The hOmeLabs Freestanding Commercial Ice Maker Machine is arguably the best ice maker in the market. Its speed and power is unparalleled and it can produce up to 99 pounds of ice in just one day. It is super easy to use thanks to the digital interface with a display indicator that it comes with.
Featuring large storage capacity plus the ability to produce large batches of ice on demand, this icemaker is ideal for both commercial and large household use.
This ice making machine has a freestanding design measuring 17.6 x 15.7 x 31.4 Inches and weighs around 62 pounds. It does not have a large footprint, however it is a bit heavy and it is advisable to install it near a water source to avoid moving it.
It comes with a 1.2L water reservoir that can be connected directly to the water supply, which takes away the need for you to refill it. It is also fully constructed from a lustrous, stainless steel on its interior that is impervious to rust, which enhances its durability.
It also supports a water filter kit that gets rid of chlorine and impurities from tap water. This kit is bought separately.
This machine has an intense ice making power with an ability to churn out 45 pieces of ice in 11 to 20 minutes with an ice production rate of 4 pounds per hour. In 24 hours, it can produce up to 99 lbs. of ice and has a large storage capacity of 29 lbs. making it the perfect ice maker for commercial entities and large households that require large supply of ice.
It also features an easy to use digital control interface with an LCD display that allows you to adjust the thickness of ice cubes and the ice making time.
Accessories and Ease of Use
Included in the package is a 9’ water supply hose, a water supply connector, a 6.5” water draining hose and an ice scoop. To start making ice, you simply connect the water supply, followed by the draining hose and then plug in the power cord.
Next, press the ON/OFF button on the control panel and it will start making ice cubes provided the water level is at the optimal level. To adjust the thickness of the ice cubes, you just press the plus and minus buttons on the control panel.
This icemaker does not require much in terms of cleaning and maintenance, since it comes with an automatic cleaning function. However, it is recommended to give it a thorough clean before the initial use or after an extended period of storage.
It should be rinsed thoroughly with clean water, drained and dried to get rid of dirt and particulates. Most importantly, always unplug the power cord before cleaning to avoid electrocution.
hOmeLabs vs. VEVOR
The Vevor is a commercial grade icemaker that works perfectly in any commercial setting like restaurants, cafes, bars and supermarkets. It is very fast and efficient at ice production with an ability to make 32 ice cubes in a cycle of 12 to 18 minutes or 88 lbs. of ice in 24 hours.
It has heat insulation that allows it to keep the ice frozen for 5 to 7 hours during a power failure and also has sensors that detect changes in environmental temperatures.
With a high storage capacity of 44 pounds, this machine easily meets the high demand of ice in a commercial setting and even informs you when there is decrease in ice quantity.
Another great feature of this icemaker is that it is very economical. It consumes 35% less energy than the average icemaker and has a higher water usage rate of up to 99%, making it one of the most efficient icemakers. It is also fully operated with a digital control panel.
The interface allows you to select from three thickness options: thin (5-8 minutes), middle (8-11 minutes) and thick (11-15 minutes). In addition, the LCD display panel features various operations including setting timer, auto cleaning and reservation function that lasts up to 5 hours.
It also comes with a water filter that gets rid of impurities from water, while the Nano Blue light keeps the ice clean and healthy for consumption. Despite all these great features, the Homelabs still outperforms the Vevor when it comes to speed and output.
hOmeLabs vs. Luma Comfort IM200SS
The Luma Comfort IM200SS is a slightly smaller icemaker measuring 11.3 x 14.8 x 14.1 Inches and weighs 25.5 lbs. The compact, space-saving countertop design coupled with the low output of just 28 lbs. of ice in 24 hours, makes this icemaker the perfect machines for both homes and commercial entities with low ice demand.
It is also super easy to operate with a simple plug and play setup. It does not require plumbing setups, as it has a built-in reservoir where you fill in water directly. In addition, it has a control panel that only has one ON/OFF button and two light alerts that signal you when the ice is full or when more water is needed.
The Luma Comfort IM200SS features an unconventional way of making ice. Most icemakers just cool water, which results to cloudy ice cubes due to oxidation. This machine lets water rundown on a vertical placed super cooled plate leading to ice.
As a result, it produces crystal clear ice cubes that have a lower rate of melting than cloudy ice cubes. Unfortunately, it does not feature an auto-clean function, so you will have to clean it manually. It also does come with a water filter. Compared to the Homelabs, the Luma Comfort IM200SS is smaller and has less power with lower output.
hOmeLabs vs. NewAir AI-250W
The NewAir AI-250W is a countertop icemaker that is a few inches shy of 16 inches in height. It may come off as just any other regular icemaker due to its small and lightweight design. However, this machine is actually powerful and can produce 50 pounds of ice in one day with a single batch cycle lasting only 7 to 15 minutes.
Its intuitive design ensures that there are no installations required, which makes it super-easy to use. You only need to plug it in to a power source, fill it with water and press the ON/OFF button and the machine will start producing ice.
It comes with a simple control panel that only features one button and indicator lights that signal you when the ice is full or when more water is required. The small compact design also makes it easy to store, as it can easily fit easily in a standard cabinet.
On the flipside, it does not come with a water filter and it also does not feature automatic cleaning function. The NewAir AI-250W is primarily a home-based icemaker and will not work well in a commercial setting with a high demand for ice.
It goes without saying therefore that it is not as powerful or efficient as the Homelabs icemaker.
The hOmeLabs Freestanding Commercial Ice Maker is a great machine that can easily a large demand of ice on a daily basis. Very simple to use and requires very little when it comes to maintenance.