Best ice maker 2024 – cold, hard, tested truths

I've searched for the best ice makers on the market, finding speedy, stylish ice in a range of designs

The best ice maker, the Luma Comfort Ice Maker
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GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Luma Comfort Clear Ice Cube Maker
3. Best luxury: GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker
4. Best compact: Aglucky Countertop Ice Maker
5. Best value: Igloo Portable Electric Countertop
6. Best budget: Magic Chef MCIM22
7. Best speedy: Arctic Pro Portable
8. Special mention: Silonn Countertop Ice Maker
9. How to choose
10. How we test

You can never underestimate a good ice maker. If you don't have an ice maker built into your fridge, you need one of these on your countertop. These sleek and smart machines save you from the antagonising wait for an ice tray to freeze over or a stressful dash to the store for bags of ice. If you think you need one, you definitely do.

As a fan of all things cool (don't get me started on ice cream makers), I was keen to find the best ice makers on the market. I've spent hours researching and reading reviews, so that I could find the best models available. I found ones for home bars, your coffee bar, RV road trips, and everything in between.

Before I dive deep into the details, there's a few things to know about ice. In the ice maker industry, people don't really talk about ice 'cubes' they talk about three types of ice. There's bullet ice, which is the most common type. It has a rounded shape with a hole in the center. It's quick to make, but also quick to melt. There's clear ice, which has a low air content and melts slowly (this is is the luxury ice). The last one to know is flaked ice, which is powdery and soft, a little like a snowball. This is a little chewy and melts quickly into slushies. The different models below excel at different types, so if you're a stickler, it pays to know. 

The quick list

Here's a speedy introduction to our top-picks for the best ice makers on the market. If you want to find out more, I'll get to the cold, hard truths further down.

The best ice makers in 2024

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The best ice maker overall

1. Luma Comfort Clear Ice Cube Maker

Practically silent with exceptional capacity, this is worth making room for

Specifications

Dimensions: 14.8"D x 11.3"W x 14.1"H
Weight: 24.2 lbs
Ice type: Cube
Production: 24 lbs per 24 hours

Reasons to buy

+
Excellent capacity
+
Ultra quiet
+
Quick
+
Clears wall cabinets

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most beautiful
-
Large footprint
Buy it if

✅ You need a lot of ice: this is quick and has a large capacity
✅ You make cocktails: this makes crystal clear ice
✅ You're sensitive to noise: this is quiet

Don't buy it if:

❌ You'll keep this on show: it's a little 'functional' looking
❌ You're on a budget: this is more expensive
 You're short on space: this is quite bulky

The bottom line

🔎 Luma Comfort: this is perfect for quick, quality clear ice. It'll suit your cocktail bar down to the ground, but will demand quite some space.

Ask anyone who's interested in ice makers to name the best ice makers on the market and I guarantee you the Luma Comfort will make their list. It's universally popular and just a quick glance at the specs will tell you why.

The Luma specializes in clear ice. This means that it produces dense cubes of crystal-clear ice, perfect for adding to cocktails and sodas. The lack of air inside the ice cubes means that they melts slower and keep the fizz in your drinks for longer. Almost all the owners of the Luma cited this as their key reason for investing in this specific ice maker.

The Luma is also one of the fastest and quietest ice makers on the market. It takes about 20-24 minutes to produces 1 lbs 2.5 oz of ice with close to no noise. When you're hosting a dinner party and you've run out of ice, that's the perfect combination. Everybody can have an ice cold top up without having to endure whirring and crushing noises in the background. Even better, the ice cubes (in both the small and large size) are consistently clear and rectangular. Even expert reviewers complemented the Luma on its unfaltering consistency,

If the Luma has made ice ahead of time, it will keep insulating the ice, ensuring the large capacity ice container is full and chilled, ready for when you need it. 

It's really hard to fault such a technically perfect machine, so most critical reviews turn to aesthetics. This is a big machine. If you own an espresso machine, it's probably a similar size to that. Given that the finish is brushed stainless steel, it's not the most aesthetically pleasing either. You'd be best to find a nook where this can securely sit out of sight.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
AestheticsNot the most beautiful, but not ugly★★★★
PerformanceSpeedy and reliable★★★★★
ValueGood investment★★★★★
UsabilityEasy and straightforward★★★★★

The best luxury ice maker

2. GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker

A big up-front investment which pays dividends in style and performance

Specifications

Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.5 x 16.5 inches
Weight: 38 lbs
Ice type: Nugget
Production: 27 lbs per 24 hours

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity
+
Sleek design
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Nuggets suit cocktails

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Large footprint
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Expensive
Buy it if

✅ You want slushy-style ice: this makes nugget cubes
✅ You'll have this on display:
it's attractive
✅ You want capacity: this is one of the biggest ice makers

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: this is expensive
❌ You'll move this around:
it's heavy
❌ You want clear ice: this only makes nuggets

The bottom line

🔎 GE Profile Opal: there's no escaping that this is expensive, but it makes vast amounts of consistently perfect nugget ice.

