Magic Chef MCIM30SST Portable Ice Maker

30 lbs - MPN: MCIM30SST
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Magic Chef Mcim30sst 30lb-Capacity Stainless Steel Portable Mini Ice Maker MCIM30SST
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Product Title Magic Chef MCIM30SST Portable Ice Maker
Manufacturer Magic Chef
Lowest Price $187.93 from ValleySeek Store
Power Score 4.5 | 77 Reviews
User Reviews
This product is easy to use.
5 Star Review   By Skii on Home Depot - Jun 5, 2013   

QUALITY and durability are excellent.Quiet operation.Fast recovery.

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Pure Junk
1 Star Review   By Terminator on Home Depot - May 30, 2013   

Takes longer than 7 minutes to make the small cubes, by the time the next load dumps the first load has melted. Called Magic Chef to complain sent off to a voice mail and will probably never hear from them again. To irritated to take it back at this point.

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my 1st. one was good for 7 years, on 24/7, it was great.........
4 Star Review   By frogatthebeach on Home Depot - May 28, 2013   

My new one that I got last week 5/20/2013 is the same thing, but the ice is stuck together with a bar of ice. So there is a problem with the water level. But I will fix it some day, or Magic Chef can tell me what to do......

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Awesome Little Machine
5 Star Review   By Kelly on Home Depot - May 22, 2013   

Can't say enough good things about this ice maker. Have had it for over a month now. Own a small restaurant and have needed to buy ice by the bag at great cost. Since the day I received it, this little wonder has been cranking out ice at an amazing rate. Now we need another freezer. It is compact, efficient and quiet (for an ice maker) I don't understand the problem that some have, all you need to do is follow the directions and use good water and soon you will have more great tasting ice than you know what to do with. At the rate is is going it will more than pay for itself in another couple of months. I highly recommend this machine for anyone that needs a lot of ice.

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Arrived as expected. Very satisfied
5 Star Review   By Semagh on Home Depot - May 21, 2013   

Worked well right out of the box. I only wish it had a hookup for a water line but I knew that when I purchased it. Very satisfied.

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Have owned 3 other models, this by far the Best
5 Star Review   By Hubb on Home Depot - May 8, 2013   

It works great makes ice fast,looks great i love it. !!!!!!!!!!!

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Great so far
5 Star Review   By HappyGoLucky on Home Depot - Apr 30, 2013   

I bought this for our office of about 20 employees. We've been using the product for about 2 months now so I can not really comment on the durability yet. The refrigerator icemaker that we had been using was not able to keep up and failed often. This icemaker has worked great so far. I've been impressed with it's ability to keep up with production. If it holds up durability wise, I'd rate this with all excellents.

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Better then my first one if it last more then 7 months. Bought 5 year warranty just in case. so we will see
5 Star Review   By Dino on Home Depot - Apr 23, 2013   

Don't know if this unit will hold up better then my last one. The online reviews impressed me. Makes great ice.

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Works great !
5 Star Review   By 24klady on Home Depot - Mar 27, 2013   

Produces plenty of ice for us very quickly. Much better than the one we had before and not as noisy either.

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Years of performance
5 Star Review   By chillbmp on Home Depot - Feb 26, 2013   

We purchased our ice maker in 2003 and have used it daily since then. In December of 2012, the water pump went out. It was easily replaced ordering the part from the manufacturer. Still performing above expectations!

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Product Details
Description
Magic Chef Mcim30sst 30lb-Capacity Stainless Steel Portable Mini Ice Maker MCIM30SST
Summary
Product Title Magic Chef MCIM30SST Portable Ice Maker
Manufacturer Magic Chef
Lowest Price $187.93 from ValleySeek Store
Power Score 4.5 | 77 Reviews
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Parent Retsku: B00C6VIGB6
Today's Average: $249.50
Today's Lowest: $214.43
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User Reviews
This product is easy to use.
5 Star Review   By Skii on Home Depot - Jun 5, 2013   

QUALITY and durability are excellent.Quiet operation.Fast recovery.

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Pure Junk
1 Star Review   By Terminator on Home Depot - May 30, 2013   

Takes longer than 7 minutes to make the small cubes, by the time the next load dumps the first load has melted. Called Magic Chef to complain sent off to a voice mail and will probably never hear from them again. To irritated to take it back at this point.

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my 1st. one was good for 7 years, on 24/7, it was great.........
4 Star Review   By frogatthebeach on Home Depot - May 28, 2013   

My new one that I got last week 5/20/2013 is the same thing, but the ice is stuck together with a bar of ice. So there is a problem with the water level. But I will fix it some day, or Magic Chef can tell me what to do......

