|Brand Name||Avalon Bay|
|Item Weight||19.31 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11 x 14.8 x 14.7 inches|
|Item model number||AB-ICE26R|
|Installation Type||Free Standing|
|Form Factor||Stand Alone|
|Included Components||Ice Maker|
Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R Portable Ice Maker
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Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R Portable Ice Maker, Red The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R Portable Ice Maker is a powerful and convenient portable ice maker designed to produce large amounts of ice in a short amount of time. On its highest settings, it can produce up to 26 pounds of ice every day. Its lightweight, portable design is not only stylish, but also perfect for taking with you for parties, camping trips, and boat rides. Faster than a traditional freezer ice maker, the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R Portable Ice Maker is the perfect way to keep fresh ice on hand. Special Features Produces 26 lbs. of ice daily Easy-to-use push button controls Bottom drain for easy cleaning Makes ice in as little as 6 minutes 2 ice cube sizes Automatic overflow protection Lighted indicators remind you to add water and empty ice Great Design The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R Portable Ice Maker has a sleek and compact design that complements the look of any setting, whether it's your kitchen, home bar, or pool. Eleven inches long, 14.8 inches wide, and 14.7 inches high, the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R doesn't take up much space and fits almost anywhere. Weighing only 20 pounds, its lightweight construction makes it easy to take with you anywhere you go. Efficient Operation The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R portable ice maker is easy to install. Plug it into any standard electrical outlet and it's ready to go. It has two ice settings - small and large - and comes complete with an ice scoop and ice basket that collects your ice as it's made. It's operated by push button controls and has indicator lights that alerts you when the ice needs to be emptied or the water reservoir needs to be refilled. Quick Ice Making The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R produces 9 ice cubes every 6-13 minutes and can produce 26 pounds of ice every 24-hours. It's efficient and eco-friendly. All the unused ice melts back into the reservoir and gets recycled back into fresh ice. The ice maker has automatic overflow protection and a drain at the bottom to make it easy to empty and clean. Environmentally-Friendly The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26R uses environmentally-friendly R-134A refrigerant.
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Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker
When you need a portable ice maker for your next party, look no further than the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S. This powerful unit can product up to 26 lbs of ice per day, more than enough for your next event. With the power to create ice in as little as 6 minutes, you can make sure there is always ice on hand to use. You and your guests have two sizes of ice to choose from and there is a scoop included so you can easily fill your glass. You can also have peace of mind that your unit is running with included Add Water and Ice Full Warning Indicators.
- Produces 26 lbs of ice per day
- Makes ice in as little as 6 minutes
- Two ice size options
- Add Water and Full Ice Indicators
- Automatic Overflow Protection
26 lbs Of Ice Per Day
The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S creates up to 26 lbs of ice per day.
The AB-ICE26S comes with an ice scoop and removable ice basket so you can easily use it.
The AB-ICE26S can product ice in as little as 6 minutes in two different sizes.
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When we first got the machine I was not sure it would make enough ice to keep our tray full in the freezer. I was wrong. We had our tray filled in short order and had to shut off the machine. So far, we are very happy with the Avalon ice maker. We run it once a day in the evening when we are preparing dinner. It makes plenty of ice that will get us through the next day.
Pros: Makes ice really fast
Easy to set up and use
One fill of the reservoir makes a lot of ice
Very quiet, only noise is when the cubes dump into the tray.
Cons: It is not a freezer, so cubes left in the tray will melt if you do not remove them.
Overall, we are very happy. I would definitely recommend the Avalon Bay ice maker.
UPDATE June 12, 2015
Our ice maker quit working after 10 months. We shipped it back to Avalon Bay on April 24. They could not repair it and sent us a new machine that arrived the first week of June. Service from Avalon was courteous, but really slow.
The new machine works much better than the old one ever did. The cubes are much bigger and thicker. Leading us to think the first machine was faulty to begin with. Luckily the machine quit during the 10th month of the 12 month warranty. Two more months and it would have been a total loss.
Bottom line: I wouldn't buy this machine again.
UPDATE: AUGUST, 2016
Second machine has now quit working. These machines are junk...don't buy one!
