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Emerson Portable Ice Maker

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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews) 6 answered questions

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  • Emerson Portable Ice Maker

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameEmerson
Model InfoIM90
Item Weight27 pounds
Product Dimensions16.4 x 16.4 x 13.5 inches
Item model numberIM90
Part Number IM88
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #1,799 in Appliances (See top 100)
Shipping Weight38 pounds
Date First AvailableMay 20, 2008
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Product Description

Never run out of ice again with the Emerson portable ice maker. Produce up to 26 pounds of ice a day with 3 different cube sizes to choose from. The ice maker can store up to 2.2 pounds of ice in the removable basket before it needs to be emptied. Ice scoop included.

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142 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal for the money July 10, 2008
Bought this at Target a few weeks back after I noticed it was on sale for 109.00. Been wanting one for a long time, but didnt really want to spend 200+ on one. So far so good, Small, pumps out ice quickly, we use Ice in everything we drink, so it keeps right up with us. I would have given this 5 stars but the only issue I have with this, is that its very noisy. When the tray lifts up to drop the ice into the basket the elevation noise is quite loud. but have gotten used to it I think :0.. Friends of ours have several different brands of these ranging in high and low pricing, and for the money, they are all the same.. I would recommend this product without a doubt.
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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It, Despite a Few Minor Flaws May 11, 2009
By S. Rock
I desperately needed to get one of these portable ice makers, since I live in an apartment where the fridge does not have an ice maker and getting one is not an option. I waited until I found a unit for a price I was willing to pay and this Emerson unit fit the bill.

Yes, the unit is big and heavy. But it is so great to be able to have as much ice as you want whenever you want. The unit makes ice beautifully, in three different sizes. The cubes are a bit smaller than I expected, but that's OK. You can always select the large setting for bigger cubes. (I usually use medium.) The unit makes 9 cubes at a time, and it takes maybe 20 minutes to make the first batch of ice, maybe 10-15 minutes for consecutive batches.

The cubes are tubular in shape, with holes in the middle. The design makes them easy to put in Ziploc bags and store in your freezer until needed. (No need to run the machine every single day!) If they stick together, a little whack should separate the cubes.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

Before using the unit for the first time, add a little vinegar to the water and let the machine run. Dump the ice and and drain the water. Then, do a run with some lemon juice in the water. Again, dump the ice and drain. Then do a few runs with clean water. If you don't do this, the ice will have a bit of a chemical taste, even after several runs. (I thought several runs of plain water would clear up the taste, but it didn't. The vinegar and lemon juice, however, did the trick beautifully.) Also, you should probably use filtered water for a cleaner taste. (I use water from my sink that has gone through my Pur facuet filter.)

The plug for the water drainage is VERY small. Be careful with it.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Some really straight talk here:

The Emerson Emerson Portable Ice Maker and Magic Chef MCIM22TW Magic Chef Portable Ice Maker White MCIM22TW units and those "identical to these" (available on Amazon/elsewhere) (Description: 12"w x14"d x15"h case, curved but relatively flat front case w/diagonal canted front control pad, and left-side drain plug ---- are the best units to buy (reliable, reasonably quiet, good ice volume). We have had problems with the Igloo (narrower case slightly different design and appearance. 9'W x 14"d x 12"h significantly curved front case also with diagonally canted control panel).

How to identify the unit you want:

The units come in many colors but generally white or silver. They are similar in appearance ans size to counter-top bread makers that were popular years ago (and that made your house smell so good). If you look CLOSELY at the photos of all portable ice makers on Amazon/the Internet (focus on control pad location and shape, drain spout and cooling intake/exhaust areas, you'll see that there are only a handful of designs but the products are labeled with many different manufacturer names. Like decades-gone-buy-VCRs (remember those before DVDs?) the (VCR) units were manufactured by a handful of manufacturers and labeled with names like Magnavox, RCA, Motorola, etc. but the tape internal mechanisms and electronics were were all the same or virtually so.

Such is the case with these portable ice makers. Most all of them come from a handful of factories in China.
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101 of 113 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such Junk July 16, 2010
By Joe
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Our National Guard unit is currently serving in Afghanistan and amazingly, ice here is hard to find. So...I did what the next guy would do and started searching the internet for a compact and convenient ice maker. I decided on this product by luck of the draw I guess, and it was bad luck that I ended up purchasing. This piece of crap failed to work right of the box after following the instructions exactly. I contacted customer service at Emerson to see what they could do for us. Well, turns out that since the item was shipped out of the U.S to us here in Afghanistan, the warranty is now void and there is nothing they can do. So much for standing behind their product! So, needless to say, this is the last item I will be purchasing from Emerson. Well, since the warranty is now void, we employed our electricians to troubleshoot the unit and possibly repair it. Well, it turns that the compressor motor is siezed which in turn burnt a portion of the circuit board. Repairing the circuit board was quite easy, however, the compressor motor is a different animal. Amazingly, this so called "brand new" product arrived to us in an unusable condition and the manufacturer refuses to warranty it. As far as we are concerned, Emerson can keep their junk and their slogan, " We at Emerson Radio are committed to your satisfaction and will work diligently to help satisfy your needs" is a bunch of crap!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good unit, good price, awesome Ice.
This is my first Emerson Ice Maker but my third Ice Maker. I got this at a retailer with 2 red circles so check your prices. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LD
1.0 out of 5 stars had two both stopped working
i bought one of these and 5 mth later it stopped working, compress stopped working, took it back to TARGET and they replaced it..... Read more
Published 1 month ago by marcia smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Worked great for a short time
I absolutely loved this machine. I bought it at Target and it made great ice cubes. I even bragged about it to friends. Then... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Great for the first month!!!
OK for the first month, then everytime the pump started it made an extremely loud noise. Now when it makes ice, it drops 2 ice cubes and thats it. Never buy an Emerson again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Devin Pedersen
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money unless you buy two. One for the counter and...
Ours have stopped working about every two months so we send it back to Emerson and about 6-8 weeks later we get a new one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara M. Dahl
1.0 out of 5 stars PIECE OF JUNK
I bought an Emerson Ice Maker and after 2 weeks had to return it to the store and they replaced it with another one.
It was guaranteed by the store for 90 days. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phoebejade
5.0 out of 5 stars soft, chewable ice
We have been using this ice maker every day for the last two months. We bought it January 19 and so far have had no problems with it at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by naware
3.0 out of 5 stars life of unit
very discouraged with less than 2 year life on this unit. It worked great for the first 18 months and then only made cubes on the far right "prong"
Published 3 months ago by bend, oregon
5.0 out of 5 stars good item
it is a good item; good for party that you never run out of ice. I do not have to buy ice any more for my parties
Published 3 months ago by Rudafris
1.0 out of 5 stars ice melter
ice melts as fast as its made at first the ice did not melt as fast when it began to melt as fast as it was made now it is unpluged and heading towards a land fill
Published 4 months ago by DAVID HENRY
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