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Hastey
01-21-2012, 02:54 PM
We are looking at getting a portable or counter top ice maker. What are some of the pros and cons?

Thanks

cookie
01-21-2012, 03:11 PM
The only con I can think of is that it is one more thing to drag around.
On the pro side, they make a lot of ice, fast.
When we had one we liked it a lot.

Peace
Dave

Speedy
01-21-2012, 03:17 PM
Pro: Does not have to be winterized. Makes way more ice than the one in the frig. Portable Keep it in your basement and fetch the ice as you need it.

Con: $150 to $200 out of pocket expense.

traveler44
01-21-2012, 03:29 PM
We tried the one that Target had on sale about a year ago. It made wet Ice and when you bagged the ice and stuck it in the freezer it would freeze together. Others have said they didn't have this problem with the other brands so I just thought I would let you know. Some might not freeze as cold as others. Tom

PeternLiane
01-21-2012, 03:32 PM
Pro: Does not have to be winterized. Makes way more ice than the one in the frig. Portable Keep it in your basement and fetch the ice as you need it.

Con: $150 to $200 out of pocket expense.

I have to agree, there are not many cons to a portable ice maker except the storage and the up front cost. The pros are many, You can make ice when you need it and with certain ice makers you can even make different sizes of ice cubes. We will be buying one when we finish a couple of things with the NT.

Hastey
01-21-2012, 05:03 PM
Great, that is what I was wanting to know. We will buy one before we start going again. I have silicone ice trays but it takes too long to get them to freeze.

Thanks for the info.

GOTTOYS
01-21-2012, 05:40 PM
We tried the one that Target had on sale about a year ago. It made wet Ice and when you bagged the ice and stuck it in the freezer it would freeze together. Others have said they didn't have this problem with the other brands so I just thought I would let you know. Some might not freeze as cold as others. Tom If you look at them the one they sell at Target, Emerson brand I think, is exactly the same as the Dometic they sell at Camping World for twice the price. From what I've seen they are all the same no matter what brand is on them. Look at the outside shell and compare them. Everyone has the small round nameplate on the front in the same size and location. We got ours at Target, it works great. They are not meant to store ice, just make it. If you want the ice to freeze solid you have to put them in your freezer for a bit. I'd get one again. Sometimes they have them on sale for as little as $99.00...Don

TravelTiger
01-21-2012, 05:53 PM
We got one "thrown-in" when we bought our North Trail, and haven't used it much. DH just tried to use it on our last trip. We noticed making ice was kinda noisy. It's also awfully heavy to move around if you don't have much counter space inside. We may just keep buying bagged ice.

Erika

Rickhansen
01-21-2012, 06:02 PM
Can't tell you anything about them, except that there has been quite a few posts in the past. Try a search and read the results.

jmgratz
01-21-2012, 07:50 PM
We love ours. We have disconnected the ice maker in the freezer. Don't want to run the risk of a water leak.

TGLBWH
01-21-2012, 08:03 PM
Have one we bought at Kohl's for about 130 and it is a little larger than the Target one. It does make wet ice that sticks together when frozen solid. I solved that problem by putting the wet ice in a plastic bag before going in the freezer. drop it on a solid surface afterwards and it breads up easily. I deep mine in the basement where the noise doesn't bother and usually use it all the time. Don't really see any negatives to having one unlees you have no water to fill it.

jayc
01-21-2012, 08:12 PM
We had one until recently when it finally stopped working. One of our daughters gave it to us just after we retired and went on the road, so it lasted over 3 years. It was a Magic Chef IIRC. We also kept it in the basement and worked fine up until a month ago.

Nabo
01-21-2012, 08:13 PM
We have one that we bought from Target. As mentioned about, it is a little noisy but after a season of using it, we don't notice it anymore. This winter, we put it in the office to keep it from freezing. It does make wet ice but we just keep it in the machine and let it remake as the wet ice melts. It only takes about 7 minutes to make new ice.

2psnapod2
01-21-2012, 08:15 PM
We were visiting a RV a while back that had on on the counter. It made me look over where it was at every 10 minutes or so. You probably would get use to it making the noise though.

KENNY COCHRAN
01-21-2012, 10:52 PM
MY ADVISE IS IF YOU GET ONE BE SURE IT ALSO STORES THE ICE. SEVERAL ON THE MARKET MAKE ICE, BUT DOES NOT HAVE ANY ROOM IN IT TO STORE IT. WE HAD ONE A WHILE BACK AND IT WAS ABOUT 24" x 24". WE HAD IT IN THE CLOSET IN THE BEDROOM. KEPT THE DOOR CLOSED AND REALLY NEVER COULD HERE IT WHEN IT DUMPED EVEN WHEN WE WERE IN BEDROOM CLOSE TO IT. DON'T REMEMBER WHAT BRAND IT WAS.

tcfake613
02-02-2012, 07:14 PM
I'll give a thumbs up to the Emerson brands at Target. You can get 'em on sale for as little as $109, So I've seen. Out of our group, three of us have the Emerson and two others have the expensive Dometic brands. Absolutley no difference in capacity, quantity and quality of ice. Some of us have had the Emersons for about three years with no problems. I wouldn't go without it. Even in the summer I almost never have to buy ice it makes that much... and I'm in the cooler a lot.... for beer.

katkens-DW
02-02-2012, 10:32 PM
We got ours from camping world in 06 and it is still going strong!!

