KitchenAid 15″ Automatic Ice Maker Review

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Have you ever been in a situation where someone asks for ice and you have none? When you run out of ice, a trip to the store is the next logical step. But what if you could make all the ice you ever need without making trips to the store? Whether you need a few cubes here and there for personal use, or you need enough ice to handle frequent parties, a KitchenAid Ice Maker is a solid solution.

What Types Of Ice Makers Are Available?

There are several different types of ice makers on the market. These include modular, under-counter, countertop, portable, personal, and built-in units. Modular ice makers are good for making ice in volume. They can make up to 1,000 lbs. per day and are most often found in restaurants and hotels. Under-counter ice makers are designed to fit under a bar or your kitchen counter, and they can produce roughly 300 to 400 lbs. in a day. These appliances need a line connected to a water source.  

Automatic Ice Maker

Countertop ice makers are small, compact units that make anywhere from 20 to 80 lbs. of ice per day. They are about half the size of under-counter ice makers and are the most practical for home kitchen use. As the name suggests, you can move them outside, to your garage, or to a different room. They are also the most affordable ice makers to purchase and own.

Personal ice makers are simply a subcategory of portable ice makers. They are handheld and usually rechargeable, making them great for camping and other outdoor activities where you will only need ice for a few people. Built-in ice makers are a combination of countertop and under-counter ice makers. They are sometimes installed by builders and home designers in high-end, high-convenience kitchens. These units make 20 to 30 lbs. of ice per day and have insulated storage areas to keep all that ice cold.
 

What Is A KitchenAid Ice Maker?

The KitchenAid KUIX305ESS ice maker we reviewed is a built-in ice maker with clear ice technology to create uniform ice cubes ideal for everyday use. This KitchenAid Ice Maker provides a space where a filter can be inserted to help remove contaminants, improving taste and clarity. KitchenAid recommends changing filters every six months for best results. The KitchenAid Ice Maker has a 'Max Ice' option that speeds up production for when ice is needed more quickly than usual.

KitchenAid KUIX305ESS ice maker

Product Specs 

Pricing

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.     

  • Scotsman CU50GA-1A Undercounter Ice Maker

  • SPT IM-600US Stainless Steel Under-Counter Ice Maker

  • Hoshizaki AM-50BAJ 15" Built-In Self Contained Ice Maker

KUIX305ESS KitchenAid 15"
Automatic Ice Maker

KitchenAid KUIX305ESS ice maker

This automatic ice maker uses Clear Ice Technology to create a uniform cube size and shape that is ideal for everyday use. And because it produces up to 50 pounds of ice per 24 hours, there will always be enough ice for entertaining.

KitchenAid KUID508ESS 18 Stainless Automatic Ice Maker
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...

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Pros

  • High-production Max Ice setting
  • Clear ice technology
  • Three-year warranty

Cons

  • Pump not included
  • Filter not included

Scotsman CU50GA-1A Undercounter Ice Maker

Scotsman CU50GA-1A Undercounter Ice Maker

The Scotsman CU50GA-1A under-counter ice maker is a commercial-style machine with good storage capacity. It's ideal for under-counter ice production, bar use, and select outdoor installations. This Scotsman ice maker produces up to 65 lbs. of ice and has a storage capacity of 26 lbs. of ice. It is available with a built-in drain pump enabling flexible installation and minimal installation cost. 

This Scotsman unit also has a water quality sensor that detects hard water conditions and a control system that purges mineral-laden water with every cycle, helping to extend the time between cleanings. This under-counter ice maker comes with a user-friendly control panel.

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Pros

  • User-friendly control panel
  • Excellent manufacturer's warranty
  • Water quality sensor

Cons

  • Price

SPT IM-600US Stainless Steel Under-Counter Ice Maker

SPT IM-600US Stainless Steel Under-Counter Ice Maker

The SPT IM-600US stainless steel under-counter ice maker is a slim ice machine that can be installed as either a freestanding or built-in unit. This unit from SPT produces up to 50 lbs. of ice per day, and it stores up to 25 lbs. With its narrow design, the SPT IM-600US can be installed in smaller areas than some competitive units.

The SPT IM-600US ice maker has a stainless steel door with a black cabinet and a front exhaust fan. It shuts off automatically when the ice bin is full. The water supply must deliver filtered water and be properly connected. Therefore, you will want a plumber to perform these aspects of your ice maker installation process. You don't want to void the warranty by making an installation mistake.

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SPT IM-600US Stainless Steel Under-Counter Ice Maker, 50-Pound
  • Must use filtered water and installation by a licensed plumber is required
  • Stainless steel door with black cabinet and front exhaust fan
  • Built-in or free standing application

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Pros

  • Simple, computerized controls
  • Narrow design
  • Auto shut off feature kicks in when ice bin is full

Cons

  • High price for this unit?
  • Licensed plumber required for proper installation
  •  Ice doesn't come out in cubes

Hoshizaki AM-50BAJ 15" Built-In Self Contained Ice Maker

HOSHIZAKI AM-50BAJ 15" BUILT-IN SELF CONTAINED ICE MAKER

The Hoshizaki AM-50BAJ ice maker is a compact, self-contained machine. This Hoshizaki unit comes in at the higher end of the productivity spectrum, producing to up to 55 lbs. of ice in a 24-hour period with a storage capacity of up to 22 lbs. of ice. The Hoshizaki ice maker doesn't require much maintenance to keep it running smoothly. 
 
This ice maker weighs about 115 lbs. and has dimensions of 26 x 18 x 37 inches. It has a front in/front out airflow system eliminating side and rear clearance needs. This makes it perfect for tight spaces. This Hoshizaki ice maker is approved for outside use and has a self-contained condenser. This ice maker produces "top hat"-style cubes. It does not include a drain pump.

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Pros

  • Low maintenance
  • Great design
  • Two-year warranty for the entire machine

Cons

  • Drain pump not included
  • High-end price

Conclusion

In conclusion, ice can be used for many things and it's one thing you don't want to go without. Therefore, ice makers like the KitchenAid ice maker we evaluated for this article are becoming more popular all the time. The good news is that there are several types of ice makers from commercial-sized units to highly portable ones and everything in between.
 
We like the KitchenAid KUIX305ESS ice maker because it makes uniform ice cubes with its aptly named "Clear Ice" technology. It is also covered by an excellent manufacturer's warranty. Another feature we liked was the 'Max Ice' mode making ice 56% faster than its standard mode. One disappointment for us was that the filter was not included and had to be purchased separately. Overall, our final rating for the KitchenAid Ice Maker is 4 out of 5 stars.

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