There is nothing worse in the summer than pouring out a glass of your favourite drink, reaching into the freezer to pull out some ice and finding that you forgot to refill the ice cube tray. Thankfully, there are now machines whose sole purpose it is to provide you with ice as and when you need it! The iGloo ICE102 ice maker is just such a machine, and in this review I will be taking a closer look at it.
The main feature of this ice maker is its size compared to the amount of ice it can produce. It can create up to 26 pounds of ice per day and will make a batch of ice in as little as 6 minutes, all from a compact machine! The main fact I would want to know when researching an ice making machine is just how much ice it can produce for me. The iGloo claims to be able to store up to 1.5 pounds of ice at a time, which is more than enough for a round of drinks. It also has a 2.3 quart reservoir with electronic controls and LED indicators so you will be able to judge its levels. To compare these numbers with other ice cube makers you can visit www.icemakercubes.com. Pair the capacity of this machine with the fact that it has a compressor cooling system and it operates at low noise and you are looking at a lot of features in a such tiny machine!
As I mentioned earlier, this machine is compact. It only measures 13 x 9 x 13 (inches) so it will not take up a large amount of space on a kitchen side. Normally when a fan of any sort has to be involved with a product some elements of the design are thrown out of the window and the aesthetics diminish. Fortunately this hasn’t happened here and this is a machine you would be happy to get out at parties. Whilst the choice of red as a colour may seem brash and rather loud, the chrome like finish ensures that it is pleasing on the eye. Coming in at 20.5 pounds it is not the lightest ice maker, but it is still certainly easily portable.
The compact size of the machine means that it will fit in nicely in most kitchens or utility rooms. It is small enough to tuck away in a corner when not in use and the design was well thought through. 1.5 pounds of ice per rotation is more than enough for a few drinks every now and again, and it can create the ice in next to no time.
Whilst 1.5 pounds of ice may be enough for a small gathering, if you require a large amount of ice for say a party then this may not be the machine for you. Some people have complained that the machine is not as quiet as they expected it to be, so this may be something you want to keep an eye (or more accurately an ear) on. Once it has created your ice, the machine does not keep it frozen in its storage draw. You have to remove the ice and either use it or keep it in a freezer until you need it. In an ideal world the machine would hold the ice for you, but in reality this is only a small issue as the chances are high that you’ll be creating and using the ice as and when you need it.
If you are looking for a small machine that will do what it says on the tin and simply make you ice then this could be the one for you. The layout of the buttons and controls look simple and it will create a good amount of ice for its size. It isn’t perfect due to the ice melting if it is not taken from the machine once it has been created and, other reviews have said it can be louder than expected, however if you want a simple machine to create ice with then this machine is well worth considering.