Published on April 15th, 2012 | by Greg0
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.