Do you frequently entertain at home?
If so, how do you make sure you have ice on hand for your guests’ beverages?
For anyone tired of buying pre-packaged ice, it could be time to look beyond the ice maker on your refrigerator and to invest in something a little more substantial.
Under-counter ice machines make a great fit for many kitchens. These units are typically designed to slide under your existing kitchen counter with no fuss or fanfare.
Some of these machine also give you more flexibility and allow you to leave them freestanding.
Now, choosing one of these machines is pretty straightforward.
You should start by focusing on size and establishing that you have the space to accommodate all the ice makers on your shortlist.
From here, consider the output of the machine. How many ice cubes can it produce in a day, and how many cubes in each batch. Most of these machine deliver a batch in anything from 7 to 20 minutes depending on the brand and the thickness of the ice.
You should also make sure that the type of ice produced is appropriate. If you’re a lover of nugget ice, for example, by no means all machines will deliver ice like this.
Beyond this, double down on the usual factors like durability and noise and you should have no problems finding an under-counter ice machine. We would advise looking at overall value rather than shopping purely by price. Often, paying slightly more for a machine with a far lengthier lifespan can save you money rather than costing you.
Today, then, we bring you a collection of the best under-counter ice machines so you can compare them and determine which, if any, deserves your hard-earned cash.
We’ll get right down to business now before adding that if you need a smaller solution, consider a portable ice maker instead.
The 9 Best Under-Counter Ice Makers
1. Our #1 Pick: Euhomy Commercial Ice Maker
- 100 pounds of ice daily
- 33 pounds storage
- 11 to 20 minutes per batch
- 45 cubes per cycle
- Built-in, freestanding, or under-counter
If you need to produce lots of ice in a hurry and a portable ice maker seems a little lightweight and flimsy for your needs, there’s no substitute for a freestanding model. You’ll need a fair amount of kitchen real estate to accommodate this beast, but you’ll get outstanding overall value if you can find the space.
ETL-certified and rugged enough to be used in a commercial setting, you can also comfortably use this ice maker in a residential backdrop.
Output is truly impressive. You’ll be able to generate up to 100 pounds a day with a supersized storage container capable of storing up to 33 pounds of ice.
Using the machine couldn’t be easier. You get a smart LCD panel that’s a cinch to operate even if you’re not the greatest tech lover. Here, you can monitor the temperature of the surrounding environment to achieve the most efficient ice making. You’ll also be able to fine-tune the size of your ice cubes from the panel.
When it’s time to clean your machine, all you need to do is punch a button and the automatic cycle takes all the sting out of maintenance.
This is a gravity drainage machine, and you should drain the water once a day. All you need to do is yank out the small hose located on the right-hand side of the water tank.
Despite all this performance, the Euhomy runs pretty quietly, and it won’t draw down too much electricity either.
If you’re looking to have lots of fresh ice on demand without needing to constantly buy small packs, this heavyweight under-counter ice machine from Euhomy is a modern classic and our overall favorite ice maker in this class.
2. Runner-Up: HomeLabs Freestanding Commercial Ice Maker
- 99 pounds of ice daily
- 29 pounds storage
- 11 to 20 minutes per batch
- 45 cubes per cycle
Next up we’ve got a close runner-up in the form of this freestanding HomeLabs ice maker, another unit that would serve a turn in a commercial kitchen, but also works wonderfully at home. What do you get for your money, then?
Firstly, you’ll benefit from clear ice with this machine, and you can generate up to 45 pieces of this in 20 minutes flat. Cycles run from 11 to 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the ice cubes you’re making. You can easily manipulate the size using the simple plus and minus buttons.
Maximum output is 99 pounds in a 24-hour period. This will evidently be ample if you’re using this ice machine at home, but if you’re planning to install this machine in a bar, make sure this is sufficient for your needs.
The generous 1.2-liter water tank hooks up directly to a water supply, so you won’t need to tinker around constantly topping up the machine. The HomeLabs is close to set-and-forget in its simplicity.
The LCD allows you to operate the machine with push-button ease. All water and ice-making functions are clearly displayed.
You also get a decent bunch of accessories with this unit, including an ice scoop along with all hoses and connectors. You should be good to get going right out the box. One word of warning, though. Before using this ice machine, the manufacturer recommends you clean it then leave it standing for a full 24 hours. Be patient and don’t be tempted to skip this stage.
If you need an ice machine capable of running all day long without letting you down, pop this sleek gem on your shortlist and let us know how you get on.