GE has perfected the art of a beautiful, functional ice maker. The Profile Opal 2.0 looks stunning. No other ice maker comes close to how elegant this is. Complete with an internal light (which is UV, so doubles up for protecting against bacteria) and clear viewing door, it's everything you need in one, sleek appliance. 

This specialises in nugget ice, which is that crunchy, pebbly texture. If you often drink sodas or make cocktails, this is the kind of ice you'll want. Making the ice is effortless for the Profile Opal 2.0. Within 30 minutes, it will have close to filled capacity. You'll be using the scoop (included) to dig ice out by the handful.

Reviewers all commented on just how good the nugget ice was. The texture was faultless and the shapes were consistently smooth, which helps if you're all about presentation. Even better, this is really quiet when it's working, so won't disturb dinner time or your rest and relaxation.

However this is an expensive option. You'll need to set aside between $550 and $650 for one, but few people scored this poorly for value. After reading customer reviews, it's clear why. Not only does this look good and make good ice, it delivers on unique and smart features that you just don't get anywhere else. The reservoir is completely detachable, so you don't need to keep moving the Profile Opal around, or topping it up with a jug. You can also schedule ice making, connect this to your WiFi and control the ice making using just your voice. It's a truly modern machine. Furthermore, if you're not an enthusiastic cleaner (who is?), ice makers can build up bacteria. This has smart, self-cleaning functions and an easy drain at the side. All you need to do is move this to the sink on occasion and the machine can do the rest.

Before you fall too deeply in love, this isn't without its issues. It's big and heavy, so once you've set it up, be ready to keep it in one position. Don't move it around. Also, one expert reviewer, very validly raised that the ice container only tilts out and won't slide. You'll need to scoop your ice out, which can be time consuming if you just want to empty a big load into a bucket, for example.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
AestheticsBeautiful★★★★★
PerformanceQuick, perfect ice★★★★★
ValueExpensive, but people don't seem to mind★★★★
UsabilityVery user-friendly★★★★★

The best compact ice maker

3. Aglucky Countertop Ice Maker

Mini (but mighty) and beautiful to look at

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.32 x 8.74 x 12.59 inches
Weight: 16.81 pounds
Ice type: Clear ice
Production: 26 pounds of ice per 24 hours

Reasons to buy

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Sleek design
+
Ultra-compact
+
Quick production
+
Easy to move around

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited capacity
-
Fiddly to clean
Buy it if

✅ You're short on space: this is ultra compact
✅ You'll keep this on display:
it's stylish
✅ You'll move this around: it's easy to carry

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need capacity: this is smaller than others
❌ You're on a budget:
it's expensive for its size
❌ You want fast-melting ice: this makes clear cubes

The bottom line

🔎 Aglucky Countertop Ice Maker: beautiful and petite, this stylish ice maker is perfectly portable, speedy, and makes consistent ice. I can only fault its capacity, but that's part-and -parcel of a compact design.

As it's clear, not all ice makers were made to be subtle or beautiful, which is why the Aglucky is so popular. Petite and sleek, it's not too demanding or displeasing on the countertop. Even better, it's effortlessly portable, so you can move between rooms with your ice maker. This might sound frivolous, but the number of reviews which commented on this feature suggest otherwise. It's something you'll love having. 

Aside from the compact design, this is extensively praised for its speed. It can make small and large ice cubes incredibly quickly. If you're serving a few glasses to friends and you run out of ice, you can have nine cubes of clear ice in as few as eight minutes. The clear viewing window and light make it easy to keep an eye on your ice, so you can check in on when it's full and ready to be emptied. Aglucky even provides a scoop (which isn't standard for all machines) to help you get as much ice out as possible.

Whilst this is convenient, it's also relatively low yield. If you're hosting for a lot of people, you'll need to keep emptying and topping up this ice maker to ensure you've got enough stock for everyone's drinks. Some reviewers say that it makes a slight whining noise. Nobody said that this was intolerable, but it's louder than other ice makers, so worth noting. 

