Considerations When Choosing a Commercial Ice Machine...

There are a few things to consider when searching for the right ice machine.

  1.   The type of ice you need
  2.   The amount of ice you need
  3.   The style of ice you need

Go through this page to get an idea of what you need for your business!

If you need any assistance feel free to give us a call and we'll walk you through everything!

ice cube, full cube

Cubed Ice

Cubed ice is the most common type of ice and what we see most often out there. Cubes are great for mixed drinks, carbonated beverages, ice dispensing and banquet services. The small cube size works great to displace liquid inside the cup where the larger size cubes are ideal for water pitchers, ice chests and any application where time and high melt factors are present.

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nugget ice

Nugget Ice

Nugget ice is soft, cylindrical and slow-melting:  it is ideal for carbonated beverages, food displays, ice dispensing and therapeutic applications in the healthcare market. Each individual piece remains free-flowing at all times while helping drinks cool rapidly and maintain their flavor. It is also ideal for blending applications and is a favorite due to its soft, chew-able characteristics.

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flaked ice

Flake Ice

This ice looks a lot like snow, has fast cooling power and has very low production costs. Flaked ice works great in blended cocktails and salad bars to produce, seafood and meat displays. Flake ice is the top choice for therapeutic use in healthcare facilities.

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gourmet ice

Gourmet Ice

Found in smaller personal units in homes, boats, tree houses too!  Gourmet ice cubes are ideal for bar use, waitress stations, office suites and break rooms. Their size and longevity make them the perfect choice for re-icing glasses while their non-stick quality and slow-melting design make scooping easier than ever.  The machines that produce gourmet cubes are the under-counter style that are "front breathing;" meaning they can be placed in tight areas in between drawer systems and other equipment.

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How Much Ice Do You Need From Your Machine (Per Day)?

150 - 200 lbs per day - Under Counter Machines

  • Physical Therapy Locations
  • Small Coffee Shops
  • Corporate Office Break Rooms
  • Extra Ice Machine in Most Bars

200 - 500 lbs per day - 22" & 30" Modular Machines

  • Small-to-Medium Bars
  • Small-to-Medium Restaurants
  • Contractors and Fleet-Based Businesses

600 - 2,000+ lbs per day - 220V Machine Required

  • Large, High Demand Restaurants & Bars
  • Hotel Banquet Facilities
  • Any High Demand Application
Cube Cranberry drink glass

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What Style of Ice Machine Do You Need?

self contained small cubers ice machine

Under-Counter Cubers for Small Spaces

These under counter ice makers are ideal for small-space applications such as break rooms, bars, coffee shops and wait stations. Small self-contained cuber features a unique gourmet-style cube, while the larger cubers are available in half- or full-cube configurations.  These units are all self-contained and produce up to 300 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period.

modular cuber ice machine

Stackable Modular Cubers, Nugget and Flaked Ice Units for Larger Production and Storage

These units come in a range of sizes; from a slim profile 22” size, a standard 30” or larger 48" wide design with ice machine capacity ranging from 320 pounds to up to 2000 pounds of ice production in a 24 hour period. Ice storage bins also come in 22” or 30” standard sizes to match to the size of the machine or larger storage bins can be added up to over 60 inches wide for extra storage capacity. Units are available as self-contained air cooled, with remote condensing units, or water cooled. Larger units require 220 volt power.   You choose half- or full-cube, nugget or pellet style and flaked-ice.

30 inch hotel machine ice machine

Hotel Style Ice Machine Dispensers

These reliable, practical hotel ice machines are designed for carefree operation even in rugged, high-usage environments.  These units are available in a slim profile 22” model or a wider 30” model for more storage space.  Separate ice machine head sizes that are compatible with these ice dispensers run from 320 pounds to 920 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period.

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Under Counter Machines

The under-counter is always self-contained and usually front breathing, (depending on the manufacturer).  A couple nice things about these is that, although compact, they can produce a pretty decent amount of ice per day and they are really easy to scoop ice from. The front breathing feature means that it can be installed with equipment at both sides, (counter above etc) and will not over-heat.  This type is available as a cuber, flaker or gourmet-style cuber.

