Sunday, May 28, 2023


A look at the best portable ice makers for RVs

A few times a year we spend a month or so on the road. Storing enough ice to enjoy on-demand became a problem. Our small refrigerator freezer lacks space for a bag of ice and the frozen items. What to do? Enter portable ice makers for RVs. 

Portable ice makers for RVs

We decided to buy a portable countertop ice maker. I offer you a list of five popular brands for consideration. Note that prices reflect the least expensive found at the time.

The ratings and prices shown here are all based on Amazon prices and ratings. However, you can find most ice makers locally or via internet purchase from major box stores. Dimensions are W x L x H. Most come in a variety of colors. 

Review comments range from “dead on arrival” to “best appliance I ever bought.” I suggest that you check out the reviews before you decide.

We purchased the Frigidaire model—not for price, but for local availability (Lowe’s). After two years of periodic usage, we have encountered no problems. It fills a gallon ziplock bag in about 35 minutes. This is not an endorsement—just saying. 

I suggest that the one you choose will probably fit your needs. So, quit with the ice bags and go with your own personal ice maker. It sure made a difference in our trailer life. 

The best portable ice makers for RVs

IGLOO ICEB26AQ Automatic Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker Machine

  • Weight: 21.4 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.6 x 14.7 x 12.4 inches
  • Capacity: 26 pounds/24 hours
  • Output: 9 pieces/7 minute
  • Cost: $99.00 (currently on sale)
  • Amazon Review Rating: 4.2 (3,427 reviews)

COSTWAY Countertop Ice Maker EP22769

  • Weight: 17.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 14.0 x 13 inches
  • Capacity: 26 pounds/24 hours
  • Output: 9 pieces/9 minute
  • Cost: $129.99
  • Amazon Review Rating: 4.4 (3,968 reviews)

FRIGIDAIRE 26 lb. Countertop Ice Maker EFIC117-SS

  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 14.1 x 12.9 inches
  • Capacity: 27 pounds/24 hours
  • Output: 9 pieces/7 minutes
  • Cost: $88.00 (currently on sale)
  • Amazon Review Rating: 4.5 (1,484 reviews)

VIVOHOME Electric Portable Compact Countertop Automatic Ice Cube Maker

  • Weight: 17 pounds
  • Dimensions: 12.59 x 9.64 x 12.59 inches
  • Capacity: 26 pounds/24 hours
  • Output: 24 pieces/8 minutes
  • Cost: $134.99 (currently on sale)
  • Amazon Review Rating: 4.5 (7,831 reviews)

For those who are in need of major portions, this one may be best:

EUHOMY Ice Maker Machine Countertop IM-F


  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Dimensions: 11.0 x 13.7 x 14.1 inches
  • Capacity: 40 pounds/24 hours
  • Output: 24 pieces/13 minutes
  • Cost: $189.99 (currently on sale)
  • Amazon Review Rating: 4.4 (4,665 reviews)


Dale Wade
Dale Wade
Dale Wade is a Master Naturalist and a Master Gardener. He participates in many citizen science projects pertaining to learning and preserving all things nature.


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1 month ago

We purchased a portable ice maker from Aldi’s, Ambiano brand, for ~$70. Used it in the RV for 3 years , then in the house kitchen non-stop for another 2+ before a limit switch stopped working. Purchased a second one that is still working just fine. Aldi doesn’t carry them year round, they are usually available starting in mid May thru June.


Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Problem for me is, no extra room for an ice maker, nor do I want to add yet another 20 or so pounds to our probably already overweight situation. We still make ice the “old fashioned way”. Trays and a receptacle that we’ve been using for over 20 years.

1 month ago

I wish someone would make a portable ice maker that would also store the ice until it is needed.

1 month ago

Always thought that these were a fun item. Now, we have one. Makes the needed ice for rallies and gathering.

Calvin Wing
1 month ago

We’ve had 2 of these. Both are off brands. The first one lasted about a year but we’ve had the second one for 7 years. They don’t require any hook up to water, you just add to the fill line and it makes ice.
Our fifth wheel has a residential fridge and it’s ice maker provides the majority of our needs but the portable comes out of it’s hidy hole for use under the awning. Cuts down on trips in and out reduces bugs inside.

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