If you’re someone who enjoys having your favorite beverages topped with some ice cubes, then one of the best gadgets that you can get for your kitchen is an ice maker machine. These handy kitchen appliances provide you with a way of always having ice cubes available for refreshing your beverages or even food. By having an ice maker machine at home, you’ll never again have to worry about putting ice trays in the freezer and waiting several hours for your ice cubes to be frozen and ready to use, nor will you have to run to the store just to purchase a bag of packaged ice cubes whenever you feel like having some drinks. So, if you’re looking to purchase an ice maker machine that’s power-efficient and reliable, then the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker is a great choice for you to go with.
The GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker is a smart countertop bullet-ice maker machine that can produce a batch of 9 chewable bullet-shaped ice nuggets in just 6 to 8 minutes, and up to 26 lbs. of ice every 24 hours, featuring a removable ice basket with 26 lbs. capacity, a 2 L / 2.11 Quarts water tank, a quiet operation at just 46dB, and a very low power consumption at less than 0.1kWh. It also integrates a built-in control panel with a user-friendly interface through which you can select between 3 different bullet-ice nugget sizes, a low-water and an ice-full warning lights that work based on advanced infrared sensors, and a self-cleaning function that automatically cleans the inside of the unit through water circulation. This ice maker also boasts both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, in-App controls via the Govee App, through which there’s a timer function that lets you set a specific time for the machine to start making bullet-ice, App alerts when its water is low or ice basket if full, and Voice Assistant support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for controlling its operation via Voice Controls.
Whether you’re simply looking to prepare refreshing drinks or even looking to keep specific foods such as raw meats, vegetables, and seafood better refrigerated and cooled at an appropriate temperature, this smart countertop bullet-ice maker machine allows you to conveniently have a large stock of bullet-shaped ice nuggets available right when you need them.
Now, let’s have a more detailed look at the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker and check out exactly how this smart countertop bullet-ice maker machine is designed to work, and go over everything that it has to offer you.
DESIGN & SPECS
Starting with the unit’s size, the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker comes at a fairly compact size, measuring just 12.32 inches long by 8.74 inches wide by 12.6 inches tall (313 x 222 x 320 mm), so it won’t take up much space within your kitchen countertop. The unit is also reasonably lightweight, weighing just 16.98 lbs., which makes it easy to carry around your home if you want to have it working in your living room or even at your backyard when throwing a house party.
On top of its compact size, this countertop ice maker machine also sports an ultra-modern design, giving it a premium look that allows it to easily blend in with the rest of your kitchenware.
Furthermore, the unit also features a high-quality and durable construction, for which its outer shell is build of high-quality, plastic-free food-grade 304 Stainless Steel, while its inner side (where its bullet-ice nuggets are stored) is built of high-quality BPA-free food-grade TPU plastic.
Now, for its ice-making operation, the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker comes equipped with a large water tank that has a total capacity of 2 Liters / 2.11 Quarts, from which a powerful internal compressor system draws water that’s used to quickly produce its bullet-shaped ice cubes.
Note that the unit’s water reservoir can only be refilled manually, and not automatically.
When it comes to its production of ice-cubes, know that the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker can produce a batch of nine (x9) chewable bullet-shaped ice nuggets that melt slowly and do not stick easily in as little as 6 to 8 minutes, and ultimately up to 26 lbs. of ice every 24 hours. Its bullet-ice nuggets are dropped from its 9 bullet-shaped ice-cube slots once they’ve frozen up to the appropriate size.
It’s also important to note that when the machine’s bullet-ice making operation is started, the first batch of bullet-ice nuggets takes around 7 minutes longer than normal, which equates to approximately 15 minutes in total, so keep in mind.
The GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker also allows users to choose between 3 different sizes for its chewable bullet-ice nuggets, which can be produced either in Small, Medium, or Large sizes.
The small-sized bullet-ice nuggets are ideal for chilling foods like vegetables and seafood as well as bottled and canned beverages such as a soda and beer, while the medium- and large-sized bullet-ice nuggets are more suitable for prepping and serving with drinks at the time of their consumption, such as coke, soda, juice, cocktails, whiskey, etc.
For storing its ice, the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker comes equipped with a removable ice basket (installed right above its water tank) that features a total storage capacity of 26 lbs.
