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Old 06-06-2022, 09:32 PM   #1
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countertop icemaker recommendations?

I plan to redesign my outdoor kitchen. That plan includes a countertop icemaker, the existence of which I only learned recently when I saw one in a GeoPro. For those of you that have experience with one, would you recommend the one you have?

I expect to use it only for drinks. If I have shore power I might make use some in a lunch-sized ice chest. My criteria for evaluation includes size and how the ice dispenses. The ideal location in my outdoor kitchen would put it at least partially under a shelf. If I can unload it from the front, or if the top is hinged halfway with the front opening tilted forward, that would be great.

As I will be using this intermittently with an inverter, power consumption is also useful information. I'm not concerned so much with absolute wattage as I am with how efficiently it produces ice with the wattage it consumes. I will compare the amp rating to the claimed rate of ice production to make that assessment.
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Old 06-06-2022, 09:46 PM   #2
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My brother has a Winnebago Tour in one of the pull out bins underneath he installed a regular restaurant size icemaker and plumbed it in along with a filtration system. He always has plenty of ice. The counter top are nice but I would want one that's plumed in not one you have to fill with water by hand.
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Old 06-06-2022, 11:14 PM   #3
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An icemaker small enough to run off an inverter would be a big convenience for occasional use. I have space only for a countertop model.
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Old 06-06-2022, 11:35 PM   #4
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Our Frigidaire countertop icemaker is reported to use 100 watts occasionally spiking to 140 watts. It uses a standard refrigeration cycle with a compressor, so about the same as a small size refrigerator. It holds enough ice for probably 6 glasses.
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Old 06-07-2022, 10:52 AM   #5
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We absolutely love our Opal Nugget ice maker, and wouldn't hesitate to buy another. Ours is an older unit, but they have several models now and I really like the one with the dispenser.
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Old 06-07-2022, 11:12 AM   #6
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Our counter top unit gets used everyday we are camping and happy to have it. Yes sometimes it has a hard time keeping up but every 3 minutes it makes enough ice to keep a drink cold, unless the drink has been sitting in the heat. Matter of fact we like them so much we have one for our home. We shut ours off before going to bed and start it in AM when making coffee. Blow the dust out every year and we take ours in the house over winter. Its ours is 8 yrs old this year.
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Ours works great, can't remember the brand. It seems like there is about three mfgs. that make all of them and rebrand them under several names. No need to spend a lot of money on one. Keep in mind that they do not "keep" ice. If you don't remove it and use it or store it in the freezer it will melt and be remade.(most counter top models)
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We absolutely love our Opal Nugget ice maker, and wouldn't hesitate to buy another. Ours is an older unit, but they have several models now and I really like the one with the dispenser.
Based on your mention I just looked at one online. I like the front-opening ice bin and reservoir but the machine is larger than I prefer for our trailer. It's also expensive and draws more power, relative to other (perhaps lesser) options.
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We have a countertop model we got 2-3 years ago from a big box store, use it every trip.

The only "issue" we have had is occasionally our filtered water is too clean and it thinks it is empty. Add about a cup of tap water or a little more bottled and back in business
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Our counter top unit gets used everyday we are camping and happy to have it. ...
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Ours works great, can't remember the brand. It seems like there is about three mfgs. that make all of them and rebrand them under several names. ...
Do you have any concerns about vibration damage while traveling? I'd think not any more than with a standard compressor refrigerator?

I'm looking at a Silonn brand device on Amazon for <$100. It's only ~12" deep and high, ~9" wide, and the top hinges in the middle. I could mount it partly under a shelf without having to move it, as long as I can get to the buttons and open the top completely. The specs show it draws ~200W while making ice and ~230W while "harvesting" it. (I'm guessing the surge is the motor that pushes the ice into the bin.) I'll have to take side and rear clearance into consideration but 3" isn't much.

I can't start on my kitchen redesign until we return in mid-July but I'm accumulating ideas. Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-07-2022, 11:56 AM   #11
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Our Frigidaire countertop icemaker is reported to use 100 watts occasionally spiking to 140 watts. It uses a standard refrigeration cycle with a compressor, so about the same as a small size refrigerator. It holds enough ice for probably 6 glasses.
That's on the low side of power consumption. Can you provide a link?
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We have a countertop model we got 2-3 years ago from a big box store, use it every trip.

The only "issue" we have had is occasionally our filtered water is too clean and it thinks it is empty. Add about a cup of tap water or a little more bottled and back in business
That suggests the sensor is based on conductivity. That's interesting, considering that filtered water is recommended to prevent mineral buildup.
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That suggests the sensor is based on conductivity. That's interesting, considering that filtered water is recommended to prevent mineral buildup.
Yes it is. When I stuck my meter leads in it read open or close to it, I forget exactly. Pure water is actually a pretty good insulator. It takes very little minerals to be conductive. This has only happened a few times, generally it is not an issue. Although the 1st time I thought the unit failed and it took me awhile to figure it out.
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Yes it is. When I stuck my meter leads in it read open or close to it, I forget exactly. Pure water is actually a pretty good insulator. It takes very little minerals to be conductive. This has only happened a few times, generally it is not an issue. Although the 1st time I thought the unit failed and it took me awhile to figure it out.
I've seen Amazon reviews of some models where the users complain about false "add water" alerts. It sounds to me like that's the problem.
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Old 06-07-2022, 02:13 PM   #15
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I would be surprised if all these icemakers don't come out of the same factory. The Home brand which I have seems to work fine. Whether for drinks or use in a small cooler. The cubes, I collect and put in my freezer to harden and they'll last longer. Occasionally I have had to unplug it and "reboot" it. Not a deal breaker
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... Whether for drinks or use in a small cooler. The cubes, I collect and put in my freezer to harden and they'll last longer. ...
That's how I anticipate using it. If not on shore power, make a batch and put them in the freezer of our 2-way refrigerator for use as needed, then shut it off.
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Old 06-09-2022, 09:56 AM   #17
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I've found the recommendations from Jared Gillis (All About RVs) are usually quite reliable. In the description of the video below, he recommends the following two models:

Frigidaire EFIC189
Frigidaire EFIC101


Here is the video in which he mentions the EFIC189. Go to the 0:42 time mark:
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the link is the exact model we have had for 2 years now. we dont leave home without it. we have a VERY small fridge with freezer inside it and this unit keeps up with ice for the cooler and drinks on top of that. It has more than paid for itself in us not having to buy ice all the time. keep in mind that these only make about 1lbs of ice per hour, and you have to keep on top of emptying the basket or it will stop working until it melts back into the water revivor.

https://www.amazon.com/FRIGIDAIRE-EF..._id=2399939011
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I have an igloo one and it works well however when the temp reaches 80 outside we move it inside with the AC going. Above 80 and it takes longer for the ice and the cubes are smaller.
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Thanks a lot, guys. Yesterday, I lost a couple of hours investigating countertop icemakers.

Common sense smacked me in the forehead this morning, suggesting I just use some ice cube trays in the freezer for the time being... but man, I sure do like me the idea of some fresh Sonic ice whilst out boondockin.

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