The portable ice makers selected for comparison are shown below:
NewAir Al-100 Ice Cube Maker
The machine produces ice in as little time as 15 minutes and gives you a choice of 3 ice cube sizes (small, medium or large). It is very easy to operate as it has a push-button electronic control panel with LED lights that indicate when to add water and when the ice is ready (see image on the left). It also has a push button for selecting the ice size (the Select button) and additional LED lights that show the selected ice cube size (S, M or L). The ice bin is removable for easy dispensing.
Cleanup of the machine is very simple thanks to its side mounted drain. All you need to do is just pull the plug to empty unused water. Finally, it also has built-in automatic overflow protection to prevent overfilling or blockage.
The machine requires 115V to run (it can of course safely be used on 120 V outlets as there is always a tolerance of plus or minus 10%). It is offered in multiple colors (see Amazon products section below) and the silver color unit looks like it is made of stainless steel, even though it's made of sturdy plastic. An ice cubes scoop is provided with your purchase. This ice making machine comes with a 1-year manufacturer's limited warranty.
Edgestar IP210 Ice Cube Maker
The machine produces ice in as little time as 10 minutes and gives you a choice of 3 ice cube sizes (small, medium or large). It is very easy to operate as it has a push-button electronic control panel with LED lights that indicate if the machine is on, when to add water, and when the ice is full (see image on the left). It also has a push button for selecting the ice size (the Select button) and additional LED lights that show the selected ice cube size (S, M or L).
To make ice, all you need to do is just plug the machine, pour in the water, turn it on, and select the ice cube size. No draining is required: once the ice is made, if not taken out, it will melt over time as the holding basket is not a freezer. The water produced from the melting ice will return back into the water reservoir so the unit may use it again to make more ice.
Like the NeWAir, this machine is compact enough to be portable and can be used in a small kitchen, your RV, your boat or anywhere else where you can plug it. Note that it requires 115V to run (it can of course safely be used on 120 V outlets as there is always a tolerance of plus or minus 10%).
The machine comes with a warranty of 1-year for parts and 90 days for labor.
Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker
It can make fresh ice in as little as 6 minutes, and on its maximum settings, it can produce 9 ice cubes every 6 minutes and up to 26 pounds of ice per day. It comes with 2 ice sizes to choose from, small and large.
It is equipped with easy-to-use push button controls, automatic overflow protection as well as an indicator light that lets you know when the ice basket is full and when you need to add more water. It also has a bottom drain that makes it very easy to empty and clean, and it features a see through lid at the top, so you can see exactly what's going on inside.
This ice maker comes complete with an ice scoop and basket. Any unused ice will melt back into the reservoir and be recycled into fresh water. The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 ice maker is very easy to use. The push button controls are clearly labeled. You just need to fill the water reservoir to the water line and select an ice setting, small or large, and the machine will begin making ice automatically.
Finally, note that it uses environmentally-friendly R-134A refrigerant, operates on 115V using a standard electrical outlet, is offered in multiple colors and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
So, which of the three ice makers to get?
However, before you decide which of the three ice makers to get, you may want to keep in mind the following points:
- All three products are small enough and portable to be used any place where they can be plugged.
- All three products are equipped with LED status lights and a push-button control panel.
- Newair and Edgestar ice makers can make 3 different sizes of ice cubes (small, medium and large) while the Avalon bay ice maker makes only 2 sizes.
- All three ice makers have LED lights that indicate when water is required and when the ice cubes are ready. They also display the size of ice cube selected.
- All three ice makers produce ice very fast, but according to specifications, Avalon Bay ice maker is the fastest, as it can produce ice cubes in 6 minutes (Edgestar takes up to 10 minutes and NewAir may take up to 15 minutes).
- Edgestar and Avalon Bay gives you a choice of colors while NewAir comes only in stainless steel finish.
- All three products provide a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
Compared NewAir, Edgestar and Avalon Bay Ice Makers on Amazon
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Avalon Bay AB-ICE26
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