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Silonn Countertop Ice Maker SLIM01 vs Igloo Portable Ice Maker Side-by-Side Comparison

The Silonn SLIM01 and the Igloo portable ice maker are very similar in size, but their design and look are quite different. See our data scores and why the Silonn is a much better choice.

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Silonn Countertop Ice Maker SLIM01

Igloo Portable Ice Maker

Silonn Countertop Ice Maker SLIM01 vs Igloo Portable Ice Maker

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design15% Usability25% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 15%Design 25%Usability Silonn Countertop I...Igloo Portable Ice...7.67.28.38.06.25.27.87.5
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The Silonn countertop ice maker and the Igloo portable ice maker are very similarly matched for size. The Igloo is a Nostalgia product retro-design with a convenient carry handle and relatively small view window. The Silonn as a more modern design with a large transparent lid and raised V-shaped control panel. These differences apart, the Silonn’s performance was average to good while the Igloo was well below par. In our tests, the Silonn produced large ice bullets weighing on average 5.6 g while the Igloo only managed 3.76 g and rarely reached 4 g per bullet. The Silonn not only made better ice, but it produced ice faster and in a greater quantity, or 9.6 oz per hour versus 6.7 oz.

Pros & Cons

  • Stainless steel body
  • Large transparent lid
  • Spacious panel
  • Retro design
  • Carry handle
  • Flimsy basket
  • Basket design
  • Control panel quality
  • Performance

Key Specs

Dimensions LxWxH
12 x 9 x 13 inches
$107.76
Weight
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)
L12.5 x W8.5 x H12 inches
Ice bullet sizes
Small / Large
18 lbs (7.15 kg)
Indicators
Add Water, Ice Full, Power
Small / Large
Water reservoir
2.1 qt
Add Water, Ice Full, Power
Average capacity / Basket
15 oz
1.6 qt (1.5 L)

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
5.2

Ice Capacity Test

6.9
5.4
The Silonn portable ice maker on a countertop with a stopwatch resting against the front showing a full ice-making cycle taking 1 hour and 33 minutes.
One basket took 1 hour 33 minutes
The Silonn portable ice maker on a countertop with a stopwatch resting against the front showing a full ice-making cycle taking 1 hour and 33 minutes.
An ice machine to the left and a pitcher filled with ice bullets on a scale to the right showing production weight of 407 grams.
Top down view of an ice maker to the left and to the right on a small wooden board is a scale with a bowl containing 17 grams of broken ice.
A timer in front of a portable ice maker showing just over 2 hours on the counter.
A timer in front of a portable ice maker showing just over 2 hours on the counter.
A basket of ice from a portable ice maker being emptied into a jug resting on a scale.
Ice from a countertop ice maker in a jug weighing some 484 grams
A full basket of ice from a countertop ice maker tipped for sorting into a black making tray with the ice machine in the background and a small scale in the foreground.
Average Time Basket
95 min
134 min
Average Weight Basket
15 oz (427 g)
15 oz (424 g)
Average Waste Basket
0.6 oz (17 g)
1.41 oz (40 g)
Capacity Hr
9.6 oz (273 g)
6.7 oz (190 g)
Capacity24 Hrs
14 lbs (6.5 kg)
10.1 lbs (4.6 kg)

Ice Quality Test

7.6
4.8
Top down view of an ice maker to the left and on the right on a small wooden board is a scale with a bowl containing 56 grams of ice from one cycle of large ice bullet making.
Top down view of an ice maker to the left and on the right on a small wooden board is a scale with a bowl containing 56 grams of ice from one cycle of large ice bullet making.
A hand holding up a chubby ice bullet produced by the Silonn countertop ice maker.
Nine ice bullets in a small bowl on a scale weight 45 grams pictured next to a countertop ice maker.
Nine ice bullets in a small bowl on a scale weight 45 grams pictured next to a countertop ice maker.
An ice bullet being measured showing a thickness of 5 mm.
Ice being held up for close inspection with ice in a making tray in the background an a small glass bowl on a scale with broken ice weighing 49 grams
Average Weight Bullet
0.2 oz (5.6 g)
0.13 oz (3.8 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.3
7.8

In The Box

The unboxed Silonn portable ice maker on a gray background with the ice basker and plastic scoop in front of the machine and the user manual set to the rear right.
Top down view of the unpacked igloo portable ice maker. To the right of the ice maker is the removable basket, an ice scoop, the manual, and a customer service card.
Top down view of the unpacked igloo portable ice maker. To the right of the ice maker is the removable basket, an ice scoop, the manual, and a customer service card.
A portable ice maker just removed from its box and secured within styrofoam pads.
A man handling a countertop ice maker with the product box seen in the background.