3. EdgeStar Built-In Ice Maker
- 12 pounds of ice daily
- 6 pounds storage
- Reversible door
- Works as freezer
- Freestanding or built in
EdgeStar dominate this space with a deep bench of cost-effective yet hard-hitting appliances from beer fridges and wine coolers through to this built-in ice maker. How does this thing stand and fall?
To start with, the front venting gives you the opportunity to build this appliance into an existing cabinet without worrying about airflow or overheating. Installation should be cheap, quick, and easy. Depending on your level of practical expertise, you might want to call in a plumber.
There’s a 25-foot long water line connection bundled. You can also choose whether to hang the door on the left or right, giving you more options when it comes to placement and streamlined operation. Configure this machine in the most suitable way for your needs.
As an added kicker, this appliance also works as a freezer, and you can keep that ice frozen so you always have great ice cubes on demand.
As soon as your ice is made, auto shut-off engages meaning you won’t need to worry about a thing as you’re whipping up cocktails for your guests.
Finished in stainless steel, you’ll get a machine that’s built to withstand some serious punishment while also setting off your kitchen counter.
Measuring up at 25.25 x 15 x 18.5 inches, make sure you have space for this behemoth before committing to purchase.
The only real issue we could find with this machine is a few isolated complaints from users claiming their appliance broke down quicker than expected. Do you own due diligence here. Overall, we feel the brand has a reputation for quality, and we’d still unreservedly recommend adding this ice maker to your home kitchen.
4. Scotsman Under-Counter Ice Machine
- 64 pounds of ice daily
- 26 pounds storage
- 15-inch cabinet
- Water quality sensor
Next we have another hulking under-counter ice machine from Scotsman. This unit measures 35 x 15 x 22 inches and weighs in at 100 pounds, so you’ll need some assistance to get it into place. Despite these dimensions, the cabinet required is just 15 inches across, so you should have no issues with placement.
The ice produced is of a very high standard, too. You’ll get clear and odorless ice that won’t melt in an instant and dilute your drink.
In terms of output, expect up to 64 pounds of ice cubes in each 24-hour period. This should be more than enough for all homes, and sufficient for the majority of small bars or coffee shops looking for an affordable solution to ice on-demand.
You’ll benefit from smart technology baked in. A sensor alerts you if the water is too hard. This will result in poor quality ice cubes and you’ll need to address the issue. Also, you can purge all water inside with every harvest cycle to minimize the build-up of minerals inside your machine.
Now, although no ice machine are whisper-quiet, we would flag the Scotsman as being especially noisy. If you’re planning to use this appliance somewhere that family or neighbors might be disturbed, we’d suggest looking for a machine that runs quieter.
In all other respects, though, this is a powerful, tech-driven ice maker that’s priced keenly considering the performance on offer.
5. Vevor Commercial Ice Maker
- 550 pounds of ice daily
- 33 pounds storage
- 8 to 15 minutes per batch
- 182 cubes per cycle
Anyone hunting for a commercial-grade ice maker with a truly impressive capacity is in for a treat with this freestanding model from Vevor.
If you’re shopping based primarily on the bottom line, this eye-wateringly expensive unit won’t make a good fit. Apartment dwellers or anyone living somewhere with space at a premium should look elsewhere, too.
For all those with deeper pockets and plenty of space in the kitchen, the Vevor is one of the most efficient and powerful machines you can find.
Capacity ie enormous. You can generate up to 550 pounds of ice cubes daily, more than enough for most commercial purposes, and great for large homes with frequent parties.
The tray is 14 x 13 so you get 182 crystal clear ice cubes in each batch. This is close to what many smaller machine produce in an entire day. The difference with the Vevor is that a batch is produced in less than 15 minutes.
The cubical ice measures 0.9 inches and it’s ideal for smaller bottle openings and all mixed drinks.
The stainless steel build means you get a machine that’s easy to clean and maintain, and it’s also built to stay the distance.
Functionality is broad and you take control using the comprehensive and responsive LED panel. You get a feature-rich machine that takes most of the hassle out of operation and just keeps on delivering the ice you need all day long.
Accessories, as you would expect at this price point, are wide-ranging giving you absolutely everything you need down to an ice scoop.
Warranty and after-sales service gives you all the confidence you need to part with this much money for an ice machine. If you can afford it, we feel you’ll be congratulating yourself for making a smart investment rather than complaining about the expense.
6. Smad Portable Commercial Ice Maker
- 12 pounds of ice daily
- 6 pounds storage
- 40 to 50 minutes per batch
- Large ice cubes
As we edge to the end of our quest for the best under-counter ice machines, Smad has a flawed but effective offering that’s worth taking the time to investigate.
