Whether you’re going camping, want a designated ice maker for your home bar, or your fridge doesn’t have an ice maker, the best portable ice makers can help. Below, I’ve selected portable ice makers to suit a variety of budgets and styles. Whatever your needs, there’s an option for you.
Perhaps the most important factor to consider is how much ice your new portable ice maker is capable of creating, and how quickly it can get the job done. While all the picks featured below can make between 24 and 26.5 pounds of ice in one 24-hour period, they vary slightly in how much ice they’re able to produce in one sitting.
For obvious reasons, portability is another important factor to keep in mind. While some units on this list are light enough to move from room to room with ease, others might require some more heavy lifting. Also, while all of the picks below are countertop-friendly, some are slightly more compact than others.
Additionally, finding a pick that's easy to clean and operate is key. Models with drain plugs will allow you to remove melted water quickly and easily and some even collect that water to make ice from (giving you a little more bang for your buck). Some ice makers even come with their own cleaning kit, while others boast “smart” features — like Bluetooth, but all picks below come with a sensor or auto shut-off to tell you when the machine is at capacity with ice.
You'll also want to think about your preferred ice cube size and shape. Most ice makers produce bullet-shaped ice cubes in a few different sizes according to your preference, but one premium model below — the FirstBuild Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker — creates smaller pellet ice cubes.