hOmeLabs 99 lb. Freestanding Commercial Ice Maker
hOmeLabs HME030276N is a commercial ice maker with a freestanding design, 99 lb. capacity per day and 29 pounds of storage. It is designed for home, office, bars and restaurants, for large amounts of ice on demand.
You’ll get a connection hose (9 feet long), water supply connector, water draining hose (6’5” long) and an ice scoop as accessories with your purchase. It is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 98 customers on the day of this product review as one of the better selling commercial ice makers at Amazon.com You have the option to get the expert installation at 350 dollars extra.
99 pounds of daily ice making capacity with the 45 pieces of clear ice in one cycle is quite a lot. Each cycle takes between 11 and 20 minutes and 45 square ice cubes are dropped into the ice basket with a 29 lb. capacity. It has a decent modern standalone design and can be installed anywhere in your house or restaurant as long as there is a water outlet nearby. It is stainless steel inside and out and is rust resistant and durable.
hOmeLabs Commercial Ice Maker weighs 62.4 pounds and measures 17.6 x 15.7 x 31.4 inches and will not occupy that much of space considering what it achieves in terms of the quality and quantity of ice production. It is ideal for homes, cafes, restaurants, hotels that need a constant large supply of ice. You connect the 1.2 liter capacity water reservoir to a water outlet near the unit and you don’t need to fill it up with water manually like with the standard compact home ice makers.
The intuitive LCD-backlit control panel is easy to use and the display tells you about the water and ice making process. You can press the + and – buttons to adjust the ice cube thickness. It also comes with the convenient auto cleaning function and you need to run it- rinse, drain and dry after the cleaning. This is a compressor (115V/60Hz) type ice maker and you need to keep it unplugged in a vertical position for up to 24 hours and then connect it to a water supply. It is ready to go straight out of the box.
You need to keep it unplugged when you’re cleaning it. By pressing the + and – buttons you will be adjusting the ice thickness in the next or following ice cycles. The drain doesn’t pump the water out but is a gravity type drain. It turns itself off when the ice bin is full and then restarts when the ice level or the weight is lower. The ice melts but very slowly and the excess water gets drained by the drain hose.
It is ventilated through the front and you can install it in a cabinet if you wish. Please note that it is designed for indoor use only, and not outdoors. The claimed 99 lb. ice making capacity in 24 hours is at the -5 thickness, it will be 89.5 pounds at 0 and roughly 75 pounds and +5 thickness. It is a high quality, sturdy and durable ice maker with a premium feel, that makes very good quality ice for your different needs. And we do not hesitate to recommend it at this price point. You’ll also get a limited two-year warranty by the manufacturer and the warranty info is on page 16 of the user manual.