In the market for a portable ice maker for camping or entertaining? Today I’m sharing my honest thoughts in this Igloo portable ice maker review. Spoiler: it’s a total entertaining sanity saver!
When we moved into our house three years ago, we invested in all new kitchen appliances. Though I researched them thoroughly before making the purchase, we have been less than thrilled with their performance (and that’s putting it politely). The microwave died over a year ago (and has yet to be replaced), the dishwasher often leaves more dirty dishes than clean, and the gas stovetop sputters while in use, even after numerous attempts to adjust it.
Even with all of that, I think the refrigerator is what we’re least happy with. It’s beautiful, big, and spacious, but that additional space came with a host of other problems. The water dispenser is poorly designed — often more water ends up on the floor than in the glass.
But worst of all, the highly touted slim in-door ice maker holds a measly 6-8 glasses of ice at a time. Think about what this means for a family of 7 that drinks a LOT of ice water… Yep, more often than not, that ice dispenser is empty, and it never catches up enough for us to fill the separate bin in the ice drawer, as the maximum output in ideal conditions is just 182 cubes in a 24-hour period. WHAT?!?!
As you can imagine, this becomes even more problematic when we’re entertaining guests for the holidays and beyond. We prep for guests by stuffing our garage freezer full of bags of ice, which is neither convenient nor practical.
My Honest Igloo Portable Ice Maker Review
So when I spied this Igloo Portable Ice Maker, it was like angels singing! It was on rollback for $99 (and it’s even less now!), and I’m telling you, it’s going to be worth its weight in gold over this holiday season alone.
Fully automatic, you just plug the portable ice maker into an outlet, add water, and press the ON button. Depending on the size of the ice you select (small or large), it will produce 9 ice cubes every 8-13 minutes — meaning it can produce as much ice as my refrigerator ice maker can in an entire DAY in just over 2.5 hours… What?!?!
My portable ice maker is, hands down, my new favorite appliance. Hopefully at some point we’ll be able to replace our refrigerator with a model that better suits our family’s needs, but until then, this portable ice maker is going make entertaining family and friends a heck of a lot simpler — and it means our family can enjoy ice water at will. Plus I just love that the festive red color is perfect for all holidays!
Do you know someone that could use a portable ice maker? The Igloo portable ice maker would make a fantastic gift, as well!