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VIVOHOME Automatic Ice Maker vs Igloo Portable Ice Maker Side-by-Side Comparison

The VivoHome is a bulky machine but two things stand out. One is the user-friendly control panel, and the other is its top performance. The Igloo, despite its catchy retro appeal, falls short.

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VIVOHOME Automatic Ice Maker

Igloo Portable Ice Maker

VIVOHOME Automatic Ice Maker vs Igloo Portable Ice Maker

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design15% Usability25% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 15%Design 25%Usability VIVOHOME Automatic...Igloo Portable Ice...8.48.57.68.66.25.27.87.5
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The VivoHome automatic ice maker versus the Igloo portable ice maker is a comparison between the best of the best and the worst of the not so good. The VivoHome is one of the best ice makers we tested, especially for large and chunky ice bullets. The average weight per bullet was 7 g, sometimes reaching 8.7 g, producing 23 oz per basket or 10.5 oz per hour. The Vivohome often produced baskets containing zero ice waste. On the other hand, the Igloo struggled to produce ice bullets larger than 4 g, the overall capacity was significantly low, and waste or broken ice averaged 9.4% per basket load. The VivoHome is quite bulky compared to the Igloo, but there are other machines, such as the Silonn, which are a much better option for the size.

Pros & Cons

  • Large chunky ice bullets
  • Spacious control panel
  • Large ice basket
  • Reservoir capacity
  • Easy-to-clean body
  • Retro design
  • Carry handle
  • Lid insulation
  • Bulky design
  • Control panel quality
  • Performance

Key Specs

Price at publication
$133.64
$107.76
Dimensions
L13.1 x W9.5 x H13 inches
L12.5 x W8.5 x H12 inches
Weight
15.4 lbs (7.0 kg)
18.0 lbs (8.2 kg)
Ice bullet sizes
Small / Large
Small / Large
Indicators
Add Water, Ice Full, Power, S / L
Add Water, Ice Full, Power
Water reservoir
2.3 qt (2.2 L)
1.6 qt (1.5 L)

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.5
5.2

Ice Capacity Test

7.5
5.4
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 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
115 min
134 min
Average Weight Basket
23 oz (561 g)
15 oz (424 g)
Average Waste Basket
0.2 oz (5.7 g)
1.41 oz (40 g)
Capacity Hr
10.5 oz (298 g)
6.7 oz (190 g)
Capacity24 Hrs
15.9 lbs (7.2 kg)
10.1 lbs (4.6 kg)

Ice Quality Test

9.9
4.8
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.
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
0.25 oz (7 g)
0.13 oz (3.8 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.
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

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 picture showing the dimensions of the Igloo ice maker as 8.5 inches across, 12.5 inches deep, and 12 inches high.
Width
13.1" (33.3 cm)
8.5" (21.6 cm)
Depth
9.5" (24.1 cm)
12.5" (31.8 cm)
Height
13.0" (33.0 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Weight
15.4 lbs (7.0 kg)
18.0 lbs (8.2 kg)

Build Quality

8.0
8.2
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.
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

8.9
6.8
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 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, 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

5.8
7.1
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.
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
Plastic
Plastic

Ice Basket

8.3
8.8
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 being held up in front of a portable ice maker.
Length
7.9" (20.1 cm)
7.4" (18.8 cm)
Height
3.9" (9.9 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Depth
4.9" (12.4 cm)
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Material
Hard white plastic
Hardish 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.
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
2.3 qt (2.2 L)
1.6 qt (1.5 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 silicone plug being removed from the bottom of a portable ice maker.
Material
Plastic and silicone
Silicone

Ice Scoop

A hand holding up an ice scoop pictured against the background of a portable countertop ice making machine.
The ice scoop of a portable ice maker.
Material
Hard white plastic
Hard 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 in front of the Igloo logo on their countertop ice making.
Length
5.8 ft. (1.8 m)
6.1 ft. (185 cm)
Plug Type
3-prong earthed
3-pronged

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.6
7.5

Ease of Use

8.7
6.8
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.
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

8.3
8.4
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 meter showing 66.3 dB standing next to the air vent of a portable countertop ice maker.
Decibels
66.6 dB
66.3 dB

Cleaning

8.5
8.7
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 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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