Our Best Portable Small Ice Maker Guide

Small and Portable ice machines are very popular choices. You can choose from an huge array of brands on the market when looking for an ice maker.

Some of the benefits of a portable ice maker compared to the undercounter machine are as follows:

Production Of Ice

A small ice machine is best for residential use and can often produce 22lbs of ice a day and upwards. You should be aware that they it will produce more ice that you can buy locally. Which usually only goes up to 3lbs.

A good tip is to keep ice already created with your portable machine in the freezer, as they are not insulated to the level where they are freezer like, so the ice will melt eventually.

An undercouner will produce more ice as much as 80lbs a day so 4 times as much ice can be made daily.

Size and Usage

A small machine is mostly used in RV’s, Boats and on a countertop. The average size is height and depth 13-14 inches and the width 9-12 inches. Placing the machine in most places will be easy for that reason.

Obviously an undercounter is bigger, considerably so i.e. 20-34 inches in height and 15 inches in width.

Installing The Ice Maker

No installation is required with a small machine accept, plugging it in. You then only have to pour water into the unit, which will create the ice.

With an undercounter ice machine you will need to have a water supply connected to the machine, so the initial set up takes some time. Also you wont have the flexibility of being able to move the machine when you want. It’s also good to buy a filter, as this will keep the ice tasting nice.

Ice Made

With the smaller ice machine it will usually only make two types of ice. One is bullet ice which is a bit softer and normal cube shaped ice which is harder and bigger.

An undercounter ice maker can make much more types of ice, such as  crescent half-moon shaped ice, clear cube, gourmet, and nugget ice, the highly desirable and chewable Sonic style ice.

You can take a look at some of the small machines that we have below:

(1)- Newair AI-215SS Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker with 50 Lbs. Daily Capacity

Newair AI-215SS Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker with 50 Lbs. Daily CapacityWith Newair’s AI-215SS you can get 50lbs of ice out of this machine, which is great for a portable machine. It’s perfect for parties and other events.

The machine also has a self cleaning functionality, this is a great addition, which makes cleaning the machine much easier. It has indicator lights that give you signals, such as when to add water to the unit or when you should empty the ice bin.

The design of the machine is free standing, this makes it easier to use the machine in different places such as on a boat, on the patio or in the home bar. There is no installation required, all you have to do is plug in the device and add clean water. You can then get freshly made ice.

(2)- MaxiMatic MIM-5802 Mr Freeze Portable Ice Maker

MaxiMatic MIM-5802 Mr Freeze Portable Ice MakerThis Mr. freeze portable clear ice maker is serious about the ice that it makes. It’s the only ice maker of it’s kind that makes ice in 30 minutes.

The machine is great for a home bar set up. You can mix drinks until your heart is content. It is easy to carry this machine where ever you want. You can take it to parties, wet bars, recreation and game rooms, and even boats and RV’s etc.

The machine gives you the ability to make cubes of ice of different sizes, and the quality is not jeopardized. You can get good quality ice that is not cloudy with this machine, so it’s important to use the cleanest water for the best tasting ice.

The unit has a 15L water tank capacity. When the machines ice bucket is full or the water levels are low then, there is a light signal. You can get 24 cubes of ice in 30 minutes.

(3)- EdgeStar Portable Stainless Steel Maker

EdgeStar Portable Stainless Steel MakerEdgeStar’s portable ice maker is a very popular choice where ice machines are concerned. The controls are also very convenient to use and are electronic.

The machine can store 2lbs of ice at a time. There are 3 different ice cube settings that you can choose from. The design of the unit is wrapped in stainless steel with a silver lid.

There is a 1 gallon water storage, there is no drain fixing required. You can produce ice in just 10 minutes with this unit.

It has the ability to make 28lbs of ice daily, which is a perfect amount of ice, especially for your RV, boat, or small kitchen.

(4)- Polar PIM10BLS Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker

Polar PIM10BLS Stainless Steel Portable Ice MakerThe Polar PIM10BLS is a small portable ice maker that is easy to use. All you have to do is pour water into the device and hey presto! It also has a conveniently installed viewing window, which make it possible to see ice when it is done.

Ice can be made in just a few minutes, it comes with an ice scoop, which makes picking up the ice easier. It is easy to add ice to the machine as it also comes with an easy pour jug. It also comes with a removable storage drawer which makes cleaning easy among other things.

You can make up to 26lbs of ice every 24 hours. There’s no need to think about any type of plumbing also, as all you need to do is plug it in and add water.  It’s portability makes it great for transporting.

These are some of the most popular portable ice machines that you will find. You can go through them and see what others have sad about them. There are also many more that you can find if you want something different.


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  1. Ellen Gordy says:

    Which of the above mentioned ice makers make the bullet style ice?

  2. rohit says:

    Ice making machine quotation

  3. Ramona says:

    So where are the ones that make sonic ice?

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