I have to disagree with your expert’s comments as regards ice makers in refrigerators. We have an LG 2 door fridge with ice maker and we wouldn’t be without it. The fridge is about 6 years old now and has never given us a moment’s trouble, and the ice maker has performed flawlessly. We are not part of the cocktail set, but use the ice mainly for cold water, especially during the summer months. The ice maker does occupy space but, as far as we’re concerned, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. As for running costs, we have solar panels and our power usage is well below the average for a household of comparable size, according to our energy supplier - and we have a swimming pool.
I agree with you, and totally disagree with the Choice opinion in this case. And it is an opinion, NOT a test result.
The only real argument seems to be that the icemaker takes up space. So do ice cube trays! And, generally speaking, you can’t stack anything on top of them before the water freezes, so - plenty of wasted space. You also need another container to hold the finished ice blocks, so more space used - unless you use the ice cubes one at a time from the tray and only fill it when it’s empty.
Another quite important factor with the ice cube trays is that every time you want one or two ice cubes, you (or the kids!) open the freezer, admitting hot humid air which will increase the load on the system and so increase running costs.
An icemaker is a “cool feature”, but perhaps if space is super critical, don’t get one - or maybe compensate by getting a fridge with a bigger freezer.
Just my opinion…
I feel I could have written this but our fridge is 12 years old and we’ve had no issues. We live in Qld and our ice-maker gets used year round, a lot . Also a lot of people live here. We do have an old fridge in the garage as well but we would anyway as we have a large family.