Well, here I am trying to help people furnish and decorate their houses to make their homes comfortable, pleasant, attractive and fun to live in. That is how I want your house to be and that is what I want my house to be. So far, all is well in the house, but then something breaks and needs either fixing or replacing -- like my under-counter ice maker.
Well, I have replaced my under-counter ice maker twice, and I think it is time to find something more durable and more reliable. So in searching for the perfect under-counter ice maker, I have found some interesting things that I felt are worth sharing with you. No, I haven't found the one I want yet, but at least I do have some idea of what is good.
There are choices in the type of ice that ice makers produce. That is, there are different shapes that are made by the different ice makers. Crescent-shaped ice is the most common form produced by refrigerators and by under-counter ice makers. They are flat on one edge and rounded on the other and typically cloudy in appearance.
There is the bullet-shaped ice. It looks just like the name suggests: a cylindrical bullet with a rounded hole in the flat end. This one is also opaque.
Flake ice is usually completely white and is also the cheapest form of ice to make in great quantities. This type of ice cools drinks quickly and is also convenient for packing and storing food.
There are cubed-shaped ice producers and then there is the nugget ice. I do like either of these. From what I've researched, the nugget ice is clear, crisp and popular as a chewable ice. Because it melts slowly, it doesn't dilute drinks quickly.
Some ice makers are designed specifically to create clear ice by removing all the air and impurities from the ice during the freezing process.
The under-counter ice maker should be easy to install and, if possible, have a removable bin with ample ice storage. It should be properly insulated and not have condensation or frost buildup. And it should run quietly. The ice should be produced quickly, too.
Ideally -- or in my case, a necessity -- many under-counter ice makers do not require a drain. The ideal here is that it can be installed anywhere.
There are also daily ice needs. A small family could get away with an ice maker that makes about 12 pounds of ice a day. If you entertain, as I do, more ready-to-use ice will be needed. In that case an ice maker that produces 125 pounds a day is required.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color." For design inquiries, write to her at DsgnQuest@aol.com.