With multiple sizes available, this unit is designed to slide under your kitchen counter. It measures 15.5 x 17.8 x 25.2 inches and weighs in at 55 pounds. Unlike some of the beefier commercially-rated machines we review, you should have no problems slotting this into a smaller home kitchen.
In return for a more compact unit, capacity is reduced correspondingly. Daily ice-making capacity is just 12 pounds, so you should determine whether this is enough for you. If not, all the other machines we review today deliver much more ice at the expense of a more substantial machine. If you’re not too limited by space constraints, you can easily find more capable ice makers.
Storage is also limited, but you can keep up to 6 pounds of ice stored, perfect for parties.
The front venting widens your installation options and means you can build this ice machine into your existing units without overheating becoming a concern.
For anyone looking for a machine that can produce modest quantities of crescent-shaped ice without dominating the entire kitchen, the Smad is worth a place on your shortlist.
7. Manitowoc Air-Cooled Under-Counter Ice Maker
- 53 pounds of ice daily
- 25 pounds storage
- Water filter system
- Air cooled
If you’re on the trail for something different, here’s a machine that will kick out octagonal-shaped ice cubes as real conversation piece. Is it any good, though?
Well, the first thing we would draw attention to is a large body of customer complaints regarding customer service. This is generally a bad sign and we would advise doing your own research so you can establish whether or not this is a company you want to do business with.
As far as the machine itself goes, we feel this is a pretty solid option, as long as you are prepared to take a chance on questionable customer service if things go wrong.
The machine is designed to be built into an existing cabinet. It measures 35 x 28 x 19.5 inches and weighs 100 pounds. You can also choose to leave this ice maker freestanding if that makes more sense in your kitchen.
There’s no automatic cleaning function, but the instruction manual provides pretty clear instructions so you should be OK unless you’re very tech-averse.
Of all the ice makers on our curated list, this was the one we found least impressive overall, and we’re here to give you the unvarnished truth so you can buy with your eyes wide open.
The manufacturer supplies very little information about the metrics that count and we feel you have superior options if you’re hunting for the best under-counter ice machine.
8. COSTWAY Commercial Ice Maker
- 88 pounds of ice daily
- 33 pounds storage
- 12 to 18 minutes per batch
- 32 cubes per cycle
The first things that strikes you about this commercial ice maker from COSTWAY is the design. While it’s substantial and slab-like, the oversized display panel and aggressive venting means this appliance will complement your space rather than spoiling the design scheme. How does it perform under the hood, though.
The next key selling point is the ease of use. Despite that impressive display, you’ll find this machine a pleasure to navigate even if you’re not the greatest tech-fan. All you really need to concern yourself with is tweaking the thickness of your ice cubes and the time of the cycle.
When it comes to cleaning, there’s an automatic cycle baked in, so you won’t need to fuss around to keep your appliance running tip-top. Add water and ice full warnings also streamline operation wonderfully.
Although all ice machines make some noise, this unit is rated at juts 43 decibels and will make no more racket than the average dishwasher.
UL-certified and expressly designed for sustained use, you should find the COSTWAY returns years of faithful service and hundreds of thousands of ice cubes at a reasonable competitive price point. What’s not to love?
9. GE Appliances Freestanding Clear Ice Maker
- 56 pounds of ice daily
- 26 pounds storage
- Nugget ice cubes
- Clean indicator
Last but certainly not least, we have a powerful giant from the legendary GE Appliances. As you’d expect from this brand, you’ll benefit from precision engineering married to solid build in a utilitarian, understated chassis. What kind of performance can you expect, though?
This machine delivers nugget ice, perfect for a range of drinks and one of the most popular forms of ice today.
Output should be more than enough for a small commercial outlet. You can get up to 56 pounds of ice daily from this freestanding beauty. The storage bin is roomy with space for 26 pounds of ice cubes.
Defrosting is taken care of manually, and you’ll need a drain for this machine.
The whole appliance is warrantied for 1 year. The refrigerating system is covered for 5 years. There is no commercial warranty as, despite the performance and potential, this ice maker is only certified for residential use.
If you don’t like the stainless steel aesthetic, you can customize the panel and door handle at extra cost. This can often make a real difference to the way an appliance sits with your design scheme.
When you need reliable and speedy output of high-quality ice cubes from a brand you can trust, it’s got to be GE.
OK, if you came to BriccoWine today with no idea at all about how to choose the best under-counter ice machine, that should have changed by now.
Not all of the machines we came across were without their faults, so we’ve tried to highlight these drawbacks so you can make the most accurate comparison.
That said, we found some genuinely impressive appliances and we’ve tried to provide something for all tastes, budgets, and requirements today.
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