5 Industry-Leading Crushed Ice Machines

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Crushed ice is the obvious choice for business owners who want to serve customers or employees soft, more chewable ice. Though any industry can use flake ice, it’s most popular in the following industries:

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Offices
  • Hospitals and clinics

Ice-Masters supplies businesses with industry-leading commercial ice equipment. Our all-inclusive rental program gives our customers access to top-of-the-line commercial ice equipment plus routine deep cleans and maintenance for one monthly payment. Our customers love avoiding the major outlay required to buy an ice machine and the hassle of taking care of that machine to ensure production. Instead, they choose to guarantee their ice supply by renting an ice machine from Ice-Masters.

Check out the list below for five of our favorite commercial ice machines. Our experienced team dives into what makes these models special as well as ways they can be used in various industries.

Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH Nugget Ice Maker

Production: The Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH produces up to 321 pounds of ice per day.

Hoshizaki ice makers produce a style of ice called nugget or cubelet ice, which is also commonly referred to Sonic ice.

The Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH countertop ice dispensers are frequently installed in hospitals and physical therapy clinics due to their ability to produce soft ice for treating wounds or injuries. Additionally, cubelet ice is created by compressing flaked ice, which gives this craft ice a soft, chewable texture. It’s especially useful for hospital patients who have difficulty swallowing liquid.

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Another reason the DCM-300BAH-OS model is popular in healthcare settings is because its touchless ice dispenser maximizes safety through sanitary usage. Instead of needing to press a lever or button, users simply place their drinkware in front of a sensor to dispense ice. This significantly reduces accidental contamination of drinkware.

 iHoshizaki DCM countertop nugget ice and water dispensers are perfect for breakrooms or waiting areas in other industries such as offices.

Our team of ice experts touts this dispenser as one of the most reliable countertop ice makers. Another great feature is its stainless-steel exterior, which makes it easy to clean and sturdy enough to withstand the bumps and impacts of daily use.

Hoshizaki FD-650MAJ-C Cubelet Ice Machine

Production: The Hoshizaki FD-650MAJ-C produces up to 622 pounds of ice per day.

The Hoshizaki FD-650MAJ-C will go the distance for businesses that need a high-volume nugget ice maker.

As a modular-style ice maker, the Hoshizaki FD-650 model requires a drink dispenser or bin to store the ice. It is especially ideal for quick-service restaurants and soda shops. Owners of such establishments find the Hoshizaki modular ice machine model particularly useful as it can be installed on top of a soda fountain, where it will dispense large quantities of nugget ice to customers all day.

The stainless-steel auger and greaseless bearing system in this large ice maker keep it performing for years and also help make it easy to service. Though with an Ice-Masters rental, you can let us worry about the machine service part.

Hoshizaki F-801MAJ Flake Ice Machine

Production: The Hoshizaki F-801MAJ produces up to 751 pounds of soft flake ice per day.

An excellent and attractive way to create displays in high-volume seafood restaurants or seafood markets is to utilize crushed ice. At many oyster bars, flake ice is substituted for chilled rock salt because it keeps oysters on the plate and keeps them cool in the process. The Hoshizaki F-801MAJ flake ice machine (sometimes referred to as an ice chip maker) supplies crushed ice that can get either of these jobs done.

Another version of this model, the Hoshizaki F-801MAJ-C, produces cubelet ice, instead of flake ice, at up to 690 pounds daily. This is a great alternative if your high traffic business require a large volume of ice and if you prefer the cubelet ice shape. Bars or restaurants utilize nugget ice in a variety of ways, such as in specialty drinks like margaritas, mai tais, and frozen daiquiris. You may also appreciate that nugget ice is easier on your blender blades than traditional crushed ice or square ice cubes and takes considerably less time to crush down.

One thing to keep in mind is that these modular-style nugget ice makers are not compatible with soda fountains. Instead, they must be installed on an ice bin, and many managers choose to have employees scoop the ice by hand.

Scotsman HID312A-1 Touchless Crushed Ice Dispenser

Production: The Scotsman HID312 produces up to 260 pounds of nugget ice per day.

Scotsman, one of the top commercial ice machine manufacturers in the U.S., produces a variety of impressive ice machines. However, Scotsman truly shines in the category of touchless crushed ice machines.

Perfect for countertop use, the Scotsman HID312A-1 Touchless Crushed Ice Dispenser does not require users to press a button or lever to obtain ice. Like the DCM-300BAH-OS, the HID-series users receive ice directly into drinkware thanks to a sensor. The HID series also comes with Antimicrobial AquaArmor with AgION™ molded into the unit to protect against harmful contaminants.

Scotsman HID540A-1 Touchless Cubelet Ice Dispenser

Production: The Scotsman HID540-1A produces up to 500 pounds of nugget ice per day.

The ideal candidate for a business that needs a large crushed ice maker is the Scotsman HID540A-1 Touchless Cubelet Ice Dispenser. Producing 500 pounds of ice per day, this machine is impressive for a self-contained ice dispenser. Businesses that require a high-volume touchless ice dispenser that won’t take up a ton of space frequently choose the HID500.

Like the rest of the HID-series, the HID500 offers a touchless interface to safely dispense ice using a sensor. This keeps the ice sanitary and reduces the risk of accidental contamination.

Need Crushed Ice for Your Business? Call the Ice Machine Experts!

Ice-Masters has decades of experience helping customers choose the best-suited ice maker from leading ice machine manufacturers, no matter the industry. Choosing the right-sized ice machine for your business is not as simple as it seems. Our team of experts is available 24/7 to advise you, whether you need a crushed ice, a square ice, or a crescent ice machine.

Our comprehensive commercial ice machine lease program is designed to eliminate all your worries about your ice supply. You never have to spend time scheduling maintenance or deep cleaning or search for a trustworthy ice machine repair technician. We do it all for you, including biannual deep cleaning and maintenance, as well as any necessary repairs.

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