Commercial ice and water dispensers are popular in many Kansas and Missouri-based businesses. These models are often used as office breakrooms, wait rooms, and physician clinics. There are pros and cons to buying these types of ice dispensers. So, before purchasing a commercial water and ice dispenser, let’s take a closer look at what makes these machines right for your business.
What is a Commercial Ice and Water Dispenser?
Ice and water dispensers produce both ice and water. Some models, like the Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH ice dispenser, have both the water dispenser and the ice dispenser contained in one unit. Other models, like the Hoshizaki DM-200B ice and water dispenser, need a modular-style ice machine installed on top of the commercial ice dispenser to provide the ice. Ice drops into an ice bin built into the dispenser.
These machines use either a push-button or lever to dispense water or ice.
Models that use a lever system have a lever attached just below the ice dispensing area. When users place glassware underneath the dispensing zone, the drinkware presses the lever, and ice falls directly into the container. Machines like the Hoshizaki DCM-500BAH ice dispenser are more hygienic because the user never has to worry about touching the ice supply and accidentally contaminating it.
What Businesses Use Ice and Water Dispensers?
The businesses that benefit the most from ice and water dispensers are ones with limited staff where it’s much more efficient for customers to dispense their own ice.
Self-contained dispensers produce between 100-700 lbs of ice a day, which is perfectly suitable for small to mid-sized businesses.
Another benefit to a commercial water and ice dispenser is that they’re great for self-service businesses. Wait rooms or small cafés that don’t have a serving staff can have customers retrieve water and ice without assistance. Customers, staff, and patients can get ice while your staff is busy running day to day tasks. These would also work great as an office ice maker.
What are the Benefits of Ice and Water Dispensers?
Hygiene and safety are the biggest benefits to owning an ice and water dispenser. These models don’t require a scoop, which keeps hands away from the ice supply. This system decreases the chance of accidental contamination caused by excessive hand contact.
Commercial ice and water dispensers are convenient as well. Users can retrieve as much ice as they want, as many times as they wish.
Since these machines are smaller than most other industrial ice making equipment, you can install them on a countertop. Hoshizaki countertop ice makers allow small business to install an ice machine in areas with low space. Even when there is no countertop space, you can always install these units on a stand.
The final benefit of installing a commercial water and ice dispensers is that they are an all-in-one hydrating appliance. Customers, staff, or patients can retrieve water whenever they’re thirsty and keep it cool with ice without having to move from station to station.
What are the Negatives?
The biggest issue with commercial ice and water dispensers is size. Businesses that need over 1000 lbs of ice will be better off getting a large ice machine for their establishment as an ice and water dispenser won’t likely produce enough ice for your needs.
Also, ice and water dispensers that produce flake ice or cubelet ice may require specialty water filters if hard water is entering the ice machine. These ice and water dispensers shouldn’t use phosphate filters because they can’t purge out phosphate from the ice supply. Phosphate can cause stomach problems in individuals who are sensitive. You’ll have to purchase specialty carbon filters for these models.
Interested in an Ice and Water Dispenser for your Kansas or Missouri Business?
A commercial ice and water dispenser might be perfect for your Kansas or Missouri business. We have plenty of ice and water dispensers for any industry. Our ice equipment rental program includes top-quality commercial ice and water dispensers along with ice machine maintenance. If you have an ice dispenser that needs service, we also provide ice machine repairs in the Kansas City area.