Emerson Portable Ice Maker

Emerson Portable Ice Maker Review

The Emerson IM93B is a beautiful top=serving personal ice maker designed for portability, convenience, and ease of use.

At home, it takes up minimal space on your countertop while ensuring your afternoon slushies and cocktails are deliciously chilled.

On a beautiful summer day, its 23-pound weight is easy to carry to the porch or any outdoor area as long as there is a power source nearby.

About the Emerson Portable Ice Maker


  • 27 lbs production capacity
  • 2.2 lbs storage capacity
  • Makes bullet-shaped soft ice in 3 sizes
  • 96-ounce reservoir
  • Weight: 23lbs
  • Super-quiet operation
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The Emerson IM93B is one of the most portable / compact ice makers you can buy. Where it lacks in ice storage capacity, it makes up for in convenience. With this ice maker, you can make ice just about anywhere as long as there is power.

And just because it is small does not mean that it is not a workhorse. Compared with other portable ice makers of the same weight and size, the Emerson can make up to 27lbs of ice per day and store a maximum of 2.2lbs of ice cubes in its bin.

We recommend it for small families, individuals, 3-5 person offices and small events. Because of its portability, you can also take it with you on picnics, on your boat or in an RV.

Ice Making Ability

The Emerson portable ice maker is no ice-making factory. It will disappoint you if you use it in a bar or large party. But it wasn’t designed for that. It was made to be a personal ice maker, and it excels as one.

The most important determiner of an ice maker’s capability is its production capacity. This refers to the amount of ice that a model can make in a day. For the Emerson IM93B, that number is 27lbs. Note that this is slightly higher than the 24-26lbs range of most portable ice makers.

So despite its size, this ice maker can still make a decent amount of ice. For small families and groups, the 27lb capacity is enough to keep you supplied with ice the whole day.

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Another important factor in judging capability is storage capacity. This is the maximum amount of ice a model can hold in the collection basket.

The standard is 2.2 lbs, which is similar to Emerson’s basket capacity. 

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 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.

One of the things I love about the Emerson 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 three ice cube size options: small, medium and large. They all come out in a bullet shape. A series of three indicators labeled S, M 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.

Another upside customers mention is how quiet it runs. You don’t have to bother about disturbing other people in the house when making a fresh batch of ice cubes.

Buying Advice

Amazon is selling both a new version of the Emerson portable ice maker and a certified refurbished versions.

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If you are looking to save a few dollars on your purchase, the refurbished one is slightly cheaper than going for a brand new one. There is little to no difference in quality between the two versions.


The Emerson IM93B portable countertop ice maker is the best choice if you are looking for an inexpensive, highly-portable and easy to use ice maker for yourself or your family. It makes ice pretty fast for this price category. Users said that it trustworthy and nice.

About the Author Vicky Norris

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.

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Leroy says August 1

My ice machine doesn’t transfer water to the top reservoir

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