|Item Weight||115 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||22.5 x 15 x 33.5 inches|
|Item model number||AM-50BAJ|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Installation Type||Built-In, Undercounter|
|Certification||NSF Listed, UL Certified|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel|
|Included Components||Ice Maker With Bin|
|Manufacturer Warranty||Free 10yr Warranty on Major Components|
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Hoshizaki AM-50BAJ 15" UL Listed Built-In Self Contained Ice Maker With 55 lbs, Stainless
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Ice Maker With Bin, Cube-Style, air-cooled, self-contained condenser, production capacity up to 51 lb/24 hours at 70°/50° (35 lb AHRI certified at 90°/70°), 22 lb. storage bin capacity, full-length stainless steel handle, Top Hat style full cube, 115v/60/1-ph, 3. 8 amps, NSF, UL
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The good - Does make ice fast (or use to), I like the size of the ice and clarity also
Original review: Had to replace my venerable GE ice maker after 8 years and chose this one based on lots of recommendations and the large size cubes. Not real happy with the water and drain connection designs - but not a big problem and certainly not if you have a plumber do the work.
Unlike statements on Amazon, the manual says the unit requires no extra room for air circulation. I have back vents from the GE unit, but all the warm air is coming out the front vent. So size your cabinet opening accordingly. (This is a big plus, by the way.)
Someone complained about the handle - mine is round with no sharp edges, so no issues there.
My one issue is noise. Noise is relative so consider your environment. None of these units are quiet in any real sense. As an example, ours is in a family room near a TV. If the TV is a 5, the GE was a 4 - not quiet, but you mostly only noticed it when the TV was off. The Hoshizaki is a 6. But importantly, this is mostly due to the larger cubes dropping in the bin. When the maker is more than half full (which it should be most of the time), the cubes drop quietly onto other ice. Less full, the large cubes clatter noisily in the bin.
Again, we bought this for the larger cubes. The GE makes 'chiclet' ice which we didn't like. The Hoshizaki makes cubes 4x the size which we like a lot. We'll accept the noise. If noise is a concern, consider another machine as this one is above average.
Finally: Its missing an interior light. A pretty big oversight for such an expensive machine. Not a huge deal, but I definitely miss having it.
If neither of those things bother you, highly recommended.
Update: Still Recommended if higher than average noise doesn't bother you. But noise is increasing after a few months. Since noise comes from the fan, compressor and pump; it raises concern of pending mechanical issues. Still, if you want big cubes, this is one of your only options (Big cubes are better!) :)
Update 2/2/2017. I called the office of the water district and asked what the pH of our water was and was told it was 8.0. This is not acidic water so the explanation I received from the Hosizaki technician does not make sense. I have written the company for clarification.
I’ve cleaned out the machine thoroughly just once in two years of use. I am about to change the filter now, though I believe once a year is recommended. Zero issues.
Bottom line: if you’re to drop $2,000 on an ice maker, you want great quality and longevity. You’ve got those both in spades with this machine.