its long-term reliability.
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- $114
Costway Mini EP22769
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- $515
GE Profile Opal 2.0
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#3 $89.72 Silonn SLIM01B
#10 $89.99 Frigidaire EFIC189
#9 $90.64 Frigidaire EFIC117-SS
#12 $113.99 Costway Mini EP22769
#8 $119.99 Magic Chef MCIM22W
#4 $157 Igloo ICEB26HN
#11 $249.99 Luma IM200SS
#7 $259.50 NewAir AI-215SS
#2 $295.90 Igloo ICEB26
#18 $514.99 GE Profile Opal 2.0

We ranked HomeLabs Chill Pill Countertop #1 in May 2024 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

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.

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

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Gadgets Reviews

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.

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

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We ranked Igloo ICEB26 #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Simple Green Moms

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.

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

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Best Products

Best for Multiple Cube Sizes

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Advanced Mixology

Best for Traveling

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

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

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HealthyKitchen 101

Best Igloo Portable Ice Maker

Easy to use
Trusted brand
Stylish looks in various colors

Costs more than some models with higher specs

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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 May 2024 ranking

We ranked Silonn SLIM01B #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The Silonn Ice Makers Countertop is a compact and lightweight portable ice maker with a high portability rating, automatic timer function, self-cleaning feature, and a daily ice production capacity of 24 pounds, making it ideal for various use cases.
Critic endorsements:
Food & Wine

Best Value

This ice maker specializes in small and large bullet-shaped cubes, which don't stick together or melt as quickly as other ice shapes.

The capacity isn't as large as other ice makers, so you may have to refill the water tank and empty the ice basket more often

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Simple Green Moms

Quickly produces ice within 6 to 13minutes.
Low water and ice overflow indicator prevent issues.
Plenty of ice – produces up to 26 pounds of ice per day.
One-year limited manufacturer warranty.

Manufacturer discourages use with extension cord.
Cannot be used outdoors.

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MUO

Editors Choice

Easy and simple to use
Low noise at just 35dB
Full ice bucket indicator

To keep ice from melting you must move ice to freezer from machine

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We ranked Igloo ICEB26HN #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The Igloo ICEB26HN is a compact and convenient portable countertop ice maker that is praised for its durability, ease of use, and efficient water usage.
Critic endorsements:
Simple Green Moms

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.

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

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The Strategist

Best self-cleaning ice machine

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Advanced Mixology

Most Portable

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

Prone to control malfunction
The ice melts relatively fast

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We ranked Euhomy IM-F #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The Euhomy IM-F portable countertop ice maker is highly recommended for its convenient features, size and portability, ice production capacity, ease of use, low noise level, and durability, making it suitable for various use cases and highly praised by experts.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best for a High Yield

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Advanced Mixology

Produces the Best Ice

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

High maintenance
Ice cubes can stick together

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HealthyKitchen 101

Best Efficient Portable Ice Maker

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

Quite heavy and bulky

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We ranked GE Profile Opal #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked GE Profile Opal as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The GE Profile Opal ice machine is a highly recommended countertop nugget ice maker that produces soft, chewable ice and offers convenient features such as an automatic timer and intelligent water use.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best for Chewable Ice

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The Strategist

Best overall ice machine

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We ranked NewAir AI-215SS #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked NewAir AI-215SS as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The NewAir AI-215SS is a versatile and efficient portable ice maker that can produce up to 50 pounds of ice per day in just under 7 minutes, offering clear and nugget ice in three different sizes, with a self-cleaning feature and automatic timer function, making it suitable for various settings and high-demand situations.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Best of the Best

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.

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

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

Ice melts fast
Turns off from time to time

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We ranked Magic Chef MCIM22W #8 in May 2024 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

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

Basket is quite small
Noisy

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We ranked Frigidaire EFIC117-SS #9 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The Frigidaire EFIC117-SS is a portable countertop ice maker praised for its compact size, portability, and ease of use, making it suitable for various settings and providing a steady supply of ice.
Critic endorsements:
MUO

Best Value

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

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 EFIC189 #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The Frigidaire EFIC189 is a compact and portable ice maker with a sleek design, self-cleaning function, and indicators for full basket and low water, making it a reliable and efficient option for those in need of an ice maker without space for a built-in model.
Critic endorsements:
Simple Green Moms

Automatic shutoff for energy conservation.
LCD panel is comprehensive yet easy to use.
Self-cleaning function for convenient maintenance.
Two-year limited warranty and 30-day return policy.

Three ice cube sizes may not vary much.
Clock only displays military time.
Takes up to 13 minutes to produce ice.

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HealthyKitchen 101

Best Value Portable Ice Maker

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

Plastic body
Less insulated
Shorter warranty

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We ranked Luma IM200SS #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 30 Aug 2023)
The Luma IM200SS is a portable clear ice maker that produces high-quality ice cubes, but some users have reported concerns about its long-term reliability.
Critic endorsements:
Advanced Mixology

Best Splurge

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

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

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HealthyKitchen 101

Best Clear Portable Ice Maker

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

Quite xpensive
A bit noisy
Only one ice size

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We ranked Costway Mini EP22769 #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Simple Green Moms

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

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 GE Profile Opal 2.0 #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best portable ice machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Food & Wine

Best Splurge

This machine has the largest reservoir thanks to the side tank, and it is also the nicest-looking ice maker we tested.

This machine requires semi-frequent cleaning and filtered water to run smoothly. It's also the most expensive option on our list.

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BestReviews

Customer Favorite

Makes up to 24 pounds of ice in a day with the bin holding 3 pounds at a time.
We really love the texture of the ice since it works great for chewing or cooling drinks.
App connectivity allows you to schedule when you want ice to be made.
Comes equipped with its own water tank.

Our team wishes it wasn't so big since it does take up a good amount of counter space.

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