If you want to chill your drink fast, you need a portable ice maker! These clever gadgets can take the heat out of the hottest of summer days.
But with so many different options on the market, finding the right one can be a challenge. We’re here to help! Check out our reviews of the seven best portable ice makers out there. Then take a look at our buying guide to help you make your final choice.
So if you’re ready, let’s go!
The best portable ice maker on the Market 2020
1. TRUSTECH Portable Ice Machine Countertop
This ice maker from TRUSTECH has a glossy black finish that will look great in any interior. It’s one of the more expensive models on our list – so what do you get for your money?
Well, it’s pretty fast. It takes just six minutes to deliver nine bullet-shaped pieces of ice. Give it 24 hours, and the 68-ounce reservoir will deliver up to 26 pounds of ice.
Note that you will have to give it some time to gear up before the first use. The refrigerant needs to settle, so the ice maker should stand upright for 4 hours. The first couple of uses won’t be quite as fast– but after that it really speeds up.
It’s also very easy to use. Just plug it in, pour in your water and select your chosen ice size. That’s right – here, you’ll get the choice of two sizes of ice bullets. Cycle between them by pressing a key marked with an arrow.
The smaller chunks of ice are perfect to fit in the neck of a water bottle. The larger ones will take longer to melt and are great for mixed drinks or packing around food.
There’s an ice bucket inside the freezer compartment, so it’s easy to transport your ice where you need it. A handy scoop is also included in the package.
Operation is quiet, and the machine will turn itself off as soon as the ice compartment is full. That means it won’t be wasting any energy.
There are indicator lights to show you when the ice bucket is full and when the reservoir is empty. And there’s an automatic self-cleaning mode to take the hassle out of maintenance.
Note that, while the ice maker is insulated, it’s not a freezer. Use cold water and keep it in a cool place to get your ice as quickly as possible.
And note that the ice it makes won’t stay frozen indefinitely. If you don’t use any before it melts, the water will drain into the reservoir to be refrozen next time. That avoids any water being wasted.
There are a couple of things to note with this one. The fan at the side emits quite a lot of heat, so it may not be the best choice if you have a small kitchen.
And while the touch controls look great, they’re very sensitive. Take care to avoid double-pressing.
- Delivers nine ice bullets in just 6 minutes
- Self-cleaning function for easy maintenance
- Unused ice is automatically recycled
- The fan emits quite a lot of heat
- The touch controls are very sensitive – take care to avoid unintentional activation.
2. Euhomy Portable Ice Maker Machine Countertop
This ice maker from Euhomy has a sophisticated brushed stainless steel exterior that will look good in any modern kitchen. The lid is transparent so you can see what’s going on inside, and all the controls sit on the front.
Those controls are very simple. There’s an indicator light to show you when the ice bin is full, and another to tell you to add water. Below the lights there are two buttons. Press one to select your preferred size of ice chunk, and the other to switch the unit on and off.
The ice here again takes the form of hollow bullets, rather than cubes. Choose the smaller setting and each bullet will measure an inch long and 0.8 inches wide. The larger bullets are the same length, but an inch wide.
Each ice making cycle will deliver nine ice bullets. It takes slightly longer than the TRUSTECH model at eight minutes. With continual use over 24 hours, you’ll still be able to get up to 26 pounds of ice.
The unit is pretty compact, measuring 9.6 inches wide, 12.6 inches deep and 12.6 inches high. Operation is nice and quiet. It doesn’t need to be hardwired in – just plug it into a power socket. You’ll need to let it stand upright for 24 hours before the first use.
The reservoir holds a generous 74 ounces of water. Make sure you use cold water to get your ice fast. Any ice that melts inside will be recycled into the reservoir, conserving water.
This isn’t a freezer, so once the ice has formed it needs to be used or transferred into your freezer. The ice bucket inside the machine makes this easy to do. (A scoop is included too.) Keeping the lid of the ice maker closed will stop the ice from melting too quickly.
