Salton portable ice maker choose from 2 ice sizes: small or large. In as little as 6 minutes produces 11.8 kg (26 lbs) of ice in a 24 hour period. Ice maker features electronic controls with LED display for Ice Cube Size, Add Water, and Ice Basket Full and removable ice basket.
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HOME USE: I paid $119.99 CDN on sale for this little machine, and it works very well for the price. It's certainly convenient not to have to deal with ice cube trays, and have ice in minutes, not hours! As I live in a rented home, I can't purchase a fridge with an ice maker, so this was a great solution for my family. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed at first with the small size of the cubes and that it didn't keep them frozen for me when I first bought the machine, but I was totally sold on it after just a couple of uses. I now wouldn't give it up unless I had a fridge with an ice maker! I also love the extra room in my freezer now that I don't use ice cube trays anymore, and my ice doesn't have that awful freezer taste it sometimes used to get. The pros far outweigh the cons for those like me who are looking for a reasonably priced and convenient ice maker for simple everyday use.
WORK USE: This machine is also great for uses other than at home. At the school I work in, we were in need of an icemaker in our Physical Education department as a means of having ice readily available in case of injuries. We purchased a machine like this. Not having to send someone to fetch ice from the staff kitchen or Food Studies Lab, but having a machine right in the Phys. Ed. office that can create ice quickly has been invaluable! As the office is very small, the compact design of the machine made it very easy to place without taking up much room.
PROS: -runs quietly -compact design -very easy to add water -ice collected in a convenient basket -top lid for easy access -unit is completely closed and keeps interior of machine, water and ice clean (and safe from pets checking it out!) -very simple to operate (plug in, push ON button, push ice size button) -automatic shut-off when out of water or ice basket is full -includes ice scoop -makes two sizes of ice -works quite quickly, making nine "large" ice pieces (sort of like thimbles, not cubes) every six minutes. "Small" ice takes about four minutes. -includes drain to release unused water -ice collection basket is above the water source, so unused ice will melt and automatically be recycled into new ice -reasonably lightweight and easy to move -casing is a nice silver that doesn't show fingerprints, with a clean white interior -can be used anywhere - doesn't require running water source
CONS: -The fan is on the right side (as in photo) so items beside the machine must be far enough away to allow for ventilation. -The drain plug is inconveniently placed on the bottom of the machine. You need to feel around for it as you can't tip it up full of water. -As this machine is basic, it is not afreezer and does not keep the ice frozen after making. It is insulated like a portable cooler, so the ice will keep for a while (couple of hours), but the ice needs to be removed and placed in a freezer if not being used right away. -"Large" ice is about half the size of a regular ice cube (but the convenience of having nine ice cubes in eight minutes rather than hours makes up for it!) -Ice is wet and sticks together when stored in the freezer (see below for a tip on this issue). -The ice is not cube-shaped, but rather like a thick thimble. This is not at all a con in my opinion, but for some this may be if looking specifically for cubes.
TIPS: -To drain water, place beside sink, with front end hanging over, as plug is on the bottom centre -If not using for 24 hours, drain the water out. Add fresh water when making ice so your cubes will taste better. -When first using, run several rounds of ice, drain water, and add fresh. The first few sets of ice cubes may not taste very good from a newly manufactured machine. Same goes if the machine is stored unused for a long time. -You can use regular tap water if desired. You don't need to used distilled water unless your tap water isn't good. -Ice is wet and sticks together when stored in a freezer. My solution is to store the ice in Ziploc freezer bags. When I need ice, I place the bag on the counter and give it a quick smack with a large wooden or serving spoon, or just drop the bag on the counter and the pieces break apart easily. -If storing the ice in freezer bags, fill the bags only 3/4 (easier to break apart later), and lay the bags flat rather that upright for at least a while. This makes it much easier to break the ice apart if it clumps together. -Keep the lid closed when using as much as possible. The machine will still make ice when the lid is open, but the pieces will be smaller without the cool air staying inside to keep it well chilled. It's no problem to open it and take out ice as needed, but don't leave it continuously open.Read more ›
we bought this ice maker last year as i was pregnant and craved ice, sad to say it only lasted 4 months! and we take care of our stuff... would not buy again. also my uncle and aunt have the same one and i stopped working after two months... not worth the money!!!
Great product. It is so simple; add water, plug it in, and use the ice... I was surprised how efficient it is and how little time it takes to produce a significant amount of ice. The size of the unit is also reasonable considering, very counter top. Great for a wet-bar. Small cubes, which is not a problem.