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Polar PIM10BLS Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker
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- The pim10bls portable ice maker features an easy-to-use touch pad with illuminated indicators. the ice maker will make 26-1/2-pound of ice every 24-hours
- This portable ice maker doesn't need plumbing, installation or a drain because it's completely portable
- The polar pim10bls features a compact design that can be used in many locations such as boats, cottages and basements
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However all good things (and electrical products) come to an end, and after nursing it along for three months, it quietly died. I grieved and then moved on.
I chose the Polar because it opens in the front, fitting under my counters better, and actually holds about the same amount of ice. The drain for the water is underneath, allowing an easy way to empty it. It makes ice just as fast as my previous one, if anything, while this is smaller, it seems to be even better insulated. The poles that freeze the water are inside where they can't be touched by children.
The guidelines state that you should clean it (bleach in water) regularly, and give instructions on saving your ice once the basket is full. It also recommends emptying it if you aren't using the ice. Since I let my previous maker run continuously, with the ice melting into the bottom and being remade, not only is this a better choice for health, but it will likely prolong the use.
To fill this ice maker you remove the drawer and fill the bottom. It comes with a pitcher which makes it easy to do, it also includes a scoop for the ice. You then plug it in and it makes ice ... Three choices of sizes. It doesn't state that you need to use any specific water, but the flavor of ice is dependent upon the water you use.Read more ›
Great little product, makes the medium size round cubes in 10mins. Good if you have no refrigerator ice maker. Nice with the stainless steel case and black front.
The prices of the better ice makers are 150 dollars up, I say they are pretty expensive but what are you gonna do other than buy those little plastic ice trays where the cubes start to stick to them and eventually the trays start to crack, then you throw em away, or buy a new fridge with a ice maker. This item is worth it if you can come up with the funds to purchase.
I use filtered water (ice tastes cleaner) to make about 8-9lbs. of ice in about 6-7 hours to stock in the freezer in a large one gallon ice cream bucket that lasts a family of 3 five days and I put ice in every glass of water/juice/soda I drink. If you're not picky like me and don't need ice in every drink the few pounds of ice will last much longer.
Some reviews mention ice tasting like plastic or something like that, if you do a prefill of the maker and leave the water standing in the ice maker for 20-30 minutes, drain, then wipe inside dry, and repeat once more it helps with that. However, it is new and you're going to get some taste from the plasic and metal parts that the water passes through until it is used a few times.
No need for the manufacturer recommended bleach and water prefill(I wouldn't do bleach, it would probably make the ice/maker taste/smell like bleach).
Update: July 21, 2012. 3 months of use and the pump failed, not the compressor but the pump that brings the water up into the compressor that makes the water up to freeze, also it didn't make any ice and the ice full light comes on.
I still say it is a good product until it failed in 3 months. Wish it lasted a few years, 2 years would've been nice.
Price was a factor, but so was customer input from reviews. It seemed like many of the other models were the exact same machine with a different company label stuck on them, and their reviews were so varied, it seemed like you either got a lemon or a good one.
Also, all the others opened at the top and vented on the side. For some reason, I thought this one would work better in our area, with the drawer pulling out at the front, and I THOUGHT the vent would be at the side like all the other machines.
My purpose in buying this is not for a bar or camper, like many people. I am partially disabled, and can't get downstairs to the kitchen on any sort of regular basis. I really wanted to be able to have ice when I wanted some, especially with the heat of summer rolling in very, very soon. I don't like room temperature drinks, esp water or tea, so I'd found myself drinking Pepsi almost exclusively, the only thing I could stand at room temp. That needed to stop!
So, I ended up buying this one, but the experience was not a pleasant one. I love my Amazon prime dearly, but they really botched this one. The shipping dates got moved around even after I paid extra for one-day shipping, and ended up with this being delivered on a totally different day, when I was the only one home and could not come to the door. (Note that Amazon did end up giving me a small credit on my acct to try to make up for the shipping problem, even though it did not solve my problem.) I always chat with the UPS guys through the upstairs window, so they left it for me anyway. I knew my son would be home very shortly after, and he was. He brought the box up, and I have to say that I am almost positive I got a customer return.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know things don't last forever but for the price I expected this item to run more than fifteen months. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank A. Goodwill
When you get tired of going to buy ice. Don't use it all before it melts, or goes stale, you'll be glad for this bugger. Only makes what you need when you need.Published 7 months ago by Arleen
Don't buy it ,not worth the money broke 3 times since I've had it. The ice tray broke and I've had to keep super gluing it together to keep it working. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ted Ouellette
I hate these things. I have had three, including the Polar PIM10BLS. All three died within a month of 1st use. There is no manufacturer support. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Polyarny
After just a couple of times, it started to leak and the ice cubes came out wet.Published 11 months ago by James Transue
Worked fine for 6 weeks. In storage for 7 months, took it out,filled the reservoir, plugged it in, no ice!! Unit is 10 months old,Published 13 months ago by SP
Ice maker is made of cheap parts which deteriorate and disintegrate. Fortunately I have a friend who works on appliances and has replaced one significant part twice, now needs... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sandi