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hOmeLabs Commercial Ice Maker Review

When looking for a commercial ice maker for your business or home, consider purchasing the hOmeLabs Freestanding Commercial Ice Maker.

hOmeLabs Commercial Ice Maker (Great Ice Maker for the Price!)

Last update was on: November 14, 2019 6:46 pm
in stock
$379.99 $499.99

There are several reasons why this commercial ice maker should be considered, and that is the purpose of this post.

How Much Ice Will Need?

Before purchasing a commercial ice maker, you need to determine how much ice you’re going to need. Here is a quick chart that will give you insight on how much ice you will probably need for your business.

Below is a chart taken from webstaurantstore.com which describes how much ice you will probably need for a business that serves or uses ice. It’s also important to note that they suggest that you use two ice makers to prevent downtime.

  • Restaurant: 1.5 lb. of ice per meal sold
  • Cocktail Bar: 3 lb. of ice per seat
  • Water Glasses: 6 oz. ice per 12 oz. glass
  • Salad Bar: 35 lb. of ice per cubic foot
  • Beverage Service: 5 oz. of ice per 7-10 oz. cup, 8 oz. of ice per 12-16 oz. cup, or 12 oz. of ice per 18-24 oz. cup
  • Hotel Guest Ice: 5 lb. per hotel room
  • Hotel Catering: 1 lb. per customer
  • Patient Ice: 10 lb. of ice per patient
  • Cafeteria: 1 lb. of ice per person

The Design of the hOmelabs Commercial Ice Maker

What can I say, it’s a rectangular box full of ice. This isn’t made to fit into any kitchen, and I would strongly discourage you from purchasing this ice maker if you’re buying it for its looks.

This ice maker looks very industrial. It’s not the most elegant ice maker on the market. It’s front vented so it’s perfect to have built into your cabniets. Typically, a unit like this one would be in a business environment or an industrial kitchen.

It’s made from plastic and coated aluminum. It’s not designed to be outside, and by doing so would void the warranty. I’ve read of people installing this ice maker outside in a shelter protected from the elements, and haven’t had a problem with it. It can be installed outside; you want to make sure that it doesn’t get wet because it’s not built for bad weather. 

hOmelabs Commercial Ice Maker Features

The Homelabs Ice Maker is a small-medium air-cooled commercial ice maker. It produces 100 pounds of ice every day and makes 45 pieces of clear ice cubes every 11-20 minutes.

  • Makes 100 pounds of ice each day
  • Produces 45 pieces of clear ice every 11-20 minutes
  • Compact commercial ice maker
  • Connects to a cold water supply
  • Used a gravity fed drain hose
  • Storage bin holds 29 lbs of ice at one time
  • Ice doesn’t last super long in the storage bin
  • Comes with a water supply hose (9′ Length), a water supply connector, a drain hose (6’5″ Length), an ice scoop, user guide / manual and a registration card.
  • Sensors turn off the ice maker when the storage bin is full of ice

This ice maker is a freestanding unit (the measurements are 17.6 x 15.7 x 31.4″), so it doesn’t take up much room as most other commercial ice makers. When installing the unit, you need to make sure that you have a water source (a cold water supply line like under a sink) and a place for the water to drain, other than that, you can place it almost anywhere in your home or business. 

Unlike portable ice makers, the 1.2L water tank hooks directly to a water supply, so you don’t have to worry about refilling it throughout the day.

The insulated storage bin will hold 29 lbs of ice at one time and kept the ice from melting, but not as long as I had hoped. With a large storage bin, it means that you will always have ice when you need it. It has a sensor that will automatically turn off the ice maker when the storage bin is full of ice. It 

This ice maker does not have an internal water filter. If you decide that you want one, most people buy a separate water filter and install it on the waterline. 

Installation 

Everything that you need to start making ice comes with the ice maker. In the box, you’re going to get the following items: hOmeLabs commercial ice maker (obviously), a water supply hose (9′ Length), a water supply connector, a drain hose (6’5″ Length), an ice scoop, user guide / manual and a registration card.

For most situations, the hOmelabs commercial ice maker provides you with everything that you need to start making ice right away. All you have to do is connect the water supply, attach the drain hose, and turn on the unit. The drain hose doesn’t have a pump, so it depends on gravity to get the water where it needs to be. 

It’s also necessary to make sure that your portable ice maker is upright for least 24 hours before you plug it in and operate it. This is because when the unit is on it’s back, generally in transit, the freon in the compressor isn’t where it’s supposed to be and running the ice maker will cause damage. If the ice maker has been shipped upright the whole time and it’s confirmed, then it’s safe to turn it on right away. I would wait 24 hours to be on the safe side. 

Getting Started

The hOmelabs commercial ice maker isn’t hard to operate. To get started, all you have to do is follow these simple steps.

First, plug in your ice maker, and you will notice the ON/OFF button will be flashing in the display window. Press the ON/OFF button to power up the unit. 

The ice maker will begin the cycle by bringing in water into the unit. Once the ice maker has enough water, the symbol will stop flashing, and the ice cube symbol will start spinning. 

You can adjust the thickness of the ice cubes by simply pressing the “+” or the “-” on the control panel. The more time that you add to the ice cycle, the thicker the ice cubes are going to be. You need to remember that any changes that you make mid-cycle will apply during the next ice cycle. 

What I Liked About the HomeLabs Commerical Ice Maker

I love that it’s quiet to run and that it makes excellent ice every 10 minutes. This ice maker is perfect for a restaurant, a church, hotels, or larger households that need a large amount of ice. 

What I didn’t Like About The Homelabs Commercial Ice Maker

I didn’t like that the ice melts quickly in the storage tank. 

Thumbs Up or Down?

It’s definitely a thumbs up. I liked this ice maker. For the price point, I would say that it’s the best ice maker that you’re going to buy.

This ice maker provides a lot of value for the price, and it has an excellent customer satisfaction rate. Most people that had a problem with the ice maker contacted homelabs, aand they dealt with the problem, and the customer was happy in the end. 

If you have any questions about this commercial ice maker, then please use the comment section below.

hOmeLabs Commercial Ice Maker (Great Ice Maker for the Price!)

Last update was on: November 14, 2019 6:46 pm
in stock
$379.99 $499.99
7.8 Total Score
hOmeLabs Commercial Ice Maker Review

This small-middle sized commercial ice maker is great for large families or small businesses. It has great features that make it worth the investment.

Reliability - Is It Made Well or High Quality?
8
Usability - Is It Easy to Use?
8
Affordability - Is It Worth the Price?
9.5
Capability - Are the Features Worth It?
7.5
Desirability - Is It Nice To Look At?
6
PROS
  • Makes 100 pounds of ice each day
  • Produces 45 pieces of clear ice every 11-20 minutes
  • Compact commercial ice maker
  • Storage bin holds 29 lbs of ice at one time
  • Comes with everything that you need to start making ice
  • Sensors turn off the ice maker when the storage bin is full of ice
CONS
  • The ice doesn’t last very long in the storage bin
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