Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker Reviews

Did you face this situation ever? You have a big party planned for a scorching hot afternoon. You have invited over 200 guests and arranged a cocktail corner for all your guests. In such situations you have to spend a bulk amount of money to buy huge amount of ice for your invited guests. In such cases if you can just save a lot of money by making the ice at home at your own convenience. Would not it be the best thing ever? Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker, 49-Pound, Stainless Steel has brought exactly this facility for you. You do not need to worry any more. Just put the required amount of water in the unit and bring out batches of ice in just about 10 minutes.

Outstanding Ice making capacity

With its High efficiency CFC-free compressor, Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker makes an outstanding amount of ice -49 pounds in just 24 hours. The three-small, medium and large- bullet shape of the cubes gives you a better tasting ice. This ice machine is so efficient that it can make 12 ice cubes in every 10 to 15 minutes.

Sophisticated LED display and digital control panel

With soft touch buttons and clearly labeled buttons, you can easily operate Whynter. The LED display enables you to set timer, select ice cube size and even provides an indicator for the self-cleaning mode. Whynter is so up to date that it automatically shuts off, once the ice bin is filled.

Amazing Self-cleaning mode

Whynter saves you the trouble of cleaning the ice maker on regular basis. It has a clearly visible “CLEAN” button in the control panel, which lets you to set the ice maker on self-cleaning mode whenever it is necessary. This self-cleaning feature makes this device very desirable though manual cleaning using mild detergent is recommended once in a week.


Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker comes with a gigantic reservoir which can hold up to 5 liter water and the ice storing capacity of this ice maker is 2.7 pounds. It excludes the need of draining as the water from the melted ice is filtered in the reservoir to be used again. The need of direct plumbing is also minimal. The two side handles ensures comfortable portability. The side mounted drain makes it easier for you to drain out any excess water.


It might be a noisy at times, especially when it is being used for longer hours. Regular interval between two ice production cycles is suggested to keep the noise level down. Sometimes the control panel might seem less responsive as there are no “empty ice basket” or “add water” signal. A solution to this problem might be the ice maker’s automatic turning off feature. Whenever the ice basket is full, the ice maker will shut down automatically. So, it will be easier for you to identify when the ice basket needs to be emptied or when you have to add water.


  • Produces up to 49 pounds of ice per day
  • Three (3) convenient and variety of ice cube sizes
  • Takes about 10 minutes to make ice
  • Water Reservoir Capacity: 5.0 L
  • Max storage Capacity: 2.7 lbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. As there is a self-cleaning option available, do I need to still clean the machine manually?

A: Yes, manual cleaning is strongly recommended. Use vinegar solution for cleaning the machine and then simply wash it with water.

Q: Is the timer helpful for making ice?

A: yes, whenever you need ice in any particular time but you have other necessary things to deal with. You can always put the machine on timer and have the ice ready at your desired time.

Q: Does the ice maker make noise?

A: it is a bit noisy when the ice drops on the ice basket and also there is sound of refilling water.

Final verdict

Its portability and high efficiency makes Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker perfect for home, outdoor or any vehicle like RV or boat.

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