Having family and friends as guests over can be an enriching affair, but there's always a load of work and stress that comes along with it: planning for enough food for all, putting together an entertaining but intrusive music playlist, or something as simple as making sure there's always enough ice for drinks. For those who find themselves playing host regularly, installing a dedicated ice maker in the kitchen might be a worthwhile investment for that last worry...
Filling up coolers with ice, while keeping enough clean ice on hand for glasses, can require quite a bit of the cold stuff. Paltry refrigerators barely make a few pounds of ice daily. Even Samsung's touted Ice Master produces only 10 pounds of ice per day.
Last minute calls to friends to bring more ice can be awkward and an inconvenience. On the other hand, an ice maker is a simple appliance that can be added nearly any the kitchen, whether installed into kitchen cabinetry or kept countertop. Here are three options, from low to high, portable to built-in, and indoor to outdoor.
Magic Chef 27lb Portable Ice Maker
Although not offering up quite as much ice as a full-size unit, portable ice makers have many advantages. 3 different sizes of ice can be ready in as little as 7 minutes, with 4 pounds of ice stored at one time. This little wonder makes up to 27 pounds of ice per day and can be easily stored away when not in use.
Kitchenaid KUI15PLXS Architect Series II Ice Maker
Step up to an undercounter model with the Kitchenaid Architect Series II undercounter ice maker. This monster of a machine makes a whopping 50 pounds of ice per day, storing up to 25 pounds at a time. A built-in drain pump ensures clean ice, and an easy access storage bin with scoop makes for simple serving.
Sub-Zero UC-15IO Outdoor Ice Maker
Bring the party outside with the Sub-Zero UC-15IO Outdoor Ice Maker. Capable of producing 50 pounds daily and storing 25 pounds of ice at a time, this outdoor model stands up to the elements and features a reversible stainless door swing. Such power comes at a price, with this ice maker costing a wallet busting $2,000. That comes out to a lot of bags of ice, not to mention energy consumption. But hey, for those of us with a penchant for partying and a hankering for ice, there is no substitute for pure excess.
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