The Best Ice Makers That Keeps Your Ice Frozen

Portable ice makers are not designed to keep ice frozen for an extended period. The cycle process creates the ice and when it melts, recycles the water to make more ice. For you to always have ice available, you are always running the ice cycle.

What does this mean? It means your machine is always running. 

These portable ice makers are designed with insulated storage bins that store your ice and slows down the melting process.

What if you wanted an ice maker that doesn't just slow down the melting process but keeps your ice frozen? This would be an ice maker that has a built-in freezer - AND THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!

Do Ice Makers With Freezers Exist? 

The very first question that I wanted answered was did ice makers with built-in freezers even exist - and they do. I decided to put together this helpful guide of all of the ice makers online that give you the convenience of a freezer built into the unit. 

Some of these machines are portable ice makers, others are under the counter units and others are commercial models. These are the best of the best, and this is a comprehensive look into these fine machines. 

If you are looking for an ice maker that keeps your ice frozen, then you need to pick from one of these awesome ice makers. 

NutriChef PICEM15

If you're looking for an ice maker that will keep your ice frozen then a NutriChef ice maker is your best choice.

Each of the NutiChef ice makers has built-in freezer technology (High Powered Freezing Element) that allows you to keep ice available longer.

There is nothing more frustrating than going to your portable ice maker only to notice that the ice is melted and deformed.

You have three units from NutriChef to choose from.

 NutriChef Ice Maker Review
  • High Powered Freezing Element
  • Ice Ready in 11 Minutes
  • Convenient See-Through Window Panel
  • Three Ice Sizes: Small, Medium and Large
  • Holds 1.8 liters of water
  • Easy to Clean
  • Ultra Quiet Operation
  • Weighs 25.4 pounds
  • Produces 22 Pounds of Ice in 24 Hours
  • Perfect for Parties

The first unit is the NutriChef PICEM15. This is the smallest of the units as far as ice production is concerned but one of the heaviest coming in at 25 pounds.

The first batch of ice will be ready in 11 minutes and the NutriChef PICEM15 will produce 22 pounds of ice in 24 hours.

This ice maker has top panel button control, simple to use, produces different ice sizes and is easy to clean.

Enjoy the power of a restaurant quality ice maker in a small compact machine.

NutriChef PICEM20

The NutriChef PICEM20 is a great ice maker for those looking for a countertop ice maker with a built-in freezer that will keep your ice frozen.

This ice maker is quick and quiet. It creates ice in less than 10 minutes.

This ice maker produces 28 lbs of ice every 24 hours. It's similar to the NutriChef PICEM62 (below) which allows you to produce 33 lbs of ice every 24 hours.

 NutriChef PICEM20 Ice Maker Review
  • High Powered Freezing Element
  • Ready to Serve in 10 Minutes
  • Convenient See-Through Window Panel
  • Ultra Quiet Operation
  • Weighs 10.7 Pounds
  • Produces 28 Pounds of ice in 24 hours
  • Holds 2.8 Liters of Water

This ice maker has a larger water reservoir (2.8 liters compared to the NutriChef PICEM62 which has 2.2 liters).

NutriChef PICEM62

The NutriChef PICEM62 is a stainless steel portable ice maker that is both quiet and fast. Enjoy all the benefits of a commercial ice maker without all the extra noise.

The NutriChef PICEM62 produces 33 lbs of ice each day which is perfect for gatherings or parties.

The (almost) six-foot cord means you can be used in a whole bunch of places - at the pool, boat, RV or use it in the kitchen or at your home bar.

 NutriChef PICEM62 Ice Maker Review
  • High Powered Freezing Element
  • Ready to Serve in 10 Minutes
  • Convenient See-Through Window Panel
  • Stainless Steel and Stain Resistant
  • Self-Cleaning Function
  • Ultra Quiet Operation
  • Weighs 20.4 Pounds
  • Produces 33 Pounds of ice in 24 hours
  • Holds 2.2 Liters of Water

This ice maker has a large water reservoir (2.2 liters), it has a perfectly placed window and led light indicators.

Best of all, this ice maker (like the rest) has a built-in freezer that keeps your ice frozen at all times.

Smad Under Counter Built-in Ice Maker Machine with Freezer

  • Produces 12 Pounds of Ice 
  • Compact
  • Weighs 55 Pounds
  • Stainless Steel and Stain Resistant
  • Easy To Operate
  • Reversing Door
  • No Water Lines
  • Stores 6 Pounds of Ice
  • Front Venting

This front venting under the counter ice maker is perfect for your kitchen.

It’s perfect for any place you want to place it. It comes with the ability of reversing your door (left or right swing) This under the counter ice maker produces 12 pounds of ice each day, and has the ability to store up to 6 lbs. 

This ice maker isn’t a portable ice maker by name, but it is portable. This compact unit only weighs 55 pounds, and measures 15 inches , depth is 17 inches and height is 25.1 inches.

This ice maker doesn’t require a water line. You manually fill the water reservoir and then you’re ready to make great ice. 


These are great portable ice makers if you’re looking for an ice maker that will keep your ice frozen.

Let us know your questions or comments below. We would love to hear from you. 

If you are looking for a portable ice maker that produces sonic or nugget ice then I recommend the Opal Nugget Ice Maker

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  1. Sounds awesome. Do you know of any portable ice makers with freezer that make clear ice cubes?

    • Yes. I have one. Newair

    • There is no portable ice makers that make clear ice available on the market, yet! The best solution is to purchase a great portable clear ice maker like the Luma Comfort IM200SS Machine from Amazon, purchase some freezer bags from Amazon as well, and when the portable ice maker is full just transfer the ice to the freezer. This is a simple way of enjoying great clear ice and keeping it frozen at the same time.

  2. We are looking for a machine that will make different shape ice cubes + slush + water
    Does this even exist?

    • There are different ice makers that produce different shape ice such as nugget ice. The Opal Nugget Ice Maker is a great unit for producing nugget ice which are small nuggets of ice produced by compressed ice shavings. Nugget ice is easy to chew and absorbs the flavour of your beverage. Most portable ice makers will produce bullet-shaped ice. If you are looking for an ice maker that also is a water dispenser then you can take a look at these units. As far as I know, there are no ice makers that produce slush. You would have to invest in an ice slushy maker.

  3. Thanks for this article, very helpful! I definitely want an ice maker that will freeze the ice so it is not constantly running BUT I do not want a portable unit… I want one I can hook up a both a water line and a drain. Does not have to be an under counter model – can be freestanding – but is for my residential use. Do you have any brands you can recommend?

    • Check out the article here. These are all under-the-counter ice makers that I personally recommend. These ice makers will certainly meet your need.

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