If you’re looking for a convenient way to deliver ice to your customers and staff, a countertop ice maker might just be right for you. Countertop ice machines are popular in Kansas and Missouri waiting rooms and office breakrooms. They are a convenient – and sanitary – ice solution for businesses that don’t have a serving staff.
Here are some of the benefits of installing a small countertop ice machine in your business.
The Types of Countertop Ice Maker Models
It’s important to note that the commercial countertop ice makers we’re discussing are not the same portable ice machines you see for home use. These types of ice makers will fit on top of countertop (and most other tabletops), but they only make between 30-50 lbs of ice. This isn’t enough ice for most business settings.
Commercial countertop ice makers come in two types: with the ice machine built-in and without.
Self-contained countertop ice machines come with everything to produce and store the ice. You don’t have to install a commercial ice machine to produce the ice. The dispenser also comes with a built-in bin to store the ice.
Other countertop ice dispensers need an ice machine to produce the ice. The dispenser unit holds the ice until it’s ready to be dispensed. These aren’t as convenient of a solution as self-contained ice makers, but they are great for growing businesses. As your business grows, you can simply install a higher production ice machine on top. They also allow you to switch ice types. You can easily swap a nugget ice maker machine for a crescent ice machine if the need arises.
There are some countertop ice makers that have a water dispenser attached. Water and ice dispensers are a good choice for waiting rooms and break rooms because they supply everything staff and visitors need to stay hydrated.
Now that you know the types of countertop ice makers on the market let’s discuss the benefits of installing one in your business.
Countertop Ice Makers Save Space
The best thing about countertop ice machines is they don’t take up a lot of room. By installing the ice maker on a countertop, it’s out of the way and won’t block walkways. Staff and visitors have more room to move.
Countertop ice makers are also versatile. If you don’t have a countertop to install one of these units, you can purchase a specialty stand to place them on. As long as you can meet the machine’s installation requirements, such as drainage and electricity, you can place these machines anywhere.
Countertop Ice Machines are Sanitary
Ice machines with a bin can lead to accidental contamination. Users have to physically reach into bins and scoop the ice by hand, which puts your ice supply at risk if staff don’t follow proper ice handling practices.
Countertop ice makers help to eliminate the risk of contamination by dispensing ice directly into glassware. With the push of a button or lever, ice drops directly into glassware, so users don’t have to grab ice with a scoop.
With a countertop ice machine, the ice supply stays untouched by human hands, and your customers and staff stay safe.
They are Convenient
The other problem with commercial ice machines with a bin, is they require someone to serve the ice to visitors. An office ice maker is ideal for breakrooms and wait rooms, as they generally don’t employ a serving staff, so it makes more sense for guests and staff to serve themselves.
Countertop ice makers are also convenient for staff because they can grab ice for drinks and get back to work quickly.
The Perfect Ice Solution for Your Small Business
Small businesses and office breakrooms can really benefit from a commercial countertop ice maker. They’re discreet, sanitary, and convenient. Customers and staff can get ice on their own without risking contaminating the ice supply.
If your business is looking for a top-of-the-line Hoshizaki countertop ice machine, we have many models to choose from. Our full-service ice machine rentals come with ice machine service, cleaning, and repairs for Kansas and Missouri businesses. Our Ice Machine Experts are here to help you find the best commercial ice maker for your business!