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Home ice makers are a small kitchen appliance available in several shapes, colors and sizes to fit in a variety of spaces. Most are portable, or you can install larger models if you have the pace. There are countertop models available as well. Before making your selection, decide what volume of production you want from the ice maker machine to determine the output necessary in a 24-hour period.
Home ice makers are easy to use. Smaller, portable models contain a reservoir to add the appropriate amount of water. Some do not require a connection to a water line, so you can place them anywhere near an electrical outlet, extending their use to other locations, like home bars or outdoor party areas. Because of the compact and portable design, it is easy to set up and then store away inside a cabinet or on a counter. Touch controls conveniently located at the top of the machine and a viewing window allow you to monitor the progress. Some models offer a scoop and removable basket.
Automatic ice machines come in a variety of sizes and capabilities. For professional food service industries, large, freestanding models allow you to keep a generous supply on hand at all times. For the home, you can find models with a single cube style or several options for small, medium or large cubes in bullet shapes, similar to those available in a restaurant. Some machines also include a water-filtration dispenser, LED indicator lights, self-cleaning capabilities and timers. Additionally, some models include a water saver that collects the melted ice and uses its water reservoir to recycle it. In this instance, the storage tray remains without refrigeration and serves as a bucket.
Home ice makers are suitable for use throughout the year. They are beneficial for keeping food trays cold and soda, juice and mixed drinks fresh. They can also come in handy when you need ice for a minor injury. When using other kitchen appliances, such as an ice cream/yogurt maker, having a fresh batch of ice available saves time. You also eliminate the need for consuming valuable space in the freezer.