Product Review: U-Line BI95B-00 14″ Ice Maker
Price Range: $1,050 -- $1,100
Who Would Buy This: Those shopping for an easy-to-install, highly compact ice maker that can be built-in under-counter or used free-standing.
Aesthetically, the U-Line BI95B-00 is a nice looking ice maker. The black vinyl-clad cabinet is textured which makes it resistant to scratches and general wear and tear. It’s fitted with an integrated door handle, which helps keep the look minimalist and the width slim.
Size-wise, the unit is remarkably compact, which makes it great for small spaces. It measures just 13 15/16″ wide, 24 3/4″ tall with a depth of 17″. It can be built-in under a counter or be used as a free-standing unit. The door can be fitted with a ¼” custom door panel, which is a great feature if you want the door to match your cabinetry.
The fitted door is field reversible, which is an added plus point should you need to reverse the door in the future for an alternative installation.
Unlike most larger ice makers, this one requires no drain, so installation is quick and easy. Just simply connect the unit to a 1/4″ outside diameter water line connection, plug it in and it’s ready to use.
Onto it’s ice making capabilities. The BI95B-00 can produce up to 23 lbs of ice per day and has an ice storage capacity of up to 12 lbs. The ice this machine produces is small crescent shaped cubes that measure 2 1/2″ W x 3/4″ H x 1/2″ D. The ice is delivered into a transparent, small plastic bucket inside the unit.
Operating the machine is easy using the mechanical control dial which is located inside the unit.
This ice maker uses less than 3 gallons of water to produce 22 lbs of ice. This makes it very water efficient, which is great for water conservation.
This is a low-maintenance ice maker. The only maintenance required is manually defrosting the unit occasionally, about every 2 months.
Guarantee: 1-year warranty on parts and labor. 5-year warranty on compressor.
The U-Line BI95B-00 Ice Maker appears to be discontinued by the manufacture, but is still available to purchase from several retailers online. This U-Line ice maker is renowned for it’s super easy installation, speedy ice production, quiet operation, low-maintenance design and long term reliability.
While it lacks fancy features like digital controls and a self-closing door, all in all, it has all the hallmarks of a great, solid all-rounder. This model will suit anyone who wants a reliable, efficient, compact ice maker for either home use or light commercial use. It’s mini design gives it the flexibility to be used for applications such as boat use.