What is the Difference Between an Indoor and an Outdoor Automatic Ice Maker?

If you love to entertain, you may be considering adding an ice maker to your indoor or outdoor space.

Each type of ice maker has multiple benefits. Today we are discussing ice makers to help you make an informed purchase.

Indoor Ice Makers

Indoor ice makers are available in a variety of styles; freestanding, countertop, and built-in. Smaller, compact, portable ice makers can be stored and used on a countertop, bar, or table. They are designed for freestanding use and should not be recessed into or under cabinets to ensure they will operate efficiently. Compact ice makers produce a smaller amount of ice, about 25 lbs per day, with a storage capacity of less than 2 pounds. If you only host small gatherings with a few guests, this type of ice maker may be sufficient. For serious entertainers, a larger ice maker built into cabinetry is a great option. The Brama Indoor Automatic Ice Maker (pictured above) can produce up to 50 lbs of ice per day while storing up to 25 lbs. It has a reversible door swing, which means it can be installed side-by-side with another appliance such as a beverage cooler. There are ice setting options that allow you to switch between large and small sizes --- imagine larger ice cubes to pair with spirits and smaller ice cubes for your iced latte. A control panel is built into the unit, so you have full control over ice production. Since indoor ice makers are designed for indoor use only, they should not be used outdoors where they may be exposed to harsh elements and wide temperature swings.

Outdoor Ice Makers

Outdoor ice makers are similar to their indoor counterparts with one distinct difference --- they can be installed and safely operated outside. For example, the Brama Outdoor Automatic Ice Maker, like the indoor model, can produce up to 50 lbs of ice per day while storing 25 lbs. With front exhaust, it can be recessed into existing cabinetry, like in your outdoor kitchen. The Brama Outdoor Automatic Ice Maker also has a reversible door swing for side-by-side installation and an easy-to-use control panel.

Should I Buy an Indoor or Outdoor Automatic Ice Maker?

When choosing between an indoor or automatic ice maker, consider your entertaining needs. Will you use the icemaker more often if it is indoors? Do you host gatherings outside regularly? If you rarely entertain outside, it may not be worth it to purchase an outdoor model. For those who do love to spend lots of time outside, an outdoor model will save you many trips inside to fetch more ice. The best model for you is the one that fits into your lifestyle.

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