Editor's Choice - Our Favorite FirstBuild Ice Makers

1. Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker

User Ratings: 67 16

FirstBuild Opal01 First Impressions

"It's expensive, though."

This repeated consistently for about 3 cycles. The machine does make some noise but not too terrible. This thing could have a rating of age 5 and up. The machine does make some noise but not too terrible. You just pour water into the basin, choose your ice size, and hit start. My last one was a trooper and I hope this one is too. I've only had for 24 hours but so far it's awesome and makes ice quick!

  • Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker
  • COUNTERTOP SIZE - With its elegant design, the Opal will wow your guests before they even try the delicious ice it makes. Measures at 15.5 x 10.5 x 17.2 inches - The perfect size for any countertop in your home. Installation Clearance - 3 inches, sides and back
  • QUICK AND POWERFUL - Within only 20 minutes, you?ll be enjoying soft, crunchy ice, just like the ice you love from your favorite restaurant. The Opal produces 24 lbs of ice per day, and the bin holds 3 lbs at a time
  • SMART - The Opal is bluetooth equipped, so you can set up your ice making schedule from the convenience of your phone using the free FirstBuild app. It senses when the bin is full of ice, so it won't overfill
  • PORTABLE - No water hookup required, just plug it into any 120v grounded (standard) electrical outlet and fill the reservoir with water. As ice melts, the water returns to the reservoir, where it will simply be made back into more ice. Reservoir Capacity - 2.5 quarts
  • Water Quality - Use potable water only, 12 gpg (205 ppm) or less mineral hardness
  • Operating Temperature - 55°F - 90°F
  • WARRANTY - All Opals purchased directly from FirstBuild or authorized resellers have a limited 1-year parts and labor warranty
  • Part Number: Opal01
  • Item Weight: 44 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 10.5 x 17.25 inches
  • Color: Stainless Steel Wrap with Black Accents
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FirstBuild Opal01
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

FirstBuild Opal01 Final Thoughts

"This machine makes ice."

But, after a while, it too became an expensive habit. Not to mention how much we have eaten. Looking over the mixed reviews, I debated buying this. I set this up today and followed the setup Quick Start Guide to the letter. I'm a major ice snob and this is very important to me. They literally sell bags of their ice and we bought ice there for years. Thats about the jist of what separates this one from our old one.

Overall Score
4.0


(3133 Points)

2. Frigidaire EFIC115 Extra Large Ice Maker, Stainless Steel, 48 lbs per day

User Ratings: 74 12

FRIGIDAIRE EFIC115 First Impressions

"This one is running fine."

Currently I have to fill the tank once every 2-4 days. Not to mention how much we have eaten. Ice dumps every 7 minutes, fills quickly and does everything I need it to do. Best of all, it makes that perfect ice we all love. But its a great looking piece that really brings class to the counter top. Make ice is pretty straight forward. The kids could not wait, like a good mom I let them have the first scoop.

  • Frigidaire EFIC115 Extra Large Ice Maker, Stainless Steel, 48 lbs per day
  • Extra Large Stainless Steel Ice Maker - Easy to Clean!
  • Produces 48 pounds of Ice in 24 Hours - 5 Liter Reservoir
  • Makes Your Choice of 3 Sizes of Ice in Less Than 7 Minutes
  • Makes ice in less than 7 minutes. Store upto 2.6 pounds of ice at a time
  • Removable Ice Tray, Indicator Light and Alerts for
  • NOTE: Refer the Manual before use which is highly essential.
  • Pictured model produces clear ice cubes, unlike most ice makers that produce opaque cubes
  • Fast ice produces 9 cubes of ice every 7-15 minutes so you will always have a cold drink ready to go
  • Part Number: ICE115-SS-SM
  • Item Weight: 40 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 16.5 x 18.5 inches
  • Color: Stainless Steel
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FRIGIDAIRE EFIC115
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

FRIGIDAIRE EFIC115 Final Thoughts

"We never ran out of ice."

Amount of ice- this unit make far more ice than our previous model. I spent a couple weeks looking at ice makers. We initially ordered the GE Profile Opal because we wanted great Ice for our drinks. Because it's so easy to setup, don't be tempted to start making ice until you read. Been waiting two months for a new ice maker. Clean off any grease that may have gotten on the motor or surrounding areas. I would say it holds at least 3 times what our old one held.

Overall Score
4.3


(458 Points)

3. IKICH Ice Maker Machine for Countertop, 9 Ice Cubes Ready in 6 Minutes, 26lbs Bullet Ice Cubes in 24...

IKICHs First Impressions

"GREAT PURCHASE."

