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VIVOHOME Automatic Ice Maker vs CROWNFUL Ice Maker Side-by-Side Comparison

The Vivohome is a bulky machine with a dated design whereas the Crownful is a compact nifty-looking ice maker. Capacity differences aside, find out which machine produced the best quality ice.

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VIVOHOME Automatic Ice Maker

CROWNFUL Ice Maker

VIVOHOME Automatic Ice Maker vs CROWNFUL Ice Maker

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design15% Usability25% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 15%Design 25%Usability VIVOHOME Automatic...CROWNFUL Ice Maker8.48.57.68.66.65.67.88.1
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The Vivohome automatic ice maker and the Crownful are actually two different classes of countertop ice makers. Both are essentially portable machines, but they serve different needs. The Crownful is a small and compact machine with a modern design whereas the Vivohome is somewhat bulky and dated in its design. That said, the VivoHome produced some of the chunkiest ice bullets we have seen and had the best overall consistency for ice quality. VivoHome ice bullets averaged 7 g per bullet, sometimes reaching as much as 8.7 g. On the other hand, the Crownful average only 4 g per bullet with 4.9% waste ice compared to only 1% for the VivoHome. The Crownful also took longer to produce ice, but its small and nifty design may suit people who prefer smaller ice bullets with less need for high capacity performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Large chunky ice bullets
  • Spacious control panel
  • Large ice basket
  • Reservoir capacity
  • Easy-to-clean body
  • Compactness
  • High visibility
  • Ice scoop
  • Ice basket
  • Lid insulation
  • Bulky design
  • Control panel
  • Varying ice quality

Key Specs

Price at publication
$133.64
$102.91
Dimensions
L13.1 x W9.5 x H13 inches
L11.2 x W9 x H11 inches
Weight
15.4 lbs (7.0 kg)
13.0 lbs (5.9 kg)
Ice bullet sizes
Small / Large
Small / Large
Indicators
Add Water, Ice Full, Power, S / L
6 icons
Water reservoir
2.3 qt (2.2 L)
1.3 qt (1.2 L)

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.5
5.6

Ice Capacity Test

7.5
5.9
A full basket of ice being removed from a countertop bullet ice maker.
Removing a full basket of ice.
A full basket of ice being removed from a countertop bullet ice maker.
A full basket of ice from the Vivo Home countertop ice maker being weighed in at 576 grams. The ice is in a jug resting on a digital scale.
A stop watch showing 1:44:57 or the typical amount of time taken to produce a full basket of ice with the Vivo Home countertop ice maker.
A sample of ice bullets produced from the Vivo Home countertop ice maker held between two gloved hands.
A jug filled with ice bullets in a jug being weighed on a scale showing 330 grams. To the right is a portable ice making machine with a smartphone propped up against the side.
A jug filled with ice bullets in a jug being weighed on a scale showing 330 grams. To the right is a portable ice making machine with a smartphone propped up against the side.
A temperature probe inserted into a jug of water showing a reading of 12℃.
Chilled water being poured into a portable ice maker machine.
Average Time Basket
115 min
87 min
Average Weight Basket
23 oz (561 g)
10 oz (284 g)
Average Waste Basket
0.2 oz (5.7 g)
0.5 oz (14 g)
Capacity Hr
10.5 oz (298 g)
6.9 oz (196 g)
Capacity24 Hrs
15.9 lbs (7.2 kg)
10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)

Ice Quality Test

9.9
5.1
Nine ice bullets in a small dish on a scale showing 78 grams or the typical amount of ice produced in one round of ice making by the Vivo Home portable ice maker.
Nine ice bullets in a small dish on a scale showing 78 grams or the typical amount of ice produced in one round of ice making by the Vivo Home portable ice maker.
An ice bullet from the Vivo Home countertop ice maker being measured and showing a diameter of 25 cm.
An ice bullet from the Vivo Home portable ice maker being measured and showing a length of 25 cm.
A portable ice maker with a bowl of freshly made ice on a scale showing 39 grams in total.
An average to good round of ice making.
A portable ice maker with a bowl of freshly made ice on a scale showing 39 grams in total.
A close up of four ice bullets in a gloved hand held in front of a countertop ice making machine.
A portable ice maker with a bowl of freshly made ice on a scale showing 17 grams in total.
To the right of a portable ice maker is a small bowl with broken ice weighing 19 g. To the right is a baking tray of unbroken ice.
Average Weight Bullet
0.25 oz (7 g)
1.14 oz (4.01 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
7.8

In The Box

The navy blue Vivo Home countertop ice maker picture from above with the contents of the box displayed to right namely the user manual, a removable ice basket, and an ice scoop.
A top view of a countertop ice maker with the manual to the right, the ice basket in front of the manual and the ice scoop slightly in front of the machine

Dimensions

An annotated picture of the Vivo Home countertop ice maker showing dimensions of width 9.5 inches, depth 13.1 inches, and height 131 inches.
An annotated diagram of the Crownful countertop ice making showing dimensions of 9 inches across, 11.2 inches depth, and 11 inches height.
Width
13.1" (33.3 cm)
11.2" (28.4 cm)
Depth
9.5" (24.1 cm)
9.0" (22.9 cm)
Height
13.0" (33.0 cm)
11.0" (27.9 cm)
Weight
15.4 lbs (7.0 kg)
13.0 lbs (5.9 kg)

Build Quality

8.0
8.0
The navy blue Vivo Home portable ice maker pictured with the ice basket and ice scoop in front.
The navy blue Vivo Home portable ice maker pictured with the ice basket and ice scoop in front.
A picture of the underside of the Vivo Home countertop ice making machine.
The rear view of the Vivo Home countertop ice maker.
A close up of the body and extractor fan of a navy blue portable ice maker.
The Crownful countertop ice making standing on a table.
The Crownful countertop ice making standing on a table.
The side to back view of a portable countertop ice maker.
The under view of a portable countertop ice maker.
A close up view into a portable ice maker.

