Ivation IVAICM48LBSS Countertop Ice Maker Review

Ice makers are machines designed to turn water into frozen cubes, ready for using in smoothies, cocktails, iced coffee and more. The Ivation countertop ice maker is professional-looking and high-quality, with an output of up to 48 pounds of ice each day. This ice maker is great for those who need a convenient countertop option, but it does have its drawbacks.

This article will review each aspect of the Ivation countertop ice maker. We’ll discuss the pros, cons, user reviews and recommended uses. We’ll evaluate this ice maker based on its ease of use, ease of installation, durability, features and value.

Ivation Countertop Ice Maker – Description

Ivation countertop ice maker


The Ivation countertop ice maker is designed to fit on top of a countertop, producing high amounts of ice each day. It has a silver body with a black top and simple control buttons. There’s also 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 adjust the machine. It has 3 ice cube size options.

This Ivation ice maker requires you to manually add water to it. The water reservoir holds about 4.5 liters at a time. It’s simple to install — just install it, fill the water reservoir, and use the control panel to set your desired ice cube size.

Ivation Countertop Ice Maker – Specs

  • Produces up to 48 pounds of ice per day
  • Water reservoir holds 4.5 liters of water
  • Makes one cycle of ice in 8 minutes
  • Makes 12 ice cubes per cycle
  • Holds 2.6 pounds of ice at a time
  • 3 ice cube sizes
  • Removable ice tray
  • 11.7 x 14.2 x 13.3 inches
  • Weighs 38 pounds

Operating the Ivation Countertop Ice Maker

This ice maker has a very large output for a countertop ice maker. Accordingly, it’s a bit larger than many other countertop ice makers. 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.

The Ivation ice maker is designed for use in homes, break rooms, dorms, or RVs. It would work great for entertaining guests. This unit can be used either indoors or outdoors. Keep in mind that despite its large output, the built-in storage bin only holds 2.6 pounds of ice. So, if you’re using this for a party, you’ll want to 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 is extremely simple to install. Simply plug it in, fill the water reservoir and select your desired ice cube setting. There are 3 ice cube size options.

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. Since this machine is somewhat large and heavy for a countertop ice maker, you won’t want to have to drain it too often.

Ivation Countertop Ice Maker – Pros and Cons


  • Automatically alerts you when reservoir is empty or ice bin is full
  • Recycles melted ice into new ice cubes
  • Makes 3 different sizes of ice cubes
  • Quick output time
  • Large capacity
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to install
  • Sleek professional design


  • Slightly noisy
  • Large size
  • Difficult to manually drain

What Users Say

When evaluating any product, the user reviews will give a good sense of what it’s like to actually own the product. In this case, users are quite clear about the relative strengths and weaknesses of this Ivation ice maker. They seem to appreciate one thing about this unit the most: its large output. It has a countertop ice maker design, but with 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.

Lastly, there are several reviews where users mention that their unit stopped working entirely after a few months of use. This is not nearly as much durability as you would expect from a unit of this price. There are many more positive reviews than negative reviews in this regard, so we don’t see it as a deal breaker. However, it’s important to mention because, for some buyers, even a few reports of quality control issues is a few too many.


To summarize, this Ivation ice maker is mainly useful for its impressive output, quick turnover rate, and easy installation. It’s not incredibly expensive, and we’d call it a fairly good value for the money considering the number of satisfied users. It has far more pros than cons. The lack of durability may be the biggest issue to consider.

What do you think of the Ivation countertop ice maker? Would you install it in your home kitchen? Why or why not?