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AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B In-depth Review

Read our in depth review of the AGLucky countertop ice maker. This portable ice maker produces some of the best quality ice we've tested to date. But, how much ice can it actually make and is it easy to use? We answer these questions with user tips and ice making insights.

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
The AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B pictured against a white background.

Overall Verdict

A countertop ice maker with good production capacity and excellent ice quality.

We purchased and test-reviewed the AGLucky HZB-12/B countertop portable ice maker. Overall, we were quite pleased with this machine. Although not the absolute best ice maker in terms of production capacity, it was one of the best for consistently good ice quality.

The machine has a see-through lid and we liked the raised control panel for its visibility. Compared to our better ranking machines the material build quality is average, especially the ice basket which is a little flimsy and the scoop leverage is not that great.

Things We Like

  • Overall performance
  • Ice quality
  • Raised control panel

Things We Don’t Like

  • Flimsy ice basket
  • Internal visibility

AGLucky is a brand name of Ningbo Rowan Electric Appliance based in China. They manufacture a wide range of ice makers including nugget ice makers and commercial ice machines. Other brands in the family are Antarctic Star, Free Village, and Kismile to name a few.

Key Specs

Dimensions LxWxH
9.5 x 13 x 12.75 Inches
Weight
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)
Ice bullet sizes
Small / Large
Indicators
Add Water, Ice Full, Power, S / L
Water reservoir
1.9 qt
Average capacity / Basket
16 oz

Where to Buy Price at publication $109.99

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Compared to Other Bullet Ice Makers

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Analysis and Test Results

7.9 Performance

Although not the absolute best machine for ice capacity, the AGLucky HZB-12/B ranked as a very good runner-up. On average, it produces around 11 oz (304 g) of quality ice per hour. It took a little longer than some other machines to stabilize but, once it got into its ‘ice making groove’, it consistently made quite chunky bullets of at least 6 grams each.

Additionally, it produced the least amount of poor quality waste ice. This ranked the AGLucky HZB-12/B as a great machine for ice quality even compared to the Frigidaire EFIC189.

7.4 Ice Capacity Test: Fairly Good

A full basket of ice being taken out of a countertop ice maker with a number of ice makers seen on a shelf in the background.
A full basket of ice being taken out of a countertop ice maker with a number of ice makers seen on a shelf in the background.
Against a white background is a countertop ice maker to the left and on the right a pitcher filled with ice bullets on a scale registering 432 grams.
A portable ice maker on a countertop with a glass bowl to the right on a scale with badly formed ice inside weighing 6 grams.
Average Time Basket
90 min
Average Weight Basket
16 oz (456 g)
Average Waste Basket
0.32 oz (9 g)
Capacity Hr
10.7 oz (304 g)
Capacity24 Hrs
16 lbs (7.3 kg)

We run all machines for three consecutive full basket tests. We note the time it takes to fill a basket, the weight of the ice produced, and we also remove poorly formed ice bullets.

The AGLucky HZB-12/B produced, as an average of these three tests, 16 oz (456 g) per basket within 90 minutes each. That translated to 10.7 oz (304 g) per hour or 16 lbs (7.3 kg) of ice per 24 hour period.

Our tests revealed what an average user can expect from the AGLucky HZB-12/B. If you are making ice to store, you will need to check up on your machine every hour and a half and you can expect to have around 16 oz (450 g) of excellent quality ice.

8.6 Ice Quality Test: Among the Best

The AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B on a countertop with a glass bowl containing nine ice bullets in front showing a net weight of 54 grams, and a stopwatch to the upper right showing 8 min 21 sec for the time to make one round of ice bullets.
The AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B on a countertop with a glass bowl containing nine ice bullets in front showing a net weight of 54 grams, and a stopwatch to the upper right showing 8 min 21 sec for the time to make one round of ice bullets.
Nine ice bullets in a glass bowl on a scale showing a net weight of 59 grams.
A hand measuring tool holding up an ice bullet with a length of 30 mm.
Average Weight Bullet
0.2 oz (6.3 g)

The AGLucky HZB-12/B has proved to be one of the best machines we’ve tested for consistently good ice quality. It took slightly longer than average to stabilize, but regularly produced bullets of 6 grams or more, while many other machines are less than 5 grams. For the AGLucky HZB-12/B, you will have to wait about 50 minutes to an hour before the machine is really performing up to standard.

