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Choosing the Best Ice Machine for Your Needs

Estimate your usage to save on costs.

Selecting the correct ice machine is important to ensure you're getting the most out of your purchase.

Air cooled or water cooled?
An ice machine removes heat from water to produce ice. Most ice machines come in two different options - air cooled or water cooled.

Air cooled machines remove the heat from the water by moving that heat into the air surrounding the machine. These machines are noisier than water cooled machines but use smaller amounts of water for ice production.

Water cooled machines remove the heat from the water by moving that heat into waste water. These machines are generally quieter than air cooled machines but use more water.

Level of ice production?Under-sizing can be a nightmare, while having too big of an ice machine can mean unneeded costs. Use the chart below as a basis for determining the best production level of ice for your institution.

CHOOSING THE BEST ICE MACHINE FOR YOUR NEEDS
Consider your estimated ice usage when determining which ice machine is best for your operation. Follow these guidelines for best results:
Restaurants:
1-11/16 lbs. per customer

Cocktail Lounges:

3 lbs. per person

Salad Bars:

Add 35 lbs. per cubic foot of display. Multiply by 2 or 3 depending on estimated refills required.

Fast Food:

7/8 lbs. per customer or 7-3/8 lbs. per seat. Use 2 oz. per 8-10 oz. Drink, 4 oz. per 12-16 oz. drink, 6 oz. per 20 oz. drink and 8 oz. Per 32 oz. drink.

Lodging:

3 lbs. per room (substantially more if guests are allowed to fill ice ches

Health Care:

7 lbs. per patient bed and 2 lbs. per employee


Product

Ice Dispenser - Countertop 150 lb. Capacity

by Scotsman

Mfg Model #:ID150B-1
Central Model #:690-044

$2,587.00 Each

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Ice Scoop - Stainless Steel 4 oz. Capacity

by Tablecraft

Mfg Model #:ISC-5
Central Model #:115-604

$3.49 Each

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Ice Dispenser, Ice Maker and Water Dispenser - Compact

by Scotsman

Mfg Model #:MDT2C12A-1
Central Model #:690-071

$3,822.00 Each

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Ice Dispenser and Ice Maker Push Button Model with Free Water Filter

by Hoshizaki

Mfg Model #:DCM-270BAH
Central Model #:633-020

$3,819.00 Each

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Scotsman MDT5N25A TouchFree Ice Maker/Dispenser - Nugget Ice, 26 lb. Bin Capacity

by Scotsman

Mfg Model #:MDT5N25A-1
Central Model #:690-062

$4,950.00 Each

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Ice Machine Cuber Head - Prodigy Air Cooled, 350 lb. Production

by Scotsman

Mfg Model #:C0330MA-1
Central Model #:690-076

$2,246.00 Each