Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Pearl Self-Contained Ice Machine Review 2021


Ice makers are indispensable appliances for kitchens in families who are on a constant surge for chilled drinks. As summer is approaching, a vast majority of people are looking for large ice makers that are capable of rendering a constant supply of fresh ice for drinks and water. When we are on a hunt for large ice makers, the under counter ice machine is our ideal choice. And the Ice-O-Matic self-contained ice machine is a highly versatile under counter ice maker and is even more special as it makes pearl-shaped ice cubes for diverse cocktails and mocktails. 

This GEMU090 ice maker is ideal for small spaces and can be tucked even in tight kitchen spaces. It is great for residences, break rooms, entertainment venues, and cafes. These self-contained ice machines produce chewable pearl shape ice cubes and operate very quietly without any disturbing and annoying noises. Above all, the appliance is easy to install and installs with a simple 115 Volt plug-in design. 

Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Ice Machine Review 2021

Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Pearl Self-Contained Ice Machine

Specifications of the Ice Maker Appliance

  • Width of the appliance: 15 inches
  • Depth of the ice maker: 24 inches
  • Produce weight: 133 pounds
  • Air making capacity: 85 lbs./24 hours
  • Storage capacity: 22 lbs.
  • Ice bin and ice scoop: Included
  • Air filter and pump: not included
  • Installation type: Freestanding under counter appliance

Ice Producing Capacity of the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Ice Maker

This appliance produces high-quality pearl-shaped ice cubes that add a lot of ambience and flavor to the drinks. This ice maker machine is capable of producing about 85 pounds of sonic ice over 24 hours. The appliance easily fits in even tight spaces under the counter, where every inch counts. It also has a built-in storage compartment that is capable of producing about 22 pounds of ice at a time. As the ice is been removed from the bin, the unit continues to make ice. It thus produces ice at the rate of 3.5 pounds every hour. This helps the bartenders and the restaurant workers to keep up with the orders. 

It is also great for parties as we will be able to cater to the needs of a huge volume of guests in the least possible time. The ice-making capacity of this appliance is subjected to optimal air and water temperature condition, which is roughly 70 F air temperature and 50 F water temperature. Its self-contained condenser is air-cooled and is thus energy and water-efficient.

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Installation Options with the Ice Maker

This appliance features a slim fit design and can thus be tucked under tight spaces. This feature of this appliance makes it great for under counter installation in hotel hospitality suites, stadiums, office breakrooms, and even behind the counter at a coffee shop. The appliance is also approved for outdoor too, thanks to its tough design and ambient construction. Thus, it is highly recommended for outdoor bars, kiosks, cabanas, and also the smoothie stands. It only requires a 115V electrical connection and water connection for operation. It is also easy to install as it comes with a plug and cord for simple installation.

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External Features of the Pearl Ice Maker

The ice maker has a slim profile as it is just 15 inches wide and just over 33 inches tall. Thus, this appliance allows easy installation in almost any location, as long as is a water and electrical connection nearby. Some good reasons why this appliance can be placed under the counter is that its intake and exhaust vents for the condenser are present at the front of the unit, beneath the door of the appliance. It’s custom equipment configuration, allows it to be built into any cabinetry.

The elegant stainless steel cabinet of the appliance allows it to be installed as a free-standing unit as well. This is indeed a very quiet ice maker and thus can be put into operation without having to worry about disturbing the guests and customers. The appliance comes with adjusting legs of length one inch, making it easy for the appliance to be kept on any surface as a free-standing appliance.

Connection Requirements for Installation

This ice maker comes with a standard NEMA 5-15 three-prong plug and a 115 Volt power cord along with a 6mm water connection. These features make it very easy to install. It’s 5/8” drain tube is located at the bottom back of the unit. If the installation location of the appliance, doesn’t offer access to the floor drain, there is an optional drain pump kit that aids in the draining process. This drain pump, the KPU 090 is sold separately and has to be bought for easy installation of the appliance.

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The Energy Efficiency of the Appliance

This appliance doesn’t have an energy star rating, but it is being certified by the AHRI and the ANSI for efficient operation even under tough conditions. This appliance is also ETL-S approved and meets the standards of the NSF-7. It is listed by the UL for safe use in both residential and commercial applications. For every hundred pounds of ice that is been produced in this machine, it makes use of about 12 gallons of water. It makes use of 10.7 kWh of energy and the minimum circuit amps for this appliance is about 5 Amps. The minimum water pressure that this appliance makes use of is 20 PSIG and its maximum water pressure is about 80 PSIG. 

FAQs for the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Ice Maker

Can the ice be chewed and eaten raw?

This ice maker appliance makes soft and chewable ice that is not harsh on the teeth. Its pure ice technology makes sure that every single piece of ice that is produced is clear and free from impurities.

It is important to buy a water filter with this ice maker appliance?

A water filter is an important investment to make while buying the ice maker, as it will have a tremendous impact on the long-term performance of the new ice maker machine. A water filter also helps to prevent the buildup of mineral sediments and deposits within the appliance.

How should I restart the appliance after shutting it down for a few days?

You should refer to the user manual for the restart procedure after closing it for a few days or months, perhaps in the winter season. You can also contact the customer service on queries related to this procedure.


  • Its included ice scoop that comes with the machine makes it easy to retrieve ice quickly from the bin.
  • Makes ice quietly and efficiently, as advertised by the manufacturers.
  • This machine has an impressive quiet operation, offering it the ability to place it anywhere without any disturbance.
  • The unit is approved for outdoor use, but it can be placed anywhere in both the indoor and outdoor kitchen.
  • Owing to its front ventilation, the unit can be placed under the counter, or built-in with the cabinetry.


  • The drain motor of the appliance gets a little loud at times.
  • The ice will melt fast during the initial cycles. In the summer months’ ice tends to melt faster than recommended.

Bottom Line

The Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 is a versatile machine & one of the best ice makers that help to stock the hospitality suite, restaurant, bar, and other service areas with high-quality ice at all times. It is ideal both as a freestanding appliance and as an under-counter machine. A perfect addition to create high-quality ice at any moment without a long waiting time.



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