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Awesome Little Machine
5 Star Review   By Kelly on Home Depot - May 22, 2013   

Can't say enough good things about this ice maker. Have had it for over a month now. Own a small restaurant and have needed to buy ice by the bag at great cost. Since the day I received it, this little wonder has been cranking out ice at an amazing rate. Now we need another freezer. It is compact, efficient and quiet (for an ice maker) I don't understand the problem that some have, all you need to do is follow the directions and use good water and soon you will have more great tasting ice than you know what to do with. At the rate is is going it will more than pay for itself in another couple of months. I highly recommend this machine for anyone that needs a lot of ice.

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Arrived as expected. Very satisfied
5 Star Review   By Semagh on Home Depot - May 21, 2013   

Worked well right out of the box. I only wish it had a hookup for a water line but I knew that when I purchased it. Very satisfied.

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Have owned 3 other models, this by far the Best
5 Star Review   By Hubb on Home Depot - May 8, 2013   

It works great makes ice fast,looks great i love it. !!!!!!!!!!!

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Great so far
5 Star Review   By HappyGoLucky on Home Depot - Apr 30, 2013   

I bought this for our office of about 20 employees. We've been using the product for about 2 months now so I can not really comment on the durability yet. The refrigerator icemaker that we had been using was not able to keep up and failed often. This icemaker has worked great so far. I've been impressed with it's ability to keep up with production. If it holds up durability wise, I'd rate this with all excellents.

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Better then my first one if it last more then 7 months. Bought 5 year warranty just in case. so we will see
5 Star Review   By Dino on Home Depot - Apr 23, 2013   

Don't know if this unit will hold up better then my last one. The online reviews impressed me. Makes great ice.

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Works great !
5 Star Review   By 24klady on Home Depot - Mar 27, 2013   

Produces plenty of ice for us very quickly. Much better than the one we had before and not as noisy either.

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Years of performance
5 Star Review   By chillbmp on Home Depot - Feb 26, 2013   

We purchased our ice maker in 2003 and have used it daily since then. In December of 2012, the water pump went out. It was easily replaced ordering the part from the manufacturer. Still performing above expectations!

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This product works
5 Star Review   Home Depot   

I decided to try this unit after reading the online reviews and doing online research comparing the user reviews and ratings services. Its only been about a month or so of daily icemaking but it is chugging right along. I make several batches each day and freeze the cubes in gallon plastic storage bags. One or two solid whack on the 2" wooden cutting board separates the cubes for putting into refrigerator/freezer ice tray for serving. I had previously brought from a different manufacturer but the item was malfunctioning on arrival and refused to make ice cubes. Decided to try this unit - it is meeting or exceeding my expectations so far.

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We absolutely love this ice machine.
5 Star Review   By PamJ on Home Depot - Jan 29, 2013   

We were going to get this for Christmas, but went ahead and purchased it in October and we are so glad we did. I don't know why we didn't get one sooner. We were able to have plenty of ice for our guests at Thanksgiving and various birthday parties. It is so easy to use - just plug it in and fill it with water - no water connections or anything. We keep extra ice in the freezer and always have enough on hand to use that Margarita Machine more than once.

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great
5 Star Review   By TabPicklesGapAR on Home Depot - Jan 8, 2013   

The first ice maker was great it lasted several years. We tried to get different ones when it broke, but they dont compare to this one. we order another one but came dammaged. Still waiting for the replacement. I wish they were sold in home depot stores. that is where i bought the orig. first one. since then I have had to order online.

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30 lb. Portable Ice Maker in Stainless Steel. A very nice ice maker
5 Star Review   By 5strang on Home Depot - Jan 8, 2013   

This machine functions as advertised. The ice is made quickly and stays frozen longer than I expected, since it is not a freezer. It appears to be well insulated. It seems to be well made and of high quality. It is quieter than I expected, based on a friend's machine from another manufacturer, and is also heavier. The weight is one reason I decided on this machine (reviews was another significant factor). Comparing the various ice makers I noticed that some were heavier than others. Additional weight can mean different things, but usually indicate a more robust system. I firmly believe that is true for this machine. Durability is the only unknown at this point, since I have used it only a few times, but, again, I think a more robust machine will tend to be more durable. It costs more than some bargain-priced machines.

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Fantastic
5 Star Review   By Barb on Home Depot - Jan 2, 2013   

Love it so much. Just keeps on making ice. Love that I don't have to buy bags of ice anymore. Lets me know when the water is low and when the ice is full. Takes only a second to transfer the ice to my freezer.

