FREE VILLAGE Portable Countertop Ice Maker Review

On a hot summer’s day, there is almost nothing better than a drink filled with ice to cool you down.

Many standard home freezers can produce ice by freezing water in ice trays.

Some more expensive models even have built-in ice makers that can make ice at the touch of a button.

However, if your refrigerator runs out of ice, it may be a real pain.

Another issue with this method of making ice is that it is very slow, as freezing one tray of water can take hours, if not all day.

Also, you may own a fridge-freezer combo that is unable to make ice.

This is common in cities, where people often choose to get a smaller unit to save on precious kitchen space.

All this means that when the summer rolls around you could be left with just room temperature drinks to try and cool you down.

Instead of relying on an unreliable or slow freezer, a countertop ice maker can keep you completely stocked with fresh cubes for any need, from chilling drinks to filling a cooler.

A tiny ice maker is also excellent for camping, RV trips, tailgating, or any other time when you need to cool off.

With that in mind, here is a review of the Free Village Countertop Ice Maker.

We will cover everything from the design, build, how fast it can make ice, and any other special features you need to know about.

At the end of the review, we have also added a buyer’s guide to show you everything you need to look out for when buying an ice maker. Let’s get into it. 

FREE VILLAGE Ice Maker

Ice Maker Machine for Countertop, Self-Cleaning Function, 26Lbs/24H Portable, Compact Ice Maker, 9 Ice Ready in 6 Mins, with Ice Scoop & Basket for Home Use/Party/Camping (Black)

The Free Village Ice Maker is a very small and compact unit, designed to fit on any countertop space.

With it being just 13.89 x 9.53 x 13 inches (length x width x height), and weighing 16.75lbs, this ice maker is perfect for small city apartments, a home bar, or an office space.

It is a self-cleaning unit and comes with its own ice scoop and user manual with the purchase.

Making Ice

How well this unit can make ice is one of the most important things you should care about.

The Free Village Ice Maker can begin making ice in just 5-8 minutes thanks to its super powerful compressor, with it starting with 9 cubes but very quickly producing more.

It can make a total of 26.5lbs of ice in 24 hours if left running. Considering how fast this is, it is a perfect replacement for the usual slow freezer ice.

The unit makes bullet shapes ice cubes, which have many advantages over or ice cube shapes.

This ice melts slower than other shaped ice and also melts slower so it will keep your drinks colder for longer without watering them down.

This type of ice is also great to put directly into bottles, which would not be possible with cubed ice. The ice can come in two different sizes to suit your needs.

One-Touch Operation

At the top of this unit is the simple control panel that is used to make your ice. From here you can turn the machine on and off, and select the ice of ice cube you want it to make.

Other lights turn on when you need to add more water to the unit, and when the machine is completely filled with ice.

All this means that the Free Village Ice Maker is incredibly easy to use, as with just a touch of a button you can have fresh ice in minutes.

It also means that once you have turned it on you can just leave it run as long as you need it to while you go off and do other things.

Self-Cleaning Function

One of the most annoying parts of owning an ice maker is having to clean the unit. Luckily, this machine takes away all this hassle and just does it for you.

All you have to do is hold down the power button for 5 seconds and the cleaning cycle will begin.

While this is capable of cleaning the machine with no extra help or products, if you want extra shine or just want to do more of a deep clean, then you could add a small about of lemonade or club soda to the machine and then start the cycle.

Build And Design

As mentioned this is a very small and lightweight unit. It is made of plastic, but that doesn’t mean that it is not durable, as it can take many hard knocks or bumps before you will see any damage or breakage.

To make the 26.5lbs of ice, this machine can hold 1.7 liters of water.

This may not be enough to make all of the ice, but thanks to the indicator at the top, you will easily be able to see when you need to add more water to the machine.

While the indicator also says when the ice basket is full, there is also a large transparent window at the front to let you see how much ice has been made, as well as the ice-making process itself.

To keep all of the cold air in the machine and make sure that it runs smoothie and safely, the walls of the unit are made from a triple layer material, with each one designed for a specific purpose.

The inner layer is made of food-grade ABS (plastic that is safe to use with food and drink); the middle layer is an insider thermal insulation condenser to keep the cool air in and the hot air out; the outer layer is a solid protective cover.

The Free Village ice Maker also features an exhaust cooling system. This keeps out external heat to keep the whole machine cool, while also circulating the cold air inside to prevent the machine from overheating, which would cause it to break down.

Noise

People who have never used an ice maker before are often afraid of the noise that these types of machines can make. This is not an issue with the Free Village ice maker though.

The machine makes less than 35 decibels of noise when turned on, meaning that it will be almost unnoticeable in your kitchen.

Takeaway

The Free Village Ice Maker is one of the best that you can buy for a smaller kitchen, as it packs a lot of power despite its small size.

It will make use that is suitable for any occasion, whether you just want some ice for a casual drink, or you need a large amount of ice for an event or gathering.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The ice it makes – bullet cubes are very useful to put in drinks and bottles. It’s also a nice feature that you can choose the size of the ice
  • Super quiet – ice makers have a reputation for being loud, but you won’t have that problem with this machine

Cons

  • Slower than other ice makers – due to its smaller size, this machine makes ice at a slightly slower rate than others on the market, but it will probably still be fast enough to provide you with all your ice needs

FREE VILLAGE Ice Maker Buying Guide

When looking to buy an ice maker, whether it be as a replacement for your old one or it’s your first time buying one of these products, here are some features you should look out for. 

Ice Maker Machine for Countertop, Self-Cleaning Function, 26Lbs/24H Portable, Compact Ice Maker, 9 Ice Ready in 6 Mins, with Ice Scoop & Basket for Home Use/Party/Camping (Black)

Size

Ice makers come in a variety of sizes, so make sure that the one you are getting will fit on your countertop space.

Bear in mind that the larger the machine the more ice it will be able to produce, but if you do not have the space for a big one then there will be no point in buying one like this.

How Much Ice Do You Need?

Standard home ice makers produce on average around 26lbs of ice in a day (24 hours), which should be enough for a standard household.

However, if you are buying an ice maker to cater for a large event, then you should get one that can produce a large amount of ice quickly. Just keep in mind that this will mean that you will have to buy a bigger machine to cater to this.

Noise

The biggest criticism with ice makers is often that they are too loud when producing ice.

This can be especially annoying if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, or you have a baby who will wake up from naps easily if there is a lot of noise in the house.

Try to find a machine that makes less than 40 decibels of sound. This is around the noise level of a library, so very quiet.

Almost all machines will advertise their noise level on the product, and if it doesn’t that usually means that they will be very loud when turned on.

Don’t expect to have a completely silent machine, as there will always be a faint humming noise when the ice maker is on, but the quieter the machine the better.