Ice Genie Review: Space-Saving Ice Cube Maker
Ice Genie is a compact ice cube maker that saves freezer space by replacing regular ice cube trays. Does it really work? Here is my Ice Genie review.
Where to Purchase
You can find Ice Genie on Amazon for about $25. I’ve also seen it in some stores, typically in the As Seen on TV aisle, for about $20.
About Ice Genie
Ice Genie is a simple dual-chambered ice cube maker that can hold up to 120 cubes of ice. The official product website was geticegenie.com, which was registered in February 2018. The screenshot below shows how the product website looked in April 2018. As of this 2020 update, the official website is no longer online.
Claims & Features
- Stores up to 3 batches at a time (120 ice cubes)
- Ice cubes are created in the outer chamber and stored within
- Conserve freezer space
- Clean and scentless ice cubes (air tight lid)
- Also cools bottled drinks fast
- Safe to use in dishwasher
- Free of BPA
Ice Genie Review
As someone who regularly makes ice in ice cube trays, a product like Ice Genie seemed right up my alley. It’s a product that allows you to easily make ice with a space-saving design. Ice Genie sports a cylindrical shape and a removable inner sleeve that allows you to create a batch of ice while keeping the center free from liquid. After your batch of ice is done, you can remove the sleeve and squeeze the sides of the flexible cylinder together to break the ice free. You can then store the existing ice in the center while you create another batch. Up to three batches can be stored in Ice Genie at a time, which amounts to about 120 ice cubes. An included lid helps keep ice free of odors as it is stored in the freezer. The cubes created by Ice Genie are considerably smaller than most standard ice cubes. Another use for Ice Genie is to chill bottles by keeping an unbroken outer layer of ice in place while the inner sleeve is inserted.
Although the advertising looks and sounds impressive, as someone who owns an Ice Genie, there are several caveats you may want to consider before investing in this product. Let’s start with the good news, however. Functionally, Ice Genie works about as advertised. I found that no liquid spilled into the center chamber, and the ice produced was easy to break away from the sides after being removed from the freezer. I also like the fact that it includes a lid, which keeps your ice free from picking up tastes and odors in the freezer. That, however, is about where the “pros” end for me.
As far as the caveats I mentioned earlier, there are a few. First, once you pull the Ice Genie out of the freezer, you are supposed to squeeze the sides so that the ice breaks away from the center chamber so it can be removed. This proved more difficult than I had expected, requiring far more hand strength than regular ice cube trays. Next, the amount of water the Ice Genie holds is only about 6 ounces, which is not a lot of ice. Thus, three batches in the Ice Genie will produce about 18 ounces of ice, while my three standard ice cube trays produced 30 ounces in one batch.
In the end, I don’t feel that this item produces enough ice to be worth the extra time and effort to make it worth the bother. Be sure to watch my full video below to see how Ice Genie worked (or didn’t) for me.
Be sure to peruse comments for Ice Genie on Amazon, where (as of June 2020) it holds an unimpressive 2.4 star rating.
Below you can see my original Ice Genie review, and after that is a 7-way ice cube tray comparison in 2019, which compared the Ice Genie to 6 others.
There is nothing really like Ice Genie on the market, but there are other interesting ways to make ice. On the low end of the spectrum, you can pick up these easy-release ice cube trays with covers for about $13. If, however, you want ice at a completely different level, this countertop ice maker is highly rated and can pump out about a pound of ice per hour.
Your Ice Genie Reviews
Have you used Ice Genie or something like it? Tell me what you think in the comments below.
Updated July 2020.