If your freezer doesn’t have a built-in ice maker, you know the struggle. Not only do have to refill the ice tray after each use, but you have to maintain a flat, empty space in your freezer for the ice trays to live so you don’t just end up with frozen water spilled all over your food. A countertop ice maker just makes your life easier.
The AGLUCKY Ice Maker Machine for Countertop ($130) can make nine ice cubs in 10 minutes or less, meaning you don’t need to leave it plugged in all of the time for quick access to ice. But, give it 24 hours and it will make up to 26.5 pounds of ice—more than the ice bags you find at the grocery store, which are usually between five and 20 pounds. The machine comes in black, red, and silver.
It makes bullet ice, which has a hole that goes about 3/4 of the way into the “cube,” meaning more surface area comes into contact with the liquid, thus faster chilling. You can choose between small or large ice to get the size you prefer. According to an ice guide from the Washington Post, small ice cubes melt faster making them good “in drinks that aren’t harmed by more dilution,” like mint juleps. Use the bigger cubes in drinks you don’t want to get watery as quickly like iced tea or whiskey on the rocks.
To make ice with a countertop machine, all you have to do is add water. Lights on the machine will let you know when you’re out of water or when the ice bucket is full. Simply remove the ice bucket from the machine and transport the ice wherever you need it. It comes with a scoop.
This ice maker is great to use day-to-day in your kitchen, but is also great for dry bars or special occasions when you need a lot of ice at once. If you have open counter space, you can leave it there for easy access, or store it away and pull it out when you need it, knowing you can still have ice within minutes. If you’re ready to free yourself from ice cube trays, free up space in your freezer for food, and make ice within minutes, it’s time to invest in the AGLUCKY Ice Maker Machine for Countertop.
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