Best Ice Maker For Coffee Lovers

By Ann Hills / a few months ago
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Are you one of those people who can’t function without their morning coffee? Do you need that extra surge of energy to get through the day? Does that first sip of coffee touch your soul? Or, do you like to relax by enjoying a good book while sipping your favorite coffee? If you’re nodding your head right now, you’re not alone! 

But do you know what can be better than coffee? Iced coffee. There’s nothing better to quench your thirst on a long hot day than a fresh cup of iced coffee. From the rich cold brews to the exciting multi-flavored frappes, you can’t go wrong with a chilled coffee to start your day.

Not all cold coffee drinks are made the same way. Every iced coffee drink is prepared differently, however, the one common element between all of them is that you’ll need a good ice maker or a cold coffee maker to make them. If you’re a coffee-lover, this guide will let you in on some of the best ice makers out there.

Homelabs Portable Ice Maker

cube ice in ice making machine

cube ice in ice making machine

Thanks to its capacity to make up to 26 pounds of cylinder-shaped ice cubes and store 1.5 pounds of them at a time, Homelabs’ ice maker will keep you from ever being short on ice. The unique cylinder cube shape allows for the machine to make ice faster than most makers on the market. It only takes 6-8 minutes for one batch of ice to be ready.

Once the ice container is full, it automatically stops making ice and turns off, making it an efficient energy-saving machine. Not only does it allow you to enjoy your favorite iced coffee in no time, but it also is easy on your utility bill.

Due to its capacity to produce and store large amounts of ice, Homelabs’ ice maker makes for the perfect addition to any gathering you might have. So go ahead and add some ice to your chilled lates, top them up with whipped cream, and catch up with your friends over the best-iced coffees in town!

The best part about Homelabs’ ice maker is that you get to enjoy all that and more for around $130. It’s a small yet mighty addition to your countertop that comes with bonus advantages such as:

  • Simple and straightforward control panel
  • Light alerts and an automatic turn off the function that is activated once the ice bucket is full or when water needs to be refilled
  • Includes a detachable basket and an extra ice scoop
  • Compact, easy to clean, control and transport
  • Energy Efficient: Noise-free yet powerful compressor that requires low energy to cool
  • Smart design: A water tray sits below the ice basket and reuses water from the melted ice to make more ice

FirstBuild Opal Nugget Ice Maker

Although it’s relatively new, FirstBuild’s Opal is rapidly increasing in popularity, quickly rising to the top of the best ice makers’ list. The manufacturing company promised “good ice” and they delivered! The ice that the Opal Nugget Ice Maker produces is soft, crunchy, and chewable, almost like miniature snowballs, making your frappes as close to the ones you enjoy at your local coffee shop as they get.

One of Opal’s greatest accessories is the Opal Water Filter. According to the experts at Top Ten Water, water filters remove impurities and provide better tasting pure water. Pure water makes pure ice and this is what Opal has achieved. Their filter is easy to install and has a lifespan of 3 months.

While Opal comes with a relatively high price of $413, you do get your money’s worth. Its sleek beauty and advanced smart design make it the best affordable option for chewable-ice addicts. Some of its many advanced features include:

  • A Bluetooth-enabled app that allows you to link the machine to your phone via Bluetooth, control it through a mobile app, and get status updates consistently
  • Advanced user experience: built-in intelligence, futuristic and modern-looking, easy-to-use touch controls
  • LED ring circling the main button that pulses and spins to let the users know when it starts and stops making ice
  • Quick and powerful: produces restaurant-quality ice within only 20 minutes, up to 24 pounds per day, and with a storage capacity of 3 pounds

Frigidaire EFIC101 Portable Compact Maker

From its compact size to its elegant portable design, the Frigidaire Compact Maker offers an affordable ideal solution that can satisfy any coffee lover’s cravings anytime. The stylish design comes in multiple colors, making it extremely easy to coordinate with just about any home decor. The machine’s ice production capacity is guaranteed to be up to 26 pounds a day in either of the two ice cube size options (small and medium). It also has a great ice storage capacity of 1.5 pounds a water reservoir that holds approximately 2.2 liters.

The ice maker is equipped with a cooling system compressor that uses no chemical refrigerants, ensuring that the produced ice is pure, uncontaminated, and free of any harmful elements. Despite being made out of plastic, Frigidaire ice maker is relatively heavy, but it comes for an economical price of $115 and has many advantages and features such as:

  • Easy-to-use LED control panel with a built-in smart alarm, clock, and timer
  • Large see-through window that allows you to easily keep track of the ice-making process
  • Drain plug that makes it easy to clean
  • Convenient, compact design that’s ideal for use in small spaces

Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

New cold coffee beverages have been gaining popularity over the past few years. An increasingly popular one is the mild yet rich-flavored cold brew. If you need an extra boost to get through the last bit of work for the day, this is the drink for you.

The Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker allows you to enjoy a well balanced cold brew from the comfort of your own home. Oxo’s maker produces up to 32 ounces (4 cups) of delicious, smooth, low-acid coffee. Its unique design will give you a flashback to your high school’s chemistry lab which makes for a fun addition to your countertop.

It also includes a Perforated “Rainmaker” lid that evenly distributes water over the coffee grounds, extracting rich strong flavors. Starting from $50, Oxo’s maker will allow you to enjoy the concentrated flavor minus the acidic taste that can sometimes be found in heat-extracted filtered coffee or espresso. Other exciting features of Oxo’s cold brew maker include:

  • Easy Brew-Release switch controls
  • Extra fine, stainless steel reusable filter that’s easily cleaned
  • Silicone sealed stopper that keeps your coffee fresh in the refrigerator
  • Fun borosilicate glass flask with measurement markings

A good ice machine can be the missing link you needed to jazz up your morning coffee. It’s an extremely valuable asset whether you’re brewing iced coffee or blending a caramel frappe. Instead of buying your coffee from one of those ridiculously expensive coffee chains, choose a machine that best fits your needs, enjoys your iced coffee guilt-free, and says goodbye to flat stagnant homemade iced coffee.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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