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.