It makes soft, chewable, small, nuggets. Currently I have to fill the tank once every 2-4 days. I go through a ton of ice during the summer. It holds much more ice, so I don't think i can discount points for the size. It is also not plumbed and there is no option for a direct plumbed line. Our family always made ice in the ice tray as needed. The ice cubes are rounded corners and small.

  • IKICH Ice Maker Machine for Countertop, 9 Ice Cubes Ready in 6 Minutes, 26lbs Bullet Ice Cubes in 24H, Electric Ice Maker with Scoop and Basket
  • Part Number: CP173AH
  • Item Weight: 14.97 pounds
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The IKICHs
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

IKICHs Final Thoughts

"Love this!"

It holds much more ice, so I don't think i can discount points for the size. By far the best ice maker we have ever owned. I am very pleased with this ice maker. Thats about the jist of what separates this one from our old one. This is why I keep shopping at Amazon- they make everything right! I had not had a fridge that has ice maker growing up. The lights surrounding the button tell you the status of the ice maker.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. Siwdoy 241798231 Ice Maker Assembly Compatible with Frigi-daire Replaces AP6332951

Siwdoy First Impressions

"Hopefully this helps."

It is also not plumbed and there is no option for a direct plumbed line. You need to understand how these work. I am mu, munching on them right now. It is also not plumbed and there is no option for a direct plumbed line. Has 2 sizes of ice cube and then clean mode. But of course I had to refill it with water several times. By far the best ice maker we have ever owned.

  • Siwdoy 241798231 Ice Maker Assembly Compatible with Frigi-daire Replaces AP6332951
  • ✅ Widely Applicable: Work with Gibson, Kelvinator, Westinghouse, Kenmore, Tappan, Crosley and others.
  • ✅ Replaces Part Numbers:  241798213, 241642501, 241642503A, 241642511, 241798201, 241798209, 241798211, 241798220, 241798224, 3206327, 3206329, 5303320545, 5304445222, 5304456669, 5304456671, 75304445222, 75304456669, 75304456671, 75304456672, AP6332951.
  • ✅ Easy to Install: Comes with a new built-in harness. Simply unplug and install the new unit. You can watch installation video, install the part by yourself and quickly get your refrigerator back to work.
  • Premium Quality: Made of durable high quality material. Well-tested by the manufacturer. Non original aftermarket part. Fits OEM Standards! Guaranteed to Exceed OEM Requirements!
  • After Sale Guarantee: 1 year warranty for peace of mind. 100% money back guarantee - For any reason you're not completely satisfied, please contact us, you can ask for a replacement or full refund, no questions asked.
  • Manufacture: Siwdoy
  • Part Number: 241798231
  • Item Weight: 2.84 pounds
  • Color: As Pictured
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Siwdoy
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Siwdoy Final Thoughts

"If your an ice eater."

I ran a few cycles and dumped the ice to clean it. I had not had a fridge that has ice maker growing up. I spent a couple weeks looking at ice makers. The drawer is easy to pull out and empty or just pull out and scoop what you need. They literally sell bags of their ice and we bought ice there for years. The setup instructions were straightforward and easy to follow. When the box arrived I was so excited.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

5. TaoTronics Ice Maker Countertop Machine with LCD Display, Self-Cleaning Function, 9 Bullet Ice Cubes...

User Ratings: 92 4

TaoTronics TT-IC002 First Impressions

"A bit heavy to lift."

It makes soft, chewable, small, nuggets. This is why I keep shopping at Amazon- they make everything right! I set this up today and followed the setup Quick Start Guide to the letter. They replaced the machine for free, and it is working well. This is why I keep shopping at Amazon- they make everything right! The drawer is easy to pull out and empty or just pull out and scoop what you need. You can buy much less expensive, counter top, ice makers.