There’s no automatic cleaning function with this one, but cleaning isn’t difficult. Just use a paper towel to wipe around the reservoir then leave it to air dry.
- Very easy to use
- Generous 74-ounce reservoir
- Recycles meltwater for your next batch of ice
- You’ll need to use your ice quickly or transfer it to a freezer before it melts
- No automatic cleaning function – although cleaning isn’t difficult.
3. IKICH Portable Ice Maker Machine for Countertop (Our Top Pick)
The silver and black IKICH ice maker is an attractive and efficient machine. It will produce nine ice-bullets in six minutes, allowing it to freeze around 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours.
There’s a clear window in the lid so you can check on the progress of your ice. The control panel sits above the window and has two buttons and five indicator lights. One button is for the power, the second is a select function. This will allow you to choose between large and small chunks of ice.
A light will show you which option you’ve selected. Both sizes are an inch long. The smaller bullets are 0.8 inches wide and the large 1-inch wide.
Another light shows you when the unit is switched on. There’s also an indicator light to show when the reservoir is empty. A final light shows when the ice bin is full.
The machine is very easy to operate. Simply fill the reservoir with water up to the fill line, switch it on, and select your preferred size ice.
As with any refrigerated unit, you’ll need to allow the coolant to settle before using it for the first time. The Ikich uses eco-friendly R600a coolant. Leave the ice maker upright for at least 4 hours before the first use.
The precise time needed to make your ice will vary according to conditions. This isn’t a sealed unit, so it will be faster when the air temperature is cooler. Using cold water will speed it up too.
And note that the first few times you use your machine it will be getting up to speed. You’ll get your ice faster after that stage has passed.
When the ice bullets have formed, they’re dispensed into a bucket inside the machine. You can leave them there until you use them, or transfer to a freezer to stop them melting. There’s an ice scoop included as part of the package. Any meltwater will be recycled back into the reservoir.
The fan is an important part of the construction, so operation isn’t silent. This is pretty quiet though – it’s rated at less than 45 decibels.
There’s no automatic cleaning function here. There’s a plug at the back which will allow you to drain off any remaining water before storage.
The unit measures 8.7 inches wide, 12.3 inches deep and a maximum of 12.6 inches tall. It won’t take up too much room on your countertop or in cupboards. And it comes with a 2-year warranty and 45-day money back guarantee.
- Quiet operation – less than 45 decibels
- Uses environmentally friendly R600a coolant
- 2-year warranty
- No automatic cleaning function
- Not much difference between the size of the large and small ice bullets.
4. Crownful Portable Ice Maker Machine for Countertop
Crownful’s ice maker has a smart silver and black color way. The lid includes a transparent window which allows you to see how full the ice bucket is.
The control panel here sits above the window and consists of an on/off button and three lights. One light shows you when the ice bucket is full, another comes on when the reservoir is empty. The final light flashes while the ice maker is in use.
This one takes between 8 and 10 minutes to produce 9 ice-bullets. In this case, the bullets are just one size. And as with the other ice makers on our list, you’ll need to give it time for the coolant to settle before the first use. Leave it standing upright on a stable surface for between 2 and 4 hours.
The ice is dispensed straight into the integrated ice bucket. More ice will continue to be produced as long as the unit is switched on, there’s water in the reservoir, and there’s space in the bucket.
The machine is insulated, but it won’t keep the ice frozen indefinitely. Use it straight away, or transfer it to a freezer using the bucket and scoop included. It will work best in ambient temperatures of between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Any meltwater will drain into the reservoir to be recycled.
Use cold tap water or mineral water. Steer clear of distilled, low TDS water and water with a high pH value. For best results, the water should be between 46 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cleaning is easy. Just add water and two teaspoons of baking soda and hold down the on/off button. This will switch on the cleaning mode. When it’s finished, remove the plug at the back of the machine to drain out the water. Finally, dry the inside with a cloth or paper towel.