Under Counter, 26 inch

scotsman under counter 26 inch ice machine

Summary

24 hour production: 150-200 lb @ 70/50, 110-155 lb @ 90/70

Dimensions: 26" W x 27.4" D x 33" H

Electrical

Base Electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1

BTU Per Hour: 3,100 - 3,900

Max. Fuse Size: 15 amps

Circuit Wire: 2

Min. Circuit Ampacity: Cord

 

Energy & Water Usage

Energy: 11.5-9.7 kWh/100 lb

Water: 18.0 gallons/100 lb

Under Counter, 30 inch

scotsman under counter 30 inch ice machine

Summary

24 hr production: 250 lb @ 70/50, 217 lb @ 90/70

Dimensions: 30" W x 30" D x 33" H

Electrical

Base Electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1

BTU Per Hour: 5,200

Max Fuse Size: 15 amps

Circuit Wire: 2

Min. Circuit Ampacity: Cord

Energy & Water Usage

Energy: 8.5 kWh/100 lb

Water: 18 gallons/100 lb

Modular Machines

This type of ice machine actually comes in two parts.  One is the actual ice maker (that sits on top) and the other is the storage bin that the ice maker sits on top of.  What does that mean to you?  It means that you can mix and match different size ice makers with different size storage bins.  For example you could match a 1,000# cuber with a 500# storage bin.  Or, you could mate a 500# ice maker with a 1,000# or bigger storage bin.  Usually, what dictates the sizing is “how” you use ice.  That is a subject we will cover on a different blog.  So, essentially the ability to mix and match different size components is what is meant by “modular.”  When you are in need of higher quantities of ice, either in storage or production, you will need most likel need to consider the modular-type of unit. Modular ice machines produce all ice types (except the gourmet-cube).

300 lb. 22" wide modular cuber, (up to 500 lbs)

C0322, C0522 AC on B322S

Summary

  • 24 hr production: 356 lb @ 70/50, 255 lb @ 90/70
  • Dimensions: 22" W x 24" D x 23" H
  • Shipping Carton: 25.5” W x 27.5” H x 28” D
  • Shipping Weight: 145 lb
  • Available Condenser Options: Air or water

Electrical

  • Base electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1
  • BTU Per Hour: 5,200
  • Max Fuse: 15 amps
  • Circuit Wires: 2
  • Min. Circuit Ampacity: 12.7

Energy & Water Usage

  • Energy: 6.6 kWh/100 lb
  • Water: 19.0 gallons/100 lb

300 lb. 30" modular cuber, (up to 500 lbs)

C0330, C0530, C0630 AC on B330P Low Qual

Summary

  • 24 hr production: 350 lb @ 70/50 280 lb @ 90/70
  • Dimenions: 30” W x 24” D x 23” H
  • Shipping Carton: 33.5” W x 24” D x 23” H
  • Shipping Weight: 160 lb
  • Available Condenser Options: Air or water

Electrical

  • Base Electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1
  • BTU Per Hour: 5,200
  • Max Fuse: 15 amps
  • Circuit Wires: 2
  • Min. Circuit Ampacity: 14.3

Energy & Water Usage

  • Energy: 6.5 kWh/100 lb
  • Water: 18.0 gallons/100 lb

48" Wide, 2000 lb Modular Cuber

38" meridian produces 2000 lbs of ice

Summary

  • 24 hr Production: 500 lb @ 70/50, 365 lb @ 90/70
  • Dimensions: 21.5" W x 24.38" D x 41.5" H
  • Shipping Carton: 24.25" W x 27.13" D x 41.5" H
  • Shipping Weight: 215 lb
  • Available Condenser Options: Air and Water
  • Storage Capacity: 40 lb

Electrical

  • Base Electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1
  • Max. Fuse Size: 15 amps
  • Total Load Amps: 9.0

Energy & Water Usage

  • Energy: 5.5 kWh/100 lb
  • Water: 12 gallons/100 lb

HID540 MERIDIAN

Meridian HID540 with legs

Summary

Storage Capacity: 40 lb
24 hr Production: 500 lb @ 70/50, 365 lb @ 90/70
Dimensions: 21.5" W x 24.38" D x 41.5" H
Shipping Carton: 24.25" W x 27.13" D x 41.5" H
Shipping Weight: 215 lb
Available Condenser Options: Air and Water

Energy & Water Usage

Energy: 5.5 kWh/100 lb
Water: 12 gallons/100 lb

Electrical

Base Electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1
Max. Fuse Size: 15 amps

HD22 Hotel Machine

22 inch hotel machine

Summary

Storage: 120 lbs

Dimensions: 22” W x 33.5” D x 47.25” H (add 6" height for legs)

Shipping Carton: 25” W x 37” D x 53” H

Shipping Weight: 199 lb

Electrical

Base Electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1

BTU Per Hour: 7,900

Max. Fuse Size: 15 amps

Circuit Wires: 2

Min. Circuit Ampacity: 2.1

HD30 Hotel Machine

30 inch hotel machine ice machine

Summary

Storage Capacity: 180 lb

Dimensions: 30” W x 33.5” D x 47.25” H (add 6" in height for legs)

Shipping Carton: 33” W x 37” D x 53” H

Shipping Weight: 225 lb

Electrical

Base Electrical, Volts/Hz/Phase: 115/60/1

Max. Fuse Size: 15 amps

Circuit Wires: 2

Min. Circuit Ampacity: 2.1

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