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Perfect fit
5 Star Review   By EricO on Home Depot - Jan 2, 2013   

Does everything it is designed to do. It has some noise to it, but that is to be expected with the function of the system.

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Third time was charm for me!
5 Star Review   By WisBee on Home Depot - Jan 1, 2013   

I had two icemakers before this one and they were JUNK, one pooped out w/i a week, one w/i 2 weeks and refunds were difficult. They were also rather noisy. THIS gem is wonderful...quiet, efficient and makes more ice than either of the other two. So far it's been working almost 3 weeks w/ no sign of clunking, rattling, or giving out. Highly recommended!

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This product works great and no plastic ice cube taste!
5 Star Review   By lovetoshop1 on Home Depot - Dec 11, 2012   

This is my second Magic Chef ice maker, after 7 years my first one stopped working. I tried to other cheaper ice makers as a replacement but returned both of them and went back to the best. THIS IS IT! Works great and does not have that plastic taste!

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Perfect for office!
5 Star Review   By Dpac on Home Depot - Nov 13, 2012   

This is our second ice machine from Magic Chef. It is the perfect size for our office break room and doesn't have to have a water hook-up. The first one we purchased lasted nearly six years! For an ice maker and the price, I think that is an excellent record.

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A wonderful purchase and life saver
5 Star Review   By denham48 on Home Depot - Oct 20, 2012   

We are very impressed with the MC ice maker and recommend it to anyone. I was personally (at first) put off by the humming noise it made but soon got used t it. The ice is "soft" and easy to chew for those that like to do so, yet cold enough to store in an ice bend. It does come out wet so let them drain a few seconds so they do not freeze together so hard in the frig.

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lots of ice in no time
4 Star Review   By TinaLDJ on Home Depot - Oct 10, 2012   

if you want lots of ice really soon then this is a good choice for the price. .makes bullet shaped ice with a hole in the middle. Does not last as long add solid ice does so your refilling more often. just put the ice in your freezer to make it harder and don't let the ice sit in the maker for a long time, it does not keep it frozen, it will melt and go through the process of refilling andrefreezing. It site saves me trips to the store for ice.

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This product is very durable
5 Star Review   By caker on Home Depot - Sep 18, 2012   

This is the second Magic Chef Ic emaker that we have purchased. Our first one lasted for three years and was on almost continuosly, since there are three of us and we use a lot of ice. We even store ice in our freezer during the very hot weather. It is easy to clean and does not take up that much space.

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Just What I Wanted
5 Star Review   By iceman on Home Depot - Sep 12, 2012   

This machine was just what I needed.Makes 12 cubes every 12 minutes.I have used it 24/7 for 1 month and not a problem.Even used it on generator power for 4 days after Hurricane Issac.What a life saver!I couldn't have bought better considering Price+Quality.

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This product has good features which are simple to use.
5 Star Review   By gmore on Home Depot - Sep 11, 2012   

This product does what it says it will do!!! It works great. We ordered it and received it three days later.

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Love it!!!
5 Star Review   By attorneycraig on Home Depot - Sep 11, 2012   

We just love it. We purchased it for use in small office (2 full time employees and one part-time). I was the one wanting an ice maker (for iced-tea), but found that both other employees also use it on a regular basis. There is a bit of a dull humming noise, although it's like having the bathroom fan running - I actually like the noise as it muffles my co-worker's conversations that were not intended for me to hear. The first batch of ice appeared in minutes, but were fairly weak. The second batch came just minutes later and were perfectly formed, strong, well-made ice cubes. I'm going to order another for the house. We have not experienced any problems with it at all, but we did read and follow the enclosed directions that indicate you need to let it sit for 5 hours after receiving it from delivery person, before plugging it in for use (something about the chemicals making it back to the right location after shipping).

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Good Buy
4 Star Review   By LabRatLori on Home Depot - Sep 11, 2012   

I've been using the ice machine every day for the last two weeks and it hasn't missed a beat. Am using the ice machine for educational science labs. Only bad issue is Home Depot isn't able to warrent products for business use, only residential use. Definately recommend this product!

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Not what I expected after reading the great reviews
2 Star Review   By Lucie on Home Depot - Aug 31, 2012   

After reading the great reviews, I ordered this ice maker. I was disapointed when I started it using for a dinner party. I returned it, HD very graciously took it back. It operated very noisy; my dog even refused to enter the kitchen while it was on!! I then moved it to the basement which resulted in multiple trips up and down. It also cannot be connected to a water source. The basket is the equivalent of two small ice trays and it took over an hour to make a full basket of ice. I was dumping the ice in a cooler and by the time my second basket was full, the one in the cooler had already melted. It needs constant attention since you need to remove the ice so that they do not melt and keep filling it with water to produce more ice. It is fine for one or two person's need but not for a crowd.

