What sets COSTWAY 48lb ice maker apart is that it makes cube shaped ice cubes whereas nearly all other countertop ice makers make bullet shaped ones (that usually are hollow in the middle).
Ice cubes come out in a solid sheet which you will have to break apart yourself – It’s easy to do and can be done with ice scoop that comes with the unit. It’s slight inconvenience but inconvenience nonetheless.
COSTWAY 24525US-CYEP makes 24 ice cubes per batch and each batch usually takes 20-25 minutes to make. Ice quality is good – it comes out a bit soft making it chewable however if you want something more solid/frozen you will have to put ice cubes in freezer for a while.
Ice quality is affected by ambient (air) temperature and especially temperature of water. It possible use chill/cold water.
It can make ice cubes of different thickness – you basically adjust how long unit makes each batch by pressing “+” or “-” buttons (“+” adds a minute; “-” deducts a minute). Setting that seem to make best ice cubes seems to be “+4” but it might vary person to person so feel free to experiment.
COSTWAY 48llb ice maker uses R600a refrigerant (1.13 Oz / 32 g). Housing is made of stainless steel which makes this unit feel high-end and well made. It even comes with ice scoop (but so do most ice makers to be honest).
It has sensors to warn you when ice basket is full or when you need to add more water to the machine. Occasionally ice cubes can stick in a way they block sensor and make machine think the ice basket is full so it pauses ice production. Usually happens when is basket is already more than half full.
Ice basket is removable. It has transparent window so you can see ice making process and how much ice has been already made without opening the lid and letting warm air inside which might affect ice producing quality.
Control panel features LCD display that basically consists of 2 rows and 3 columns:
Indicates ice making cycle
Indicates that unit is turned on
Thickness/Time per batch setting
Empty water reservoir & Full ice basket warning lights
Indicates ambient temperature sensor (E1) or refrigerating tube sensor (E2) failure.
You will also find 4 buttons:
“Timer”: allows you to set up timer for ice making process.
“On/Off”: Turns the unit on/off.
“+”: Increases batch making time by 1 minute and subsequently thickness of ice cubes.
“-”: decreases batch making time by 1 minute and subsequently thickness of ice cubes.
Overall unit is very simple to use. Add water, plug it in, press the “On/Off” button and it will start making ice cubes.
Dimensions and weight
Weighs 23.5 pounds and measures 11.5 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 14 inches high. It’s compact and not that heavy.
Instructions are terribly written and hard to understand – not a huge deal since unit is intuitive to use – you don’t really need instructions to understand how to use it.
COSTWAY 24525US-CYEP 48LBS ice maker leaves mixed impressions. On one hand it can make lots of ice fast and unlike other countertop units makes square/cube shaped ice cubes. On the other hand it has some flaws – ice cubes often come out as solid sheet, they can occasionally block sensor that’s responsible for detecting when ice basket is full.
Overall it’s a good ice maker. Although its flaws can be slightly annoying they really aren’t that significant. If you want cube shaped ice cubes and more importantly if those units that produce up to 26 pounds of ice per 24 hours just doesn’t produce enough ice fast enough then this might be the ice maker you need.