VIVOHOME Portable Countertop Ice Maker Review

It’s fair to say that putting ice in your freshly poured beer or fizzy beverage can really complete the drink.

There are few things better than an ice-cold drink on a hot summer’s day or after a long hard day at work, but what do you do if you have no ice at home waiting for you.

Filling up your ice tray and waiting for two or three hours just doesn’t cut it.

Especially when you are already looking forward to a refreshing icy beverage.

Luckily you no longer have to wait around for your ice.

By purchasing an ice maker you will be enjoying your cool beverage in a matter of minutes, not hours!

Gone are the days of disappointment and the hassle of balancing the awkwardly shaped tray in the freezer.With an ice maker, you can easily make a variety of ice on your countertop in an instant, whenever you need it.

In this review, we will be taking a look at the VIVOHOME Ice Maker.

With this compact ice maker on your countertop freshly made ice is only a push of a button away.

Whether you want to make some ice for your refreshing beer or get ready to host your own party, let’s get stuck in and see what the VIVOHOME can do for you.  

VIVOHOME Ice Maker

VIVOHOME Electric Portable Compact Countertop Automatic Ice Cube Maker Machine with Hand Scoop and Self Cleaning Function 26lbs/Day Black

The most important thing an ice maker needs to be able to do is to make ice.

Not only does it need to be able to make it, but it also needs to make it well. This model makes the ice very well.The VIVOHOME makes a batch of bullet-shaped ice in just 6-10 minutes.

If the ice maker is left to run for 24 hours it will make you 26lbs of ice. This should be enough for your big party.

The control panel on the maker gives you the option to select the ice size you desire.

You will have to bear in mind that the bigger the pieces of ice you want, the longer the ice will take to make.

In comparison to other ice makers on the market, VIVOHOME produces ice pretty well.

Other ice makers out there like the CROWNFUL ice maker claim to make ice in 7 minutes.

This goes to show that the ice the VIVOHOME ice maker produces is definitely up there with the industry standard.

How The VIVOHOME Makes The Ice?

Like most ice makers the VIVOHOME has a reservoir that holds the water in. In this model, the reservoir will hold 2L of water.

The water from the reservoir is channeled into a separate compartment where it meets the ice-cold metal coils.

The metal coils are freezing thanks to the compressor. Once the water hits the coils the water starts to freeze.

When the water starts to freeze the ice gets heavier. After the machine has made as much ice as possible it will notify you by flashing.

This alert means your ice is ready. Once the light has flashed it is time to remove the bucket and get the ice maker ready to go again.

Built-in to the VIVOHOME ice maker is a state-of-the-art cooling system. This cooling system helps the maker operate at a low noise level.

This added bonus stops the ice maker from driving you crazy and ensures it doesn’t disturb your party.

The Design

The VIVOHOME ice maker is a fabulously designed machine.

It is designed with nothing but the user’s experience in mind. Thanks to its compact design the maker can be placed almost anywhere.

The ice maker only has dimensions of 12.59 x 9.64 x 12.59 inches making it ridiculously easy to move around. The ease of portability is one of the best things about this machine.

If you are going away for a weekend in your RV or going to a friend’s house for a party, the VIVOHOME ice maker can come along with you.

The stylish appearance of the VIVOHOME also makes it a device that you don’t mind having around the house, in fact, it is a great addition to any kitchen.

If you want an ice maker that doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb then this is the machine for you.

It not only blends in with its surroundings, but it also looks like it belongs. This is due to the modern look the ice maker has.

The transparent glass on top of the machine is a nice touch too, allowing customers to see how much ice has been made.

This ice maker comes in three different colors so you have more chance of finding the one that suits your kitchen.

The Control Panel

The VIVOHOME ice maker prides itself on being easy to use.

To ensure anybody can make ice in no time at all the machine has a smart control panel on the front.

This control panel only has two buttons and 5 light notifications.The two buttons in the middle of the control panel are on/off and select.

Using the on/off button you can turn the machine on before using the select button to decide which ice you want to make.

Once the machine is running is where the lights on the machine come in very handy. Each light is important for its own reason.

There is an S light and an L light which signifies what type of ice is currently being made, S being small ice and L being large.

The other 3 lights on the control panel are Ice full, Add water, and Power.

These three are all pretty self-explanatory and show how straightforward the machine is to use.

The range of buttons and lights on the ice maker gives VIVOHOME the cutting edge over a lot of other ice makers. Some ice makers only have one button and two lights on them. This sometimes isn’t enough.

Users want to be able to clearly understand what is going on with their machine and the VIVOHOME has the perfect amount of buttons/lights to do so and it does so without becoming overwhelming. The design layout of the control panel also adds to the product’s design.

Using Your Ice Maker For The First Time

The VIVOHOME ice maker requires no installation whatsoever.

All you have to do is take it out of the box and turn it on, just make sure you fill it with water first.

With new products that are being used for consumption purposes, it is often a good idea to run it a couple of times first.

A good idea is to first use some warm water to clean the maker.

This will simply ensure that the ice machine is clean and ready to go. Sadly the VIVOHOME is lacking in the cleaning department.

A lot of machines have a cleaning system built-in. This isn’t the case with this model, therefore, you have to clean it yourself.

If you aren’t satisfied with just warm water you would need to consider buying a specialized cleaner which can be pricey.

Alternatively, you could use warm soapy water.

Final Thoughts

Overall, if you are looking for a reliable ice maker that makes instant pieces of ice on the go, then the VIVOHOME ice maker is a fantastic choice.

The machine not only produces ice efficiently it also produces more than enough ice for a whole family or party.

Its compact design makes it easily portable and it fits in all kitchens. All you need to make brilliant ice is a plug socket and some water.

Pros and Cons

Pros 

  • Ice ready in just 6 minutes.
  • Energy-efficient.
  • Quiet.
  • Option to make 26lbs of ice.
  • Easy to use control panel.
  • Stylish design.

Cons 

  • No cleaning function.
  • No function to keep the ice frozen once it has been made.

VIVOHOME Ice Maker Buying Guide

Ice makers make life a lot easier. For starters, you don’t have to move your freezer around to try and fit the ice tray in.

An ice maker is a convenient product to have around the house to make ice quickly.

If you are looking to buy an ice maker but still aren’t sure what you are looking for then take a look at the buyer’s guide below for important information about what features to look for.

How Much Ice Will It Make?

The first thing you will want to know when looking for an ice maker is how much ice does it make.

Some machines will make a certain amount of ice cubes before stopping whilst others will keep going till they are full.

If you only need a handful of ice the machine only needs to be on for several minutes so picking a model that does so is a must.

On the other hand, if you want to make a lot of ice regularly then you should pick a machine that makes ice over 24-hours.

What Type Of Ice Does It Make?

Some machines make bullet-shaped ice whilst others make crushed ice, some even do both. What type of ice you want will impact which type of ice maker you want to buy.

Noise Levels

Nobody wants a noisy appliance in their house. Make sure you pick an ice maker that has a low noise compression cooling system.