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Pretty good for ice chewers
4 Star Review   By IceLover on Home Depot - Aug 17, 2012   

I read a lot of the other reviews before purchasing this ice maker. I'm an avid ice chewer, going through about a 10 pound bag a week. This ice maker has been great so far. It makes the ice really quickly and it's softly frozen. If you want harder ice, just stick it in the freezer. I read one review that said the ice tasted "plasticky". Clean the ice maker as directed, fill it with water and then add a little lemon to the first couple of batches. After that, you'll have perfect ice.

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Works Great
5 Star Review   By Thomas on Home Depot - Feb 14, 2012   

Have used this for about two weeks now and it works great.

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Works fine. Ice tastes funny
3 Star Review   By VLJH on Home Depot - Feb 14, 2012   

Ice tastes funny. Did everything the instructions said. There is no problem with how it works though.

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So simple and fast
5 Star Review   By Philip on Home Depot - Feb 8, 2012   

What a nice machine. We use it every day at work. It makes the first batch of ice within 15 minutes. Cleaning is fast and simple

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Super Investment
5 Star Review   By Jerry on Home Depot - Feb 7, 2012   

We have a RV and have been buying ice forever it seems like but not any more. We love the ice maker and could not do with out it. You will have to come by about ever Hour or so and dump the tray. It has been a GOOD investment for our family. Also, if you have a event around the house you can always bring it in the house or garage and put it to work.

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Great product
5 Star Review   By Red71 on Home Depot - Jan 31, 2012   

This ice maker works as advertised. Once it gets going, it makes quickly. No shortage of ice with this one.

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Ice maker does it's job!
5 Star Review   By justwondering on Home Depot - Jan 10, 2012   

As though this needed yet another positive review. This ice maker ROCKS! I did a lot of research before I bought this model and this one came out on top everytime. We have a new LG Double French Door refrigerator w/ice in the door. It only produces 20 cubes of ice in a 24 hour period! We HAD to supplement it. This does exactly what it says it will and really does make ice in under 10 minutes! I just bag it after it comes out and stick it in the freezer. The machine is not a freezer, so the ice will melt if left in the machine too long. BUT, if it does melt, the water just goes back into the machine to make ice for the next batch. Buy it! You won't regret it!

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Very disappointing product
1 Star Review   By DeDe on Home Depot - Jan 10, 2012   

The ice maker does not make near the ice as advertised. If bagged up my regular freezer ice maker ice, it would be about the same as this model. Wanted it for our lake house to have ice for coolers. That will never happen. Too slow!

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Not a great experiencing
1 Star Review   By DisappointedCustomer on Home Depot - Jan 6, 2012   

The first one we ordered for a gift came with a big dent in the front. It was returned to the store and then another one was ordered. To our disappointment the second worked for only a day and then stopped working. After calling the company they said it was NOT operator error but infact a faulty unit. We are not going to hassle with the warranty and wait to find out where to take it for repair. It is being returned to Home Depot for a full refund and we will NOT be ordering this one again.

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Love how soft the ice is.
5 Star Review   By L137G on Home Depot - Jan 3, 2012   

This is maker is the best...It is portable, fast, and makes great ice...I have zero complaints!!!!

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best appliance ever!
5 Star Review   By vanfan on Home Depot - Dec 30, 2011   

seen some bad reviews, but we bought this two years ago and i couldn't be happier. this thing is a workhorse. we use it everyday. it's quiet. We drink ice water by the gallon and it makes a great deal of ice. If it ever breaks down I will replace it immediately. I recommend it to all my friends. in the long run it saves a lot of money to not have to buy ice. I love it!

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Portable ICE Maker (AWESOME)
5 Star Review   By IceQween on Home Depot - Dec 21, 2011   

This is one of the best appliances I have purchased in a long time. We go camping alot, so we spend a lot of money on ice. We go through 60 - 120 lbs. of ice, every time we go camping. The unit is a little to big to sit on the counter in the RV, so I sat it on the floor out of the way. We went camping for five days and never had to buy one bag of ice. We had plenty of ice for the cooler (50Qt) and to put in the freezer for drinks. We probably used 150 lbs. of ice on this last trip camping. I did alot of research before I purchased this particular model. One of the selling factors for me, was the weight of the unit. I didn't want a 50 lb unit that was hard to move around. The unit is not loud, easy to fill, easy to empty and love the automatic shut off.

