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Ice machines test: detailed test report with pictures, videos and test scores - 10/2019

Let's be honest: Who has a cooling compartment big enough to supply all the guests at the party with ice cubes? An ice machine is a solution for desperate hosts. The ice machine produces new ice cubes reliably and quickly. The drinks taste like this all evening long - and the party can go on!

We have tested 4 ice machines and paid special attention to the handling and the cooling result. Our test winners are the Klarstein Icemeister and the Aicok ice machine: Both machines conjure up ice cubes in 3 different sizes, are equipped with a self-cleaning program and ensure optimum cooling. Our favourites with the test mark 8.8/10!

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Klarstein Ice Master

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Our winner: Aicok Ice machine Our winner: Klarstein Ice Master TecTake Ice machine Review D&S Vertriebs GmbH Ice machine Review

Aicok
Ice machine

Klarstein
Ice Master

TecTake
Ice machine

D&S Vertriebs GmbH
Ice machine

  • Relatively quiet
  • Time display
  • Timer function
  • Self-cleaning program
  • Display with time
  • Timer function
  • Relatively quiet
  • 3 ice cube sizes
  • Self-cleaning program
  • Very simple operation
  • Relatively quiet
  • Very simple operation
  • Timer did not work in our test
  • Poor operating instructions
  • Poor operating instructions
  • Very small cubes in the beginning
  • No self-cleaning program
  • No self-cleaning program

An ice machine with many functions that sufficiently fulfill its purpose.

For the price a good ice machine with extra functions. Only the instructions leave something to be desired.

A simple device with sufficient results, at a reasonable price.

A simple machine for all people who are satisfied with easy operation.

Overall impression
Handling
Speed
Cooling function
Volume
Cleaning
Height 33 cm 33 cm 33 cm 34 cm
Width 24 cm 24 cm 24 cm 23 cm
Depth 37 cm 36 cm 34 cm 34 cm
Weight 10,2 kg 7,9 kg 7,9 kg 9,5 kg
Scope of delivery Ice machine, instruction manual Ice machine, instruction manual Ice machine, instruction manual Ice machine, instruction manual
Manual language GB, GER, ES, FR, IT GB, GER, ES, FR, IT GER, GB GER, GB
Quality of instructions Insufficient Satisfactory Very good Very good
Packaging Adequate Adequate Adequate Adequate
Additional warranty 24 months free of charge (and lifelong customer service for a basic fee). Important: Cancel Warranty Card No 24 months with proof of purchase None
Quality impression Good Good Good Good
Length of the power cable 158 cm 155 cm 195 cm 137 cm
Material Stainless steel, plastic Stainless steel, plastic Stainless steel / plastic Stainless steel / plastic
Readiness indicator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display Yes Yes No No
LED light Yes Yes Yes Yes
Capacity water tank 2200 ml 2200 ml (wrong information in instructions) 2300 ml 1800 ml
Amount of Ice cubes 9 cubes 9 cubes max. 9 cubes 9 cubes
Duration 10- 12 minutes 12 minutes 10-12 minutes 10 minutes
Automatic switch-off Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cooling function During the ice cube production During the ice cube production No No
Max. volume 68,2 dB 64,1 dB 64,00 dB 71,00 dB
Maximum power 127 W 97,4 W 96,9 W 94,8W
Stand-by power consumption 0,6 W 0,6 W 0,8 W 0,8 W
Time (display) Yes Yes No No
Time function Yes Yes No No
Self-cleaning program Yes Yes No No
Test seal: Aicok Ice machine, Rating 1.8
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Test seal: Klarstein Ice Master, Rating 1.8
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Test seal: TecTake Ice machine, Rating 2.05
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Test seal: D&S Vertriebs GmbH Ice machine, Rating 2.35
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Aicok

Ice machine

Test seal: Aicok Ice machine, Rating good

The ice machine from Aicok is a machine that offers versatile functions, such as three different ice cube sizes and time setting. However, the timer function and operating instructions left a lot to be desired in our test.