The other caution, more often issued by experts than customer reviews, is that this is fiddly to clean. The small interior makes it tricky to reach right into the corners. You'll need to get a long brush or someone with smaller hands to keep this hygienic.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
AestheticsNice to look at and quite small★★★★★
PerformanceGood but low yield★★★
ValueExceptional value★★★★★
UsabilityEasy to use, but fiddly to clean★★★★

The best value ice maker

4. Igloo Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker

Super quick, easy to carry, but a little noisy

Specifications

Dimensions: 13.9"D x 10.51"W x 15.28"H
Weight: 19.16 lbs
Ice type: Bullet
Production: 16 lbs in 24 hours

Reasons to buy

+
Easy to carry
+
Super quick
+
Great value
+
Self-cleaning

Reasons to avoid

-
Noisy
-
Limited capacity
-
Needs refilling
Buy it if

✅ You'll move this around: it's easy to carry
✅ You need ice fast:
it's super quick
✅ You're a lazy cleaner: this can clean itself

Don't buy it if:

❌ You'll use this when entertaining: it's a little noisy
❌ You need capacity:
this is small and needs refilling
 You want different ice shapes: this only makes bullet ice

The bottom line

🔎 Igloo Portable Ice Maker: don't underestimate how useful a portable ice maker is. This is brilliant, but a little noisy.

When it comes to looks, this is one of my favorite ice makers on the market. It's available in classic finishes, such as stainless steel and white, but also in baby pink and pastel blue too. So if you want a pop of color for your kitchens, home bar, or dorm room, you're in luck.

The space-saving design makes this perfect for even the smallest spaces. The simple addition of a handle transforms this into an easily portable ice maker. It's not to be underestimated. Lots of people loved moving this around the house. Even if you think you won't, take a look at the nearly 10,000 Amazon reviews. They'll tell you how useful it is (and also just how giftable this is — everyone seems to be asking for it in their wedding registry lists).

Another popular feature of the Igloo is the five self-cleaning cycles. There's an easy drain at the bottom of the ice maker, so that once it's finished cleaning, it's easy to empty. This is one of the lowest-maintenance ice makers, so it's perfect if you know you can be a little less than thorough when cleaning appliances.

On top of the convenient and colorful design, this is quick. It can make nine ice cubes in seven minutes. These bullet ice cubes are small and melt relatively quickly compared to clear ice cubes, but they'll do a good job of keeping drinks cool. Although the maximum capacity limits the overall yield, if you're willing to regularly re-fill the water tray, you can produce a lot of ice in not much time at all. The slick LED panel will let you know when you need to empty or refill the ice maker. As I said, it's all very easy.

There are two, reoccurring criticisms facing the Igloo. The first is noise. Whilst this isn't loud, it makes enough noise for customer reviews to comment on it. If you need your room to be quiet, you don't want the Igloo. The other criticism is build quality. This is normally around $114, so it's one of the cheaper models on the market. Most people say that this is reflected in the occasional fault or error, which results in them sending it back or having to replace a switch. This is never ideal, but it's the price you pay for choosing a cheaper model.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
AestheticsAvailable in a range of colors★★★★★
PerformanceGenerally good, but makes some noise★★★
ValueFeels a little cheap★★★
UsabilityEasy to use★★★★★

The best budget ice maker

5. Magic Chef MCIM22

A classic style which delivers brilliant basics

Specifications

Dimensions: 14.1"D x 9.5"W x 12.9"H
Weight: 27 lbs
Ice type: Ice bullets
Production: 27 lbs per day

Reasons to buy

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Great value
+
Makes ice quickly
+
Reasonable capacity

Reasons to avoid

-
High maintenance cleaning
Buy it if

✅ You want quick production: this is speedy
✅ You're on a budget:
this is great value
✅ You'll have this running with guests: it's quiet

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're a lazy cleaner: this needs to be done by hand
❌ You're an ice snob:
this makes basic, cloudy bullets
 You want a low-maintenance machine: the stainless steel shows fingerprints

The bottom line

🔎 Magic Chef MCIM22: the simple aesthetics of this machine tell you everything you need to know. It's a good basic, but nothing more.

As you might expect for our 'best budget' option, the Magic Chef is a brilliant basic option. It has cut out all of the frills, fuss, and finer details out of ice making, producing cloudy, slightly imperfect, but nevertheless very usable ice.

The Magic Chef looks like an ice maker. The boxy, stainless steel finish isn't something to shout about, but it's an eyesore. The stainless steel is high maintenance, more than most. It shows fingerprints and marks almost immediately. Sit it in the corner of your kitchen, tuck it out of sight, wipe it regularly and it will be fine. 

Reviewers all agree that this is a sturdy and reliable option. Even though it's cheaper than others, it feels like it's made to last. It's also very simple to use, so is perfect as someone's first ice maker. When working, this can make nine ice bullets every eight minutes. That means that within half an hour, you'll have plenty of ice to host a dinner party. The water reservoir has enough capacity to run for a few hours before needing a re-fill, so it's pretty low maintenance too. 