Since its ice basket can be conveniently removed, you can easily wash it when that’s necessary. This can be done by hand, or alternatively, by putting it into your dishwasher machine, as its ice basket is made of BPA-free food-grade TPU plastic, which makes it 100% machine-washable.
In addition, the machine also comes together with an included ice scoop for collecting its produced bullet-shaped nuggets from its ice basket.
Despite its impressive capability of producing up to 26 lbs. of ice in just 24 hours, this smart countertop bullet-ice maker still features a quiet operation, working at just 46dB.
Lastly, for the machine’s power specifications, know that the unit is rated to have a very low power consumption of less than 0.1kWh, operating at 160 Watts / 120 Volts (60 Hz).
INTERFACE / CONTROL PANEL
For controlling the machine’s operation, the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker comes equipped with a built-in control panel that features a very user-friendly interface.
Going from left to right, there’s a Select button for selecting between three (x3) different sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) for the machine’s produced bullet-ice nuggets, a Start/Cancel button for turning the machine’s operation On/Off, and a Clean button for starting the machine’s self-cleaning function.
Integrated at the right-end of the machine’s control panel, there are also a set of LED warning lights that inform users about the machine’s current status. These include a Clean LED light (informs users that the machine’s self-cleaning function is currently running), a Add Water LED light, an Ice Full LED light, and a Wi-Fi LED light (signals that the ice maker is connected to other Smart Home devices via Wi-Fi).
For detecting when its water tank is low as well as when its ice basket is full, the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker comes equipped with a set of advanced infrared laser sensors, which are respectively integrated at the bottom- and top-sides of its water tank.
Whenever its infrared sensors detect its water tank to be running low on water, its Add Water LED warning light indicator will light up. Whenever its infrared sensors detect its ice basket to be full of bullet-ice nuggets, its Ice Full LED warning light will light up, and the machine’s operation will stop, halting the production of more ice to prevent spilling.
MAINTENANCE / CLEANING
Finally, in regard to the machine’s maintenance process, the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker also boasts a self-cleaning function that automatically cleans the inside of the unit quite thoroughly through a water circulation system.
When running the machine’s self-cleaning process, it is recommended for users to add a small amount of distilled vinegar or citric acid descaler to the water that they’re going to use for the machine’s automatic cleaning.
Once the ice maker’s self-cleaning process is finished, users simply have to pull out the protective-cap from its water-drain plug (integrated at the bottom-side of the machine) in order to drain the water that was used to clean its water tank.
For establishing a wireless connection with its mobile App, this smart countertop bullet-ice maker features Bluetooth connectivity.
In addition, it also features Wi-Fi connectivity, which is used to establish a wireless connection with other Smart Home devices for IFTTT integration.
THE SMARTPHONE COMPANION APP – The Govee Home App
For configuring the machine’s operation remotely, users simply have to install the Govee Home App on their mobile devices, which is available to download for free for both iOS and Android devices.
Via the Govee Home App, users can remotely turn the machine’s operation On/Off, select which of the 3 different sizes they want the machine to produce its bullet-ice nuggets, and can also activate the machine’s self-cleaning function.
In addition, the App also allows users to receive App alerts when the machine’s water tank is detected to be running low on water and also when its ice basket if detected to be full.
Lastly, the Govee Home App also features a timer function that allows users to set a specific time for the machine to start making its bullet-ice nuggets.
OTHER NOTABLE FUNCTIONALITIES
Voice Assistant Support
Best of all, the GoveeLife Portable Countertop Ice Maker also features Voice Assistant support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, thus allowing users to control the machine’s operation with simple Voice Controls.
All in all, this smart countertop bullet-ice maker machine is a really handy appliance to have in your kitchen if you enjoy preparing beverages topped with ice on a regular basis. With it, you can conveniently prepare refreshing drinks at home without having to worry about preparing ice trays beforehand or purchasing ice bags.
If you’re interested in purchasing it, know that each unit is currently discounted from its standard price of $159.99, and is now going for just $119.99, and each purchase also comes accompanied by a 1-Year Warranty. You can order yours online either directly from Govee’s official shopping page, or alternatively, you can instead get it from Amazon, if you’d prefer.