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Under counter ice makers

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I'm asking for a friend, they are building a new house and she is starting to shop around for an under counter ice maker.  Reliability is a big issue for her.  She doesn't want to have to be replacing it in 5 years.  Suggestions and reviews both good and bad will be welcome and I will get the info to her.  Thanks.  

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I'd have to need an awful lot of ice before I'd consider giving up the real estate it would take.

My refrigerator in-door ice maker makes more ice than  I could possibly ever use.

I do think the stand alone ice makers are pretty cool though.

I've always wanted a Sub Zero that has the ice drawer (and can make fancy ice cubes).


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My issue with refrigerator ice makers is how often they break down. Our GE Profile ice maker has been put to rest, so I like the idea of a free-standing ice maker a lot.

 

Until it acts like a refrigerator ice maker and craps out.

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18 minutes ago, gfweb said:

My issue with refrigerator ice makers is how often they break down. Our GE Profile ice maker has been put to rest, so I like the idea of a free-standing ice maker a lot.

 

Until it acts like a refrigerator ice maker and craps out.

 

I'd be happy if only my ice cube trays didn't break.

 

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Commercial ice makers have an average lifespan of approximately 11 years. That said, I'd be looking for a commercial model over a home type for durability. Sorry, I cannot recommend a particular brand.

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I haven't worked in a restaurant kitchen or bar in many years; however, I've spent a great deal of time in teaching kitchens (adjuncts to kitchen retailers), all of which have had built-in under-counter ice makers. They've all been broken at one time or another, a few times for weeks while waiting for parts. Admittedly, these machines probably get worked harder than they would be in a typical household, but you'd still expect them to have a better track record than that. I would, anyway.

 

You might want to check out an earlier topic here. I don't think much has changed since then.

 

 

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Thanks everybody for your input.  I passed it on.  She seems bound and determined to find a good product.

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