Insignia™ - 26-Lb. Portable Ice Maker - Stainless steel

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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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Overview

What's Included


  • Insignia™ 26-Lb. Portable Ice Maker
  • Ice basket
  • Ice scoop
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (600 out of 648)

Features


Produces 9 bullet-shape ice cubes every 6 to 12 minutes

For up to 26 lbs. in 24 hours.

Stores up to 1.1 lbs of ice at a time

So you can have the ice ready and waiting.

Water recycling system

Collects melted water and filters it to be reused, eliminating the need for a drain.

Holds up to 0.5 gallon of water

To help minimize the need for refilling.

2 selectable ice cube sizes

Offer the versatility to suit your needs.

Ice scoop

For easy ice removal.


Overall customer rating

4.5
93%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's great if your fridge doesn't have an icemaker

    Posted
    DonMc
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    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my Dorm, but Hard to Clean

    Posted
    NVScott
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    I picked this up for my dorm/apartment because I didn't know how much room would be in the freezer, but I knew ice would likely not be a given in there. We have tons of counter-space, so it was easy to just keep it plugged in and in use all the time, and my roommates love it. However, this particular unit has almost no removable parts, and I noticed mold growing in hard-to-reach areas near where the water actually freezes. I'm at a loss on how to easily get back there, and even their instruction manual just says to wipe out the main compartment with a cloth -- that wouldn't help at all in this case. I read some other instructionals that say you can run a bleach solution through the ice-maker to make sure everything is sanitized, but I really just wished they would have made the item able to be disassembled so I could throw them in the dishwasher or at least give them a good scrub. Before I noticed the mold, I would have given this item 5 stars. It's been so useful and I love having ice whenever I need it. But it doesn't seem designed for constant use, it seems more like a party item where you use it for a few hours, then dry it out and put it away. Disappointing... but oh well!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Less than I hoped for

    Posted
    Rick
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    My vision was to never fill ice trays again, so I wanted my own ice machine. I started the machine up to test it out and the first batch of ice was done in 7 minutes. Then another batch in another 7 minutes, and so on. After a few batches, I realized this was not going to be for me. The benefit of a built in ice maker is that you continue to build up ice in a frozen environment then the ice is always waiting for you. With this, it sits on the counter, so any ice produced immediately starts melting because it’s ejected to room temperature. Sure, the drippings go back in to be recycled into a future batch, but basically the machine is in an endless cycle, constantly making noise. So after running several test batches, I realized that wasn’t what I was looking for so I boxed it back up and returned it that same day. Did it work? Yes. But did I want a large appliance sitting on my limited counter space making constant noise? No.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor performance and usability

    Posted
    iceman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Pros: The small size ice is good for my husband when he is dehydrated and is craving for ice. The price is a bit expensive for my life style, but is reasonable. At least, I do not need to drive a long distance to get the ice in the middle of night. Cons. It takes such a long time to make a complete shape and number of ice: the first batch makes only 4 or 5 pcs, the second 15 to 16, taking 20 to 25 minutes to make 20 pcs of ice. Approx. 2 cups of water in the tank is wasting. It stops making the ice at the level of 2 cups in the tank unless keep adding the water. Adding the water means, it keeps the same cycle of 20 minutes for full line of ice and then laud noise thereafter. The ice is rather too watery, and often stick together and is hard to crack. The drain of water and drying up are difficult because of the design structure and heavy weight. It may not cost effective, but raising the bottom of the tank might help use up the water. I wish I could return and replace with some other ice makers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but slow ice maker

    Posted
    MMMMMAAAAAARRRRRKKKKKKKK
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    This was my first venture into the portable ice maker market. It's an OK little machine. I wasn't amazed or anything. You have to think a ways ahead to make sure ice is ready when you need it. It takes about 8 minutes to makes 9 ice-cubes. When you read in the description that it makes 26lbs. of ice .... well, yes BUT .... you have to be watching the machine for most of the time it's working. The little ice tray will fill up in about an hour. Then you have to empty it and let the machine continue. I guess the bottom line is - it doesn't work as well as a refrigerator ice maker and it doesn't keep the ice cold and ready to use when you are ready for it. It just slowly makes the ice. The catch is .... almost all of the portable ice makers are the same. After learning this fact I've come to appreciate this machine for what it is and not what I wished it was. It slowly makes ice and you have to monitor the ice basket to periodically remove the ice as it's being made.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Greetings! Thank you so much for posting this review of this 26-Lb. Portable Ice Maker. Thank you for your feedback as well as your business! Louie L. Insignia Products. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Does the Job

    Posted
    MovieFanatic49
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    We bought this ice maker because our fridge has a door ice maker that doesn't make or hold much ice. This ice maker does an ok job. The pro is that it makes ice pretty fast. The reason it is not a five star are the following issues. The main problem is that there is not really a freezer in the unit, so you have to transfer the ice to the a bucket in your freezer after a batch is finished. If you don't, the ice will just melt and recycle itself. Not a big deal. The problem is that since there is no freezer in the unit, the ice is always wet, so when the batch is finished and you transfer it to your freezer, it is wet ice, so if you put it in a bucket, you get a giant frozen ice ball chunk because it freezes together. I have worked around this by putting the ice from the ice maker onto a flat cookie sheet pan in the freezer, let it dry/freeze flat, then transfer it to an ice bucket. This is not ideal, but the only way to make it work. Overall the ice maker works, just not ideal the way to have to deal with the ice that it produces.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I have purchased three of these in last year

    Posted
    Allybear
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    I have purchased three of these ice makers within the last year. One for myself and two others as gifts. All three ice makers are wonderful for about 4 months, but that is about it. Mine stopped making ice shortly after about 4 months. It keeps saying that the ice bin is full when it is empty. It seems like the little flap that scoops the ice into the bin is out of alignment or something. Now it will only make ice about twice a day. The people I gave these as gifts to say they are now having the same issue. There has to be a defect somewhere. I'm 0 for 3 on this unit and have to give it just a one star. To spend $120 on something, and have it not work after 4 months of ownership is not good.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Party time

    Posted
    Tman
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    We bought this for our camper so we could stop buying bagged ice. Little skeptical about how much ice this can make and if it would do it on a hot day. Well this little guy works well. It makes plenty of ice for use and kept up with a thirsty group of 7. We have had no issues with it but we only use filtered water in it. I will say that if you make ice in this and then transfer it to the freezer the cubes will be a frozen heap and you will need an ice pick. The reason for this is the cubes are wet on the outside as this unit like all of these types of units freeze from the inside and the unit itself is not chilling the air inside. We don't mind this and they are easy to break apart. The first set of cubes takes about 15 mins, but if you set this up an hour before the party you'll have plenty of ice for your drink glasses, just keep an eye on your water level to make sure you don't run out.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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