Product Review: Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker
Price Range: $100 – $150
Who Would Buy This: Those shopping for a simple to use, portable ice maker which can quickly produce small bullet-shaped ice cubes.
Style-wise, the AB-ICE26S is nothing to shout about, but still has attracted it’s fair share of complements. It’s curved plastic outer body has a nice silver chrome finish decorated with black and white accents, which gives it a modern look that ensures it fits in well in any contemporary space. This model is available in three color choices – black, silver and red.
Onto it’s weight and dimensions, the unit weighs in at 20 lbs and measures 14.80 inches wide, 14.70 inches tall with a depth of 11 inches. So it’s amongst the most compact portable ice makers available thus making it highly portable and easy to fit on your counter-top.
The machine runs on 115 volts and requires a 3-pronged power outlet.
Using this ice maker is a pleasantly easy and straightforward process. Simply fill up the reservoir with half a gallon of water then press the Select button to choose your preferred ice cube size (small or large), and your in business.
One cycle takes just 6 minutes to complete on the small setting or 13 minutes using the large setting. Each cycle produces 9 bullet-shaped ice cubes, which have a hole in them giving them a hollow center. The machine is capable of producing up to 26 pounds of ice per day. It includes an ice scoop, which is handy for scooping out ice cubes from the basket.
The top-side control panel features LED indicators which serve as a useful reminder for knowing when you should add water or empty the ice basket. This convenience feature saves guesswork on your part and makes the ice making process more streamlined.
Another good practical feature incorporated is its automatic overflow protection. This prevents the unit from overflowing, so you don’t get any unwanted water spillages over the counter and floor.
Manual: Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S manual
Guarantee: 1-year limited warranty.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to buying bags of ice or your refrigerators built-in ice maker doesn’t quite cut the mustard, the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S is the ideal solution. This compact ice machine is effortless to use and quietly produces fresh crunchy ice very quickly, so you won’t be keeping your guests waiting for their ice.
It’s only drawback is that the ice basket is small and it doesn’t keep ice cubes frozen, so it isn’t suitable for producing large batches of ice in one go. However, it’s capacity suffices for most home use.