It’s a close race between Ivation and other popular compact ice makers brands such as Igloo andDella. They are all attractive and share many of the same features.
But there is one thing that sets the Ivation ice maker apart: it’s portability.
If portability is important to you, then you’ll love this ice maker. You can carry it everywhere you want in a backpack, and make great ice for coctails if you have power socket and water.
Weighing just 17.5 lbs, this is one of the lightest portable ice makers you can buy.
So it's a pleasant surprise to learn it matches the production and storage capacity of other heavier portable ice makers.
Ice Making Ability
The Costway ice maker punches above its weight.
Despite its compact size, it can produce up to 26.5 pounds of ice every day. That’s more than what you need for your daily cocktails or slushies. Even a large family can’t use all that ice in a day.
To make full use of the Costway’s capacity, you’d have to invite a few friends over for an evening carouse. Or carry the ice maker to a friend’s birthday party or wedding shower.
With more drinks to chill, the ice maker will have to work harder.
The Costway ice maker has another feature that makes it ideal for high-demand situations. It only takes 6 minutes to prepare another batch of ice cubes.
And the best part is that you don’t have to tell the machine to make more - or when to stop.
It also has a sensor that tells the machine when the ice bucket is full, which stops further production. As soon as you scoop some of the ice out, the machine automatically kicks back into action.
You just need to make sure there is enough water in the tank, and you can keep making ice all day long.
So whether you are home alone, enjoying chilled smoothies with the family or having a good time at a friend’s party, the Costway portable ice maker is good for all of them.
Ease of Use
The ice maker is easy to use. Unlike a standalone ice maker, there is no setup involved. You don’t need to connect a water line or figure out the drainage. Just plug it in, add water to the tank and switch it on.
There are two buttons on the Costway that control everything.
One button is for switching the unit on/off. The second is for selecting your preferred ice cube sizes.
There are also two indicators. One lights up when there is no water and the other when the ice basket is full.
Note that you don’t always have to be there to make ice. You can leave the unit on in the morning and find ready ice cubes in the evening.
When the ice bucket gets full, it will stop making ice.
But since the ice cubes are not refrigerated, they will melt.
As the level of ice in the bucket falls, the ice maker kicks back into gear.
What Others Say
We've scanned the web to get others' opinions about this inexpensive ice maker.
A few owners have encountered problems such as weird smells and unexpected breakdowns.
To get rid of smells, a thorough cleaning with vinegar or an ice maker cleaner is the answer (this is true for all portable ice makers, it's not a problem that is unique to the Costway).
As for the breakdowns, the Costway ice maker is not the most durable unit we've reviewed.
We expect it to last two-three years of constant use.
But if you just want a cheap, light and high-capacity ice maker, the Costway is a good choice.
Vicky Norris is a legal professional who enjoys researching, reviewing and writing about the latest developments in home appliances. A fan of saving money, Vicky started icemakershub.com when it became clear that a whole new class of less-expensive portable ice makers began replacing what used to be a really expensive built-in kitchen appliance.