If you are looking for a portable ice maker, you may want to stay at this section of cheap ice machine reviews. We have tested Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S, and when it comes to mobile ice makers, this is one of the best solutions we have discovered so far.
Let us start with the most obvious and the first thing to notice - the design. This model is built in elegant lines that will fit everyone’s taste and more importantly, fit every environment. It comes in three colors - red, black and silver, which allows more choice and more flexibility when it comes to matching the appliance with the rest of the interior.
When it comes to the dimensions, this machine is only 14.70” tall and 14.80” wide, which makes it not much larger than some coffee makers. This means that it can easily fit any surface in the kitchen or any other room of the house. The small dimensions and the weight of only 20 pounds make this appliance portable, and it is possible to extend its use to an RV, a boat, a summerhouse, an office or anywhere where you have electricity and water.
This model does not require a water line connection, so it is not included in the purchase. Instead, you are required to fill the reservoir with a few liters of water and plug in the appliance.
The ice is made within minutes - the first batch requires from 10 to 15, while all the following batches are made in as little as 6 minutes. The ice is bullet-shaped and the cubes are hollow in the middle, which is one of the reasons why they can be formed so fast. You can use as much ice as you like, and even if you use all of it, a new batch will be formed very quickly.
The production capacity is up to 26 pounds of ice per day, which is quite a lot for the appliance of such small dimensions.
Ice Cube Sizes
There are two sizes of ice cubes to choose from. The larger ones are pretty much standard, and you can use them to top the drink in a glass with ice. Smaller ice cubes are convenient for this use as well, but we found them very useful for adding ice to a bottle of drink, which you cannot do with large ice cubes.
Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S does not serve as a freezer, which means that the unused ice cubes will eventually melt inside the machine. However, do not let this information worry you. The ice that gets melted is “recycled”, or in other words, it is used for making new ice. This means two things - there will always be ice in the tray, and there will be no water leaking in or around the machine.
Another benefit of this model is that it is very user-friendly and intuitive. It has several push button controls which enable you to switch the machine on and off and choose the size of the ice cubes you want it to produce. There is also a light that indicates when the reservoir is empty, reminding you to add more water; and the automatic overflow protection - the light that indicates when the reservoir is full.
The ice bin of this model cannot be removed, which may be a problem for some users. However, this is a portable ice maker, and it means that the bin is relatively small, which enables you to access the ice cubes easily without having to remove the bin. The ice scoop is also included in the purchase, so you do not have to buy it separately.
Despite all its great features, this appliance is not exactly the ideal solution if you are looking for a cheap portable ice maker. It is quite a pricey machine concerning its dimensions, and it is probably the largest drawback of this model. However, you can often found it on sale, where you can get it at a great discount and get it at more than reasonable price. Therefore, if you wish to own this ice maker, map attention to the discounts and you will be able to get it at quite a good price.
Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S