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Published on April 15th, 2012 | by Greg


Need Ice With That?

With all of our of­fice cock­tail mix­ing, we go through a fair bit of ice. And though it’s sim­ple enough to grab some at the store, it’s far more handy to be able to make it, in bulk, when need­ed. Sure, you might have an ice mak­er in your re­frig­er­a­tor, or a bunch of ice cube trays. But both of those meth­ods are fair­ly slow. Luck­i­ly, there’s a so­lu­tion, though ad­mit­ted­ly to a prob­lem that per­haps not many peo­ple have. In a pinch or for a par­ty, portable ice mak­ers are pret­ty nifty though.

The Sun­pen­town IM-120B is the first ice­mak­er that we’ve re­viewed. We’ve test­ed plen­ty of oth­er kitchen ap­pli­ances, even coun­ter­top dish­wash­ers and portable mi­crowaves, but noth­ing quite like this. We put the unit through some tests, and came away pret­ty sat­is­fied- es­sen­tial­ly, we eval­u­at­ed the ice out­put, the time re­quired, and the over­all de­sign and con­ve­nience. It’s not per­fect, and we did find it a bit noisy, but it makes ice fast and easy.

We liked that you can choose from three sizes, and it on­ly takes about 15 min­utes un­til a batch of ice is ready- im­pres­sive­ly fast, if you need some in a hur­ry. You don’t need a drain or any­thing- just add pow­er and wa­ter and watch it go. It can make up to 1.5 pounds of frozen wa­ter at a time, and though it’s pret­ty heavy and a lit­tle bulky at al­most 25 pounds, it can slide just about any­where when not in use. Avail­able in stain­less or black, it isn’t sexy, but it gets the job done quick­ly and ef­fi­cient­ly. Sun­pen­town’s site could use some work, but they do of­fer a wide ar­ray of oth­er ap­pli­ances and even sev­er­al mod­els of ice mak­ers if this one isn’t quite right for you.

Avail­able on­line for un­der $200.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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