Panel Design

8.9
7.6
A top down view of the lid and control panel of a portable countertop ice maker.
A top down view of the lid and control panel of a portable countertop ice maker.
A close up view of the panel of the Vivo Home portable ice maker with the Ice Full alert showing up in red.
A close up view of a control panel on a portable ice maker.
A close up view of a control panel on a portable ice maker.
A top view of a portable ice maker with the scoop seen inside a basket filled with ice.
Buttons
On/Off, Select
2 - On/Off 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

5.8
7.3
The lid of the Vivo Home countertop ice making machine being held up with black-gloved hand.
The lid of the Vivo Home countertop ice making machine being held up with black-gloved hand.
Close up of a lid on a countertop ice maker showing a gap in the lid joining.
The degree of ice degradation after the Vivo Home countertop ice maker was left running overnight.
A close up view of a hand holding ice left overnight in a portable ice maker.
Close up view of a portable ice maker with its lid closed.
Close up view of a portable ice maker with its lid closed.
A basket full of ice being held in front of a bullet ice making machine.
Material
Plastic
Transparent plastic

Ice Basket

8.3
8.1
A picture of an empty ice basket resting inside a portable countertop ice making with the scoop placed inside.
A picture of an empty ice basket resting inside a portable countertop ice making with the scoop placed inside.
A hand holding up an empty ice basket in front of a portable ice making machine.
A top down view of an ice basket and ice scoop resting next to a portable countertop ice maker.
An empty ice basket partially visible being held in front of an ice making machine. Caption = Raised edge and extended rear creating a slope.
An empty ice basket partially visible being held in front of an ice making machine. Caption = Raised edge and extended rear creating a slope.
A countertop ice maker with a scoop filled with ice in front and an empty ice basket to the right side.
Length
7.9" (20.1 cm)
7.7" (19.6 cm)
Height
3.9" (9.9 cm)
3.5" (8.9 cm)
Depth
4.9" (12.4 cm)
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Material
Hard white plastic
Hard Plastic

Water Reservoir

Water being poured from a jug into the Vivo Home portable ice maker.
Water being poured from a jug into the Vivo Home portable ice maker.
A close up of water inside the reservoir of a portable countertop ice machine.
The inside of a portable countertop ice maker reservoir.
The reservoir and water guard.
The inside of a portable countertop ice maker reservoir.
Water being poured in a portable countertop ice maker.
Capacity
2.3 qt (2.2 L)
1.3 qt (1.2 L)

Drainage Plug

A close up of the plastic and silicone drainage plug found on the bottom of a portable countertop ice maker.
Hard plastic tether connected to plug
A hand holding the plug to a water reservoir on a countertop bullet ice maker.
Material
Plastic and silicone
Silicone and plastic

Ice Scoop

A hand holding up an ice scoop pictured against the background of a portable countertop ice making machine.
An ice scoop being held in front of a portable ice making machine.
Material
Hard white plastic
Hard white plastic

Cord and Plug

The white three pronged plug of a portable countertop ice maker pictured against the background of the technical information sticker on the back of the machine.
A three pronged plug being held up to the front of a portable ice maker.
Length
5.8 ft. (1.8 m)
5.9 ft. (1.8 m)
Plug Type
3-prong earthed
3-pronged earthed

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.6
8.1

Ease of Use

8.7
7.8
A man standing behind a navy blue Vivo Home ice maker and giving a thumbs up.
The Vivo Home gets our ‘thumbs up’!
A man standing behind a navy blue Vivo Home ice maker and giving a thumbs up.
A finger pointing to an Ice Full red alert indicator on a portable countertop ice maker.
A sticker on a countertop ice maker showing technical information and a caution about risks and a notice for proper disposal.
A man is carrying a portable ice maker to place on a table top.
The Crownful weighs only 13 lbs (6 kg).
A man is carrying a portable ice maker to place on a table top.
Ice being scooped out of an ice basket inside a portable ice maker.
A full basket of ice being removed from a countertop portable ice maker.

Noise

8.3
8.7
A sound meter standing upright near the fan vent of a navy blue Vivo Home portable ice maker and showing 66.6dB on the screen.
Vivo Home measured 66.6 dB.
A sound measuring meter standing next to the fan vent of a portable ice maker and measuring 65.5 dB as a reading.
Decibels
66.6 dB
65.5 dB

Cleaning

8.5
8.4
The lid of the Vivo Home navy blue portable ice maker being held open.
The open lid of the Vivo Home.
The lid of the Vivo Home navy blue portable ice maker being held open.
The removed white silicone and plastic drainage plug of a countertop ice maker held up for a closer view.
The front of a countertop ice maker being wiped down with detergent and a pink cloth.
A lid to a portable ice maker being held open.
A lid to a portable ice maker being held open.
The drainage plug on the bottom of a portable ice maker.
A finger pointing to the control buttons on a portable ice maker.
Self Cleaning
Yes
Yes

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