7.9 Design

The AGLucky HZB-12/B does stand out a little from other typical ice makers. It has a raised roof and control panel and the view window is a little smaller compared to other machines. We found the build quality of the plastic exterior to be good enough, but prone to scratching. Overall, the design and quality is acceptably good especially considering its excellent performance.

In The Box

Top down view of the unboxed AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B with an ice basker, ice scoop, and user manual pictured slightly off to the left.
  • One ice maker machine
  • One user manual
  • Ice scoop
  • Ice basket

Dimensions

AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B against a white background with annotations showing 9.5 inches in length, 12.75 inches height, and 13 inches depth.
Width
9.5" (24.1 cm)
Depth
13.0" (33.0 cm)
Height
12.8" (32.4 cm)
Weight
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)

8.2 Build Quality: Reasonable

Side view of the AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B showing the extraction fan.
Side view of the AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B showing the extraction fan.
Close up view of a rubber stubble leg on the bottom of an ice making machine.
A close up of the ventilation fan of a countertop ice making appliance.

The body of the AGLucky is a fairly lightweight type of plastic. While it is easy to keep clean, we did notice with extended use that the body is prone to scratching. The ice basket was a rather flimsy type of plastic, and not so great for ice scooping. Other than that, we encountered no quality issues. The overall build quality was a close match to the performance score.

9.0 Panel Design: Nicely Raised

The slightly raised control panel on the AGLucky countertop ice maker.
The slightly raised control panel on the AGLucky countertop ice maker.
A finger in a black glove pointing to the select button on the control panel of a countertop ice maker while the working indicators are Power in red and Ice Full in green.
Buttons
On/Off, Select
Power Indicator
Yes
Ice Full Indicator
Yes
Add Water Indicator
Yes
IceS Indicator
Yes
IceL Indicator
Yes

The compromise to a smaller view panel and less internal visibility is actually an easy to see raised control panel. The back half of the machine is raised slightly and the controls sit more or less in the middle. This is a nice user-friendly design, but the control panel itself is minimally sized, almost identical to the Frigidaire EFIC 189.

7.1 Lid Design: Insulation Poor

Top down view of the AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B.
Top down view of the AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B.
The lid of the AGLucky countertop ice maker showing much condensation after an 8-hour period.
The AGLucky countertop ice maker with ice spread in a baking tray to the right showing the level of ice quality degradation over an 8-hour period.
A black-gloved hand holding up partially melted ice.
Material
Transparent plastic

The lid quality and insulation is important on an ice maker, especially if you are making ice for use throughout the day. Countertop bullet ice makers do not have a refrigerated compartment for storing ice.

Before running our ice capacity test, we leave each machine to run overnight for 8 hours and examine the ice condition the following morning.

The lid of the AGLucky may look good, but on closer inspection the insulation design appeared not so great. The wide, flat joinings seemed to take away from its effectiveness. Our overnight ice melt test also proved the AGLucky HZB-12/B to have a poor level of ice quality retention.

7.0 Ice Basket: Very Generic

Top down and close up view of a plastic ice basket for a portable ice making machine.
Length
7.0" (17.8 cm)
Height
3.8" (9.7 cm)
Depth
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Material
Soft plastic

The ice basket of the AGLucky seems to be a generic design that easily fits a lot of similar ice makers. It’s a cheap and somewhat flimsy plastic identical to that of the Silonn. Additionally, the basket size is a bit short which creates a somewhat uncomfortable leverage for ice scooping.

