Ice makers come in a few different styles. They can be portable, free-standing, or built-in. The Whynter stainless steel ice maker is great because, aside from not being portable, it’s quite versatile. It can be installed under a countertop or it can be free-standing. It’s conveniently small but produces plenty of solid, refreshing ice.
Like any ice maker, the Whynter ice maker has its pros and cons and may be absolutely perfect for some people while also falling short for others. In this review, we’ll go over all of the details of this ice maker, including its strengths, weaknesses, and user reviews.
Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Maker Description
The Whynter ice maker is a stainless steel ice maker that can be installed either as a free-standing machine or as a countertop built-in ice maker. It looks similar to a mini-fridge, with a stainless steel door and black body. It’s a relatively small size that can easily be tucked away in an office or bar.
This ice maker connects directly to your home water line, with no drain required. It’s front-venting with a built-in freezer and ice bin. It makes crescent-shaped ice and makes up to 12 pounds of ice in a day. This ice maker is easy to use but does require professional installation since it uses your water line as a source.
Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Maker – Specs
- Built-in or freestanding
- Makes 12 pounds of ice cubes every 24 hours
- Stainless steel door
- Stores up to 6 pounds of ice in included ice bin
- Connects to water line
- 9 foot 1/4” food grade water line connection included
- Can be built-in or freestanding
- Requires installation by a professional plumber
- Weighs 60 pounds
- 18 x 15 x 25 inches
Operating the Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Maker
This ice maker is quite small in size, but is not small enough to be portable, nor is it designed for that purpose. Instead, it’s perfect for permanently installing in kitchen and bar set-ups. This stainless steel ice maker would fit well in an office break room, home kitchen or wet bar, outdoor pool bar or boat. Though it doesn’t make enough ice for a large party, it would work well for an intimate get-together by the pool.
This ice maker connects directly to your home’s water line. Installing it may be tricky if you’re not familiar with plumbing, so Whynter recommends that you have a professional plumber install this unit into your home. After installation, using this ice maker is a breeze.
Since this ice maker operates without using a drain at all, there’s no need to refill the water or worry about the drain. There’s just one button, the on/off switch. The ice maker will hold 6 pounds at a time, which is half of its total daily output. After the ice bin reaches capacity, the unit automatically shuts off until the ice bin is emptied.
This ice maker is great because it doesn’t take up a lot of room, but is still versatile enough to use for large parties or events that require a larger ice output. You can simply make the ice ahead of time, transfer it into bags, and store it in the freezer for later use.
Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Maker – Pros and Cons
- Makes an impressive amount of ice for the size
- Connects to water line with no drain required, which means less effort on your part
- Easy operation — just turn on and off
- Automatically shuts off when full
- Runs very quietly when properly installed
- Ice is clean, medium-sized and crunchy
- Requires professional installation at an additional price
- Not portable
- Does not have a huge capacity, so you may need to make ice ahead of time
- Must be occasionally defrosted
- Some issues with durability
What Users Say
Over half of the reviews about the Whynter stainless steel ice maker are positive (3 stars or above). Fans of this ice maker appreciate that it can make up to 12 pounds of ice per day, and store 6 pounds in its ice bin. This is the perfect amount for home use, especially for those that live in hot climates and frequently use ice in drinks.
However, many users were unaware that this ice maker needs to be defrosted on a regular basis. This is simply the trade-off of not having to install a drain on the unit, though it may seem inconvenient to be worth it.
Furthermore, some users have had issues with the durability of this product. They report that, after a couple of months or years, the unit ceases to work properly. Others have found that — even sooner — the ice can get stuck in the bin and cause the unit to temporarily stop working, but this seems like a minor issue overall.
The Whynter ice maker seems ideal for either home or office use. Despite the issues some users have had with durability, it seems that this unit is well worth the money. It’s medium-sized, efficient, easy to use, and quiet. We recommend this ice maker for those who need a moderate amount of ice on a regular basis, are on a budget and want a unit that doesn’t require a drain.
Would you use this ice maker? Would you be okay with defrosting it occasionally if it means you don’t have to worry about drainage? Is there another similar ice maker that you love? Let us know in the comments. And subscribe to our newsletter for more Ice Maker Pro reviews.