Hammacher has a penchant for testing out consumer electronics and offering the mantle of “The Best” to a select handful of them, which adds more weight to such claims along the way. Well, can one particular ice maker truly stand out from the rest of the crowd? It does seem like it, as evident by this $279.95 Portable Ice Maker that has earned a “The Best” rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute simply because it was the most efficient at producing ice as compared to other models in a similar class.
This Portable Ice Maker will be able to churn out 1″ long conical-shaped ice cubes in batches of 12, where it also boasts of 1.8 lbs.-per-hour ice output that makes it 80% more efficient compared to other models which could only manage a 1 lb.-per-hour output. Apart from that, it is also capable of delivering its first batch of clear, well-formed cubes in less than 10 minutes. In addition, with an easy-to-use, drain-free operation that simply requires filling its 1.32-gallon reservoir with water, you are good to go in the blink of an eye. You have the options of selecting from small to large ice cube sizes, as well as to set the timer for 1/2-hour to 18-hour continuous operation. Shutting it down is a snap, and the 3/4-lb. capacity bin is a snap to remove whenever it is full so that any meltwater will be filtered and re-used for the next batch. If the water tank ends up low on water, fret not – an audible alert is here to the rescue.