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Aicok - Ice machine

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  • For clear ice cubes, you have to boil the water first!
  • Ice cube machines must "warm up" once, so the first set of cubes does not correspond to the standard quality.
  • The machine should be placed in as cool a place as possible so that you avoid overloading the compressor and do not waste electricity unnecessarily.
  • You should only use a food-compatible agent for descaling!
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Overall impression
  • Handling
  • Speed
  • Cooling hold function
  • Volume
  • Cleaning

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the compressor ice cube machines. Ice cubes are produced in these machines, depending on the functional range also different sizes.

Before the first run, the machines are cleaned either by hand or by the integrated self-cleaning function. Other existing functions are also checked. As soon as the first ice cubes are produced, the power consumption and volume of the devices are checked.

Speed and easy handling are especially important.

In addition, the time required is stopped to check the timer function, among other things. During the test runs, handling and ease of use are also taken into account.

The finished ice cubes were then evaluated for shape and appearance. Other functions are tested in further passes.

In order to rule out errors and to ensure the stress of everyday use, each test takes place in several runs.

The test criteria receive percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection
Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

The cleaning is basically very simple. Because the devices work only with water, so that no residues develop. Of course, it's a little different if you spice up the taste of the ice cubes.

The ice machine should be well dried after use.

Otherwise, it is sufficient to keep the ice machine under running water after use. If the water tank can be removed, this is very advantageous. From time to time you should clean the machine with vinegar if you use it frequently.

For descaling you should not use any chemical cleaning agents, but for example vinegar essence or citric acid.

This is sufficient every six months. This is also advisable before using the device for the first time. Disinfecting the ice machine is usually not necessary. If you like, you can decalcify the machine.

Conclusion

Many people opt for an ice machine to enjoy cold drinks, especially on hot summer days. But ice cubes are also ideal in other seasons to keep lemonade, cola, cocktails, beer, vodka, whisky, punch and much more cold. Operation could hardly be easier: Fill the machine with water and switch it on. The ice cubes are ready within a few minutes. Thanks to the large selection, there is a suitable machine for everyone.

In general, a distinction is made between the water-cooled machine with a water connection and the air-cooled ice machine without a water connection.

* Air-cooled ice machine
The air-cooled, low-noise variant is used particularly in the private sector. Here the ice cubes are produced by combining air and sophisticated technology. These devices enable cost-effective production of the ice cubes. Here only enough air must be added, which saves a lot of operating costs. However, the air-cooled ice machine must be placed in a place where the ambient air can circulate sufficiently. The room temperature must not exceed 32° Celsius.

* Water-cooled ice cube machine
The water-cooled, low-noise model is increasingly being used in catering establishments or in kitchens with high ambient temperatures. It is also used in warm southern countries. However, operating costs are higher due to water consumption.

Which functions are useful for the ice machine? What should I pay attention to when buying?

* Dimensions and weight
Depending on how much space is available in the kitchen, the dimensions of the ice machine should be taken into account. There are also big differences in the weight of the equipment.

* Capacity of the water tank
Capacity is an important purchase criterion. For singles one litre is sufficient and for occasional drinks, it should be a capacity of two litres. From this, you can make around twelve kilograms of ice cubes per day. For regular cocktail parties, it should be at least three litres.

* Preparation time
The preparation time determines how long it takes for the ice cubes to be ready. Due to the start-up time of the ice machine, the first production cycle takes the longest. Then the cubes are produced faster. With good machines, the first ice cubes are ready within five to six minutes. This is an advantage during spontaneous visits. You can expect a maximum preparation time of 15 minutes for all machines.

* Preparation quantity
How many kilograms of ice cubes the machine can produce per day is a decisive criterion, especially for large celebrations. There are good machines that can produce 12 to 15 kilograms a day.

* Different ice cube sizes
Usually, you can choose between two to four different ice cube sizes. The production of large ice cubes takes a little longer, while smaller cubes are ready in a few minutes.

* Viewing window
Some devices have a viewing window. This allows you to check whether enough ice cubes have already been produced without having to open the machine. This saves energy costs because you don't let the cold out.

