ecozy Portable Icemaker review

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REVIEW – Call me a barbarian, but I don’t have the water and ice thing in the door of my fridge. It was a conscious decision based on the fact that  I’d much rather have another cubic foot of freezer space than have ice on demand.  My family has adjusted to our primitive living arrangements, but there are times when I need a lot of ice and I need it in a hurry.  The ecozy Portable Icemaker is what I use when I need emergency margaritas.

What is it?

A countertop icemaker that cleans itself.

What’s in the box?

  • ecozy Portable Icemaker
  • Snap on handle
  • Removable ice basket
  • Instructions
  • Some ice bags
  • Ice scoop

Setup and features

All you need to do to set up the ecozy Portable Icemaker is snap on the handle, pour in some water and plug it in.   I think the hardest part of the setup is peeling off the tape that holds the basket in place.  It was kind of awkward because it was in a tight space, but once I got it off, I was in business.

There are a couple of cool features that make the ecozy a great icemaker.  First of all, it makes ice in a hurry!  It can make nine cubes in six minutes.  It made the ice so quickly when I was testing it that the ice basket would fill up and then it would stop making ice and the ice in the basket would start to melt.  Ecozy recommends removing the ice from the basket regularly and storing it in the freezer to set up because it will melt quickly if you leave it in the unit.  

If you’re making a bunch of ice, plan on checking it every 10-15 minutes because you’ll need to empty the basket often.  The specs say it can make 26lbs of ice in 24 hours.  I believe that is possible with this machine, but I don’t know what lunatic would be checking the basket around the clock.

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I’ve had other icemakers in the past and they were noisy and huge.  The ecozy really stands out from the competition because it’s very quiet.  There’s a little fan on the side that whirs along but I don’t think you’ll notice the noise at all.  In fact, the specs say the fan logs in at 35dB.  The average oven noise is over 50 dB.  It’s also quite a compact unit.  It will easily fit on a counter underneath the cupboards with its small footprint (it measures around 9x12x12 inches). 

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The ecozy icemaker says it makes two sizes of ice cubes.  I made a batch of small and a batch of large so that I could compare, and the results speak for themselves.  I certainly don’t see a meaningful difference.  I tried to collect the ice as soon as it was made so that it didn’t melt significantly and throw off the comparison, but they look the same to me.

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Everything seems to get rinsed during the cleaning cycle.
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The plug is near the side so you can just put that part over the sink to drain.

I really like the removable handle, because I plan on storing the ecozy when I’m not using it, and the handle won’t get in the way. I also am a big fan of the self-cleaning feature.  Other icemakers I’ve had get pretty gross if you don’t empty them out and let them dry completely.  The ecozy cleaning mode circulates the water continuously for a time to clean itself, then there’s a plug on the bottom that lets you drain all the water.  I really like that because it can be awkward (and heavy) to tip an icemaker over.  The plug solves that problem.  I propped the icemaker open for a day or two just to make sure it was completely dried out, and then I stored it away with the scoop and directions inside.

The ecozy icemaker itself feels solidly built.  The scoop is a bit flimsy as is the ice basket, but I think if you handle it with a little care it will hold up fine.

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What I liked

  • Speed of icemaking
  • Barely makes a sound

What I’d change

  • Maybe an audible cue to let me know when the basket is full

Final thoughts

The holidays are upon us and for many of us, that means entertaining.  The ecozy Portable Ice Maker will keep me icy all season long!

Price: $99.89
Where to buy: Amazon or ecozy
Source:  The sample for this review was provided by ecozy.

4 thoughts on “ecozy Portable Icemaker review”

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  2. Your primitive inclinations were spot on. An appliance repairman said that the number one reason for repair calls on refrigerators have to do with the water and ice dispensers.

  3. I have a cottage and the ice would be used to keep beverages cool in a cooler. Also, I have a 2200 generator. Is this powerful enough to run machine. Also if I am there for three day, how long before first batch of ice is ready


      It makes 9 cubes in six minutes but it takes probably 30 to 45 minutes to fill the bin. You would probably need a couple of hours to fill a gallon ziploc bag of ice, and you’d need to keep tending the machine to empty the bin and fill it with water. So the best possible scenario is that you are working in the area around the icemaker to keep checking on it so it’s working constantly. The other issue is that it makes ice that is frozen but not super frozen like it comes out of your freezer. The instructions say you should put it in the freezer for an hour to finish the job. So I’m not sure how well putting it directly in a cooler works. This is the case with all of these little icemakers. They all need tending, and they all make “warm” ice.

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