An ice maker can be quite a convenience both for homes and for offices, and clearly a necessity for restaurants and bars. But it can also become a bother if its noise output is too much to handle. For those looking for the quietest undercounter ice maker, each of the ice makers on this list has a customer rating of at least 3 stars and have a low noise output – they practically purr! Only 7 products met these criteria, we’re going to talk about their size, ice making capacity, and usability in this article.
7. Whynter MIM-14231SS 14” Undercounter Automatic Marine Ice Maker with 23 lb Daily Output, Stainless Steel
- Measures: 16" Long x 14" Wide x 24.5" High
- Built-in or freestanding installation (front venting), includes ice scoop and ice bin
- Keeps ice frozen, no drain installation required
This Whynter ice maker model is smaller than the one that took the first spot as the best undercounter ice maker. It can make up to 23 pounds of crescent-shaped ice per 24 hours. The unit automatically shuts off when the ice container is full but ice doesn’t melt inside the container, so there is no drain line necessary. The dimensions of this model are 16.2″ wide by 14″ deep by 24.5″ high and its out-of-package weight is 52 pounds. Like the other models on the list, it has a front-facing vent so it can be installed between two cabinets.
This model also features a high-efficiency CFC-free compressor and is UL listed.
6. 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
This model makes up to 50 pounds of ice per day and can store 25 pounds at a time, automatically shutting off when the container is full. It has the front-facing exhaust, so it can be installed under the counter or freestanding. This manufacturer specifies that filtered water must be used for this ice maker and recommends using a licensed plumber to install it as the installation of its water supply might be too difficult for some users.
The appliance is 23.6″ wide by 14.6″ deep by 32.8″ high, weighs 84 pounds, and does require a drain.
Recommended read: See our full review of the SPT IM-600US here!
5. Sunpentown IM-150US Stainless Steel Undercounter Ice Maker with Freezer
This ice maker from Sunpentown can make up to 12 pounds of crescent ice per day and stores up to 6 pounds of ice. Its dimensions are 18″ wide by 15″ deep by 25″ high. It can be installed as a freestanding unit or built in, and the door hinge is reversible so the homeowner can decide whether they want it to swing to the left or the right. Its out-of-package weight is 55 pounds and, although Sunpentown’s ice maker doesn’t have or need a drain, the manufacturer recommends having a licensed plumber install the water line.
Although this ice maker doesn’t have automatic defrost, verified customers mention it’s a very reliable model that will not let you down. It’s also very quiet if properly installed – the manufacturer insists on waiting for the cooling agent to set for around 48 hours after delivery.
Note: If you are interested in this model, we recommend reading our full review on the Sunpentown IM-150US ice maker!
4. Whynter UIM-502SS Built-In/Freestanding 50 lb Capacity Clear Ice Cube Maker, Stainless Steel/Black
- Measures: 24.5" Long x 15" Wide x 32.5" High
- Built-in or freestanding installation (front venting)
- Sleek stainless steel door and black cabinet
This Whynter ice maker makes up to 50 pounds of ice cubes in 24 hours, stores up to 25 pounds, and automatically shuts off when the storage container is full. Dimensions are 15″ wide by 24″ deep by 33″ high and its out-of-package weight is 77 pounds.
Whynter’s UIM-155 ice maker can be used as a freestanding appliance. Alternatively, it can be installed under a counter. It’s ventilated in the front so that it can be installed with cabinets on either side and it also comes with a water hose and drain line. Although the decibel level of this appliance is not specified, customers report in their reviews that it is among the quietest undercounter ice maker options.
Note: If you are looking for a similar appliance within a lower price range, we recommend reading our review on the Whynter UIM-155 stainless steel ice maker.
3. EdgeStar IB120SS Ice Maker, 12 lbs, Stainless Steel and Black
- Front venting for built-in or freestanding installation; ADA Height Compliant
- 25 foot long 1/4" water line connection included; Reversible door for left or right hand swing; Ice scoop included
- Easy, convenient, and inexpensive installation; On/off power switch; Auto shut-off when ice bin is full
This undercounter ice maker produces up to 12 pounds of ice per day. It can be installed as a freestanding appliance but is front-vented and, therefore, fit for undercounter installation with cabinets on either side. EdgeStar’s IB120SS Ice Maker weighs 54 pounds when taken out of the packaging and measures 15″ wide by 18.5″ deep by 25.25″ high, which makes it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It doesn’t come with a drain or a drain line, because according to the product specifications, ice never melts inside the machine!
Want to find out more about this appliance? Then read our review on the EdgeStar IB120SS ice maker!
2. Manitowoc NEO UR-0140A Air Cooled 129 Lb Regular Cube Undercounter Ice Machine
- Exterior made of quality stainless steel and ABS plastic
- Uses AlphaSan to clean internal components
- CFC-free R-134A refrigerant is eco-friendly
This unit weighs 153 pounds and weighs 28 x 30 x 38.5 inches. According to customer reviews and specs, it makes approximately 10 pounds of ice at a time with a daily total output of 304 pounds and is one of the quietest undercounter ice maker choices available this year. Customers report that it’s noisiest when the ice first drops into the empty bin, but relatively quiet otherwise. It can be used as a freestanding ice maker or installed under a bar or counter since it vents in the front.
You can read more about this heavy-duty ice maker in our Manitowoc NEO UR-0140A ice maker review.
1. Scotsman CU50GA-1A Undercounter Ice Maker, Gourmet Cube, Air Cooled, Gravity Drain with Cord
Scotsman’s CU50GA-1A ice maker is 22″ wide by 14.9″ deep by 34.4″ high and weighs 112 pounds (shipping weight). The ice style is cubed, and according to customer reviews, this is among the quietest undercounter ice maker models. Reviews suggest it’s rather quiet except for the sound of the ice dropping into the collection container. Oddly enough, the volume of ice produced per day isn’t included in the product specifications.
This model is approved for outdoor installation, so it can be used as part of an outdoor kitchen. It has a water quality sensor, helping the consumer know when it’s time to replace a water filter for a continued high quality of clear ice. The water filter is not included as part of the ice maker, but consumers can choose to add a filter to the water line.
The varying specifications provided by the different manufacturers make it a bit difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison between each of these 6 models. If you’re looking for the quietest undercounter ice maker, consider the Whynter UIM-502SS, the Manitowoc NEO UR-0140A, or the Scotsman CU50GA-1A, all of which were called out as being among the quietest undercounter ice maker options in customer reviews. If you want to install the ice maker in an outdoor kitchen, you’ll want to look at the Scotsman, the only model on the list that’s specifically listed by the manufacturer as being approved for outdoor installation.
Do you have other suggestions that were not included in this top? Let us know in the comments section!