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great product
4 Star Review   By john on Home Depot - Dec 17, 2011   

its not a good idea to order online because the delivery drivers dont care and just throe stuff around. This product works great you just have to go the store and get it.

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Great ice maker
5 Star Review   By officemgr on Home Depot - Dec 6, 2011   

So far, I love this ice maker. It really produces a lot of ice in a short time. We use it in our office breakroom and have several spare bags in the freezer. It is well insulated because I turn it off over night and there are still cubes in the morning.

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Great Product!
5 Star Review   By Chucko on Home Depot - Nov 26, 2011   

This ice maker has been a great investment. I have had it for about 3 months and it continues to be a workhorse in a household that uses a LOT of ice. It is quiet, reliable, fast and simple to maintain. Definitely was worth every penny spent on it. The delivery from Home Depot was fast and problem free. A previous unit purchase from Walmart was shipped upside down and worked for 3 days before I had to return it because it stopped working altogether.

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Very Happy!
5 Star Review   By Gizmo on Home Depot - Nov 1, 2011   

We bought this for our boat so we don't have to buy ice for keeping the beverages cold in the ice chest. It works wonderful.

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best machine for the buck
4 Star Review   By pizza0123 on Home Depot - Sep 13, 2011   

this ice machine works great in my pizza store .the machine keeps up with the business.so fare its a good investment

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Didn't work out of the box!
1 Star Review   By Fuerte on Home Depot - Sep 9, 2011   

I bought this for my husband for Father's Day and was so excited about it....but when he fired it up, it immediately didn't work.

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Bought a 2nd one
5 Star Review   By MuskieMan on Home Depot - Sep 7, 2011   

Got this icemaker as a Christmas present for use at our vacation cabin. Started using at home and had to get a 2nd one. No more ice cube trays. Always a freezer bag full of ice on hand. No complaints with this product.

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A lemon!
1 Star Review   By lrlinok on Home Depot - Aug 31, 2011   

I read good reviews of this and knew someone that owned this machine who loves it. I received it after ordering online, followed all instructions, plugged it in, and the thing never made one piece of ice. It froze the water, but would never make cubes to drop down--just a solid block stuck up in the top. Would not recommend this to anyone! Wouldn't want it if someone offered it to me for free! Home Depot took it back and refunded my money with no problems--I do appreciate that!

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Great product
4 Star Review   By ChillingnOklahoma on Home Depot - Jul 19, 2011   

This small portable ice maker is great! We set it in our utility room beside the sink so it is close to water. (I'm not sure what it means by 30 lb ice maker.) When the tray is full, it has maybe 3# of ice. It does not keep the ice frozen, so you need to empty it or the ice will begin melt. I empty the tray regularly, keep the ice in bags in the freezer, keep water in the ice maker and I'm happy that I don't have to pay for ice.

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Don't Expect Instant Gratification
4 Star Review   By Sidonie on Home Depot - Jul 11, 2011   

If you use a lot of ice, you'll have to plan ahead. This machine makes 12 pieces of ice every 7 minutes -- 12 pieces isn't even enough for 1 drink if you're an ice maniac like me, so I like to leave the machine going during any non-relaxation time at home (cleaning, cooking, &c.) The ice comes out wet, so you really have to be on top of grabbing it and sticking it into the freezer. The pieces of ice are thimble-shaped; with all that surface area they do tend to melt quickly. But if you're willing to put in the effort (or if your drink style isn't "a glass of ice with liquid filling in the spaces"), then this machine is great. I wish I had bought it earlier and started offsetting the cost of all the bag ice I was buying. Great for renters who don't want to donate an in-freezer ice maker to their landlord's property.

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Spits ice like a penguin at the north pole
5 Star Review   By partyboy on Home Depot - Jun 16, 2011   

What else can I say, it makes ice and dose a good job of it.

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Does as expected
4 Star Review   By muffinman7750 on Home Depot - Jun 11, 2011   

I bought this on a whim because i could not find any stores where i live that carry these. it had to be purchased online so i just picked one at ramdom. it is very simple to use and does make a batch of ice in about 7 min. keeps up with a party. i have had no problems with it so far and i have had it about a month. i don't use it everyday but it is ready to go when i need it. worth a try.

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This product lives up to its name Magic Chef
5 Star Review   By Darshon on Home Depot - May 29, 2011   

Have used this machine for the last 3 weeks and absolutely love it. Lives up to its name. When I first ran the machine I thought the first batch of ice would have a plastic taste from what I read in reviews of different machines...none! Produces plenty of ice. I run for about two hours every 2 days and gives me enough ice that I store in the freezer for daily use. When summer comes it will keep up with no problem.

