The Best Ice Maker for Commercial Use: hOmelabs

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When you need a commercial grade ice maker for your business – restaurant, hotel, etc. – or even for all the large parties you host at home, you want a regular source of ice like the hOmelabs commercial ice maker machine.

In this article, I’ll tell you what you need to know about this hOmelabs ice maker so you can judge if it’s really the one that will work best for you. I’ll suggest a couple of alternatives as well.

If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of the hOmelabs commercial ice maker at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the link just below.

Using the link above, you’ll see two sizes of machines. This article is about the smaller of the two. If you need greater ice production than this one can give, just get the larger machine which can give you almost half again as much ice every 24 hours.

Features of the hOmelabs HME030276N

This machine can store 29 pounds of ice. It makes sheets of 45 cubes that will normally break apart as they hit the bottom of the storage area. If they don’t, it’s easy enough for you to break up the sheets into about one-inch cubes.

hOmelabs commercial ice maker
hOmelabs commercial ice maker

When the ice make reaches storage capacity, it will shut itself off. As soon as you remove some ice, it will kick in again to bring itself to capacity. If you would keep removing ice, over a period of 24 hours, you could get as much as 99 pounds of ice from this ice maker.

It normally takes about 10 to 20 minutes for the machine to create a sheet of cubes. Depending on the mineral content of your water, the cubes should be fairly clear.

Since this is not a freezer, the cubes will eventually start to melt slowly. You wouldn’t want this to be a freezer because then the cube would fuse to each other, and you’d end up with a 29-pound block of ice!

Among the accessories that come with this hOmelabs ice machine is a drain hose. Gravity will take care of the water as it melts from the ice.

You also get a ¼ inch water supply hose and connector for filling the 1.2 liter tank inside the machine. Some owners have decided to add a filter to this line. Again, depending on how clean your water is, you may decide to do the same.

Installing the hOmelabs Commercial Ice Maker

This is a freestanding ice maker that vents out the front, but you still need 6 inches of clearance at the back to prevent overheating.

You obviously need to be close enough to a water supply as well.

The unit measures 17.6 inches wide by 15.7 inches deep by 31.4 inches high and has a stainless steel interior. That should keep in quite clean most of the time, but you do get a self-cleaning mode built into the machine. How often you have to use it will depend on your water quality and how often you actually make use of the ice.

From hOmelabs…

“Before first time use, clean the ice machine and keep it in an upright position for 24 hours. Only connect the appliance to a potable water supply.”

Warranty and Alternatives to the hOmelabs Ice Making Machine

hOmelabs offers a 2-year limited warranty on this commercial ice machine. It comes with the usual requirements and caveats.

Check out the hOmelabs Commercial Ice Maker now at Amazon.

If this doesn’t seem like the right machine for you, two models from Manitowoc are in the same ice-making space. You can find them via the links below.

Manitowoc UR 0140A Ice Maker

Manitowoc UDF0140A NEO 26″ Air Cooled Undercounter Dice Cube Ice Machine

Best Ice Maker of All: It’s Probably the Frigidaire EFIC108

Igloo ICE108 Ice Maker
Frigidaire EFIC108 Ice Maker

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Updated 2/11/20: Frigidaire replaces Igloo.

There really aren’t as many different countertop ice makers out there as you might at first think. Even the Frigidaire EFIC108, which I think is the best ice maker available today (formerly the Igloo ICE108), has a clone in the Della Premium model.

You can find some of the most popular countertop ice makers marketed under several brand names. (More on that below.) They all have their pros and cons, but the EFIC108 seems to top them all, if only by a little in some cases.

In this review, I’ll look at the Frigidaire portable ice maker – the EFIC108 – with you to show you why it’s probably the model you should buy, if you need a small ice maker at all.

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Sunpentown Ice Maker IM-150US Review: Suspiciously Familiar

Sunpentown IM-150US ice maker
Sunpentown IM-150US ice maker

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There seems to be a sweet spot in ice cube production at 12 pounds per day. More than one popular ice maker lets you harvest this amount. The Sunpentown IM-150US is one of those machines. Another is the EdgeStar IB120.

This review is mainly about the Sunpentown ice maker, but I’ll compare it to the EdgeStar ice maker too. (Sunpentown often appears as SPT, and I’ll use that short form here sometimes too.) I’ll also show you how the SPT stacks up against its bigger brother, the SPT IM-600US.

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U-Line BI95 Ice Maker Review: More Ice for More Price

U-Line BI95B-00 ice maker
U-Line BI95B-00 ice maker

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Do you need a decent amount of ice every now and then? Does it make sense to pay for a dedicated ice maker instead of running to the store every time? If so, then you should take a good, long look at the U-Line BI95 ice maker.

The BI95 is a popular model that will fit well in any decor, either as is or after you personalize it. In this review, I’ll show you the details about this model so you can decide whether to get one for yourself or whether you need to look elsewhere for your ice. Continue reading “U-Line BI95 Ice Maker Review: More Ice for More Price”

EdgeStar IB120 Ice Maker Review: Keeping It Frozen and Cool

EdgeStar IB120 with stainless steel front and handle
EdgeStar IB120 with stainless steel front and handle

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When you need more ice than your refrigerator can produce on a regular basis (if it can give you any ice at all), you want to have a dedicated ice maker as one of your appliances. The EdgeStar IB120 ice maker just might be the machine you need.

In this review, I’ll show you what the EdgeStar IB120 can do for you, so you can decide if this is the right ice maker for your personal needs, or if you should look elsewhere for a different model.

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3 + 1 Top Selling Under Counter Ice Makers Review: Party Time Chillin’?

EdgeStar IB120SS ice maker
EdgeStar IB120SS ice maker

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Most parties need drinks. Many, if not most, drinks need ice. If you host a lot of parties with drinks that need ice, you will more than appreciate having your own dedicated ice maker.

Whether you want to get an under counter ice maker or freestanding model (which those in this review actually are too), you have a vast array of choices of makes and models. This review will narrow those choice to the most popular, top selling models. Continue reading “3 + 1 Top Selling Under Counter Ice Makers Review: Party Time Chillin’?”