Set this Insignia portable ice maker on your counter, and ensure you have enough ice for your next party. With a 6-to-12-minute cycle time depending on the cube size you select, this ample ice maker makes up to 26 pounds of ice per day. The stainless steel exterior of this Insignia portable ice maker blends easily in your modern kitchen.
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It's great if your fridge doesn't have an icemaker
Posted by: DonMc from: on
When I bought this unit, I'll admit I was drawn into the "26 pounds of ice per day" declaration. I'm a retiree who goes to the local park every day to watch the pickup basketball games, and I fill up my cooler with ice and bottled water for the players on hot days. I was buying bags of ice from the market on the way to the park, which cost me $10-$12 per week. So when I saw this unit on sale, I surmised that it would pay for itself in a few months.
Well, it appears this ice maker needs to be babysat in order to produce the promised yield. Given the size of this thing (the size of a carryon bag!) one would think that it was capable of holding quite a bit of ice; not so. After producing a medium sized mixing bowl amount of ice, it needed to be emptied before it would generate any more ice. So, in order to fill even a small cooler's worth of ice, you have to wait for the bucket to fill with ice, empty the bucket, bag the ice, store it in the freezer, add more water to the unit, repeat. It's less aggravating and much faster to just grab a bag from the store.
I'm not saying this product is not without merit, I'm just saying if you regularly want large amounts of ice, this may not be the unit for you. If you are having a get together and require a steady flow of cubes for the event, this thing is right up your alley. But given it's very large size, it's not something you'll leave on your counter when not being used, so check your cabinet space. However, if you're the type of person who'll even consider buying something as unidimensional as this, you probably already have your cupboards (and closets, basements, attics...) filled with seldom used items: toaster ovens, waffle irons, Foreman grills, deep fryers, rice cookers, bread makers, cappuccino machines(?!), you get the point...(I'm not just a member, I'm the president!).
It's a cool item (yeah, I saw the pun as I wrote it), and it works wonderfully, so I gave it four stars, but given its meager output and its need for constant attention to get large amounts of ice, and because it'll be the third largest appliance in your kitchen, I deducted a point.
85 out of 93 found this review helpful.
Great machine for office
Posted by: Maleah from: on
Easily holds enough ice for two people or more to use throughout the day. Machine continues to make ice as level gets low. Ice will melt in the holding bin as the holding area is not a freezer.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Awesome product and performance
Posted by: Crone from: on
Less than 5 minutes it was dropping ice in the bucket, have it in my office all day, not bad, fairly quite. It is about the size of an auto coffee maker.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: yummie from: Utica, New York on
The first one I received didn't work, the power wouldn't turn on. After taking the first one back to Best Buy I wasn't sure I wanted to try a second one but I did and it works fine. Only complaint is I wish the ice cubes were bigger, they melt very fast.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Love my Speedy Gonzalez ice maker
Posted by: krystal from: on
This machine is super fast and is exactly what I was looking for. Ice comes out perfectly for me to chew in aid to help stop smoking. I love it
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Homebody from: on
This product has served us well. We do not have a built in ice maker and are renting so this was the best option for us. Has already saved us so much time not using trays and money that would have gone toward bags of ice.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Good but not great
Posted by: sillic from: on
If you don't have an ice maker hook up for your freezer this is a nice option. It does make bullet shaped ice quickly. But the ice sticks together in my freezer ice bin. I have to use a knife or ice pick to break apart ice every time i get ice out. 3.5 stars is more accurate.
7 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mike from: on
Perfect for my wife... Saved me many trips to the store.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Not worth the hassle...
Posted by: MtnHiker from: on
Read the other reviews and thought this would work out, but...It is so slow, it takes 10 minutes to make 9 little ice bullets. By the time the next batch of 9 is ready, the first 9 are half melted! Can't wait long enough to get enough ice to make a tall glass of iced tea. If you want ice for a drink, you better plan ahead! If you want to store ice as it is made, you must check the machine every couple cycles to get it out, plus it is very wet ice, re-freezing into a big glob. As long as it takes to make ice, I am not sure the electricity it uses doesn't cost more than buying ice at the store! I'll be returning this, not happy at all.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great Ice Maker for the money
Posted by: TPT98 from: on
We had been looking at ice makers for a couple years for use in our RV. Should have purchased one years ago. Makes ice quickly. About 7 minutes per cycle. We can fill our ice bin in just a few hours. Only comment is that the maker isn't cold enough. Ice begins melting right away. We just empty it in our bin about every 3 cycles.