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JCM 1420 08-26-2020 04:37 PM

Countertop ice maker
 
Looking for countertop ice maker with manual fill reservoir.

anybody have one thatís not junk?

SirFer 08-26-2020 04:45 PM

My wife and I sprung for the GE Opal for ourselves for our anniversary and itís awesome. If I have one complaint itís that it has a constant mechanical whir when itís making ice. Itís not as loud as a microwave or anything but if youíre in the room you can hear it. That said, if we let it make ice overnight while we sleep the bucket will get us through the day with no issue so we can turn it off during the day while weíre in the kitchen.

https://www.geappliances.com/ge/icem...hoC96oQAvD_BwE

bamaboy473 08-26-2020 04:56 PM

We got one for use when we're on the road in the motor home because the normal one in the refrigerator doesn't make as much ice as we use. It made good ice and a good bit of it. What isn't cool is that if you aren't using it all the time, you'll be needing to clean out the crap that grows in it when it isn't freezing. Not hard to clean, but it's a 2-beer job to do it right.

We now just get a bag of ice and don't use the ice-maker. If you want one cheap, PM me.


Stim 08-27-2020 05:46 AM

I have had one for about 10 years and it works great.
I did have to repair a plastic part by wiring it back together. (don't remember much about it)
The trick to getting more ice is there is a round chrome pin that the ice cools down to shut it off when the ice gets that high in the bin.
If you just hold that pin to warm it up with your fingers the machine will turn back on faster making more ice.

ez3putt 08-27-2020 06:33 AM

I got an Air Choice from Amazon for our Travel Trailer. Used it every day on a two month trip this summer. I would turn it on a couple of hours before cocktail time and turn it off when I went to bed. Always had plenty of ice. Cleaning has not been a big problem as we empty the water out when we travel. It also does not maintain ice, but makes it so quickly it doesn't matter. We like it so much, we transferred it to the bar at our condo.

marlinmike 08-27-2020 07:28 AM

Couple points, they have a limited lifespan from what I have experienced along with a good number of friends, I can say nobody has them anymore.... The other down side is the ice is not really a dense type ice cube, it will melt fast, but if that's all acceptable then it will make a good amount of "ice" and you will be happy for some time.

Bamaman 08-27-2020 08:45 AM

I bought one online for my fifth wheel trailer for under $100. It's been working great for 5 years+. Wouldn't want to have to fill it up with water every couple of days manually in my home, but it's great in a travel trailer or boat w/110 volts.

RussH 08-27-2020 05:37 PM

I bought this one on Amazon and have had it probably 4 years. It uses 5 gallon water bottles. I fill the water jug with well water to make fishing ice, use a new water bottle for house ice. It's not super fast to make ice but you have choices of 3 different sizes of ice and it's still working just fine. I was afraid it was going to be a piece of junk but I'm really glad I bought it.


tprice 08-27-2020 08:15 PM

subscribed. We got a Samsung frig so we never know when we will have ice or not

josephitguy 08-28-2020 07:20 AM

When I need more ice than the ice maker bin in the fridge will hold (in my side-by-side fridge), I take the ice bin out and put a trash can that fits under it, I removed the top shelf in the freezer, the trash can it only used for ice. I take a few days, but will fill the can and is 3 bags worth of ice.

240 LTS 08-28-2020 09:21 AM


Originally Posted by tprice (Post 13995574)
subscribed. We got a Samsung frig so we never know when we will have ice or not


On a side note, I was reading reviews on Samsung kitchen appliances and all of the owners were totally dissatisfied.


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josephitguy 08-28-2020 01:32 PM

Has a 5 year old Samsung when I moved in with wife/girlfriend, started freezing up, no one would fix it, could not give it a away, had to take it to the dump.

dpdash 08-28-2020 01:44 PM


Originally Posted by tprice (Post 13995574)
subscribed. We got a Samsung frig so we never know when we will have ice or not


lol

tprice 08-29-2020 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by 240 LTS (Post 13996968)
On a side note, I was reading reviews on Samsung kitchen appliances and all of the owners were totally dissatisfied.


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OH YEA. Add us to that list

RussH 08-29-2020 08:21 PM


Originally Posted by RussH (Post 13994981)
I bought this one on Amazon and have had it probably 4 years. It uses 5 gallon water bottles. I fill the water jug with well water to make fishing ice, use a new water bottle for house ice. It's not super fast to make ice but you have choices of 3 different sizes of ice and it's still working just fine. I was afraid it was going to be a piece of junk but I'm really glad I bought it.

https://www.amazon.com/Northair-Dispenser-Daily-Ice-Portable-Stainless/dp/B07RZQ4PWD/ref=sr_1_48?dchild=1&keywords=countertop+ice+machi ne&id=1598571395&sr=8-48

I forgot to mention that you don't have to use a water bottle, you can put water in under the ice bin and it will pump it up and freeze it. It's advertised to make 40LBS a day but that's if you keep taking the ice out of the ice bin, the ice bin holds maybe 5-6LBS at a time. When the ice bin gets full a red light comes on to let you know.


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