I call the Emerson IM93B “The Kaaba” because it looks just like the giant black cube that millions of people worship at Mecca. It’s also reminiscent of the spacecraft used by The Borg in Star Trek, but I digress.
There is no holy site or living quarters for a hive-mind human race here. Instead, you get an ice maker capable of producing 27 pounds of ice per day while storing up at 2.2 pounds at a time. It has a three-quart reservoir and even comes with a nice little ice scoop to help you shovel out frozen gold.
2.2 lbs. storage capacity
If you’ve ever bought one of the “big” bags of ice from the store, you can think of 2.2 pounds of ice as filling that bag up about one-quarter of the way. But you’re probably asking yourself “How can this machine produce 27 pounds of ice per day if it only holds 2.2 lbs?!” If you do the math here, you’ll quickly realize that reaching the full potential of icy output will rely heavily on your ability to dump the ice bucket out once the machine gets full, over ten times per day.
Daily Ice Production: 27.0 Lb.
Back to the ten-pound bag of ice we imagined earlier. This ice machine could fill nearly three full 10-pound bags over the course of a day. However, this is contingent upon you constantly emptying out the ice basket when it gets full and topping off the water reservoir as needed. If 27 pounds is the max, I’d guess most people could squeeze out 10-15 pounds of ice per day without having to babysit this machine all day.
Average ten ice cubes per cycle
Each and every cycle will produce enough ice to fill up a pint glass 3/4ths of the way. The cycles last about ten minutes each. So, with that being said, you could expect to fill roughly six pint sized glasses 3/4ths of the way with this machine every hour. I would say that should be sufficient for a family of 4-5 with moderate ice needs. Of course, if you’re having a party or other event, you could start making ice BEFORE the event and stockpile it in your freezer. Just remember to put it in plastic bags so you can smash it apart if it freezes together.
3-quart water storage capacity
If there are 4 quarts in a gallon, that means this ice maker’s reservoir can hold up to 3/4ths of a gallon of water. This is enough to fill the ice basket a few times without requiring a refill. I mention gallons of water mainly because I would recommend buying filtered water by the gallon from the store. A few gallons at 50 to 80 cents each should be able to last you all week.
Low noise operation
Of course, there isn’t an entirely silent ice machine on the market. Nor is there a silent refrigerator or air conditioner. The compress in this machine WILL make noise; it just happens to be slightly less than other machines. It seems that the compressor is a little more well insulated than other models, which ensures a “low noise” operation.
Features and Specifications
- 2.2 lbs. storage capacity
- Daily Ice Production: 27.0 Lb.
- Average ten ice cubes per cycle
- 3-quart water storage capacity
- Low noise operation
The Emerson IM93B has received quite a few positive reviews from online retailers. However, they are not all so glowing. Below you’ll see some of those reviews and have a chance to check out even more customer reviews online.
Reviews from Walmart.com:
This ice maker works great. It recycles the water from melting to freezing, so there is no waste or leakage. I turn it off at night and turn it back on in the afternoon, which is when we start using ice again. I clean it twice a week by emptying it and run one pitcher of hot water through. I drain the hot water, fill with cold water, and turn it on. At the same time, I clean the basket and scoop. Use the scoop, not your hands, since the water recycles.
This is a replacement for the Igloo brand ice maker that only lasted 2 months. It is bigger but it makes ice faster, it’s easier to clean and has outlasted the other one without any problems. We are so much happier with this ice maker.
Itworks great makes ice fast and really quiet it was a little bigger than I thought but works great would definitely recommend this product
Frequently Asked Questions
Take a look at some of the questions people have been asking us about the Emerson IM93B.
Is the ice soft enough to chew?
The ice is more porous than ice you would make in your freezer or buy from the store. The ice also has an indentation in the middle that breaks it super easy to break apart and chew up.
Pro Tip: If you like to eat ice, leave it to sit out for about 5 minutes before munching down. The ice will be a perfect consistency.
What shape is the ice?
You could think of the shape as being like a coffee cup without the handle. While this machine does make three different sizes of ice, the largest isn’t much bigger than the smallest.
What kind of water should I use in this portable ice maker?
I would highly recommend going with some type of filtered water. You can filter it yourself or just buy gallons of distilled, spring, or drinking water from the store. You can also use water refill machines in front of stores to refill your gallon jugs for pennies. Each gallon jug will make many pounds of ice and should last for days even with a big family.
Where does the water go?
Like most machines of this type, you just lift the lid and pour the water right in the front. You have to make sure that the drain plug is in first of course. Otherwise, you’ll have a big puddle on the floor to clean up after. 🙂