Author: Maurice Savaryego, M.Sc.Eng. (Learn More)
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.
So, which of the two ice makers to get?
However, before you decide which ice makers to get, you may want to keep in mind the following points:
- Both ice makers are small enough and portable to be used any place where they can be plugged.
- Both ice makers are equipped with LED status lights and a push-button control panel.
- Both ice makers can make 3 different sizes of ice cubes (small, medium and large).
- Both 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.
- Both ice makers produce ice very fast. According to specifications, Edgestar takes up to 10 minutes to produce ice cubes, while NewAir may take up to 15 minutes.
- Edgestar gives you a choice of colors while NewAir comes only in stainless steel finish.
- Both ice makers provide a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
Compared NewAir and Edgestar Ice Makers on Amazon
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