But while I never mind purchasing another brand of soda or extra balloons and streamers, there is something about buying ice that I just can't get past. It's ice. All it takes to make it is water, something that flows aplenty around here, and cold, something that we know a great deal about in the Midwest.
However, as much as I'm tempted to fill up a tray full of paper cups with water and just set them out on the deck to freeze, that's not exactly the most convenient or efficient (or sanitary) way to make ice.
Instead, I love that there are companies that make it possible to bring a high quality, stylish, easy to use product right into my home that eliminates ever having to worry about something such as buying ice ever again. In fact, there's no need to ever even remotely stress about it, thanks to the NewAir AI-215 Portable Ice Maker.
An industry leader in designing portable and small appliances for the home, NewAir offers a full line of items that can accentuate the home while giving people more time to spend doing what matters. Whether your house needs a portable air conditioner, a beverage cooler, an ice cream maker, a space heater or much more, NewAir has one that you're sure to love!
While there are quite a few products on NewAir.com that I admired, when the NewAir AI-215SS Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker arrived, I knew that it would be just the thing for everyday use as well as special occasions.
Measuring in at 14.25" L x 16.88" W x 16.75" H and weighing a little under 40 pounds, this isn't a small appliance by any means... yet it's not so overwhelmingly big and heavy that it requires more than one person to move it.
In fact, once I had this Portable Ice Maker removed from the box and all of its packaging, I couldn't wait to get it in place and ready for use.
After reading over the clear, easy to follow instructions, I found that there wasn't much that I needed to know before I was going to be enjoying my own custom-made ice.
As the NewAir AI-215 has a convenient self-cleaning mode (a feature that I love on just about anything!), it didn't take much effort on my part to simply remove the ice bin and scoop, pour in a mixture of vinegar and water, and press a single button.
Once the machine cleaned itself, I simply opened the drain on the side, let the water/vinegar mix run out, and refill and repeat with clean water. In around 15 minutes total, my Portable Ice Maker was sparkling clean and ready to go.
After adding water to the fill line right on the inside, all that was left was to press the power button, select the size ice I preferred (small, medium or large) and sit back and let the ice-making begin! The whole machine is nearly foolproof and really just so simple!
Depending on factors such as ice cube size and room temperature, it takes somewhere around 10-15 minutes before your perfectly formed ice begins clinking into the bin. So, if you're looking to enjoy an ice cold beverage, there isn't an extremely large amount of wait.
On the other hand, if you are planning a party, it's no problem to turn on the NewAir AI-215 in advance so that by the time your guests arrive, your ice will be ready and waiting. Better yet, you can add your water and then simply use the 18 hour timer to "set it and forget it" and not have to worry that the ice will be flowing when your friends walk in the door.
Am I the only one who has never seen ice cubes shaped like cute little bullets before?
With an ability to make up to 50 pounds of ice per day, this Portable Ice Maker makes it possible to entertain (or simply lounge around by the pool) and not have to wonder if it will run out.
We used this at our recent Super Bowl party and not only did the AI-215 keep the ice cold and well-stocked throughout the afternoon and evening, it was fun and easy for guests to scoop out more whenever they needed...
|I could have been a nicer hostess and lifted out the bin and brought it around to people, but this way clearly worked just as well.|
...and I never had to think twice about having enough ice for any and all uses that arose.
|What? How do you keep your shrimp chilled?|
As the perfect finishing touch to this already-handy machine, the side-mounted drain makes for extremely easy draining and cleanup. Simply unscrew the cap and let the excess water run right out so that you'll be ready to refill it and use it again next time!
From the easy and quiet operation (just a tap or two on the LCD display!) to the portability and convenience of pulling this out anywhere and anytime, the AI-215 is just the thing to make your next party stress-free and simple. From an impromptu celebration after a winning soccer game to a neighborhood block party in the summer sun, you just can't forget the ice!
Retailing for around $299.99 (from sites such as Overstock.com, ATGStores.com and Amazon) the NewAir AI-215 Portable Ice Maker isn't a small purchase, but just might be one that you'll find yourself reaching for time and time again over the years. Find out much more about this and all of NewAir's innovative products by visiting NewAir.com and connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Other than the NewAir AI-215SS Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker I was provided by NewAir in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This post is solely my honest opinion of this product.