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30 lb Ice Maker
5 Star Review   By texmike on Home Depot - May 3, 2011   

So far, so good. No complaints. Makes about the right amount per day so that you don't have to buy ice.

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If you need ice
5 Star Review   By Cwood on Home Depot - Apr 30, 2011   

i got this because my refrigerator ice maker was always running out of ice. This thing rolls it out so fast it's amazing. Great for a home bar and a must for a party. We never run out of ice anymore.

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ice cold
5 Star Review   By hunky on Home Depot - Jan 23, 2011   

I have used this for a year now. It does make tons of ice very quickly. There 3 size settings small med and lg. I use the medium setting and it makes ice that fits perfectly in my thermos and water bottles. It does make some noise both the compressor and the ice falling. I put mine in another room and make ice and fill up baggies and put in the freezer. Love not having to buy ice anymore and having it whenever I want it. Great buy and great item.

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I'd recommend this ice maker 2 anyone...
5 Star Review   By JSmitty13 on Home Depot - Sep 4, 2010   

This is the second ice maker that I have purchased. The first one I've used now for two years & my youngest son just had to have one in his home, so I bought one for him.... It has 3 sizes ice cubes to chose from & they produce about every 7 minutes.... I could ask for a better ice maker than this one... I'm very satisfied with it & would buy another one if it went bad tomorrow....

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lots of ice
5 Star Review   By captcrew on Home Depot - Jul 10, 2010   

Just like the other reviews stated, makes ice and fast. I started it at 10:30 and in 2 1/2 hrs it has filled the basket..

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Just what we wanted
5 Star Review   By hostess2fam on Home Depot - Jun 26, 2010   

Really fast and makes a lot of ice. Just what we wanted for weekend get-togethers and parties.

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Magic Chef Ice Maker
5 Star Review   By boatless on Home Depot - Jun 25, 2010   

We recently purchased this product and have been very pleased. We used to make several trays a day and could always hear the refrigerator running. We also wondered why the frozen Ice cream always seemed soft. We always have enough ice now and the Ice cream stays hard! We'd recommend this to anyone looking for an icemaker. boatless in Minnesota

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Portable Ice Maker
5 Star Review   By BSRLG on Home Depot - May 16, 2010   

Excellent product! Have bought TWO...one for me , one as a gift. It is light-weight, portable, user-friendly and produces ice as advertised!!!!

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Loud But Works Well
4 Star Review   By Unique82 on Home Depot - Apr 7, 2010   

I love this Ice Machine considering that i have no ice maker on my fridge. You can make 3 different sizes of Ice and when the ice bucket is too full it will stop making ice on its own. The downside is that if you want to alot of ice you have to start making the ice way in advance because it can take some time to get a nice amount of ice ready. I normally turn it off at night and turned it on before i go to work so i have ice ready when i get home. Also the ice is stored in a bucket that isn't frozen so the ice will melt down to the water resovoir if not used. And it can get pretty loud from time to time. But overall i think its worth the buy, and it serves its purpose!

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tons of ice cubes
5 Star Review   By hunky on Home Depot - Apr 4, 2010   

I wanted something to keep me from buying ice at the gas station once the price hit 2 bucks a 10 LB bag. they say it makes 30 LBs of ice a day...not sure how much it weighs but there is a lot of it. You start getting ice within 5 to 7 minutes after starting it. Then it is ice falling every 5 to 6 minutes after that. I run it for a whole day and put the ice in baggies and put them in the big freezer and they last about 4 to 5 days....and I use a lot of ice. It has no refridgeration so you have to take the ice out and freeze it if you want it to last. However, for a party I think this would keep up with most ice needs. My only complaint is there is no notch,handle whatever in the lid...making one handed opening difficult. I made a handle out of duct tape taped to the top for easy opening. great purchase would recomend.

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Wonderful Ice Machine
5 Star Review   By MissLadybug on Home Depot - Jan 6, 2010   

We received this as a gift. We don't have an ice machine in our fridge. It has been perfect. Makes ice that is cubed, but soft like crushed ice. Dumps ever 6 minutes. If you keep it filled it will make 30 + pounds each day. We are enjoying every minute of having fresh soft ice.

