Whether you’re hosting friends or just enjoying drinks alone, ice is a necessity for any home. Ice trays are a pain and take forever to freeze, and bags of ice are inconvenient and eventually run out. Even though most refrigerators have an ice maker built-in, it’s not always enough. So what’s an ice-loving household to do? It’s time to get a home ice maker.
If you’re unsure of which brand of ice maker is best, or what type to buy from your home, you’re in the right place. Read on for our tips to help you get the best home ice maker for your needs.
Set Your Budget
Ice makers come in all different sizes, styles, and features. They also come in a wide range of prices. While you and your household may argue over which features are most important in an ice maker, the price is probably something everyone can agree on.
Set your budget first, and narrow down your choices accordingly. Are you looking to splurge on a fancy ice maker? Look at the top-end models. Do you just need something cheap to compliment the ice production from your refrigerator? There are ice makers for that budget too.
Ice makers aren’t always small. Even a home ice maker can be the size of an industrial one if that’s what you’re looking for. So make sure you know how much space you have to spare in your home.
Countertop ice makers are most popular for home use because of their compact size. However, they usually take a little longer to make ice, and the ice melts eventually. Undercounter ice makers have a great output and can keep ice cold for days, but take up a lot more space.
Decide Why You Need a Home Ice Maker
Ice makers come with a variety of different features (or lack thereof). It’s important to know why you need an ice maker before you start shopping for one.
Do you need an ice maker because you’re hosting a huge party and you don’t want to worry about running out of ice, but also don’t want the hassle of dealing with huge bags of ice? Consider renting ice makers instead of buying one.
If you’re a cocktail expert and you want to bring bar quality ice to your home, there’s an ice maker for that. You’ll probably want one that can create ice in a variety of shapes and sizes or one that simply creates glorious clear cubes for that perfect old-fashioned.
If you’re simply looking to have extra ice on hand, then a simple countertop ice maker with no additional features will probably do you just fine. Fancy features are only necessary for those that desire them.
Whether you’re shopping for that perfect home ice maker or simply looking to invest your money in a better way, educating yourself is key. That’s why you’re here, isn’t it?
Keep reading more articles for more information you need on everything from the home to travel to finance. Stay icy, my friend.