  • TaoTronics Ice Maker Countertop Machine with LCD Display, Self-Cleaning Function, 9 Bullet Ice Cubes Ready in 6-9 Mins, 22lbs/24H, 2.1L Electric Ice Maker with Scoop Basket for Home Kitchen Office Bar
  • Fast Ice Making: Enjoy a batch of 9 small or large bullet-shaped ice cubes from one cycle in 6-9mins, ice maker produces up to 26lbs of ice per day for ice cold drinks whenever you wan
  • Clear LCD Display: Clearly shows the status of ice making, self-cleaning, small/large ice, and alerts you to when the ice basket is full or the water reservoir is empty
  • Self-Cleaning Function: Maintaining your ice maker is so simple, just activate the cleaning cycle to eliminate mineral scale buildup to create fresh and clean ice every time
  • Durable & Safe: Made of high-quality 304 stainless steel and food-grade ABS materials for long-lasting durability and superior safety to produce healthy and clean ice cubes
  • Perfect for Parties: The countertop ice maker with large 2.1L water reservoir generates up to 4.6lbs of ice cubes from one fill, your guests can enjoy chilled wine, whisky, beer, juice, soda all day long
  • Part Number: TT-IC002
  • Item Weight: 22.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14.69 x 12.4 x 9.61 inches
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TaoTronics TT-IC002
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

TaoTronics TT-IC002 Final Thoughts

"No problems to report."

I tried to store it in the freezer but it just does work. There are 10 batches of ice per cycle, with each batch taking between 9-10 minutes. My Husband purchased this while our current ice maker was working perfectly fine. I love the soft ice that you can chew and this is perfect for that. I actually had a commercial sized unit that had a hard waterline and plumbed drain. I buy sonic and Zaxby's ice by the bag. It makes soft, chewable, small, nuggets.

Overall Score
4.8


(43 Points)

6. OKADA Portable Ice Maker Countertop 26 lbs Ice Making Machine Self Cleaning Ice Cube Maker Ready in ...

User Ratings: 65 7

Cloud Mountain CM2085 First Impressions

"Usually the compressor."

Each batch makes about a dozen cubes of ice or so, under 10 minutes. Others have mentioned that their machine is too noisy but I don't find that at all. The box was big but I was able to move it into the kitchen easily with no help. Starts making ice in less than 5 minutes! There is an illuminated, round, touch sensitive, button on front. I ran a few cycles and dumped the ice to clean it. It is soft enough to chew and hard enough not to water down pop or vodka.

  • OKADA Portable Ice Maker Countertop 26 lbs Ice Making Machine Self Cleaning Ice Cube Maker Ready in 6 Minutes with Basket and Ice Scoop, Black
  • QUIET & QUICKLY MAKE ICE IN 6 MINUTES - The ice making machine can produce up to 26 pounds of ice in 24 hrs. Within 6 to 13 minutes, you will begin to see the first batch of 9 bullet-shape ice cubes. You wont need an ice tray again. The ice maker stores up to 2 pounds of ice at a time in its insulated storage bin. Running at only 38 decibels, you can enjoy fresh ice cubes without bearing harsh noises.
  • TWO TYPES OF CLEANING METHODS - This portable ice maker features a built-in self-cleaning function for an easy daily clean. Just press and hold the ON/OFF button for 5 seconds to start the cleaning mode. The fully-open design lid allows the machine and you to clean the machine thoroughly. Regular cleaning helps mantain the ice maker for longer lasting use and it will keep your ice cubes clear of unwanted cloudyness.
  • COMPACT & PORTABLE ICE MAKER - With dimensions of 9.5 x 13.9 x 13in, this countertop ice maker unit is small enough to move on and off the counter. It is compact, portable and will work anywhere there is a standard electrical outlet to plug it into. No water or drain lines are needed making it a useful addition for boats, kitchens, restraunts, bars, office, and more.
  • SMART INDICATOR & TWO ICE SIZE OPTIONS - The ice maker indicator light automatically lights up when the ice basket is full. The machine will automatically stop producing ice when it is full and will stop when water needs to be added to the machine. Meanwhile, you can select small or large ice cubes depending on your preference. The bullet-shaped ice cubes have a hollow middle which generates a flow of liquids through the center, cooling the drinks quicker. Great for parties and events.
  • ADVANCED CUSTOMER SERVICE - A removable basket and ice scoop are included for easy serving. Our Countertop Portable Ice Maker is covered with a one year worry free warranty. Its made from food-grade materials to provide you with healthy and safe ice cubes. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our countertop ice maker. Our technical advice and local customer service are provided for your convience.
  • Part Number: CM2085
  • Item Weight: 18.3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 9.5 x 13.9 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Cloud Mountain CM2085
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Cloud Mountain CM2085 Final Thoughts

"All there is to it!"

This is why I keep shopping at Amazon- they make everything right! I will certainly work it like a dog. Maintenance is weekly descaling with vinegar or a product GE makes for that purpose. I'm a major ice snob and this is very important to me. The GE Profile can turn on and off so I have no complaints with the sound. I tried to store it in the freezer but it just does work. My last one was a trooper and I hope this one is too.

