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Frigidaire Portable Ice Maker EFIC189 vs Silonn Countertop Ice Maker SLIM01 Side-by-Side Comparison

The Frigidaire is one of the best ice makers we have tested. It outperformed the Silonn for ice capacity and ice quality. Read more for all pros and cons and whether performance edge is all you need.

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Frigidaire Portable Ice Maker EFIC189 vs Silonn Countertop Ice Maker SLIM01

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The difference between the Frigidaire EFIC189 and the Silonn SLIM01 is between a top and averaging performing countertop ice maker. The Frigidaire has produced some of our best test results to date. Its full basket weight averaged 19.6 oz compared to the Sillon’s 15 oz. The Frigidaire’s overall capacity was significantly higher than the Sillon’s and the ice quality was better. The Frigidaire put out large bullets averaging 6.2 g, with some rounds of over 7 g, while the Silonn only averaged 5.6 g per bullet. Both machines, however, have a modern transparent design. The Frigidaire has a wider transparent lid surface and a more rounded and slanted design. The Silonn can best be appreciated for its spacious control panel while the Frigidaire design is somewhat cramped.

Pros & Cons

  • Performance
  • Production capacity
  • Internal visibility
  • Firm ice basket
  • Good insulation
  • Easy to clean exterior
  • Stainless steel body
  • Large transparent lid
  • Spacious panel
  • Ice basket fit
  • Drainage plug
  • Flimsy basket
  • Basket design

Key Specs

Dimensions LxWxH
9.5 x 14.1 x 12.9 inches
12 x 9 x 13 inches
Weight
16.9 lbs (7.7 kg)
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)
Ice bullet sizes
Small and Large
Small / Large
Indicators
Add Water, Ice Full, Power, S / L
Add Water, Ice Full, Power
Water reservoir
2.3 qt
2.1 qt
Average capacity / Basket
19.6 oz
15 oz

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$99.99
$106.48

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.0
7.2

Ice Capacity Test

7.7
6.9
The Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker on a countertop with a full basket of ice and a timer showing 1 hr 48 min. In the background is a shelf with various kitchen appliances.
The Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker on a countertop with a full basket of ice and a timer showing 1 hr 48 min. In the background is a shelf with various kitchen appliances.
Ice taken from the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker in a plastic jug on a measuring scale showing a 608 grams in weight.
Top down view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 ice maker to the left with one load of ice removed and placed into a black colored baking tray on the right. Badly formed ice is seen separated into a bowl on a scale showing 15 grams.
The Silonn portable ice maker on a countertop with a stopwatch resting against the front showing a full ice-making cycle taking 1 hour and 33 minutes.
One basket took 1 hour 33 minutes
The Silonn portable ice maker on a countertop with a stopwatch resting against the front showing a full ice-making cycle taking 1 hour and 33 minutes.
An ice machine to the left and a pitcher filled with ice bullets on a scale to the right showing production weight of 407 grams.
Top down view of an ice maker to the left and to the right on a small wooden board is a scale with a bowl containing 17 grams of broken ice.
Average Time Basket
103 min
95 min
Average Weight Basket
19.6 oz (555 g)
15 oz (427 g)
Average Waste Basket
0.6 oz (10 g)
0.6 oz (17 g)
Capacity Hr
11.4 oz (323 g)
9.6 oz (273 g)
Capacity24 Hrs
17.1 lbs (7.76 kg)
14 lbs (6.5 kg)

Ice Quality Test

8.5
7.6
The Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker to the left and a bowl on a scale with one round of nine ice bullets measuring 63 grams.
The Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker to the left and a bowl on a scale with one round of nine ice bullets measuring 63 grams.
A measuring tong holding a typical ice bullet made in the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker. The ice bullet measures 1.1 inches in length.
A measuring tong holding a typical ice bullet made in the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker. The ice bullet shows a thickness of 0.5 inches.
Top down view of an ice maker to the left and on the right on a small wooden board is a scale with a bowl containing 56 grams of ice from one cycle of large ice bullet making.
Top down view of an ice maker to the left and on the right on a small wooden board is a scale with a bowl containing 56 grams of ice from one cycle of large ice bullet making.
A hand holding up a chubby ice bullet produced by the Silonn countertop ice maker.
Average Weight Bullet
0.2 oz (6.2 g)
0.2 oz (5.6 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.3
8.3

In The Box

The Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker to the left with its box in the background to the right. In between is the included ice basket, ice scoop, and user manual.
The unboxed Silonn portable ice maker on a gray background with the ice basker and plastic scoop in front of the machine and the user manual set to the rear right.

