So despite its size, this ice maker can still make a decent amount of ice. For small families and groups, the 26lb capacity is enough to keep you supplied with ice the whole day.
Another important factor in judging capability is storage capacity. This is the maximum amount of ice a model can hold in the collection basket.
Costway's basket capacity is 1.76 lbs, which is enough for small family party.
The ice made by this unit as slightly softer and more porous than the ice cubes you would get from your freezer. This makes it great for crunching as well as adding to drinks. But it is not as soft as Sonic-style nugget ice. So it can last for a while in your drink without melting.
It makes ice fast, too. If you need more ice, just add more water to the reservoir, and you’ll have more ice in a few minutes. This ensures that even for larger parties and events, you can still keep everyone’s drinks filled up with ice.
Ease of Use
This Costway portable ice maker is easy to use. Since there is no setup needed, you can start using it as soon as it is delivered.
Whether you place it on the table, countertop or floor, make sure there is sufficient clearance space on the sides and at the top. This allows heat to dissipate and air to flow as the unit operates.
See the unit’s manual for full instructions on using and maintaining the ice maker. One important recommendation you will find in the manual is that you should clean the unit before using it and then wait an hour after plugging it in before making any ice. These steps are just to make sure you get the best quality ice from your ice maker and ensure your unit lasts longer. Also, it's have autoclean function, that greatly facilitates your daily maintenance work.
One of the things I love about the Costway portable ice maker is that you can use it almost anywhere - in the house, outside, in an RV or even in a boat. As long as there is AC power, you are good to go.
Once you turn it on using the power button, you can choose which ice cube size you prefer. There are two ice cube size options: small and large. They all come out in a bullet shape. A series of two indicators labeled S and L show your selection.
Another set of indicators alerts you when the ice bin is full or when you need to add water to the reservoir. If either of these two indicators is on, the ice maker will stop making ice until you either add water or empty the basket.
Note that you should only use clean potable water to make ice with this unit. It has no built-in filter. The manufacturer recommends distilled water.
Furthermore, you should never add anything other than water to the reservoir. Juices, flavors, and colorants will damage the ice maker.
What Others Say
Most customers are super-happy with their purchase. Many say they were surprised at how much ice such a compact ice maker can produce. Ease of use and portability are some of the advantages frequently mentioned by buyers.