FAQ About Ice Makers
An automatic ice maker is the key to any host's heart. With the touch of a button it lets you make fresh, clean, and uniform ice cubes that can be plunked into drinks or used to fill a cooler. That means no more juggling water-filled ice cube trays and no more dragging yourself to the store in the middle of your backyard barbeque just to pick up a few more bags of pre-made ice.
What types of ice makers are available?
Portable ice makers
Portable ice makers are handy because they don't require a permanent water line to function. All you do is plug them into an electrical outlet, fill them with water, and flip the On switch. They can be taken out and used when needed, then easily stowed away out of sight once the party is over.
Fixed ice makers
Fixed ice makers, by contrast, attach directly to a water line. They're typically installed under the counter and can be either built-in or freestanding. They have the ability to create more ice much faster than portable ice makers, making them ideal for commercial usage or as part of a home bar.
Why should I consider an ice maker?
With an automatic ice maker you can create lots of fresh ice in a very short amount of time and with little to no effort. If you're hosting a party or large social event this is incredibly helpful, since it means you don't have to make ice manually (with lots and lots of ice cube trays) or buy (and keep cool) large bags of pre-made ice.
What features should I be looking for when buying an ice maker?
Capacity is everything, both in terms of ice production and ice storage. A large ice storage capacity is especially helpful, since it lets you keep lots of fresh-made ice readily available. You might also want to look for a unit that has a built-in water filter. Filters need to be cleaned or replaced periodically to ensure the creation of clean and tasty ice, which is crucial when using ice cubes in drinks for you or your guests. Some ice makers also make different types of ice, such as cubed, flaked, crushed, and tubed.