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The Best Ice Machines of 2022

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GE Profile Opal 2.0

GE has made an even better nugget ice machine. It makes crisp and clean-tasting ice Read More

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Crisp Ice
  • Excellent Smart Features

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Slow
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NewAir Countertop Nugget Ice Maker

The NewAir Countertop Nugget Ice Maker makes chewable ice by the cupful. Read More

Pros

  • Simple setup
  • Quality ice

Cons

  • No continuous run
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Frigidaire EFIC452

This stylish countertop ice maker puts out 40 lbs of ice per day, including clear ice that lasts longer than other types of ice. Read More

Pros

  • Makes ice fast
  • Makes square, clear ice
  • Excellent design

Cons

  • Ice shutoff mechanism can be blocked
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hOmeLabs Commercial 143 Pounds Ice Maker Machine

Though it doesn’t quite match the durability of a true “commercial” ice maker, this freestanding unit can put out over 100 lbs of ice per day at a fraction of the cost. Read More

Pros

  • Makes over 100 lbs of ice per day
  • 29 lbs of ice storage
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Blows lots of air
  • Not so quiet
  • Not commercial build quality
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Frigidaire EFIC189

This compact countertop ice maker is quick, quiet, and puts out about 20 lbs of ice per day, though it lacks the fancier ice of competitor machines. Read More

Pros

  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Small capacity

Whether you want fancy “nugget” ice, clear ice, or you just need a lot of it each day, a standalone ice machine is an excellent investment compared to buying 10lb bags of the cheap stuff. Though these ice machines aren’t proper commercial models, they can output a ton of ice quickly, quietly, and even put out fancier kinds of ice, such as chewable “nugget” ice like you get from Sonic or clear ice cubes.

We’ve tested a bunch of ice makers over the years, specifically GE Opal’s excellent “nugget” ice maker. The best ice makers tend to do the obvious things well: they make high quality ice, they make it fast, and they don’t make a huge racket. To find the rest of the picks in our list, we looked over thousands of reviews to find the ones that best exemplified those qualities.

One thing we found consistently: most ice makers that get used continuously, even “commercial” ones, need to be well-maintained or they will break down over time. Treat your ice maker right, and you’ll be living the good life with a glass of on-demand ice in no time.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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GE Profile Opal 2.0

The GE Opal Nugget Ice Maker 2.0 is simply the best standalone ice maker we’ve ever used. Its hallmark is its ability to make so-called “nugget” ice, also known as chewable ice or—if you’re feeling fancy—the “good ice.”

The Nugget Ice Maker certainly does that, but it also excels in all the other ways we expect: it makes ice quickly and quietly. It’s also an attractive machine. You’ll need a large kitchen or bar area to accommodate it, but it’s a statement piece that you’ll be happy to have in your home.

Pros

  • Quiet

  • Crisp Ice

  • Excellent Smart Features

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Slow

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NewAir Countertop Nugget Ice Maker

NewAir is a popular name in the ice machine game, and this particular countertop model has been around for several years earning rave reviews. It produces up to 50 lbs of ice daily and offers three different sizes of “bullet” ice cubes that fit into all types of containers.

Reviewers love this ice maker’s design, size, and ease of use, and it also produces ice quickly and relatively quietly. The main negative we found with this machine is that it is prone to wearing down after a year or so of continuous use, with about 10% of reviewers claiming it died on them after that time and required replacement from the manufacturer or tricky repairs.

Pros

  • Simple setup

  • Quality ice

Cons

  • No continuous run

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Frigidaire EFIC452

This Frigidaire countertop ice maker is an excellent addition to your kitchen or bar, producing up to 40 lbs of clear ice per day. It makes your standard square ice cubes, with the ability to output 24 ice cubes in a little over 15 minutes, storing a few pounds of ice for use later.

The biggest hallmark of this machine—other than its slick retro design—is the clear ice. You typically need to pre-boil water for ice to come out clear, but this machine gives you that with minimal trouble. It’s a great ice machine if you like standard cubes and don’t mind the price.

Pros

  • Makes ice fast

  • Makes square, clear ice

  • Excellent design

Cons

  • Ice shutoff mechanism can be blocked

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hOmeLabs Commercial 143 Pounds Ice Maker Machine

Proper commercial ice makers can cost several thousand dollars, which makes this “commercial” freestanding ice maker from hOmeLabs so attractive. It costs a little more than $500, way below what competitive machines will cost you, and it outputs over 100lbs of ice in a day. It’s a high-power ice maker, ideal for someone that goes through a lot of ice on a daily basis but doesn't want a full-blown commercial unit.

The main thing to know here is that this doesn’t have the build quality or durability of a proper commercial ice maker, at least according to several reviews we ran across. At this price, I wouldn’t expect it to. It can certainly put out a large volume of ice—though much less than the 400+ lbs per day that a commercial ice maker will—and in every review where someone complained about an issue, hOmeLabs’ service seemed to be all over it (often sending free replacement units). If you need a lot of ice daily, this isn't a bad choice, but if your business relies on an ice machine, we'd recommend a restaurant-quality solution.

Pros

  • Makes over 100 lbs of ice per day

  • 29 lbs of ice storage

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Blows lots of air

  • Not so quiet

  • Not commercial build quality

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Frigidaire EFIC189

If you just need a basic ice machine for countertop use, this is it. It makes a little over 25 lbs of ice per day, but it’s ideal for someone that just likes to have ice regularly but doesn’t have an ice maker in their fridge. It’s a small enough unit that it can live in most kitchen or bar areas without taking up too much space, it’s stylish, and it doesn’t cost a mint.

The main thing reviewers noted here is the small capacity of about a half-pound. It makes ice quickly, but if you are looking to fill a cooler with ice it won’t replace the need to buy big bags of ice unless you’re continuously emptying it. For most people, though, this is a great alternative to an in-fridge unit.

Pros

  • Compact

  • Affordable

  • Quiet

Cons

  • Small capacity

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TJ Donegan

TJ Donegan

Executive Editor

@TJDonegan

TJ is the Executive Editor of Reviewed.com. He is a Massachusetts native and has covered electronics, cameras, TVs, smartphones, parenting, and more for Reviewed. He is from the self-styled "Cranberry Capitol of the World," which is, in fact, a real thing.

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