KoolerThings Ice Maker (Review)

KoolerThings Ice Maker was released recently but it’s already among most popular ice makers on the market. What’s so special about this unit that made it a hit so fast?

It produces up to 26 pounds of ice cubes per 24 hours (just like pretty much every other ice maker in its price class). Each batch takes around 7 minutes to make and consists of 9 ice cubes.

Ice cube quality is pretty good. Due to soft’ish texture they are chewable and crunchy. They are pretty small though. Despite this ice maker being able to make ice cubes of two different sizes, the difference between them is very slight small ice cubes are about 1″ x 0.8″ and large ones – 1″ x 1″ respectively.

Keep in mind that the ice basket inside the unit isn’t refrigerated so once made ice cubes will slowly melt.

Control panel

KoolerThings ice maker has pretty simple interface that’s easy to use. There are only two buttons: one for turning the unit on/off and the other for choosing ice cube size.

There are also 5 indicator lights: one lights up when the unit is turned on, two are for which ice cube size setting you have chosen and the last two are for warning if ice basket is full or more water needs to be added to resume ice cube production.

It’s very simple to use. Just add water, plug the unit in and press the “power” button to turn it on – it will automatically start producing ice cubes.


KoolerThings ice maker is pretty compact measuring 9 inches wide, 13 inches deep and 12 inches tall.


KoolerThings ice maker has transparent lid so you can see how much ice cubes have been already made without opening the lid, which is not only convenient but also prevents you from letting warm air inside the unit which might have negative affect on ice making process  impacting ice cube quality.


The problem with KoolerThings ice maker is that’s an unreliable ice maker. There are two common issues with it. The first one is that lever that’s supposed to push ice into ice bin gets jammed and stops working. The other very common problem is that water reservoir sensor goes faulty – it thinks that there’s no water in water reservoir when in fact there is and refuses to make ice cubes.


KoolerThings ice maker is a pretty nice unit – at least that’s the first impressions. In reality it’s riddled with reliability issues and should be avoided. If you are looking for a good ice maker machine you might also want to read our Best Portable/Countertop Ice Makers article.

KoolerThings 653467780376 Automatic Self-Cleaning Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker Machine Details/Specs:

  • Type: Freestanding / Portable / Countertop
  • Ice output: up to 26 lbs per 24 hours
  • Ice cubes per batch: 9
  • Time per batch: ~7 minutes
  • Ice cube size options: 2
  • Ice cube size (approximate):
    • Small: 1″ x 0.8″
    • Large: 1″ x 1″
  • Dimensions: 9” x 13” x 12” (W x D x H)


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