How To Select The Best Ice Maker
So you’ve decided to buy a personal ice maker. Congratulations! Having an ice maker on hand is a huge convenience that you’re sure to enjoy. The question now, of course, is which to buy. This is, unfortunately, a somewhat complicated question. On the upside, however, we’ve generated a list of useful questions you should ask yourself when you go about shopping around to narrow down your options. At the end of this article, you should be able to select the best ice maker for your needs with no problem whatsoever.
The first question you need to ask is, how much money do I have to spend on this? Obviously, ice makers aren’t the cheapest purchases you could make, so you need to set a price limit. This price limit will restrict you to a certain class of ice makers. If you have a relatively low budget, you’ll most likely be looking at portable ice makers (also called counter-top ice makers), which are smaller devices designed to produce enough ice for personal use with ease. Higher budgets open up the possibility of purchasing larger freestanding machines.
After you know what kinds of ice makers are most relevant to you, it’s time to consider how much ice you need. If you need just enough for personal use, you should consider a portable ice mker, no matter what your budget. If you need a lot of ice and can shell out the cash, a freestanding ice maker is the way to go. If, on the other hand, you need a lot of ice but don’t have the budget to afford a freestanding ice maker, you’ll have to be a little sneakier and shop around for high-volume counter-top ice makers to meet your budget’s demands.
Refrigeration is a physically unnatural process – that is, one that is contrary to nature’s typical ‘desires’ (things typically get hotter when left to their own devices, not colder) – and because of this, it takes a lot of energy to effectively cool a chamber, especially to the degree required of an ice maker. It’s important to take a look at the energy profiles of the ice makers you’re most interested in, as this can be a deciding factor in your shopping. Energy efficiency is pretty important in ensuring cost-effective ice making, so be sure to look for Energy-Star certified machines preferentially.
There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for an ice maker, but these are the things that probably influence the decision the most. Considerations of aesthetic or brand are relatively minor in comparison to considerations of volume of ice production, energy efficiency, and cost, so think of those things first, and consider the luxuries later. We can’t make this decision for you, but if you think of these things when you head to your local appliances shop, the decision should be a whole lot easier to make.