Water Reservoir: Standard Volume

Top down view of the water reservoir of the AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B.
Capacity
60.0 fl oz (1.8 L)

The water reservoir of the AGLucky is a fairly average size of a countertop ice bullet maker. Generally, you can get about three baskets of ice from the reservoir before refilling. The reservoir is white like any other ice maker, and the water level mark is likewise also white and somewhat difficult to see.

Drainage Plug

Close up of a detached drainage plug on the bottom of a countertop portable ice maker.
Material
Plastic and silicone

The drainage plug is a minor yet important part of an ice machine. The plug is made from silicone and is attached to a harder plastic tether which hooks out of the way up against the body when draining water.

Ice Scoop

Top down and close up view of a generic ice scooper for a portable countertop ice making machine.
Material
Hard white plastic

Cord and Plug

The three pronged plug of a portable countertop ice maker pictured against the background of the lid.
Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Plug Type
3-Pronged

The electric power cord of the AGLuck HZB-12/B is a standard 71 inches (1.8 m) and colored black. It’s a good length for a low-powered kitchen appliance and comes with an earthed 3-pronged plug.

7.8 Usability

The AGLucky is a very practical machine. We liked the raised control panel design and the buttons have good traction. The view window is smaller than some similar machines, but you can easily see the ice inside.

For ice scooping, the ice tray is a generic standard and could be improved. The outside of the machine is easy to keep clean, but it tends to scratch easily. For troubleshooting or deep cleaning, you need to bend over a little if you need to view the ice rods.

7.5 Ease of Use: Could be Better

The AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B on a countertop with a water pitcher filter to the right.
The AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B on a countertop with a water pitcher filter to the right.
A finger pointing to the Select button on a portable ice maker while the power indicator glows red and the Ice Full indicator is green.
A basket of ice being lifted out of a portable countertop ice maker.

The AGLucky HZB-12/B has a nicely raised control panel positioned just behind the transparent view window. Similar in size to the Frigidaire EFIC 189, the panel is quite compact if not a little cramped, but the button traction was really good.

The view of the ice rods is also somewhat obscured, but you can get a good view if you bend down. 

In terms of design and material quality, the ice basket could be a little wider for better scoop leverage. Additionally, the flimsy plastic of the basket and its shorter length makes scooping feel cramped, especially for the final few scoops.

8.1 Noise: Not an Issue

The AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B working on a countertop and a sound meter to the right near the extractor fan showing a reading of 67.7 decibels.
Decibels
67.7 dB

The AGLucky HZB-12/B claims a noise level of 40 dB, but this is generally for making small ice bullets. For large ice bullet making, we measured an average fan sound of 67.7 dB. This is an easily tolerated noise level and the third quietest machine we tested after the Frigidaire and Euhomy.

8.5 Cleaning: Easy Enough

A close up view of ice rods of a countertop bullet ice making machine.
A close up view of ice rods of a countertop bullet ice making machine.
A close of the water guard on the bottom of the reservoir of a countertop portable ice maker.
The water drainage plug on the bottom of the AGLucky Ice Maker HZB-12/B.
Self Cleaning
Yes

For internal cleaning, the white colored tank is much the same as any other ice maker. It is easy to wipe around and the water guard removes without any hassle. It's advisable to clean the guard in a bleach solution every now and then.

Before you clean your ice maker, you need to first drain out the water. The AGLucky has a soft silicone drainage plug with a well-designed comfortable fit.

The advertised ‘self-cleaning’ function really just sucks up water from the tank and flushes it through the ice making mechanism. It’s better to clean the tank first before running this function.

The ice rods, on the other hand, are not as easily visible as some other machines like the Frigidaire or the Kismile ice maker which has a hood that lifts up. Good visibility is useful for troubleshooting and periodic cleaning of the rods, especially if you live in a hard water area or don't use filtered water.

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