|Kitchen Ice Makers
|For those who frequently entertain and for
active families who enjoy cold drinks, an
under the counter ice maker has become a
“must have.” They can be found in the kitchen,
around the bar area, and especially in outdoor kitchens. Those who frequently fill large coolers
also find them handy.
These under the counter ice makers differ
from the ice makers found in the freezer
compartments of most refrigerators: not only
do they make larger quantities of ice, but
the quality of ice they produce is also superior.
Ice makers make the size and shape cube made
by commercial ice makers. And, as water fills
the ice making forms, any impurities in the
water sink to the bottom, so the frozen ice
cube is clear and does not have the freezer
burn taste that ice made in the freezer can
If you are thinking of buying
an under the
counter ice maker, consider the
- Under the counter ice makers come as both
stand alone and built in models. The most
popular models are made to fit under the
standard kitchen counter (36 inches) and
are about 18 inches wide. While both types
are easy to install, it is easier to build
them in if you are remodeling your kitchen.
They are available with a variety of door
finishes that match other appliances in the
kitchen, including black and white glass
and stainless steel. Only stainless steel
is recommended for outdoor use.
- Units are available that make between 12
and 50 pounds of ice a dat. The average amount
of ice produced by a residential unit is
- Ice makers come with both left and right
door hinges so they will open either way.
More expensive models have convenient drop
down doors for easier access. These also
featured lighted bins.
- Models with electric cleaning cycles will
ensure that the ice produced is always top
quality. These units are also easier to maintain.
Be sure to plan your electrical requirements.
Under the counter ice makers require a grounded
circuit. A time delay fuse or circuit breaker
and using a separate circuit are also recommended.