TXBobcat
02-02-2012, 11:06 PM
We have had two of them. Both failed after a year or two. The last one we got at Campworld and took out a 2 year warranty. It stopped working a few months ago which was over the 2yrs.

Ours did not store ice but made it fairly quickly. I found that the bolts where you pour in the water keep rusting. It also has a problem if you don't empty the water out of it when you finish using it each time.

We will probably get another one but would like to find one that will last longer.

BC

Big Al and Donna
02-03-2012, 12:09 AM
I'm with Jim on this one. We disconnected the one in the freezer and use the portable one. We love it and would do it again.

bobber
02-03-2012, 12:35 PM
Have tried every website I could to find one that will keep the ice frozen so you don't have to put it in the freezer. I guess it does not exist. If anyone knows of one please post information. I have had one for 2 years and love it but just need more freezer space.

Hastey
02-03-2012, 04:09 PM
I found this one at target, not the Emerson, not real sure the brand at all but it got real good reviews and says that it stores 2.5 lbs of ice.

http://www.target.com/p/Portable-Ice-Maker/-/A-742705

jimtoo
02-03-2012, 08:03 PM
Check out Compact Appliance Web site. (http://www.compactappliance.com/Ice-Makers/Appliances-Ice_Makers,default,sc.html?ecat=FHI&src=secret3&mtcpromotion=google%3EPortable%20Ice%20Maker&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Portable%20Ice%20Maker&utm_medium=Ice%20Maker%20General%20(Phrase)&utm_term=ice%20maker&src=google&gclid=CICK9aaOg64CFUHktgodey682g) I bought from them 4 years ago, when unit was 2 years old the sent me a small panel at no charge. Gave me great service and easy to talk to. Prices are really good also.

I think all these ice makers are almost the same, regardless of the name on it. None "store" ice,, they just keep making it as it melts or is used.

Jim M

jmgratz
02-03-2012, 10:51 PM
Have tried every website I could to find one that will keep the ice frozen so you don't have to put it in the freezer. I guess it does not exist. If anyone knows of one please post information. I have had one for 2 years and love it but just need more freezer space.

Check out the Dometic website. They make a freezer you could put ice trays in.

PeternLiane
02-03-2012, 11:04 PM
Check out Compact Appliance Web site. (http://www.compactappliance.com/Ice-Makers/Appliances-Ice_Makers,default,sc.html?ecat=FHI&src=secret3&mtcpromotion=google%3EPortable%20Ice%20Maker&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Portable%20Ice%20Maker&utm_medium=Ice%20Maker%20General%20%28Phrase%29&utm_term=ice%20maker&src=google&gclid=CICK9aaOg64CFUHktgodey682g) I bought from them 4 years ago, when unit was 2 years old the sent me a small panel at no charge. Gave me great service and easy to talk to. Prices are really good also.

I think all these ice makers are almost the same, regardless of the name on it. None "store" ice,, they just keep making it as it melts or is used.

Jim M

Jim, Thank you for the information and website. Because of the price and reviews on one of the ice makers, I'll be getting one in a couple of months now instead of at the end of summer.

rvn4fun
02-05-2012, 01:59 PM
We have 3 camping friends here in the campground that have portable ice makers so we don't ever have to buy ice. Most everyone I talked to recommends the one from Target for price and performance. I was going to purchase one too, but with friends having so much ice we just buy water for them to use in the icemaker.

sdagro
02-12-2012, 07:08 AM
I'm with Jim on this one. We disconnected the one in the freezer and use the portable one. We love it and would do it again.

DITTO,

We bought the Emerson at Target 3 years ago for $129.00. 2 weeks later went on sale for $99.00. Brought receipt in and was issued a $20.00 refund. Still working great.

Texas-Gal
05-11-2012, 01:49 PM
I love my portable ice maker and just bag the ice in ziplock bags and store it in the freezer. New Key Largo has big fridge w/icemaker, but haven't even tried using it yet because the portable one is so good!

TXBobcat
05-11-2012, 04:10 PM
Just bought an Emerson at Target. Haven't used it yet but hope to get better service out of it than the ones we have had before.

Love the ice they make.

BC

wesley1963
05-11-2012, 04:59 PM
Just bought an Emerson at Target. Haven't used it yet but hope to get better service out of it than the ones we have had before.

Love the ice they make.

BC

We are using ours now. Makes tons of ice and only cost $109 @ Target. A family member also bought one, when we went camping a few weeks ago ice was not an issue for the drinks and the coolers. Got ours 5 weeks ago when the ice maker line broke-couldn't go very long without it. Now with both going we have plenty of ice for these 90 deg days:)

soilmovers
05-23-2012, 06:52 PM
I love our ice maker but as others mentioned, it does not store the ice. We make it with reverse osmosis water and get nice, clear cubes.

