Best Ice Makers to Buy This Summer
India is a tropical country and has a big landmass. As a result, it experiences extreme weather in all seasons. Sweaty days and humid nights make the life like hell during this time of the year. After coming home from office, the first thing most people want is a soft drink glass with a couple of ice cubes.
Refrigerators can store only a limited amount of ice. Moreover, they take hours to freeze water. In the case of a big family, your dream of having ice cubes in drinks will remain unfulfilled. The best way to solve this problem is by purchasing an ice maker.
Most people get scared when it comes to buying an ice maker because they think it will cost them a lot of money.
We are living in the world of competition where brands can do anything just to get an upper hand over their competitors. This has not only resulted in lowering of prices but also in the development of better and more efficient products.
Now let us take a look at some of the best portable ice makers currently available in the market. Read also Best Selling Side By Side LG Refrigerator Model in India.
Carysil Lion Quick Ice Cube Maker
Carysil was founded three decades back as a result of collaboration between an Indian and a German company. This brand is quite famous for sinks, dishwashers, and other kitchen appliances. Its Lion Ice Cube Maker has recently gained a great popularity among customers. The machine offers a number of premium features and is available for an amount of 14,250 rupees only.
Superfast Operation: The compressor of this ice cube maker uses 130 Watts of electricity. It is capable of making ice within 6 minutes. No other machine is capable of its performance. One can use this product for parties, celebrations as well in small restaurants.
Compact Body: You will not have to sacrifice a lot of space for the Carysil Lion Ice Cube Maker. Its body is highly compact and will easily fit on a small shelve. The manufacturer has used quality build materials while making this product. In fact, metallic outer shell and curved edges will enhance the beauty of your kitchen.
A glass window at the top allows the customers to keep an eye on the amount of produced ice.
Easy To Use: Making ice with the Carysil Lion Ice Cube Maker is a three-step process. First, pour in some water in the tank but make sure it does not cross the maximum level (marked from inside). Now connect the power cord and press the power button. In the last step, users need to select the ice cube size from small, medium, and large.
Like all ice making machines, this device also makes hollow and cylindrical ice cubes. Many customers do not know this and freak out when they see ice cubes in an unfamiliar shape.
On the left is an exhaust fan for removing the hot air from inside. And, a small nozzle at the bottom proves to be helpful when users fill more water than required.
Inbuilt Display Panel
It is one of the few ice cube makers (if not the only one) that come with an inbuilt display panel. The display is backlight and generates large texts.
- Makes ice within minutes
- High storage capacity of 1.1 KG
- Backlit display panel
- Makes 12 KG of ice every 24 hours
Verdict: A product like this generally costs around 20,000 rupees but Carysil is selling it with a good discount currently. There is no major con associated with this machine.
|Maximum Duty Cycle||12KG/Day|
|Storage Capacity||1.1 KG|
|Power Consumption||130 Watts|
|Dimension||297 x 367 x 378 mm|
Carysil Trance Quick Ice Cube Maker
The Trance Ice Cube Maker is another great product from Carysil. At the price of 12,999 rupees, it is one of the cheapest ice cube makers out there.
Eye-Catching Design: I must say Carysil has tried to make this product as premium as it could. White outer shell and extraordinary design language are enough pleasing to blow anyone’s mind.
There is a catch, though. Its build quality is not on par with the price-point. Plastic construction makes the Trance Ice Maker susceptible to damages. Customers will have to install it at a safe and secure place.
Electricity Friendly: The power consumption of this machine is rated at 120 Watts, which is really impressive. You will only experience a slight increase the power bill (a maximum of 50 rupees in my opinion).
Frequent opening of its door to check the ice cube amount releases cold air outside and lowers the efficiency of the machine. To avoid this, Carysil has featured a glass window on its top door.
Performance wise, this icemaker is just like the Carysil Lion. Cubes form within minutes. It has a duty cycle of 12 KG ice per day. The storage box though is a little small and can only hold 0.8 KG of ice at once.
