Tavata 12IM Portable Ice Maker (Review)

Tavata 12IM is a budged priced portable countertop ice maker that can produce up to 26 lbs of ice cubes per 24 hours (or about 1.1 lbs every hour). It has nickel plated pure copper evaporator that produces 9 ice cubes (each weighing ~8 grams) per batch. Each batch takes around 8 minutes to be made.


Ice cubes come out a bit wet – they have soft texture that’s very chewable but if you put them inside freezer they will freeze into solid block of ice that you will have to break apart afterwards Ice basket isn’t refrigerated so ice cubes will melt while left inside the ice maker.

First few batches might take longer to make and be of lower quality (smaller and more wet).

Tavata 12IM can make ice cubes in two different sizes: large and small however even large ice cubes are small so it would be more appropriate to call them small and very small.

Control panel

Tavata 12IM is very simple to use: just plug it, add water and turn it on – it will automatically start making ice.

Control panel is very basic as well and intuitive. There are only 2 buttons and 5 indicator lights:

  • Buttons:
    • “On/Off” button: Turns the unit on or off.
    • “Select” button: Switches between ice cube size settings.
  • Indicator lights:
    • “Add water” indicator: lights up when you need to add water to water reservoir.
    • “Ice Full” indicator: lights up when ice basket is full (with ice cubes).
    • “Power” indicator: lights up when the unit is on.
    • “S” indicator: lights up when small ice cube size setting has been selected
    • “L” indicator: lights up when large ice cube size setting has been selected


Tavata 12IM ice maker weighs just 7 pounds. It measures 13.8 inches high, 13.3 inches deep and 11.4 inches wide. Ice basket can hold 1.5 lbs of ice cubes – less than most competing models. Water tank capacity is 2 liters or about 67 oz.

Tavata 12IM is approved by ETL.


Tavata 12IM is perfect – and for a budget price you shouldn’t expect it to be. But for most consumers that want portable solution for continuous supply of ice cubes this should be sufficient. If you are looking for a good ice maker machine you might also want to read our Best Portable/Countertop Ice Makers article.

Tavata 12IM Countertop Portable Ice Maker Specs/Details:

  • Type: Freestanding / Portable / Countertop
  • Ice output: up to 26 lbs per 24 hours
  • Ice cubes per batch: 9
  • Time per batch: ~8 minutes
  • Ice cube size options: 2
  • Ice basket capacity: 1.5 lbs
  • Water reservoir capacity: 2.0 liters / ~64 oz
  • Dimensions: 13.3” x 11.4” x 13.8” (D x W x H)
  • Certifications:
    • ETL Certified

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