Dimensions

The Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker against a white background with annotations showing the dimensions of 12.75 inches height, 13 inches depth, and 9.5 inches width.
The Silonn countertop ice maker set against a white background with annotations showing 9 inches width, 12 inches depth, and 13 inches height.
Width
9.5" (24.1 cm)
9.0" (22.9 cm)
Depth
12.8" (32.4 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Height
13.0" (33.0 cm)
13.0" (33.0 cm)
Weight
17.0 lbs (7.7 kg)
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)

Build Quality

9.0
8.5
Top down view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop ice maker with its lid open.
Top down view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop ice maker with its lid open.
Side view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop ice maker showing the quality of seem joining.
Side and rear view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop ice maker.
Bottom view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop ice maker.
Close up of the ice making rods and the Basket Full sensor on the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop bullet ice maker.
A side view of the Silonn portable ice maker showing the stainless steel body and the extraction fan on the right hand side
A side view of the Silonn portable ice maker showing the stainless steel body and the extraction fan on the right hand side
The rear to side view of a countertop ice maker showing large ventilation holes.
A close up view of an extractor fan found on a portable countertop ice maker.
A close up of a bottom corner of a countertop ice maker showing the joinings, screws, and a leg.

Panel Design

7.5
9.5
Close up view of the panel of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker.
Close up view of the panel of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker.
Top view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker with the control panel clearly visible at the top rear of the machines with an extended view window.
Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a clear view of its wide rectangular control panel.
Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a clear view of its wide rectangular control panel.
Close up of the control panel of the Silonn countertop portable ice maker.
Buttons
2 - 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

7.5
7.8
Degraded ice shown in an ice basket of a portable ice maker after being left to run overnight for 8 hours.
Ice degradation shown in a baking tray after being left overnight in a working portable ice maker.
Top down view of the Silonn portable ice maker with its lid open and the basket filled with ice.
Top down view of the Silonn portable ice maker with its lid open and the basket filled with ice.
A hand touching the open lid of a portable countertop ice maker.
A hand examining ice in a baking tray after being left for 8-hours in a running portable countertop ice maker.
Material
Transparent plastic
Transparent plastic

Ice Basket

8.0
7.0
White hard plastic basket of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker.
A hand holding up a plastic ice basket for a portable countertop ice maker.
Length
7.9" (20.1 cm)
7.0" (17.8 cm)
Height
3.6" (9.1 cm)
3.7" (9.4 cm)
Depth
5.0" (12.7 cm)
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Material
Hard white plastic
Flexible plastic

Water Reservoir

Top view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker showing its large 2.2 liter water reservoir.
Top view of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker showing its large 2.2 liter water reservoir.
Close up of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker showing its large 2.2 liter water reservoir.
Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker showing an empty water reservoir.
Top down view of the Silonn countertop ice maker showing an empty water reservoir.
Close up of the line mark and also water guard in the reservoir of a countertop ice maker.
Capacity
2.3 qt (2.2 L)
2.1 qt (2 L)

Drainage Plug

Partially removed drainage plug from the bottom of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker.
A bottom view of a portable ice maker showing a drainage plug use to empty the water reservoir.
A bottom view of a portable ice maker showing a drainage plug use to empty the water reservoir.
Close up of a drainage plug removed from its hold on the bottom of a countertop ice maker.
Material
Hard plastic and silicone
Plastic and silicone

Ice Scoop

The included ice scoop of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker.
A hand holding an ice scoop in front of the Silonn countertop bullet ice maker.
Material
Hard white plastic
Hard plastic

Cord and Plug

The white electric cord and three prong plug of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker picture against the front of the machine.
A three pronged plug at the end of a black cord picture in front of a portable ice machine which it serves
Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)
6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Plug Type
3-pronged
3-Pronged

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.4
8.0

Ease of Use

8.5
8.0
Alt: The Select button being pressed on a countertop ice maker to choose the ice size.
Alt: The Select button being pressed on a countertop ice maker to choose the ice size.
Water being poured into the reservoir of the Frigidaire ice maker.
Ice being scooped out of the basket of a countertop portable ice maker.
Water from a ZeroWater pitcher is being poured into the reservoir of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a number of other ice makers on a shelf in the background.
Water from a ZeroWater pitcher is being poured into the reservoir of the Silonn countertop ice maker with a number of other ice makers on a shelf in the background.
A finger in a black latex glove about to press the Select button on the control panel of a portable countertop ice maker.

Noise

8.2
8.0
A sound meter showing 67.2 dB being emitted from the working Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker.
A sound meter showing 68.2 decibels standing next to the extractor fan of the Silonn countertop ice maker.
Decibels
67.2 dB
68.2 dB

Cleaning

8.3
7.8
The empty water tank of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker with the water guard shown in the right hand upper corner.
The empty water tank of the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker with the water guard shown in the right hand upper corner.
Picture of the bottom drainage port and plug on the Frigidaire EFIC189 countertop portable bullet ice maker.
The water guard in the tank of a countertop portable ice maker being removed.
The water guard in the tank of a countertop portable ice maker being removed.
A close up view of ice rods found in a portable bullet ice making machine.
The drainage plug removed from the bottom of a portable countertop ice maker.
Self Cleaning
Yes
Yes