The Different Types of Ice Machines For Your Business

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Types of ice machines

If you run a business in Kansas or Missouri and looking for a brand new commercial ice machine, you have a lot of options. Dispensers, crescent ice machines, commercial nugget ice makers? There are different types of ice machines to meet the needs of all kinds of businesses.

Commercial ice makers come in all shapes and sizes. Small ice makers, large ice makers, there are even some machines that you can install on a countertop. If you’re looking for the best type of ice maker for your Kansas or Missouri business, the Ice Machine Experts at Ice-Masters are here to help!

Modular Ice Machine Types

Modular ice machines are the most common type of commercial ice maker you’ll find on the market. These machines only produce ice. They don’t come with their own storage, so you’ll have to provide your own ice bin or dispenser to store the ice these machines create.

Modular ice makers come in a lot of shapes and sizes to fit most businesses. Slimline modular ice machines are narrow, so they can fit better onto small spaces. Low profile ice makers are shorter, so they fit into areas with low ceilings.

A modular ice maker is the best option for a growing business because they are very versatile. If your business grows and needs additional ice storage, you can easily swap out your existing bin for a larger one.

Large businesses also benefit the most from a modular-style industrial ice machine. These models have the widest range of production sizes. For instance, the Manitowoc SDT-3000W ice machine produces over 3000 lbs of ice a day. Overall, modular ice machine models come in sizes ranging from 45 pounds to over 3000 pounds of ice a day.

Stackable Ice Makers

Stackable ice machines are a style of modular ice maker that allows users to install multiple units on top of one another.

Stackable ice makers are another option for larger or growing businesses. Rather than buy one large ice maker, you can simply add a stackable ice maker on top of your existing stackable unit.

Keep in mind, stackable ice machines can be a pain to clean and service. Stacking one unit on top of another makes it nearly impossible to clean and maintain the bottom unit. Technicians need to deinstall the top machines to clean or service some hard to reach components individually. A lack of cleaning and maintenance can lower these machines’ overall lifespans.

Popular stackable ice machine models include the Hoshizaki IM-500SAA ice machine and the Hoshizaki KM-1301SAJ ice machine.

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Self-Contained Ice Machines

Self-contained ice machines have their ice storage bin built right into the machine. These types of ice machine setups are popular in many countertop, undercounter, and specialty units. Generally, these models are smaller than modular ice machines. They’re great for smaller businesses that need between 60-700 pounds of ice a day.

Countertop ice makers, a type of self-contained unit, are popular in offices or waiting rooms. They are a great all-in-one model that is safer than other ice makers where users have to reach in and retrieve ice with a scoop.

Popular self-contained ice machines include the Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH ice and water dispenser.

Undercounter Ice Maker Types

Undercounter ice machines are designed to fit underneath a countertop, so employees like bartenders and baristas have quick access to ice. These models need to measure below 41”. Generally, all undercounter ice makers are also self-contained to save space. These are great possible options as bar ice makers!

Undercounter ice machines have front-in, front-out airflow to keep them cool. These setups pull air from the front of the unit into the machine to cool condensers. The hot air is expelled out the front as well, so heat doesn’t build up behind the machine. This design keeps the machine cool, even though they don’t have a lot of space.

Many undercounter ice makers, like the Hoshizaki KM-201BAH ice machine, are ADA ice makers, which means they are low enough to accommodate people with disabilities.

Popular under-counter ice machines include the Hoshizaki IM-200BAB ice machine.

Countertop Ice Machines Types

Countertop ice machines can be installed right onto a countertop to save room. These models make for great office ice makers because your employees can have access to ice without having to scoop it out by hand. These setups are also a great choice for quick-serve businesses where customers fill their own drinks from a fountain.

If you’re a Kansas or Missouri business looking for a countertop ice maker, be wary of home models on the market that have very low ice production rates. These types of ice machines won’t produce nearly enough ice for the smallest businesses.

Most commercial countertop ice makers are ice dispensers. They drop ice directly into glassware by pressing a button or lever.

We offer a wide variety of popular Hoshizaki countertop ice machines including the Hoshizaki DM-200B ice dispenser.

Pick the Right Machine that Works for You

Choosing the best type of ice maker for your Kansas or Missouri business is easy when you know what you’re looking for. If you need help, The Ice Machine Experts at Ice-Masters are here for you! We have years of experience in ice maker installation for all industries.

If you’re looking for a commercial ice machine for sale or an ice machine rental, we have a model for you. Our full-service commercial ice maker leases come with maintenance, cleaning, and commercial ice machine repair for a low, monthly cost.

Our team is available to help you get started today!

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