Whirlpool Gold Ice Cube Maker Review

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Ice is something that we often take for granted when ordering drinks out at bars or restaurants, but when we decide it's time for an iced drink in the home, we begin to realize the value of ice, especially when we don't have any. When we need ice and don't have any around, the only options are to fill an ice tray and wait the hours it takes for the ice to freeze, or to take a trip out to the store to buy a bag of ice at the corner market. The solution to these problems is simple: purchase an ice maker for your home. In this article, we'll explore a Whirlpool ice maker, namely the Whirlpool Gold Ice Cube Maker, and actually compare it to others. 

Read on to find out which ice makers are best for your home!

What Is The Whirlpool Gold Ice Cube Maker?

The Whirlpool ice maker we'll be exploring in this article is the Whirlpool 15-Inch Gold Ice Maker with a reversible door. This particular ice maker is capable of producing a significant amount of ice in a relatively short time. The machine has a 25-pound capacity, comes with an ice scoop, and touts the ability to provide us with "fast ice." The machine also has the added benefit of a self-cleaning cycle. The product comes in three colors to match your interior decor, which includes white, black, or gray.

There are many brands from which to choose when it comes time to pick an ice maker. The benefit of a Whirlpool ice maker is the quality of the brand and commitment that it has to the products that it makes. Whirlpool claims to be "Sophisticated. Not Complicated." The brand is concerned with forward-thinking development and technology that provides you with products that are easier, faster, and smarter. Many of the Whirlpool brand products, including the Whirlpool ice maker we have reviewed, are also ENERGY STAR-qualified, providing an eco-efficient operation that saves you on energy costs

WHIRLPOOL GOLD ICE CUBE MAKER

The Whirlpool ice maker we are reviewing here is relatively large with the machine measuring just under 3 feet tall. At this size, the machine is one that is often installed into the kitchen, and it can be used for commercial operations. For the home kitchen, this machine is not in the same category as some of the other ice makers that we'll review, which are made for countertop home use and are highly portable. To decide which machine is best for you, read on to learn about a number of different ice maker models, including the larger Whirlpool ice maker we'll begin with and the smaller more portable options from other brands. 

Whirlpool Ice Maker Product Specs

The primary feature of the Whirlpool ice maker we've reviewed here is the ability to produce fast ice. The exact speed that the fast ice mode produces ice, however, is not detailed in the product listing for the Whirlpool ice maker, nor do any of the reviews specify this. One happy customer, however, did report that using the fast ice option was not even necessary given how quickly the machine generates ice on normal mode. To provide ease of access and ensure that the machine flows with your kitchen, the door is reversible, meaning that it can be fitted to open to either the left or right. 

Outside of the three color choices mentioned above and the option to change the side of the door, the Whirlpool ice maker is not especially customizable, nor is it programmable. The options are to run in normal mode or in fast ice mode. The machine has a maximum holding capacity of 25 lbs., meaning that it will cease producing ice at this point. One of the most noteworthy aspects of the Whirlpool ice maker is its size. The smallest option available in the Whirlpool Gold Ice Cube Maker that we are reviewing is 15 inches, which is the inside area, while the machine is over 34 in. in total, just under 3 ft.

The size of the machine notwithstanding, the function of the Whirlpool ice maker is quite strong. An additional feature of the Whirlpool ice maker is a light on the interior, which makes accessing the ice much easier if the machine is in the garage, and the light isn't working at the moment, as well as if grabbing a bucket of ice for the indoor party is essential. Ice makers have varying prices, with the following pricing consideration likely to be a determining factor in your purchasing choice.

Pricing

The pricing of the Whirlpool ice maker can vary widely, with the smallest option of the Whirlpool ice maker, the 15-in. model with a 25-lb. ice capacity costing around $1,700. There are two additional Whirlpool ice maker models available, each with a 15-in. format and 25-lb. capacity, as well as a cost of around $1,800 or $2,150. The pricing of the Whirlpool ice maker is considerably high, although if 25 lbs. of ice per day or more are what you require, this model can be installed into your kitchen to provide for these ice needs.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar ice-making products available on the market to see how they compare. The Whirlpool ice maker is nearly 3 ft. tall and comes in three colors at a cost of just under $1,700. Some of the other models explored below are significantly smaller, meant for home kitchens, and produce far less ice, although the cost is also substantially lower, as we'll see.    

