It’s about to get hot everywhere so cool down with a portable ice maker.
Temperatures over 100 degrees and brutally high humidity will combine to deliver a potentially dangerous heat wave to much of the central and southern U.S. this week.
“This may be one of the worst heat waves in the last few decades,” the National Weather Service warned.
Some 130 million Americans will endure heat indexes of at least 100 degrees, according to the Weather Channel.
In addition to heading to the beach and drinking lots of fluids a great way to stay cool is have an endless supply of ice on hand.
Cool Down with a Portable Ice Maker
There are lots of different portable ice makers on the market that come in different sizes, ice making ability, and pricing.
While having a large selection of options to choose from is great, it can be a challenge to find the right fit.
Do you have a lot of parties or a big family that consumes a lot of ice or is it just you and the dog?
Do you have a budget?
Let’s take a look at the top sellers on the market and compare:
All portable ice makers do not need direct plumbing.
Simply fill the reservoirs with water, choose your ice size and have fresh ice in as little as 10 – 15 minutes.
The Magic Chef MCIM22 and the NewAir AI-100 both keep stronger box-shape angles, but the Igloo ICE101 and the Whynter IMC-270M are much more rounded out in the front end as opposed to being flat and angular.
The rounded front end looks sleeker and may allow for better compact storage, but there’s also the possibility that it may reduce the overall storage space for ice.
The NewAir AI-100 Portable Ice Maker is slightly larger than the other models, with the Whynter ice maker the smallest model of the bunch.
All of these models also include a circular, stainless steel side vent to release the heat produced by the unit while in operation.
The only difference between these vents is the placement; Igloo ICE101 and the Whynter IMC-270M models have a vents on their left side while the Magic Chef MCIM22 and the NewAir AI-100 have their vents located on the right side.
Three of the four models include a convenient exterior drain mounted on the side of the unit for quick and easy water drainage.
The only one that doesn’t come with a side mounted drain is the Whynter model ice maker that requires the unit be lifted to reach the water drain plug located underneath the unit.
That seems much messier than it needs to be considering it is a lot easier to reach a drain plug when it is on its side.
The Igloo, Magic Chef, and NewAir models seem to have an upper hand over the Whynter in terms of product design, but there is one key feature that can help set a more decisive victory: color options.
The Magic Chef and the Whynter offer the fewest colors.
The Magic Chef has two basic color options: white and silver.
Whynter has three basic color options: metallic black, metallic red, and metallic silver.
The Igloo model has five color options, a definite improvement over the previous two models mentioned.
These colors are black, red, silver, stainless steel, and white.
The NewAir AI-100 Portable Ice Maker is the only model in the group that offers six options with more bold, colorful choices.
These include black, red, silver, stainless steel, cyan blue, and vermillion orange.
In the span of a 24 hour day, the NewAir AI-100 portable ice makers continue to be on a roll.
The NewAir AI-100 produces 28 pounds of ice per day with nine bullet-shaped pieces popping out in about 6-15 minutes per cycle, depending on which size you want.
The bigger the ice, the longer it will take to freeze.
The Magic Chef and the NewAir models each offer three different sizes of bullet-shaped ice: small, medium, or large.
The Igloo and Whynter models are more modest in their size offerings with only two sizes, small or large.
All four models, however, will produce nine pieces of ice per cycle, but at slightly different minimum rates.
The Igloo ICE101 can create 26 pounds of ice daily with nine pieces being created as quickly as seven minutes.
The Magic Chef MCIM22 has about the same ice production cycling rate, but can produce about 27 pounds of ice per day.
The Whynter IMC-270M can produce the same amount as the Magic Chef despite being smaller than the others, but it takes longer to crack out nine pieces of ice at a rate between 10-15 minutes.
Three of the four portable ice makers share similar power specifications that won’t likely set them apart.
The Igloo, Magic Chef, and NewAir models are 120 watt ice makers running on 115 volts and a peak 2.7 amps during ice making harvest.
The Whynter, on the other hand, produces 27 pounds of ice daily while consuming 120 watts, 115 volts, and 1.7 amps during ice making current and 2.1 amps during ice making harvest.
This slightly lower amperage compared with its daily ice making production puts the Whynter IMC-270M Compact Ice Maker on the comeback trail.
Use and Maintenance
Interface and Maintenance Features
All four models have two push-button controls that allow for easy operation of the unit.
You can turn the power on and off with one button and select the size of the ice with the other button.
Each model also features LED indicator lights that tell you when the removable ice bin is full or to refill the water tank.
Most of the models have a plastic construction, making it lightweight and easy to clean.
Draining, as mentioned, is also easy with the side drain on for three of the four models–the Whynter ice maker being the exception.
|Produces 26 lbs of ice per day in choice of 2 ice sizes (small or large).||$113.95|
Magic Chef MCIM22T
|Makes up to 27 lbs. of ice 24 hours. Makes ice in as little as 7 minutes. Choice of 3 ice cube sizes.||$171.33|
|Produces up to 28 lbs. of ice in 24 hours.||$189.95|
|Produces up to 27 lbs. of in 24 hours. You can select between 2 sized cubes.||