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Great little ice maker
5 Star Review   By jj4652 on Home Depot - Oct 31, 2009   

I have been looking for an ice maker to help the frige ice maker out. The frige icemaker never really did a good job about keeping up with our demand for ice. We read the reviews on this machine and many others and found that this model was the pic of the crop. We recieved the unit and let it sit for 24 hrs so the freon would settle from shipment. It was hard not just plug it in and see what it would do but we were patient and waited till the next evening. When we started it up it took about 8 min to drop the first load and as suggested threw it away. The next batch only took about 6 min to make and by the time our 2 hr movie was over we had filled the freezer basket full of ice and had to shut the machine off. We have made more ice with this machine than our freezer ice maker probably has ever made in just the three weeks we have had it. Its a great buy and I would recommend it to anyone.

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fantastic
5 Star Review   By stfl52 on Home Depot - Jul 21, 2009   

this is the second ice maker iv'e had. the first one i bought four years ago i payed 280.00 out of a mail order house and could not do half as good as this magic chef does. i've had five friends plus my stepdaughter see it and was amazed at the capacity of ice it put out.don't wast time and space in your freezer get the magic chef ice maker today. thanks alot magic chef.

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best yet
5 Star Review   By sasysue1 on Home Depot - Jul 21, 2009   

This is the greatest little thing going, I'm disabled and I don't like the ice made by my refig. ice maker make, so I was making everyone crazy bringing me ice from the store every couple of days. Well let me tell you this little machine pays for it's self in no time and works like a dream. I really think it has made more ice than what they said it would in 24 hours. but which ever it works great.!! Just plug it in and add tap water that's all there is to it. No need to run to the store for ice ever again........

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Some Details and Our Experience with the Ice Maker
4 Star Review   By Billandfamily on Home Depot - Jun 29, 2009   

The details: A tray in the top back holds the water that will be frozen. Metal probes hang down in the tray of water and get very cold. The water freezes around the probes making the ice. When it's time, the tray turns over and the ice and remainig water dump into the collection basket at the front of the ice maker (where you can see thru the window on top). The basket has lots of small holes that allow the water to drain into the water storage area below the basket, leaving the ice in the basket. The ice maker draws water up into the back tray from the storage area below the basket, and so goes the process.... It makes three sizes of ice, based on how long the probes cool the water. It makes the ice quickly, as advertised. I did not notice an unusual taste to the ice - I did however discard the first batch of ice, but none since, even after not making ice for a few days. The ice has a great design - hollow in the middle (where the probes were) for maximum surface contact wiith the liquid you are trying to cool. Our experience: Because the ice is made in a water bath, when it is finished it is at 32 F. The ice is therefore "wet". The ice maker does not cool the basket that holds the ice, so you can't leave the ice there for very long or it will melt. You can, however, just let it melt, the water will drip thru the basket into the water storage area, and the ice will be remade. We use the Magic Chef ice maker as a supplement to our freezer ice maker. When the ice is transferred to the freezer it sticks together (and to the other ice in the freezer) when the freezer further cools it. So we have to "ice pick" the ice to break it up. In summary: If you've opened the freezer to fill your cup with ice but instead find only fragments, or if you've got a group coming over and the demand for ice will be greater than usual, this is the "toy" for you. We are pleased overall, and would recommend this product.

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Nice Ice
4 Star Review   By iralt on Home Depot - May 20, 2009   

I bought this ice maker last year. It works great for family gatherings etc. in the house or out in the backyard. I have never run out of ice with it. It takes 8-10 minutes and you got ice! I suggest letting it dump two full loads of ice before really using the ice for the first time. This worked for me as the ice had a fresh taste to it.

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Love this item
5 Star Review   By ETDmom on Home Depot - May 3, 2009   

We purchased this machine about 5 years ago. We LOVE it and use it at least once a week to make a huge bag of ice (think giant zip bags). It makes a ton of ice in a very short period of time. We've had two problems over the years. One was "off" tasting ice the first cycle. Despite draining the machine after each use, that first cycle of ice has a weird chemical/plastic taste. This was an issue from the very beginning. So we learned to dump it (cubes are usually tiny the first cycle anyway) and problem solved. Second issue is that sometimes, when the machine is first plugged in, it will fill the tray, and then dump the water, and then just sit there not doing anything. We unplug and plug back in and it is fine. It has always done this so it isn't an age thing either. Also, we've noticed it doesn't crank out the cube as quickly as it used to but we are still happy with it. Since our machine is older, it is larger than the ones now sold. The newer models are smaller (but make the same amt of ice as ours). The silver plastic housing looks enough like stainless to blend in with the other items in the kitchen.