  • Della Portable Ice Maker

  • hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine

  • Igloo ICE103 Ice Maker

Whirlpool Gold Ice Cube Maker

WHIRLPOOL GOLD ICE CUBE MAKER

The Whirlpool ice maker model we have reviewed is the most expensive ice maker of all those we consider. This machine has a daily maximum production capacity of 25 lbs. of ice, has an interior light, and stands just under 3 ft. vertically. While the machine is not specifically detailed as being commercial-grade, this model, above all others reviewed, looks suited for commercial use and can be installed and/or mounted into your kitchen, with the reversible door further adding to the functionality of this model. 

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Pros

  • 25-lb. capacity
  • Makes ice fast
  • Reversible door

Cons

  • Lacking in style
  • Expensive

Della Portable Ice Maker

Della Portable Ice Maker

This is a highly portable ice maker that is well-suited to fit onto your countertop. It produces ice bullets, shaped somewhat cylindrically with a hole in the middle. The manufacturer specifies that ice begins to come out after just 20 minutes, and it has a significant amount done in an hour. This means that you can begin mixing the drinks for your party, and by the time the garnishes are done and the mixing complete and glassware ready, there just might be some ice to add, and if not, very soon thereafter.

Della Portable Ice Maker w/Easy-Touch, Yield Up To 26 Pounds of Ice...
  • Quick & Quiet - Just add water, press the button & enjoy ice cubes in as little as 6 minutes! Ultra quiet operation...
  • Perfect for Parties - Makes up to 26 lbs. of ice per day, perfect for refilling ice buckets. Large enough for restocking...
  • Convenient Design - Place the icemaker on your tabletop, countertop or other sturdy service. The integrated storage bin...

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  • Makes 26 lbs. of ice daily
  • Stylish design
  • Fits on your counter top

Cons

  • Made of plastic over steel
  • Could have sleeker lines

HOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine

HOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine

The Homelabs model that we've reviewed is a portable ice maker that can be used on the countertop at 9.5 in. x 12.9 in. x 14 in. It makes up to 1.5 lbs. of bullet-shaped ice at a time and can produce up to 26 lbs. of ice daily.

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hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker Machine for Countertop - Makes 26 lbs of...
  • PORTABLE ICE POWER - This powerful ice maker creates delicious, chewable, bullet shaped ice up to 1.5 lbs at a time and...
  • ICE CUBES DONE QUICK - Features small or medium size options for bullet shape ice, ready in just 6 to 8 minutes. The...
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT ICE MAKER - Equipped with a compressor that requires low energy to cool, this ice machine is a tiny yet...

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  • Makes 26 lbs. of ice daily
  • Very competitive cost at just under $140

Cons

  • Color scheme is lacking
  • All-plastic design could look better

Igloo ICE103 Ice Maker

Igloo ICE103 Ice Maker

The Igloo option we have reviewed in comparison to the Whirlpool ice maker is extremely economical and can produce 26 lbs. of ice daily. This is 1 lb. more than the Whirlpool ice maker, but this ice maker comes in a variety of attractive colors, including dark red.

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Frigidaire EFIC103 Ice Maker Machine Heavy Duty, Large Stainless Steel
  • Portable Stainless Steel Ice Maker
  • Over-sized Ice bucket holds 2.2 lbs of ice
  • Choice of 3 Ice Cube Sizes (small, medium and large)

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  • The cheapest reviewed at under $130
  • Sleek stainless steel design
  • Produces 26 lbs. of ice daily, in style

Cons

  • Could have a greater range of programmability

Conclusion

When it comes time to get the party started, having an ice maker can be the saving grace of the event, especially once things get started and driving safely is no longer an option. When the ice runs out, the drinks get less refreshing and the beer starts to warm up, having an ice maker can save you endless trips to the store over the years, and it is also a quicker option compared to literally waiting for the ice to freeze in trays in the freezer. To keep your drinks cool, an ice maker is the coolest choice one might make, and the Whirlpool ice maker and other options we have reviewed all provide fine choices. 

Final Verdict

As far as the best ice maker on our list, it is truly relative to what meets your needs, decor, and budget. So, get yourself a top-notch ice maker to keep those parties chill, and check back to Ice Maker Pro, icemakerpro.com, for more information and ongoing updates on the best ice makers, machines, and the accessories that go along with them.

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