It’s easy enough to make ice when you’re at home. Pour water on the ice tray, put it in the freezer, and come back in around three hours. Yes, three hours is a heck of a long time to wait just to get some ice cubes, but is there really a better option? Apparently, there is in the form of the HomeLabs Countertop Ice Maker.
A small countertop ice machine measuring 9.5 x 12.9 x 14 inches (width x height x depth), it lets you make ice at a much faster rate, sparing you from hours of waiting for the freezer to turn the water into a rock-solid state. Seriously, instead of holding out for hours before you can enjoy some ice cubes, it cuts the waiting time down to just minutes, allowing you to get yourself some proper ice after just a couple of tracks on your Spotify playlist.
The HomeLabs Countertop Ice Maker can turn room-temperature water into ice in just six to eight minutes (although that extends to around 15 minutes if the machine’s been turned off for a long time), cutting down your waiting time for ice in a significant manner. It can crank out 1.5 pounds of ice with every 2.2 liters of water (which is the integrated reservoir’s maximum capacity), allowing you to make a generous supply of ice in just a single batch. When ran continuously for a 24-hour period, that amounts to a whopping 26 pounds of ice, so you can fill up an entire cooler using this thing, provided you’re willing to sit down and make one batch of ice after another.
It produces small bullet-shaped ice cubes that, the outfit claims, are designed to fit inside water bottles, allowing you to drop them in both canned and bottled drinks, so you can steep your lukewarm drinks in ice without having to pour them into a separate cup. Most importantly, it does that while measuring just 9.5 x 12.9 x 14 inches, allowing it to fit in most any countertop on both homes and RVs, so you can use this as a way to make ice quickly whenever you’re on the road.
The HomeLabs Countertop Ice Maker uses a compressor that, the outfit claims, requires a low amount of energy to cool, further making it suitable for keeping in your van, camper, or trailer, since it won’t put a serious drain on your power supply. It situates the water reservoir below the ice basket, so any melted ice goes right back to the tank, allowing you to turn it into ice once more, while an integrated sensor is able to identify any time the ice basket is full, automatically triggering it to shut down the compressor.
Do note, there is no integrated cooling system or insulation in the ice basket, so any ice in there will melt pretty fast if you don’t scoop it out. To ensure it doesn’t, make sure you retrieve any ice as soon as it’s made, then put it in the cooler or freezer to keep it for a while lot longer.
The HomeLabs Countertop Ice Maker is available now.