Stainless steel is a beautiful material and it will look super cool in your kitchen. Additionally, appliances that have a stainless steel body will probably last a lot longer than their counterparts covered in plastic.
If you’re looking for a stainless steel portable ice maker, you’re lucky – there are dozens of such products on the market. Needless to say, however, the ice makers aren’t created equal.
The following review will guide you through some of the best stainless steel portable ice maker options. We’ll take a look at the unique characteristics and try to identify the features that turn specific portable stainless steel ice makers into great appliances.
NewAir AI-100SS 28-Pound Portable Ice Maker
The compact design of this portable ice maker turns it in the perfect pick for a smaller kitchen. As the name suggests, the appliance manufactured by NewAir is capable of making up to 28 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period. An individual batch of ice will be made in approximately 15 minutes.
The ice cubes are bullet shaped and you can choose among three sizes – small, medium and large. A LED control is available in a front panel, enabling you to choose between the different sizes and make some adjustments.
A few additional features worth mentioning include a 2.2 pound removable ice basket, melted ice being recycled into the next batch, a side-mounted drain, an ice scoop, automatic overflow protection and a five-litre water capacity of the tank.
EdgeStar Portable Stainess Steel Ice Maker
Another quite popular option, the EdgeStar Portable Stainless Steel Ice Maker combines a beautiful appearance with fast functioning and a lot of functionalities.
The machine is capable of making up to 28 pounds of ice per day and an individual batch will be ready in approximately 10 minutes. The EdgeStar ice bin can hold up to two pounds of ice cubes at the same time.
For added convenience, you can choose among three different ice cube sizes.
EdgeStar Portable Stainless Steel Ice Maker has a couple of great additional functionalities and features among which a one-gallon water tank, four different colours to choose among, a digital display, a height under 15 inches, a body finished with commercial-grade stainless steel and no drainage required.
Igloo ICE103 Counter Top Ice Maker
This portable stainless steel ice maker looks and feels a little bit more solid than the other two entries in the list. Igloo ICE103 portable ice maker can produce up to 26 pounds of ice per day and there’s a choice between three ice cube sizes. An individual batch of ice will be ready in approximately six minutes.
The ice maker has an ice capacity of 2.2 pounds – an oversized and very convenient ice bucket for such a small appliance.
Some of the other characteristics that make Igloo ICE103 an exceptional pick include a large water reservoir, an electronic control panels with LED indicators, automatic shutoff whenever the ice basket is full, automatic shutoff when the water reservoir is running low and silent functioning.
Magic Chef Portable Mini Ice Maker
If you’re looking for the smallest of the small stainless steel portable ice makers, this machine will be right up your alley. On top of that, the Magic Chef portable appliance is capable of producing 30 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period.
The machine comes with a cool window on the top lid, which enables you to see what’s going on inside. A single batch of ice will be produced every seven minutes and you can choose among three different sizes.
An ice bucket that can hold up to four pounds of ice at the same time, a digital control panel, indicators for empty water reservoir and filled ice basket and an included drain rank among the other characteristics of the machine.
Whynter IMC-491DC Portable Ice Maker
The final entry in the list is the biggest of all stainless steel portable units mentioned so far. The Whynter ICM-491DC can make up to 49 pounds of ice per day. The machine produces 12 bullet ice cubes every 15 minutes and there are three sizes to choose among.
The tank can hold up to five litres of water and the ice bucket’s capacity is 2.7 pounds.
A LED-display and soft-touch panel, optional direct water feed, a sensor that stop ice production whenever the bucket is filled, ability to recycle melting ice water and a compact design add to the usability of the ice maker.