Texans
09-08-2012, 11:36 AM
We bought one and used it this summer on a 7 week trip from South texas to Wasgington D.C. It also does not store ice but it makes upto 7 lbs in 24 hours so I was able to kept the ice bin in the freezer full of ice for the trip. We loved having ice in the freezer and not having to get from the ice chest.

Yuleervers
09-08-2012, 07:13 PM
We have owned one for a year or so and would NOT DO without it - WE LOVE it - AS soon as we get to the Campground, the better half sets it up and it takes off. The only time we shut it off is when we go to bed or when we leave for several hours. I have found a place on the desk below the entertainment center and it just stays there out of the way.
Bill And Fran Sanders
and Hobo and Gypsy
2009 Big Country
2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Gerr
09-17-2012, 11:33 AM
We Love ours. bought for $99.00 at Meijers, made by Igloo. Looks just like the one at Camper World. Came in real handy here in Branson when it was a 100 degrees every day in July.

GETnBYE
09-17-2012, 12:22 PM
Jim, Thank you for the information and website. Because of the price and reviews on one of the ice makers, I'll be getting one in a couple of months now instead of at the end of summer.

We also used the website above : got good price and fast delivery. The ice maker has paid for itself already. I don't freeze much of the ice unless I am planning to use it in the cooler for the drive home. I use right out of the maker for drinks or fill coolers up. I love mine.
Note: It does not keep the ice frozen, it will melt over time, but the ice maker continues to make ice so I don't have a problem with it melting. We use a filter pitcher to fill it up just in case we have bad tasting water at a campsite.
Hope that helps.

edit: Sorry, the quotes did not include the first post about compact appliance website.

ann37
09-19-2012, 05:29 PM
we bought an ice maker and don,t know we got alone without it before aves space in frezzer

rick_debbie_gallant
09-19-2012, 06:40 PM
We have a portable icemaker that you don't have to open to retrieve ice, just place glass under the dispenser and there is the ice. No contamination.

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bishop32
09-26-2012, 10:23 AM
Hi all, I just installed a new ice maker. no water is running in it. put the old one back on and it made ice it just wont dump. any ideas about what is wrong with my new one (or the old one).

cookie
09-26-2012, 11:01 AM
Hi all, I just installed a new ice maker. no water is running in it. put the old one back on and it made ice it just wont dump. any ideas about what is wrong with my new one (or the old one).
Is this a portable ice maker or a built into the refer model?

Peace
Dave

PUG
09-26-2012, 11:37 AM
Instead of having to have an icemaker that you have to dump water into, being water is on short supply, I purchased an additional freezer to stock up on pizza's pizza's and pizza's so we throw a couple of bags of ice in for the margaritas. Easy to replace at my wife's daily shopping trips to the store, any store, all stores.

Big Al and Donna
09-26-2012, 11:46 AM
All cons from here. We use it all of the time and love it. We bought it when we were at the Goshin rally at a store called meyers for right at 100 dollars and have saved twice that much from buying ice. Took the one out of the freezer so now we have mor freezer spase for the bagged ice

randeb
09-26-2012, 02:16 PM
Bought a table top one for $100. Canadian Tire sits on counter or can be taken outside.Ice in 10 mins.

GETnBYE
09-26-2012, 03:17 PM
All cons from here. We use it all of the time and love it. We bought it when we were at the Goshin rally at a store called meyers for right at 100 dollars and have saved twice that much from buying ice. Took the one out of the freezer so now we have mor freezer spase for the bagged ice

Did you mean to say "All Pros"?
I am sure everyone knows what you meant, but you know I can't pass up a chance to pick at you AL!!

goldenbetty
09-26-2012, 07:03 PM
What brand filtered pitcher do you have? That is a great idea. The campgrounds we go to in Louisiana have bad tasting water, so we buy gallons of water to drink, use for cooking, and to fill our Emerson icemaker from Target. We love it too.



We also used the website above : got good price and fast delivery. The ice maker has paid for itself already. I don't freeze much of the ice unless I am planning to use it in the cooler for the drive home. I use right out of the maker for drinks or fill coolers up. I love mine.
Note: It does not keep the ice frozen, it will melt over time, but the ice maker continues to make ice so I don't have a problem with it melting. We use a filter pitcher to fill it up just in case we have bad tasting water at a campsite.
Hope that helps.

edit: Sorry, the quotes did not include the first post about compact appliance website.

GETnBYE
09-26-2012, 07:25 PM
What brand filtered pitcher do you have? That is a great idea. The campgrounds we go to in Louisiana have bad tasting water, so we buy gallons of water to drink, use for cooking, and to fill our Emerson icemaker from Target. We love it too.

I use the Pur pitcher, it was just cheaper than brita when I was buying. I am sure they are equally as good. I just take the filter out of the jug and drain it and store it in a glass in the cabinet with a few paper towels in the bottom of the glass. Next trip, I just dunk it in water again to soak and put it back in the pitcher. I know it needs replacing when it starts to filter very slowly.