An individual should buy a refrigerator with an ice maker only if their personal needs require it. It is best to take everything into consideration when researching refrigerator features, says About.com. If an ice maker can save a considerable amount of time and add convenience, it may be worth buying.
Ice makers take up a lot of space in modern refrigerators, and those who do not regularly use ice may find the sacrifice isn't worthwhile. Both in-door and standalone internal ice makers and dispensers can increase the cost of the unit, though in-door ice storage may help cut down on the loss of space. Consider the potential of higher repair costs associated with in-door options as well, before buying this type of machine, says Consumer Reports.