Dimensions

The Silonn countertop ice maker set against a white background with annotations showing 9 inches width, 12 inches depth, and 13 inches height.
An annotated picture showing the dimensions of the Igloo ice maker as 8.5 inches across, 12.5 inches deep, and 12 inches high.
Width
9.0" (22.9 cm)
8.5" (21.6 cm)
Depth
12.0" (30.5 cm)
12.5" (31.8 cm)
Height
13.0" (33.0 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Weight
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)
18.0 lbs (8.2 kg)

Build Quality

8.5
8.2
A side view of the Silonn portable ice maker showing the stainless steel body and the extraction fan on the right hand side
A side view of the Silonn portable ice maker showing the stainless steel body and the extraction fan on the right hand side
The rear to side view of a countertop ice maker showing large ventilation holes.
A close up view of an extractor fan found on a portable countertop ice maker.
A close up of a bottom corner of a countertop ice maker showing the joinings, screws, and a leg.
A close up side view of a portable ice maker with two rows of ice makers on a shelf in the background.
A close up side view of a portable ice maker with two rows of ice makers on a shelf in the background.
Under view of a countertop ice maker.
Close up view of an air vent on a portable countertop ice maker.Close up view of an air vent on a portable countertop ice maker.

Panel Design

9.5
6.8
Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a clear view of its wide rectangular control panel.
Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a clear view of its wide rectangular control panel.
Close up of the control panel of the Silonn countertop portable ice maker.
A close up of the control panel on a portable ice maker with two fingers indicating the relative size.
A close up of the control panel on a portable ice maker with two fingers indicating the relative size.
A gloved finger pressing the select button on a countertop ice maker.
A close up view of the control panel of a portable ice maker with the Ice Full alert showing up in red.
Buttons
On/Off Clean, Select
On/Off Clean; Select
Power Indicator
Yes
Yes
Ice Full Indicator
Yes
Yes
Add Water Indicator
Yes
Yes
IceS Indicator
Yes
Yes
IceL Indicator
Yes
Yes

Lid Design

7.8
7.1
Top down view of the Silonn portable ice maker with its lid open and the basket filled with ice.
Top down view of the Silonn portable ice maker with its lid open and the basket filled with ice.
A hand touching the open lid of a portable countertop ice maker.
A hand examining ice in a baking tray after being left for 8-hours in a running portable countertop ice maker.
A top down view of a countertop ice maker with ice seen through the transparent lid
A top down view of a countertop ice maker with ice seen through the transparent lid
A close up of the underside of an opened lid on a countertop ice maker.
Material
Transparent plastic
Plastic

Ice Basket

7.0
8.8
A hand holding up a plastic ice basket for a portable countertop ice maker.
An empty ice basket being held up in front of a portable ice maker.
Length
7.0" (17.8 cm)
7.4" (18.8 cm)
Height
3.7" (9.4 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Depth
5.0" (12.7 cm)
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Material
Flexible plastic
Hardish plastic

Water Reservoir

Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker showing an empty water reservoir.
Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker showing an empty water reservoir.
Close up of the line mark and also water guard in the reservoir of a countertop ice maker.
A top down view of a portable ice maker with the lid open and the removable ice basket resting at the side of the machine.
A top down view of a portable ice maker with the lid open and the removable ice basket resting at the side of the machine.
A close up of the water reservoir of a portable ice maker.
Capacity
2.1 qt (2 L)
1.6 qt (1.5 L)

Drainage Plug

A bottom view of a portable ice maker showing a drainage plug use to empty the water reservoir.
A bottom view of a portable ice maker showing a drainage plug use to empty the water reservoir.
Close up of a drainage plug removed from its hold on the bottom of a countertop ice maker.
A silicone plug being removed from the bottom of a portable ice maker.
Material
Plastic and silicone
Silicone

Ice Scoop

A hand holding an ice scoop in front of the Silonn countertop bullet ice maker.
The ice scoop of a portable ice maker.
Material
Hard plastic
Hard plastic

Cord and Plug

A three pronged plug at the end of a black cord picture in front of a portable ice machine which it serves
A three pronged plug being held up in front of the Igloo logo on their countertop ice making.
Length
6.0 ft (1.8 m)
6.1 ft. (185 cm)
Plug Type
3-Pronged
3-pronged

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.0
7.5

Ease of Use

8.0
6.8
Water from a ZeroWater pitcher is being poured into the reservoir of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a number of other ice makers on a shelf in the background.
Water from a ZeroWater pitcher is being poured into the reservoir of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a number of other ice makers on a shelf in the background.
A finger in a black latex glove about to press the Select button on the control panel of a portable countertop ice maker.
The hand gripping a countertop ice maker by lifting up the handle.
The hand gripping a countertop ice maker by lifting up the handle.
Ice being scooped up from an ice basket of a portable bullet ice maker.
A full basket of ice being removed from a portable countertop ice maker.

Noise

8.0
8.4
A sound meter showing 68.2 decibels standing next to the extractor fan of the Silonn countertop ice maker.
A sound meter showing 66.3 dB standing next to the air vent of a portable countertop ice maker.
Decibels
68.2 dB
66.3 dB

Cleaning

7.8
8.7
The water guard in the tank of a countertop portable ice maker being removed.
The water guard in the tank of a countertop portable ice maker being removed.
A close up view of ice rods found in a portable bullet ice making machine.
The drainage plug removed from the bottom of a portable countertop ice maker.
A silicone plug being removed from the bottom of a portable ice maker.
A silicone plug being removed from the bottom of a portable ice maker.
A close up view of inside a countertop ice making with evaporator rods visible in the background.
A water guard found in the reservoir of a portable ice maker.
Self Cleaning
Yes
Yes

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