Toss Out the Finicky Trays in Your Freezer — Invest in an Ice Maker Instead

You'll never have to buy a bag of ice again.

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Ever been at a party where they ran out of ice? There's nothing worse, especially on a hot day! Make sure there's ice on demand when you need it most with these at-home units.

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FirstBuild
FirstBuild Opal Nugget Ice Maker
$549.00

Best Overall

Whether you're looking for a great addition to your kitchen or some help filling up your cooler, this ice maker can keep all your ice needs at bay. It's small, but stores up to 3 pounds of ice at a time — visible from a sleek see-through door. Best of all, it features Bluetooth connectivity, so you can control your machine from your phone through a compatible app. 

More: 15 Ice Trays and Molds That Are Anything But Square

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EdgeStar Ice Cube Maker
$174.00

Best for Drain-Free Installation

This ice cube maker's integrated bin eliminates the need for a drain line, making it cost-effective and a breeze to install. You can choose from three different ice cube shapes, and it begins producing them in about 10 minutes' time. The bin stores about 2.5 pounds of ice at a time, and it can produce up to 28 pounds per day. 

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hOmeLabs
hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine
$129.99

Best for Small Spaces

Looking to stay cool on demand, but don't have a lot of wiggle room? No problem. This compact ice maker (9.5 by 13 inches) puts your concerns at ease by fitting like a glove into smaller spaces. It produces smooth, bullet-shaped ice cubes at a rate of up to 26 pounds per day.

More: 11 Coolers to Make Any Summer Activity Super Chill

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Luma Comfort Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker
$210.18

Best for Clear Ice (Hello, Cocktails!)

Don't settle for cloudy ice (the byproduct of impurities) — go for crystal-clear. This consumer favorite is known for producing up to 28 pounds of pure ice cubes that melt far slower than regular cloudy ice. Like the Igloo Compact, this appliance is also lit with a brilliant LED display and digital controls.

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Sunpentown
Sunpentown Under-the-Counter Ice Cube Maker
$402.00

Best for Built-In Counters

This under-the-counter ice cube maker is perfect for your wet bar because it can store up to 6 pounds of ice at a time. The best part is that if you have uneven flooring that causes your appliances to tilt, the adjustable levelers help this ice maker stay balanced despite the surface it's on. Don't sweat cube overflow, either. Once its bin is full, this unit automatically shuts down.

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Costzon
Costzon Stainless Steel Commercial Ice Maker
$595.99

Best for Cooling Off Crowds

This premium ice cube maker is ideal for businesses or large gatherings. Whether you're looking for a freestanding or built-in model, this unit functions with either installation, producing up to 110 pounds of ice within 24 hours. Can't wait that long? It pops out nearly 50 ice cubes every 15 minutes, and it holds a generous bin capacity of 33 pounds.

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NutriChef Digital Portable Ice Maker
$250.51

Best for Custom Cube Size

No need to settle for ice cubes that are too big (or too small) for your drink. Use this ice-cube maker's size-selection function to choose what you like. It produces and dispenses ice at a rate of up to 33 pounds in a day. Plus, its sleek platinum finish adds a sophisticated statement to your home.

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RCA
RCA Silver Compact Ice Maker
$132.10

Best for the Budget

Don't let slow dispensing keep guests waiting. This unit's rapid function produces its first batch in as little as six minutes! It produces up to 26 pounds of ice in a day, and it can store up to 1.5 pounds at a time. You'll also be able to choose from two sizes, all without taking up much space on your countertop. 

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