* Level and LED display
Ideally, many machines are equipped with a practical level indicator on the removable water tank. User-friendly operating elements and an LED display also simplify handling. Other devices only have buttons. Timer, pilot light, beep, automatic shut-off and standby function are very useful. The operation of all machines should be self-explanatory.

* Collecting container
Depending on the ice machine, a collecting container into which the ice cubes fall is included in the scope of delivery.

You can spice up the taste of the ice cubes by adding a dash of juice to the water, for example. You already have a drink with a kick. This also works with the ice machine. The result is of course also a visual highlight in the drinks.

ice cube machine
ice cube machine

The ice machine is offered in different versions. As a result, the mode of operation may vary slightly. As a rule, however, the tapping method is used: You fill the water into the container up to the specified marking, select the desired size of your ice cubes depending on the ice cube machine and press Start.

The water from the water tank is frozen by means of an integrated pump and compressor and processed into icicles via a tubular element.

For clear ice cubes you have to boil the water beforehand!

It is passed around small cone moulds, which cools it down a lot and when the ice cubes are hard enough, they are pressed out of the mould by the water pressure and by means of a heat shock. The ice cube machine usually emits a signal to indicate that the cubes are ready.

They can then be easily removed with a small ice shovel, which is usually included with all appliances and portioned in the jars.

The handling couldn't be easier. Some devices are connected to a water pipe, while other compact models have a water tank. This can usually be removed for easy filling.

The water tank usually holds between two and 3.5 litres, depending on the model. When the ice container is full, no more ice cubes are produced. The same applies if there is no more water, whereby the water from the melted cubes also flows back into the water tank.

Functionality, application, purchase criteria and useful tips

cocktail on ice
cocktail on ice Photo: Adobe Stock
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Would you like to enjoy cool drinks in summer or drink ice-cold cocktails with your guests on the terrace? Then the ice machine is probably the right thing for you.

There is not always enough space in the fridge for all the drinks. In the freezer, making ice cubes takes about ten times longer than making an electric ice cube machine.

The ice machine is the perfect manufacturer of ice cubes. It has already found its way into many households. It produces ice cubes, which are put into the machine as ordinary water and are produced within a short time. The handling is very easy.

The device is offered in many designs, shapes and materials. In the following guide, you will learn what an ice cube machine is, how it works, which different types there are and what you should pay attention to when buying.

Ice cubes are the basis of many soft drinks, cocktails, sparkling wines and aperitifs. They ensure the optimum temperature, which is an advantage not only in summer. The problem is only when they are needed, there are none.

Then you can either buy them in the supermarket or fill the ice cube moulds with water and put them in the freezer for several hours. The ice cube machine is the better solution. It produces the ice cubes within a few minutes in a constant size and shape. The former can be preset on some machines.

Especially at parties a constant stream of ice cubes is helpful.

So if you have friends to visit or a party is coming up and you want to enjoy a few drinks together, you can make ice cubes in no time at all. No matter what you want to offer your guests, you almost always need ice cubes.

Good ice machines make them within five minutes. The amount varies depending on the machine. This depends on the size of the storage container. From a hygienic point of view, the ice cubes should always be freshly prepared and used immediately.

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  • What current products are there?
  • What are the comparison criteria?
  • What tests are we going to run?
  • What is the test procedure?

When everything's settled, we'll bring the devices to us. For each product the test procedure, the measured values and product properties are documented in detail. We create photos and videos. We evaluate the results for you, summarize everything in a test report and calculate the test grade.

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Let's be honest: Who has a cooling compartment big enough to supply all the guests at the party with ice cubes? An ice machine is a solution for desperate hosts. The ice machine produces new ice cubes reliably and quickly. The drinks taste like this all evening long - and the party can go on!

We have tested 4 ice machines and paid special attention to the handling and the cooling result. Our test winners are the Klarstein Icemeister and the Aicok ice machine: Both machines conjure up ice cubes in 3 different sizes, are equipped with a self-cleaning program and ensure optimum cooling. Our favourites with the test mark 8.8/10!

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