August 30, 2010

NewAir AI-210W Countertop Ice Maker Review

ice_maker.jpgNow that we've had a bit of time to play around with the ice maker supplied to us by Air N Water, we've taken some time to put together our thoughts. We were impressed overall with the device and its output, and we were glad we were given a chance to play with it. It has a ton of features, is extremely easy to use, and put out ice like it was its job (which it is, we suppose). The AI-210W costs around $200 - and is currently selling for $190 on the Air N Water product page.

Upsides:

  • Quick & Easy Setup: We plugged this thing in, poured in some water, and had viable cocktail ice in less than 10 minutes.
  • Fast Output: We had more ice than we knew what to do with after the first batch. Of course, we ran much more than one batch, because we don't know when to say when - we didn't make it to the advertised 35 pounds, but we gave it a run.
  • Portability: This thing isn't pocket-sized, but it's relatively light and easy to move around, with comfortable handles on each side.
  • Easy to Clean: When we were done churning out ice, we just drained the water reservoir, wiped out the inside with a cloth, and put it in storage.

Things to Think About

  • Noisy: This thing makes some noise - it rattled the items on our countertop while grinding away during the creation process, and the sound of ice dropping can be jarring. It's not shockingly loud - it's not like you didn't know you would be making ice - but you won't want to run this thing in the baby's room during nap time.
  • Counter Space: The machine is big - that's part of the game we suppose when you're getting the throughput this thing does. Don't expect to tuck this away in a corner - you'll have to get it out to run it, and put it away we're guessing, or set it up somewhere outside the kitchen.
All in all we feel the machine works great, and so far it has met all our needs. If you're someone who has a home bar (or has other icy needs) we see this as a good investment, especially if you're sick of running to the corner store for bags of ice.

Check out a video showing all the features of the AI 210 after the jump.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at August 30, 2010 7:18 PM
Recent Comments

This is a NICE unit. I have worn out TWO in the last couple of years. The construction of the ICE BIN drive motor connection could use some re-design work. METAL pins, motors and plastic parts don't get along well... Both of my units were used almost daily and lasted just about a year.


Posted by: Jim at July 1, 2011 4:57 PM

Haven't found a "crush" feature, but there is a setting for "small" cubes. Just realized when we plugged it in for a party today we can't figure out how to make "medium" sized ice - only small and large. Curious.


Posted by: Jake Jamieson at September 6, 2010 8:34 PM

Can it crush the ice too?


Posted by: Bill Connelly at September 6, 2010 8:02 PM
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