Note that the reservoir here isn’t the largest. It has a capacity of just over 63 ounces. And the fan does generate a bit of heat. It’s not excessive, but you may notice the difference if using it in a confined space.
- Self-cleaning function is easy to use
- Indicator lights show when the bin is full and the reservoir is empty
- Includes ice bucket and scoop
- The 63-ounce reservoir isn’t the largest out there
- The fan generates a bit of heat.
5. hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine for Countertop
The hOmeLabs ice bucket is styled in a classy silver-gray. The white trim complements the ice bucket and scoop that are included in the package.
It measures 9.5 inches by 12.9 inches by 14 inches, making it a compact choice. The reservoir, though, isn’t the largest. It will hold about 64 ounces of water.
The machine will take between 6 and 8 minutes to make 1.5 pounds of ice. You’ll be able to produce up to 26 pounds in a 24-hour period. And you can choose between smaller or larger ice bullets.
This is another ice maker that recycles any water from melting ice. It will go straight back into the reservoir to be refrozen. The compressor also means that it doesn’t require much energy to operate, making this an eco-friendly option.
Indicator lights show when you need to add more water or when the ice bucket is full. The unit will also stop making ice when the bucket is at maximum capacity, so you won’t waste power.
You’ll need to use the ice straight away, or put it into your freezer. The ice maker is insulated, but the ice will start to melt after about an hour.
There isn’t a cleaning cycle with this one, but you won’t have to spend long doing it.
Just unplug and empty the ice maker and wipe it down with a soft towel. Clean the surfaces using soapy water or vinegar, and use a cotton bud to get into any nooks and crannies. Then rinse it down and leave it to air dry. The manufacturers recommend repeating the process once every few weeks.
One drawback is that there’s a tendency for the ice to pile up in one spot in the bucket. That can mean the sensor thinks the bucket is full before it is.
And this is another case where the fan generates a fair amount of heat. That’s worth bearing in mind if you’re going to be using it in an RV or smaller kitchen.
- Makes 1.5 pounds of ice in 6 to 8 minutes
- Indicator lights show when more water is needed and when the bin is full
- Meltwater is recycled for the next batch of ice
- No automatic cleaning function
- The sensor has a tendency to think the ice bucket is full when it isn’t.
6. Costway Portable and Compact Ice Maker Machine for Countertop
Costway’s ice maker is available in a range of different finishes. Choose from classy silver or glossy black, white, navy, red or light blue. Whatever your kitchen color scheme, there’s an option to match.
There’s a small window in the lid which allows you to see into the ice bucket. The simple control panel is positioned beneath the window.
It measures 9.5 inches wide by 14 inches deep and 13 inches high. Its corrosion-resistant compressor is powerful enough to produce nine ice bullets in between 6 and 13 minutes. The precise time will depend on the water temperature and outside air temperature.
The reservoir here is one of the most generous we’ve found, holding 74 ounces. The machine is capable of producing up to 26.5 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period.
It will give you a choice of two different sizes of ice. And in this case, the difference between the two is more significant than with most other machines.
The small ice bullets are an inch long and 0.8 inches wide. The larger bullets are 1.8 inches long and 1.6 inches wide. That’s considerably larger than those available from other machines.
The controls are easy to use. There’s one button to switch the unit off and one to select your preferred size of ice.
Indicator lights show when the power is on, and whether small or large ice bullets have been selected. There’s also a light to show when more water needs to be added to the reservoir. Another shows when the bucket is full.
This is one of the quietest ice makers out there, running at less than 35 decibels. The refrigerant used here is R134a. You’ll need to let it settle for between 1 and 3 hours on a firm surface before the first use.
As with other ice makers, this machine won’t keep your ice frozen. If you want to stock up, use the included scoop to bag it up and store it in your freezer.
Pretty much the only thing this doesn’t have is an automatic cleaning function. There is a plug at the bottom to allow you to drain away leftover water before storage. There’s no need to do this if you’re using the machine regularly. Any meltwater will drain into the reservoir to be used again.
