Ivation IVAICM48LBSS Countertop Ice Maker Review

The IVAICM48LBSS Ivation countertop ice maker has a daily ice output of 48 pounds and has a sleek design. It’s a convenient countertop option with an above-average overall score, but it does have its drawbacks. This article will review the specs, pros, cons, and features of the Ivation countertop ice maker. We’ll also evaluate this ice maker based on its ease of use, installation, and durability.

Ivation Countertop Ice Maker Description

The Ivation IVAICM48LBSS ice maker has a silver body with a black top, simple control buttons, and a viewing window so you can see the status of the ice for yourself. This ice maker includes various automatic alerts so that you know when to add water, remove the ice, or readjust the machine.

This Ivation ice maker requires you to refill the water tank manually. Its water reservoir holds about 4.5 liters at a time and can produce up to 48 pounds of ice per day. The manufacturer does not mention whether this device is Energy Star rated, what type of refrigerant it uses, or what certifications this product received. Nevertheless, it’s an efficient ice maker that has a steady ice making output that is ideal for small homes and offices.

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Ivation Countertop Ice Maker – Specs

  • Dimensions: 17 x 17.1 x 14.9 inches
  • Weight: 38 Pounds
  • Voltage: 110 Volts
  • Watts: Not specified
  • Amps: Not specified
  • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Certifications: Not specified
  • Daily Ice Making Capacity: 48 Pounds
  • Ice Shape: Cubes
  • Installation: Freestanding
  • Energy Star Rated: Not specified
  • Refrigerant Type: Not specified
  • Operating Cycle: 8-15 minutes
  • Ice Making Capacity Per Cycle: 12 ice cubes
  • Display Type: LED
  • Full Ice Basket Indicator: Yes
  • Add Water Indicator: Yes
  • Drain Type: Not specified
  • Number of Ice Sizes: 3
  • Timer: Yes
  • Self-Cleaning Function: No
  • Automatic Overflow Protection: Yes
  • Ice Storage:6 Pounds
  • Removable Ice Bin: Yes
  • Reversible Door: No
  • Water Capacity: 7 Quarts

Operating the Ivation Countertop Ice Maker

Although a bit larger than most countertop ice makers, the Ivation IVAICM48LBSS also has a higher ice output. That makes it perfect for those who use a lot of ice in each day, or who simply don’t want to have to refill their ice maker over and over. If you have ample countertop space, this ice maker will work well for you. It’s also extremely easy to install: simply plug it in, fill the water reservoir and select your desired ice cube setting.

The Ivation ice maker is designed for use in homes, break rooms, dorms, or bigger RVs and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Despite its large output, the built-in storage bin only holds 2.6 pounds of ice; luckily, you can keep an ear out for the notification that the storage bin is full. You can then remove the ice and store it in a freezer, making way for new ice that’s in the making.

This ice maker doesn’t include a freezer, but rather a regular storage bin. It will keep ice cubes cold for a small amount of time before they begin to melt. However, it includes automatic water-recycling technology so that none of the water is wasted. This also helps eliminate the need to drain the unit regularly.

Ivation Countertop Ice Maker – Pros and Cons

As mentioned in the introduction, this ice maker is well above average, but still has a few faults here and there. Here are its full advantages and disadvantages:


  • Automatically alerts you when the reservoir is empty or ice bin is full.
  • Recycles melted ice into new ice cubes.
  • Makes 3 different sizes of ice cubes.
  • Has a quick output time.
  • It’s easy to install and use.
  • Sleek design that enhances its performance.
  • High daily ice output.


  • Slightly noisier than other ice makers; if you are looking for a quiet one, we recommend the NewAir AI-100R portable ice maker.
  • Lacks a self-cleaning function.
  • Bulky and taller than others, therefore difficult to fit into smaller spaces.
  • Difficult to manually drain because of its size and weight.
  • Lacks a water purifying/filtering function.
  • Can leave difficult to clean skid marks after sliding the ice maker on their counter.

What Users Say

Users seem to appreciate one thing about this unit the most: its large output. On the other hand, the least appreciated feature is its large size; it won’t necessarily fit underneath regular cabinets and would have to be placed at the edge of the counter or on a separate surface, even though it has a countertop ice maker design.

Customer Tn Vol mentioned this ice maker works as it should and is overall happy with it, despite its bulky size and heavy weight. They appreciated the large ice bin (the largest among all 48-pounds ice makers they reviewed) but also highlighted a few downsides like the aforementioned skid marks or how difficult it is to drain it. Because the drain plug is not the lowest point on the bottom of the unit, water stays on the bottom and in the tubing which might be a health hazard.

There are several reviews (here are two examples from an anonymous customer and Joanna Wilson) where users mention that their unit stopped working entirely after a few months of use, which is not nearly as much durability as one would expect. Nevertheless, these cases seem rare and easily solvable through the company’s customer service.


We appreciate the large output, quick turnover rate, and easy installation of this Ivation ice maker. It comes at a decent price and we’d call it a fairly good value for the money considering the number of satisfied users. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a lightweight, compact, and silent ice maker with self-cleaning function, this is not the one for you. What do you think of the Ivation countertop ice maker?


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