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love it for my camping
5 Star Review   By tjnape on Home Depot - Apr 6, 2009   

Bought this as a gift for my husband, we love having it in our camper. make enough ice for us to use at every meal & to take in a cooler for float trips. We use the ice right out of the holding basket. Its a soft ice that is perfect for drinks!!

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Ice Maker Review
5 Star Review   By Duceswild on Home Depot - Jan 22, 2009   

My ice maker went out and it cost almost as much to repair or replace as your ice maker . I cleaned the ice maker and filled it with water and within 10 minutes, I heard ice falling into the tray. I've made a lot of ice in the week that I've had it and have had no problems. It would be nice if a hose were attached to the drain to make emptying the water easier. A cover would be nice, to keep the dust off.

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Great for campers !!!
5 Star Review   Home Depot   

I research everything I buy for weeks, I have read and compared many ice makers and read all the horror stories for each. This one had the least and had a great price on top!. I bought this unit for our travel trailer while camping. We go thru a lot of ice while camping. I start this unit the day before and have 30 lbs of ice to fill two coolers ( one for soft drinks and one for beer) The coolers are kept outside and are in and out of all day by many, so lots of ice is used. The machine is kept running 24-7 while camping for 4 days and more than keeps up with two large coolers plus give us ice for drinks as well. The first two cycles will produce small cubes if you use room temp water but takes off after that. If you start with refrigerated water you will have large cube from the first cycle. The basket fills fast and needs to be emptyed every few hours at the rate of 4 lbs per basket. The unit will not keep ice after it is made and the basket is full. You have to empty it every few hours at the most. 5 star rating and highly recommended for camper use !

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Died after 8 months :(
3 Star Review   By Christini on Home Depot - Aug 26, 2008   

I purchased this ice maker 11/25/07. Worked just fine up until about a month ago July 2008. One day i went to hit the start button to start making ice and it wouldn't even engage. I called the warranty people, had a technician pick it up, ordered parts, only to get a phone call from the warranty people saying the tech can't fix it with the parts that were ordered. I now have the choice of getting all my money back or having them send me a new one. In the mean time, the price on this has dropped $18.00 and is out of stock on H.D.'s web site. Bad: that it crapped out. Good: i still had my receipt, it was still under warranty and I had no issues with getting it serviced or the attempt to get it fixed. Bad: I know have to do research to find another model. Good: it made great ice and very quick!!

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Ice Maker
5 Star Review   By ArchieA on Home Depot - Aug 9, 2008   

It’s the best invention since the ice cube tray! Its covenant, compact, very reliable, portable, adjustable (ice cube sizes), and great for party or gatherings at your home or a friend with very minimal maintenance so far involved. *I personally will suggest an upright position when transporting. Due to in my past experiences when moving other appliances of this type and nature I have created freezing problems by lying on it's side. I use it the greater part of any week! Most of the time for my soft drinks, on occasions for bumps, bruises and sprains by placing a few cubes in a small sealable plastic bag. Placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan, for a cooling sensation, and some relief of an exceptional hot day! No longer do you have to put most of your beverages in the fridge prior to any gathering or party that requires chilling or not have enough Ice for mixed type refreshments. Not having to hooking up a water line to the newer refrigerators to produce ice, or worrying about possible water leaks when I’m away from home any length of time or having to shut the supply line off prior to any long vacation period!

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Great Product
5 Star Review   By methodmom on Home Depot - May 8, 2008   

The ice maker on our refridgerator went kaput, and we have to have ice, we use alot. I priced many different ice makers, and decided on this one made by Magic Chef. I don't regret this decision at all. We now have all the ice we need. This unit is very easy to use, makes ice fast, and looks great! It operates very quietly, and we are 100% satisfied with it. I would recommend it to any body who needs a good ice maker at an affordable price.

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amazing
5 Star Review   By member dikranishkhanian - Apr 16, 2008   

Strengths: great

Ihave been using this unit for 2 monthes, when i first baught it i thaught its a toy i should take it back, than i realized it is not only economical but very quiet fast and easy to use.now i have one in my pizza shop and one at home. thank you magic chef you are genius dikran ishkhanian

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KEEP YOUR SALES RECEIPT FOR WARRANTY REPAIRS!
1 Star Review   By jonintexas on Home Depot - Mar 9, 2008   

Machine worked OK for about two months... then stopped making ice. Trobleshooting manual indicates something wrong with the refrigeration system and "consult a qualified technician." I'm currently searching my house for the sales receipt... because the one-year warranty requires the dated sales receipt. Base on my experience... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KEEPING YOUR SALES RECEIPT HANDY FOR THIS ITEM!!! :-(

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