Sentern Portable Ice Maker Review

The Sentern Portable Ice Maker isn’t like the other ice makers that are on the market today. Most portable ice makers produce bullet-shaped ice that’s cloudy or milky in color.

>> Check out my article on clear ice makers for your home

The Sentern Portable Ice Maker produces actual cubes of ice, and they are crystal clear. This is what separates this unit from all the others. In this post, I want to review the Sentern Portable Ice Maker and give you some reasons why you should consider purchasing this ice maker.

What The Sentern Portable Ice Maker Offers

This portable ice maker produces better quality ice. The ice cubes that this unit makes are clear ice cubes that are much harder and denser than other ice cubes. This means that when you place these cubes of ice into your beverage, it chills the drink and doesn’t melt quickly and water it down.

  • Makes Ice in 15-20 Minutes
  • Stores 2.4 Pounds of Ice at One Time
  • Has a 2.2 L Water Reservoir
  • Makes 3 Ice Sizes
  • Easy to Set-Up

If you are an ice or drink enthusiast than you’re going to love the quality ice the Sentern Portable Ice Maker produces.

This ice maker will produce ice in as little as 15 minutes. It also has a large storage bin for storing your ice, which is about 2.4 pounds of ice. With this unit you’re going to be able to produce 48 pounds of ice every 24 hours – that’s fantastic! This gives you plenty of ice for any occasion or making cool summer drinks during those summer heat waves.

This ice maker gives you the option of making three ice sizes. You can produce small, medium, or large cubes of ice.

The unit is equipped with a 2.2 L water reservoir, which is a good size for a portable ice maker. Like all portable ice makers, it’s ready to use out of the box. You don’t have to hire anyone to come and install any drains or waterlines – it’s simple to set up and easy to operate.

The Design of The Sentern Portable Ice Maker

This ice maker comes with an attractive stainless-steel design that makes fitting it into the decor of your home easy.

The unit itself measures 11.2 x 14.4 x 13.8 inches, so it’s pretty compact compared to the other commercial ice maker units. It’s not the smallest portable ice maker available on the market today, but it’s still portable. If you are planning on using this unit for your RV or camping – I would suggest that you purchase a smaller unit that is much easier to handle and transport. I recommend the hOmeLabs Portable Ice Maker that is not only priced perfectly, but is also designed smaller and easy to move around.

>>Check out my post on portable ice makers for RV’s

Not only is this ice maker designed well externally, but it is also designed well internally, which gives you peace of mind that it’s going to last a long time. One of the great design features inside this ice maker is the exhaust fan. It’s a high-speed fan which circulates air from inside the unit to the outside consistently and quickly. This keeps your unit cool and ensures it’s safe operation at all times.

The Cons of the Sentern Portable Ice Maker

This is a great unit, but there are some downsides that you need to know before you purchase it.

The first thing that you need to be aware of is that because this unit does not make bullet-ice, and because it makes clear ice cubes, it’s slower than other units. This is the downside of wanting clear ice as compared to the bullet-shaped ice, which is cloudy. It takes about 15-30 minutes to make a batch of clear ice using this unit (Depending on the size), and other units only take 6 minutes producing bullet-shaped ice. That’s a big difference!

Here is a small chart that I created to give you an idea of how long it takes to create ice from an ice maker that produces bullet-shaped ice.

If speed is important to you then you should select the fastest ice maker in the chart below.

Time To Make Ice

6 to 8 Minutes.

7-15 Minutes

7-15 Minutes

6 Minutes

 8-10 Minutes

The second thing that I don’t like with this portable ice maker is that because this unit produces clear ice cubes, often the ice can stick together, and this makes it difficult to break it up. This isn’t something terrible and after a while you get used to it, but it is something to be aware of before you buy.

Don’t get me wrong; this is a fantastic ice maker. It’s one of the only countertop ice makers that make clear ice. It also still makes a whopping 48 pounds of ice every day, which is a significant amount of ice.

My Conclusion

We like this ice maker.

It was easy to set up, and the digital LED controls make managing and operating the ice maker simple.

I have had several people purchase this ice maker and love it! The design, the function, and the operation of this ice maker seem to be great.

If you are looking for clear ice cubes and don’t want to invest thousands of dollars into a commercial unit, then this is the ice maker for you.

If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them below, and if you already own the Sentern Portable Ice Maker, please leave your review below as well.


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  1. does it keep ice frozen?

    • No. This ice maker has an insulated ice bin, but the ice will eventually melt and drip back into the water reservoir. If you are looking for an ice maker that keeps your ice frozen then take a look at the article here.

  2. Can I use regular tap water? Or does it have to be special water?

    • You can use regular water if you don’t have extremely hard water. You may have to descale your unit if you begin to see hard water deposits.

  3. Any idea on the power drain on this unit? I go through three 10-pound bags of store-bought ice a week (about $28 a month – hate the cloudy ice from my fridge’s icemaker), and wonder if I’ll save money in the long run switching to a solution like this. Not having to make an ice run every few days would certainly be an advantage as well.

    • The difference in energy charges would be pretty small. We don’t notice a difference on our electric bill at all and it’s running all of the time. Having your own ice maker, and having the ability to make ice on demand is a real game changer.

  4. Does this run on 110V or 220V? I live in Luxembourg.

  5. How wide is the unit?

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