Portable Ice Maker Reviews: Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S

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Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker


I had to have this when I saw it. It was the answer to the problem I was having. I needed more ice than my ice machine would produce in my freezer on a normal basis. But I did not want a big industrial machine producing much more than needed. I read through many reviews. This is what the best portable ice maker reviews said that I should look at. Of course before making this purchase I read all of the consumer reports. I decided to pass this knowledge on to others who may be wanting or needing a new countertop ice maker.


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Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S

Product Details:

  • Brand Name: Dometic
  • 26 lb Of ice produced daily
  • 2 different ice size choices to choose from
  • Lighted electronics for water addition and ice empty reminders
  • Overflow protection safety stops
  • Very complimentary design for great aesthetics in your home decor
  • Weighs approximately 22 lb
  • Product dimensions 11 x 14.8 x 14.7 inches
  • Part Number AB-ICE26S

Of the one’s I researched, the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S was the best rated and reviewed ice maker by both Google and Amazon. Those are a couple of really good references to me.

This machine is fast. The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S produces ice in as little as 6 minutes. From new in box to ice in cup within about 7 minutes. That is because it takes about 1 minute to unpack it and poor water into it. That is a roundabout way of saying, “Yes”, there is NO assembly required.

The easy guide window in the top allows you to view the amount of ice it has produced without having to open up the lid and loose some of your cold air.

It can be set to run 24/7. This has allowed some to use it as their main house hold ice maker. The portability and small size of this unit makes it ideal for temporary uses in many other areas.

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A college dorm. This is the first thing that comes to mind, and the most popular use for a small ice machine like this. There is no need to get a large freezer for a dorm room when ice is about 90% of what they will be using it for. Plus, let’s be honest, there is not enough room. But a small ice machine in the room could be a huge benefit.

A bachelor pad. To the same point as above, a similar use would be, the bachelor pad. A guy’s place, where all dinners are fast food or order in, what would be the need for a big freezer. None. But what will keep all the drinks poured cold? That is where the best portable ice maker comes into play. What if there is a party in the back yard? Or a party in the garage? Do you want people to keep running through the house to get ice to refresh their drinks? I doubt it. But if you can simply unplug, move, and replug in somewhere else and your are back up and running, I think that would be a great solution.

A summer time back yard BBQ. Most of the time we think we will go out and buy a big back of ice. But inevitably, depending on how hot it is, the ice melts and the drinks are warm, and the day of fun is not over. Instead, this summer, use an ice machine that is moveable to where ever needed and never get that melty mess. When everyone goes through the line to get food and drinks, there is plenty of ice for everyone. By the time they have sat down and enjoyed some of their meal, the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S has had enough time to start replenishing the ice bucket so that there is as much needed for refills.

countertop view sizedThe household ice maker. Some (including myself) simply choose to use this unit as their main personal ice maker. Since it does not take up much space at all, most just set it up on their countertop to one side and leave it plugged in there. I have talked to a lot of people who do not have an ice maker in their current refrigerator/freezer combo. But they do not want to go out and spend the money on a brand new one just because the one they have now, does not produce ice. Plus it would be a massive waste of an appliance that for all other reasons, works perfectly fine. A portable ice maker solves all of this. Just plug in your countertop ice maker and you are good to go for anything.



Replacement ice maker. If the ice maker on your current freezer goes out, the expense can be huge to repair. Substantially more than one of these units go for. Saving money where we can is a must with the economy how it is these days. What a great way to do that here.

I myself have found an additional reason why this portable unit has been the best thing for me. I really do not like little pieces of ice in my drink. And any time I set my freezers ice maker to “cubed” and have it dispense, there is always little pieces of ice that fill the glass as well. Then I end up having to chew those pieces when I drink my beverages. I just don’t like that for some weird reason. So for years I have actually opened the freezer, pulled out my ice maker container and set it on the countertop while I grab the ice out and fill my glass manually. That became seriously annoying. So now, I have the best ice maker sitting on my countertop, so that all I have to do when I want ice is just grab it and drink.

Overall Rating:

Overall this product has been given 4.5 stars out of 5. The reviews are more positive than negative. That does not happen much when purchasing products online. The only thing negative about the product I have heard is that it can make sound when filling the ice trays internally. But that is to be expected. This portable ice maker is highly recommended by me!

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