Crownful EP1069-UL ice maker can make up to 26 pounds of ice cubes in 24 hours. It uses R134a /68g refrigerant and is made of ABS plastic. Can it beat competition in this heavy saturated market?
Crownful EP1069-UL makes a batch of 9 ice cubes every 7-10 minutes. Ice cubes are bullet shaped with hollow inside meaning they cool drinks more effectively than square shaped ice cubes but also melt faster.
Ice quality is decent but not perfect. Ice cubes come out a bit wet but they are really chewable. Take into account that it takes a bit of time for ice maker to properly cool down so ice cubes of first couple batches are smaller and more wet than following ones.
Ice basket area is not refrigerated so made ice cubes will melt if left inside for longer period of time. Melted water goes back into water reservoir.
When you receive your unit let it sit upright for 4 hours before using it to let cooling fluids settle in. It performs best in air temperature range of 50°F to 90°F (10°C to 32°C) and with water that’s 46°F to 82°F (8°C to 28°C) warm.
Crownful EP1069-UL is super simple to use. It only has 1 button so to start making ice you just have to add water and turn the unit on.
Control panel also features 3 indicator lights: “ICE” (if it blinks ice maker is in stand by mode, if it’s lights continuously it’s making ice), “Ice full” (if it lights up it means ice basket is full and ice maker will pause ice production until you empty it) and “Add water” (if it lights up it means water reservoir is empty and ice maker will pause ice production until you add more water).
Crownful EP1069-UL has sensors that detect when ice basket is full or water reservoir empty but we already discussed it before. It also has drain plug at the bottom – not the most convenient place but it’s not a big deal since this ice maker isn’t very large or heavy (feels like it weighs under 20 lbs).
Crownful EP1069-UL is not very loud but it does emit humming noise.
Despite being made of plastic it actually looks better than large majority of ice makers. Design is sleek and modern leaving impressions of a high-end unit despite the plastic housing which is the only thing that gives away that this ice maker doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars.
For the money Crownful EP1069-UL is a good ice maker. When compared to competing products it’s very similar in terms of ice output and ice quality, it might lack some features but they are not that essential. On the upside EP1069-UL is much better looking than most if not all other similarly priced ice makers. If you are looking for a good ice maker machine you might also want to read our Best Portable/Countertop Ice Makers article!
Crownful EP1069-UL Specifications:
- Type: Freestanding / Portable / Countertop
- Rated Current: 1.7A
- Voltage/Frequency: 110-120V/60HZ
- Ice output: up to 26 lbs per 24 hours
- Ice cube shape: Bullet with hollow inside
- Ice cubes per batch: 9
- Ice cube size options: 1
- Water reservoir capacity: 61 oz (1.8 liters)
- Refrigerant: R134a /68g
- Housing material: ABS plastic
- Dimensions: 9.8″ x 13.7″ x 11.4″ / 24.8 x 34.8 x 29 cm (W x D x H)
- Package contents:
- 1 x Crownful EP1069-UL Ice Maker