The biggest disappointment is that these bullet ice cubes can look a little cloudy and uneven. Once stacked into a glass or bucket, you probably wouldn't notice this, but it's a detail that reminds you, this is a budget option. There are other, minor, but important drawbacks that come with skimping on price. Critical customer reviews say that this is cumbersome to move around, a little bit noisy, and the top doesn't click nicely into place. Other reviewers also noted that the drainage spout is on the bottom of this ice maker. When you're cleaning it, you'll have to hold it over the sink. It's inconvenient, but something you might be willing to accept if you're saving money.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
AestheticsNot ugly, but nothing special★★★★
PerformanceIce cubes are imperfect★★★
ValueGreat value★★★★★
UsabilityEasy to use★★★★★

The best speedy ice maker

6. Arctic Pro Portable

Everything about this is great, except the aesthetics

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
Weight: 17.5 lbs
Ice type: Bullet
Production: 26 lbs per 24 hours

Reasons to buy

+
Easy to carry
+
High output
+
Very quiet
+
Good value

Reasons to avoid

-
Unattractive
-
Limited capacity
-
Some noise levels
Buy it if

✅ You're short on space: this is compact
✅ You need ice fast:
this is quick
✅ You'll use this when hosting: it's quiet

Don't buy it if:

❌ You'll have this on display: it's ugly
❌ You need capacity:
this is small
❌ You want different ice types: this only makes bullet ice

The bottom line

🔎 Arctic Pro Portable: this compact ice maker is quick and consistent at making bullet ice. I just wish it didn't have the big logo on the front.

Ignoring the aesthetics, this is a brilliant ice maker. It's quick, quiet, compact, and completely portable. That makes it perfect for just about every user. Whether you'll place this in your kitchen, home bar, RV, or move it between all three, you'll get value for your money with the Arctic Pro.

Other reviewers attest that this made nine ice bullets in eight minutes. According to lots of reviewers, each bullet was well-shaped, consistent, and crystal clear — perfect if you're a stickler for consistency. 

There's an LCD screen where you can select small ice cubes, large ice cubes, a timer, cleaning functions, and a digital read out. If you feel like you want some visual evidence of ice making, there's a useful viewing window for keeping an eye on your ice production. With most functions automated, this is a hands-off, well performing ice maker.

There are, however, a few reasons that this isn't higher up in our buying guide. As a smaller model, the capacity quickly becomes a limiting factor. It will need emptying and topping up if you want to maximise the production power of the Arctic Pro. It also has some low noise levels that you might find distracting if you need a completely silent room. 

My (perhaps unfairly) biggest gripe is the huge Arctic Pro logo plastered across the front. It makes this look like an advertisement rather than a kitchen appliance. Some people might not mind this, others might cover it up, either way, I think it's a real shame. It's less of an issue in the black colorway, but in stainless steel, it's just ugly. I'd recommend buying some stickers (maybe even a whiteboard sticker to make notes on)  to cover it up.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
AestheticsNot pretty at all★★
PerformanceGood, but lacks finesse★★★
ValueGood value★★★★
UsabilityEasy to use★★★★

The ice maker which deserves a special mention

7. Silonn Countertop Ice Maker

A great value, stylish option, which couldn't miss the list

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.3"D x 8.7"W x 12.5"H
Ice type: Bullet
Production: 26 lbs in 24 hours

Reasons to buy

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Fast ice production
+
Sleek design
+
Great value
+
Self-cleaning

Reasons to avoid

-
No speciality
-
Drain hard to access
-
A little limited 
Buy it if

✅ You have a home bar: this makes great cocktail ice
✅ You'll display this:
it's sleek and stylish
✅ You're short on space: this is compact and portable

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need capacity: this is quite small
❌ You're a lazy cleaner:
the drain spout is on the bottom
❌ You don't want the median model: this isn't stand-out for anything

The bottom line

🔎 Silonn Countertop Ice Maker: this is sleek, stylish, and excellent value. It's just not the best at anything.

We don't often do special mentions in our buying guides. A product is either good enough to earn an award or not good enough to be listed. Whilst there were plenty of ice makers that didn't make the list, it just didn't seem fair to cut the Silonn out. This is a good ice maker, it's just not a specialist in any specific field. If you want a median model, which covers everything, this is a good buy.

I'll start on aesthetics. This is one of the few attractive ice makers there are on the market. The sleek style would look good on countertops. It's hard to get an idea of size, but, compared to other models, this is relatively compact. The Silonn is actually portable. There's a handle which lets you carry it between rooms and on trips. If you'll be transporting it a long way, you need to keep it upright. If you find it has tipped onto its side, the Silonn needs to be stood upright again for 24 hours before being plugged back in.

Performance wise, this is a quick and consistent ice maker. It produces both small and large ice bullets, which are great for sodas and cocktails. In six minutes, you can have nine cubes ready to drink. It's easy to use, with straightforward, premium-feeling controls. The indicator light will let you know when it's full or needs re-filling, but there's also a clear viewing window if you want to check on it too. This is limited by the capacity. 

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