How Much Ice Do You Need?
Selecting the appropriate ice machine production size for your foodservice establishment is essential. If your ice machine production is too small, you risk not having enough ice for all of your customers and food preparation needs. If your ice machine is too large, you may pay too much for energy and operating costs than you really need to.
The following charts should only serve as a reference in estimating the production size of the ice machine you purchase. The numbers below are based upon filling glass volume with 25% ice. However, there are many other factors to consider when selecting the appropriate production size for you. Ask your Product Consultant for assistance in choosing the correct ice machine for you.
Volume Guide—By Glass and Capacity
|Number of Glasses
||4 oz. Glass Size
||6 oz. Glass Size
||8 oz. Glass Size
||10 oz. Glass Size
Volume Guide—By Foodservice Location
||Estimated Ice Consumption
||111⁄16 lbs. per customer
||3 lbs. per customer
||Add 35 lbs. per cubic foot on display. Multiply by 2 or 3 depending on estimated refills required.
||7⁄8 lbs. per customer or 73⁄8 lbs. per seat. Estimate 2 oz. ice 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.
||3 lbs. per room (substantially more if guests are allowed to fill ice chests).
||7 lbs. per patient bed and 2 lbs. per employee
Don't Forget the Filters!
Regardless of the production size, manufacturer or design of the ice machine you decide to purchase, an ice machine water filter is important. Ice machine water filters clean out dissolved solid impurities like rust, lime, chlorine and calcium from the water before it enters the ice machine. Even if you think that your water quality is above average, an ice machine water filter is a must.
Here's how you can benefit from cleaner water entering your ice machine:
- Prolongs life of your ice machine
- Lower service costs
- Helps eliminate cloudy, smelly ice
- Produces clearer, better-tasting ice
- Keeps ice machine running at full capacity
Shop ice machine water filters or, for more information, visit our Water Filter Buying Guide.