- Generous 74-ounce capacity reservoir
- Generates less than 35 decibels of noise
- Much bigger difference between the smaller and larger ice bullets than other machines
- No automatic cleaning function
- We’d prefer the window in the lid to be a little larger.
7. AGLUCKY Compact Countertop Ice Maker Machine
The AGLUCKY ice maker is available in black, silver or red. It’s got a nice big window in the lid to allow you to see into the bucket. The control panel sits on top of the window, making it look a little like a miniature top-loader washing machine!
The configuration of the controls is similar to many other models. There are five indicator lights and two buttons.
The buttons allow you to turn the power on and off and to select from two sizes of ice bullet. The indicator lights show when the unit is on, what size ice it’s making, when the bin is full, and when the reservoir is empty.
The small and large ice bullets are about the same length, but the large is wider. Whatever size you pick, the machine will produce nine of them in between 6 and 8 minutes. Over 24 hours, you can get up to 26.5 pounds of ice.
The machine measures 8.7 inches wide and 12.3 inches deep, and stands 12.6 inches tall. It doesn’t take up a lot of counter or storage space. The reservoir has a decent capacity of 70 ounces. And while the high-speed exhaust fan does generate some heat, it’s pretty quiet.
As with other ice makers, you’ll need to transfer the ice to a freezer to prevent it melting. The bucket and scoop included in the package make that job easier.
Aglucky provides a year of service support with every purchase. This also seems to be one of the longer-lasting ice machines out there.
- Range of attractive color options
- Easy to use controls
- Compact footprint with 70-ounce reservoir
- The fan generates some heat
- There’s not much difference between the size of the small and large ice chunks.
The differences between most of these models are fairly subtle. So if you’re wondering how to choose the perfect portable ice maker, read on for some things to consider.
Do you need different sized chunks of ice?
Some ice makers offer a single size of ice, others the option of two different sizes. It’s worth thinking about whether this matters to you.
If you’re going to be putting all your ice in a pitcher, it won’t make any difference. But there are times when a choice of sizes can have advantages.
If you want to add ice to a portable water bottle, for example, smaller chunks will be easier. You won’t have to struggle to fit them in the neck. And if you want to pack ice around food, larger chunks will make the job quicker.
It’s worth noting, however, that the difference between the sizes offered by most machines is fairly minimal. The lengths are often the same, with just the width varying slightly. The honorable exception to this is Costway’s ice maker, which offers significantly larger chunks than others.
Check freezing times
The great advantage of an ice maker is getting your ice fast – so check freezing times before you buy. Most of the models featured here will deliver nine ice bullets in between 6 and 10 minutes.
There can, though, be significant differences in how long is required for set-up before the first use. All ice makers contain coolant, and that needs to settle before they’re used for the first time.
This is a simple matter of placing the machine upright on a stable surface and leaving it alone for a while. The recommended length of time varies between an hour and 24 hours. If you’re in a rush to use your machine, check that out before you buy.
Consider cleaning and maintenance
Keeping your ice maker clean will prolong its life and give you better tasting ice. Some models make the task easier with self-cleaning cycles. With others, you’ll need to wipe them down and rinse them yourself.
Most machines will recycle meltwater. But if you’re going to be storing your ice maker for a while you should make sure it’s dry. Look for options with a plug and drainage hole at the bottom. That will make it much easier to get rid of any unused water before putting the machine into storage.
Time to chill!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of the seven best portable ice makers on the market! Hopefully, you’re now one step closer to making the perfect purchase.
Our top pick is IKICH portable ice maker. It’s compact, quiet and easy to use. And it comes with a best-in-class 2-year warranty.
But if you’d like a bigger difference between the large and small ice settings, go for the Costway. That comes in a great choice of colors too.
Whichever model you choose, enjoy having ice on hand all through the summer!