Best Ice Makers

Top 10 Rated Under Counter Ice Makers 2014

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As we picked the top 10 ice makers, we looked for models that:

1. Produced ice quickly and efficiently
2. Were easy to install
3. Could be under the counter or freestanding
4. Had removable bins with ample ice storage
5. Stayed cold enough and were properly insulated
6. Didn’t have condensation or frost buildup
7. Ran relatively quietly

You can find some ice makers that produce about 12 pounds of ice a day for a couple hundred dollars; these models may be sufficient for the average family. The larger ice makers with greater ice production and special controls typically cost at least $1,000; these more expensive models are suited to heavy use. See the ice maker comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Color: Stainless Steel and Black
65 pounds daily ice production
91 pounds
33 1/10″ x 16 1/2″ x 21 3/10″

An efficient ice maker from EdgeStar, this undercounter model produces clear ice quickly, up to 65 pounds a day. The stainless steel front is topped by a black slide-up lid that lets you scoop out ice easily … read more


Danby DPC6012BLS  8.5/10

Color: Stainless Steel
8 pounds ice storage
123.5 pounds
34 7/16″ x 23 13/16″ x 23 11/16″

If you like keeping your wine bottles and beverage cans chilled and ready to serve, then you’ll appreciate this undercounter ice maker from Danby with compartments for 8 pounds of … read more


Orien FS-50IMOD  8.5/10

Color: Stainless Steel
44 pounds daily ice production
116 pounds
33.5″ x 14.6″ x 23″

An ice maker ideal for the outdoors, this Orien model includes a fully enclosed back and proper insulation to protect it from outdoor elements. It produces clear square cubes quickly and efficiently; you need only scoop the … read more


Color: Stainless Steel
50 pounds daily ice production
98 pounds
24.4″ x 14.9″ x 34.4″

A stylish, flat stainless steel door lets this Whirlpool ice maker blend in with the surrounding cabinets. Its ice production is fast, with clear, clean-looking cubes. The capacity is quite large, able to store 25 … read more


Summit BIM44  8/10

Color: Stainless Steel
44 pounds daily ice production
116 pounds
33.5″ x 14.6″ x 23″

For $1,099, this undercounter ice maker produces up to 44 pounds of ice a day. Its adjustable ice bin stores 25 pounds. With an automatic shut-off feature, you don’t have to worry about the bin overflowing … read more


Color: Stainless Steel
45 pounds daily ice production
76.7 pounds
32.8″ x 14.6″ x 23.6″

An ice maker that produces clear ice quickly and efficiently, this EdgeStar undercounter model runs for just $849 and makes up to 45 pounds of ice per day. The removable ice bin stores 25 pounds, and the computerized controls allow you to adjust … read more


EdgeStar IB120SS  7.5/10

Color: Stainless steel door and black cabinet
12 pounds daily ice production
54 pounds
25 1/4″ x 15″ x 18 1/2″

A reversible stainless steel door with a handle bar, this ice maker from EdgeStar can be installed either under a counter or freestanding. No drain line is necessary, and the front ventilation system allows it to be built in easily … read more


Orien FS-55IM  7.5/10

Color: Stainless Steel
44 pounds daily ice production
116 pounds
23″ x 14.6″ x 33.5″

For $1,055.70, this Orien undercounter ice maker can produce up to 44 pounds of ice a day. Its removable storage bin holds 25 pounds. Installation can be tricky if you don’t have a gravity drain nearby … read more


Color: Stainless steel door and black cabinet
12 pounds daily ice production
60 pounds
18″ x 15″ x 25″

This Sunpentown ice maker, which runs for $334.90, has an attractive stainless steel door and plain black cabinet. With a front ventilation system, it can be installed under a cabinet with a plumber’s assistance … read more



 

Ice Maker Buying Guide

If your refrigerator does not include an ice maker, or if you entertain frequently and need extra ice, then a home ice maker can be a valuable appliance. The undercounter style ice maker is designed to fit under the counter in a kitchen or bar, or it can sit as a freestanding unit.

Ice production

Determine how much ice you need daily. If you have a small or average sized family, then a small model that makes about 12 pounds of ice daily may be perfectly adequate. If you entertain guests often or have need of a lot of ice, then you can find machines that produce larger quantities, some up to 125 pounds a day. The price will also go up with the greater ice production. Decent to high-performing ice makers range from $300 to $2000.

Ice shape and clarity

Ice makers typically produce crescent-shaped ice cubes like refrigerator ice makers. There are also some models that make cubed, bullet-shaped, flake, or nugget pieces of ice. Some models allow you to adjust the thickness and density of the ice cubes.

Some people worry that ice makers produce cloudy ice due to water impurities. In actuality, if the ice turns out cloudy or white, it’s because ice makers freeze the ice much faster than clear ice cube makers, trapping air bubbles in the process. Many built-in ice makers produce clear ice, however, if that is your preference.

Speed of production

Undercounter ice makers typically make ice faster than clear ice makers. However, they’re usually not as quick as the portable variety.

Installation and maintenance

Built-in ice makers should be installed by a licensed plumber because they have to be properly hooked up to a water line or a drain line. Some undercounter ice makers must be installed over or near a gravity drain. If a gravity drain is not available in your home, you will need to purchase a pump to move the water to a drain or sink.

Undercounter ice makers without a storage bin will require you to periodically drain the melted water manually. However, there are many undercounter models that possess and keep the storage bin at freezing temperatures and do not require a drain. For many models, installation is especially simple with only a 115-volt power source and a water inlet line required.

Air-cooled or water-cooled

There are two systems for cooling the compressor or condenser in the ice machine: air or water.

  • Air-cooled systems are less expensive, but their warm exhaust air can heat up the room quickly and they operate quite noisily.
  • Water-cooled systems are more expensive but run efficiently and quietly. However, they can be costly to operate if your area has high water prices.
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