Countertop Ice Machines
These seemed to be pretty popular several years ago. I don't believe that I've seen one in any retail store in quite a while. Last time I was at our local appliance and home entertainment emporium, there was a single Haier model when a few years back there must have been a dozen on display. I do see them on the net though, so they're still around at about the same price range I remember about 5 years ago. It seems that either people have very good luck with them or appear to have a string of bad luck. Ours started that way with an order off the net of a highly rated model that after 3 replacements either failed almost immediately or arrived damaged. We had the same luck with Cotsco with two arriving at the store in badly damaged condition. Finally we purchased one locally with a rebate and it went on sale in the following weeks that we were refunded the difference, ending up paying around $120. This one wouldn't have won any awards for it's appearance and didn't appear as robust as the others, but this week it's managed to stay in operation daily for 5 years. Many of the criticisms and limitations such as having to fill it with water and they don't self refrigerate have turned out to be non-issues in practical use. I've never had good luck with refrigerator ice makers. This machine has been wonderful and dependable. I'm wondering how those of you that have had any experience with them have fared.