Overall Score
4.3


(52 Points)

7. Magic Chef 27-Lb. Portable Countertop Ice Maker in Silver

User Ratings: 71 7

Magic Chef First Impressions

"He loves it."

You need to understand how these work. I actually had a commercial sized unit that had a hard waterline and plumbed drain. Let me do a cliffs notes then ill elaborate. Because it's so easy to setup, don't be tempted to start making ice until you read. The unit fits perfectly on the counter next to my refrigerator. Others have mentioned that their machine is too noisy but I don't find that at all. This repeated consistently for about 3 cycles.

  • Magic Chef 27-Lb. Portable Countertop Ice Maker in Silver
  • 27lb Capacity
  • Makes Ice In As Little As 7 Min
  • Makes 9 Ice Cubes Per 1 Cycle
  • Choice Of 2 Ice Cube Sizes
  • Makes Up To 27lbs Of Ice 24 Hours
  • Included components: icemaker, ice basket, scoop, manual, warranty
  • Manufacture: Magic Chef
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Magic Chef
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Magic Chef Final Thoughts

"Basically 2 buttons."

It is soft enough to chew and hard enough not to water down pop or vodka. The package contains a helpful measuring cup and an ice scoop. This thing could have a rating of age 5 and up. I tried to store it in the freezer but it just does work. I am very pleased with this ice maker. Also, you need to wash out the side, water tank before first use. The ice it produces is a bit softer than the ice at restaurants.

Overall Score
4.4


(180 Points)

8. Igloo ICEB26HNSS Automatic Self-Cleaning Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker Machine With Handle,...

User Ratings: 76 5

Igloo ICEB26HNSS First Impressions

"Easy to use and quiet."

Amount of ice- this unit make far more ice than our previous model. The ice cubes are dome shaped and you can select 2 different sizes. I will try and post an update in a few months. It's pretty exciting to have a gadget like this. Ultimately deciding to give it a try. I've had this ice maker for several months now, and it continues to work perfectly. Been waiting two months for a new ice maker.

  • Igloo ICEB26HNSS Automatic Self-Cleaning Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker Machine With Handle, 26 Pounds in 24 Hours, 9 Ice Cubes Ready in 7 minutes, With Ice Scoop and Basket, Stainless
  • DESIGNED FOR CONVENIENCE: Convenient and compact in size, this ice maker looks good on a countertop while producing ice for whenever or wherever you need it
  • LARGE ICE MAKING CAPACITY: Keep the 2 quart water tank filled and this unit will produce 26 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period ; enough to keep drinks cold all day long
  • CARRY HANDLE: Carry handle is attached to the ice maker, making it convenient to move wherever it needs to go
  • SELF CLEANING: Automatic 5 cycle cleaning function makes clean up easy and effortless, allowing for cleaner ice every time
  • ICE BASKET CAPACITY: Stores up to 1. 25 pounds of ice at a time so you can keep your drinks ice cold
  • QUICK FREEZING ICE: Makes 9 small or large cylinder shaped ice cubes in as little as 7 minutes
  • CONTROL PANEL: Simple to understand and illuminated with LED lights, the electronic control panel lets you know when you need to add water, when the ice basket is full and allows you to choose the size of the ice cubes
  • Part Number: ICEB26HNSS
  • Item Weight: 22 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.06 x 12.8 inches
  • Color: Stainless
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Igloo ICEB26HNSS
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Igloo ICEB26HNSS Final Thoughts

"It dis without a hitch."

Our family always made ice in the ice tray as needed. It also has a function of self cleaning it. It's pretty exciting to have a gadget like this. The machine does make some noise but not too terrible. My last one was a trooper and I hope this one is too. That is, if you aren't using it the minute it gets made. I'm a major ice snob and this is very important to me.

Overall Score
4.5


(2208 Points)

9. Nightcore 2 in 1 Water Cooler Dispenser with Built-in Ice Maker, Freestanding Electric Hot and Cold ...

User Ratings: 84

Nightcore First Impressions

"We love it!"

Maybe twice the size of a rice cooker. The kids could not wait, like a good mom I let them have the first scoop. I've had this ice maker for several months now, and it continues to work perfectly. Also, read the instructions on how to work the machine and how the machine works. Ice dumps every 7 minutes, fills quickly and does everything I need it to do. I am using vinegar and it works fine. I ran a few cycles and dumped the ice to clean it.