Inbuilt Ice Dispenser: No need to open its door to fetch ice. The Trance Ice Maker flaunts has an inbuilt dispenser. Just place a glass under dispenser nozzle and ice cubes will automatically fall down in it.
- Low power consumption
- Fast operation
- Indicator lights
- Comes with 4 rubber feet for better grip
Cons: Plastic construction
Verdict: Carysil has done a lot of hard work on the trance ice-maker. The only downside is it has a plastic body. Still, this machine will be a great buy.
|Maximum Duty Cycle||12KG/Day|
|Storage Capacity||0.8 KG|
|Power Consumption||120 Watts|
|Dimension||290 x 344 x 401 mm|
Maximatic Mr. Freeze Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker
Maximatic is a US based company and has been working in the Indian market for quite some years. It has launched many great products in the country and the MIM-18SS Ice Maker is one of them. This product is famously known as the Mr. Freeze Portable Ice Maker and is available for an amount of 23,674 rupees.
Compact And Portable: Customers can take this icemaker to camping, picnics, stadiums as well as in RVs. Compact body and portable design making it suitable for all kinds of purposes.
There are handles on the left and right sides for helping the user in shifting the product from one place to another.
Premium Looks: There is no match of this ice-maker when it comes to design. Its outer shell offers a brushed metallic finish. Further, strong materials and finely graded parts eliminate flexing as well as creaking.
In fact, the Maximatic Ice Maker will impress you on the front of durability also. Proper care and timely maintenance will increase the life of this product up to many years.
Makes Huge Amount Of Ice In Short Time: Although other alternatives make ice within minutes, they produce only a few cubes in a single batch. The Mr. Freeze Ice Maker tries to solve that problem. A powerful compressor at its heart generates enough cooling to make 9 large ice cubes in every batch. Plus this machine has a 1.7-liter water tank. An ice bucket and a scooper come free of cost.
- Makes 9 ice cubes in every batch
- Viewing window at the top
- Metallic outer shell
- Energy efficient
Verdict: I do agree this ice-maker offers great features but it is not affordable. One can purchase two budget level ice-making machines in the cost of this one.
|Maximum Duty Cycle||10-11KG/Day|
|Water Storage Capacity||1.7 Liter|
|Dimension||39 x 38 x 28 cm|
HOVERLABS Desktop Ice Maker (LMIM-15)
The Hoverlabs LMIM-15 Desktop Ice Maker is a product of premium segment. To take this machine home, you will have to spend a whopping 41,473 rupees. Still, I have included it in this list because of the performance factor.
Less Freezing Time: Your money will not go waste as the Hoverlabs Ice Maker offers far more superior performance than any other alternative. It is the best solution for sports matches. A single unit of this machine is capable of producing ice cubes for an entire team during the match. Like all other ice-makers, this Hoverlabs device also offers three cube sizes including small, medium, and large. I would like to point out though it takes a couple of minutes extra while making ice cubes of large size.
Durable Build: A good ice-maker needs to be portable as well as durable and the product about which we are talking here fulfills both these demands. Thus, you will not any problem while carrying it in an RV or in a car. Moreover, it has a strong body capable of resisting small collisions.
Unattractive Design: Being a premium level product, this Hoverlabs ice-maker has greatly disappointed me with its unattractive design. Actually, it looks more like a cheap half-size fridge that many street vendors use to store cold drinks. And, the fact is when spending more than 40,000 rupees on an ice-maker, it is obvious that buyers not only expects higher performance but also an appealing design.
- Will last for years
- Fast freezing
- Made for heavy usage
Cons: Its outer shell is not attractive at all
Verdict: Whether to purchase this machine or not totally depends on your needs. People who do not give much importance to looks & design can buy it without a second thought.
|Maximum Duty Cycle||15KG/Day|
|Ice Storage||2 KG|
|Power Consumption||180 Watts|
|Dimension||300 x 365 x 375 mm|