Well, as the saying goes, "fool me once..." To be fair, I should have known better (or at least checked for new reviews beforehand) than to try my luck with a second unit, but I did. I bought another Avalon Bay in August 2016, thinking that perhaps the first was just a case of bad luck and faulty electronics. It happens. The first machine (08/2014 - 06/2016) had to be tossed because the overflow sensors stopped sensing and, regardless of where the ice - or the basket - was located in relation, the machine stopped producing and indicated the ice basket was full. Even when the basket was removed completely.
Fast-forward to 2016, when I decided to replace the replacement (a Knox Gear model, also purchased here) because it had enough bells and whistles to be annoying, and I decided to give the AB-ICE26S another try. I liked the first model while it lasted, and maybe the premature death was a fluke. Right? Wrong. The new model lasted even less time than the first, and went to the junk pile for a completely different problem. The ice production system (essentially metal cooling posts in a water tray) failed within 9 months. With no warning, it stopped either raising the tray high enough to freeze full bullet cubes or the cooling system failed. Either way, it went downhill literally overnight. One day we had perfect ice, then next we had tiny little "caps" of ice (about 1/4 of the expected size) and the next we had nothing. The mechanics were still cycling normally - tray raised, water ran, posts appeared to be cooling well - but no ice. Fortunately, I also bought an Ivation this year (and still have the hyper-tech Knox at my office - I guess my subconscious knew something when I ordered another AB!).
1) Don't waste your time on Avalon Bay.
2) Read the reviews and pay attention to them. I wish I had.
ORIGINAL REVIEW (1st purchase, May 2016):
As I said in the title line, this is a great little counter-top ice maker. That is, it was. I bought this in August 2014; it is now almost June 2016, and the AB-ICE26S appears to be on its last legs. To be fair, it has been a total workhorse and has seen almost daily use since the day it arrived. All in all, for the price, I guess just shy of 2 years of daily service is a good thing. I will probably order another one, since we don't have the space in this house to put in a bigger under-the-counter model. In the meantime, and in no particular order, here's what I have learned and can tell you about the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S:
1) It makes "bullet" ice cubes, which look just like the name implies: rounded cones with a hollow space inside
2) You can choose the ice size, large or small. This is the diameter of the ice, not the overall length. Personally, I like the "large" setting (which isn't much larger) because I can fill the ice bucket in the freezer faster and (obviously) the ice lasts longer in the drinks
3) It doesn't take up much space on the counter, and is very easy to fill and retrieve the ice from.
4) The documentation we received with the machine recommended using bottled water to help reduce build-up in the machine. We did occasionally use bottled water, but mainly just used filtered water from the tap.
5) The filtered tap water provided softer ice than the bottled water. Bottled water (in this case, Primo) gave very clear, brittle cubes that we pretty, but not much fun for crunching. The filtered tap water put out white cubes that were a little more dense than nuggets (what folks around here call "Sonic ice"... the small, perfectly crunch-able ice used at a lot of fast food joints) that held up well in the glass, but also provided a very satisfying crunch experience.
6) The ice well (basket) could be better designed.
6a) First, it is made of what feels like very light plastic, and I was always worried that it would break. It never did, but...
6b) The bottom is completely flat, and ice seems to 'dam up' the back side of the basket, so that it sets off the "ice full" sensor a lot (which may be why the sensor stopped working about 3 weeks ago... the first sign of the machine's impending demise)
7) There is plenty of electric cord for use in most kitchens.
8) It is easy to clean, sort of. Just like a coffee pot, you'll want to run a little vinegar solution (there are also cleaning solutions available specifically for ice makers, but I try to avoid the chemicals) through the machine now and then to clear away any residue that has built up, run a rinse of clear water, and wipe it down inside and out with a paper towel or a soft cloth. The problem I found was down by the intake grate, where it was necessary to get Q-tips and swab out the tiny slot between the intake and the reservoir wall. Not a big deal, but a little annoying considering that the reservoir floor is flat, so there isn't any reason (imho) to cram the intake up against the wall. I could see if the floor sloped to get the best possible water intake before the machine went dry, but it doesn't.
9) Speaking of the reservoir floor being flat... that also means it needs a little help to drain completely. Again, not a deal-breaker sort of issue as far as I'm concerned, but it does mean providing a little tilt to get the most drainage, and then using a few extra paper towels to wipe it dry for storage.