My husband and I were remodeling and wanted the benefit of adding an ice maker. We didn't want a built in machine and bought one to go in our new walk-in pantry. A previous review mentioned the machine was a little noisy. I find that to be true but as a precaution, I had the walls around our new walk-in pantry insulated to help with the ice maker being loud. It wasn't a reason we wouldn't buy it, since we decided to use insulation to make sure we didn't hear it. It is fairly noisy when the fan runs but is otherwise, very quiet. It dropped the first batch of ice within 20 minutes of when I plugged it in and it makes 5 cubes per batch. The bin was full after about 14 hours. We are going to keep trash bags full of ice in our freezer in case we ever need more ice than this machine may make so I couldn't see spending the money for a higher capacity machine, just for that reason. I couldn't be more pleased with this machine. Great product for the price and delivery was quicker than I was promised. I had a plumber create the water hookup but I hooked up the water line using compression bolts provided by the plumber and a little plumber's tape around the threads and voila, no leaks and easy to do.