  • Nightcore 2 in 1 Water Cooler Dispenser with Built-in Ice Maker, Freestanding Electric Hot and Cold Top Loading Water Dispenser with Child Safety Lock, 27LB/24H Ice Maker Machine (Black)
  • 【2 In 1 Multipurpose Design】: Equipped with a hidden ice making compartment, this water dispenser can provide water and ice at the same time. It is not only a water dispenser, but also a ice maker machine. Moreover, the energy-saving compressor runs without noise.【This product is not for sale in california】
  • 【Unsurpassed Working Performance】: This water dispenser can instantly make 5L steaming hot water or 4L crisp and ice-cold water per hour. Furthermore, the built-in ice maker can produce 9 bullets ice cubes in just 6-14 minutes at up to 27 lb every 24 hours.
  • 【Easy Operation & High Security】: Designed with LED indicator lights and related soft-touch buttons on the control area for easy operation. Moreover, the child safety lock on hot water dispenser prevents accidental burns, providing a light-hearted atmosphere for the whole family.
  • 【User Friendly Detail Design】: This water cooler dispenser loads water from its top, easy for you to observe water level and take precautions at any time. The removable easy-to-clean drip tray helps avoid water spills. Ergonomic handle at the back is easy for movement and transportation.
  • 【Wide Range of Application】: Designed to be placed in all areas in the office or at your own place. Elegant silver color and sleek appearance adapts to every scene. Freestanding machine design is compact and space-saving, perfect for your office, small home kitchen, dorm room or warehouse.
  • Part Number: NC-EP23573
  • Color: Black
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nightcore
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nightcore Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended!"

But we love it and I don't regret buying it. The unit fits perfectly on the counter next to my refrigerator. The second unit arrived and we setup according to the instructions. It also includes a 1 year warranty by GE when you register the product. Friends and family all like to take a cup home. Honestly, more of the manual is legal safety stuff. However, the permissions were too invasive, IMO, so I did not install the app.

Overall Score
4.8


(8 Points)

10. NutriChef Countertop Ice Maker - Portable Ice Cube Machine | Digital LCD Display | Adjustable Ice Cu...

User Ratings: 58 15

NutriChef AZPICEM62 First Impressions

"Thank you!"

We initially ordered the GE Profile Opal because we wanted great Ice for our drinks. My biggest issue is that my fridge cannot keep up with the ice demands. Not to mention the fridge ice maker has been repaired four times in seven years. I would say it holds at least 3 times what our old one held. I tried to store it in the freezer but it just does work. Looking over the mixed reviews, I debated buying this. By far the best ice maker we have ever owned.

  • NutriChef Countertop Ice Maker - Portable Ice Cube Machine | Digital LCD Display | Adjustable Ice Cube Size | Stainless Steel
  • COUNTERTOP ICE MAKER: Enjoy convenient kitchen style with the NutriChef Portable Ice Machine - Just add water for automatic ice making made easy
  • PORTABLE ICE: Compact & portable style allows you to transport the ice maker from the kitchen table to the backyard patio - Ready-to-serve ice in 10 minutes
  • DIGITAL CONTROL: Simple electric plug-in design features hassle-free operation thanks to the front panel digital LCD display and touch button controls
  • CHOOSE YOUR ICE CUBE: Adjust the size of your ice cubes and choose from (3) selectable rounded pellet sizes: small, medium or large - Ultra-quiet operation
  • STAINLESS STEEL: Easy-to-clean and stain-resistant housing provides a clean look - Convenient top panel see-through freezer window to monitor ice levels
  • TECHNICAL SPECS: Makes up to 33 lbs Ice / Day - Ice Tray Capacity: 18 lbs (Water Tank Capacity: 22 L) - Time Format: 24 Hour - Power Cable Length: 59' ft
  • Freestanding Kitchen Countertop Ice Maker, Just Add Water for Automatic Ice Making
  • Simple Electric Plug-in Design, Hassle-Free Button Controls
  • Manufacture: NutriChef
  • Item Weight: 24.3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14.18 x 9.81 x 12.88 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NutriChef AZPICEM62
  • Coldness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NutriChef AZPICEM62 Final Thoughts

"Functions as advertised."

It was a little short of a gallon of water. I like the texture of the ice it makes. Each batch makes about a dozen cubes of ice or so, under 10 minutes. Honestly, more of the manual is legal safety stuff. I tried to store it in the freezer but it just does work. Our biggest complaint with our last ice maker is that it constantly beeped. Straight out of the bin it is the perfect soft ice.

Overall Score
3.9


(84 Points)

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