Types of Commercial Ice Machines

20 March 2015
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If you own a restaurant, diner or cafe, you can't operate without a commercial ice machine. But as you're thinking about what kind of machine to buy, you have a lot of options, so to narrow things down and make it easy, here's a list of the most common types of ice machines for your commercial use.


Modular Machine -- As the name implies, a modular ice machine has a modular shape that is ideal for placement on top of an ice bin or some other appliance such as a fridge. It's a space-saving machine that is ideal if you don't have a lot of room behind your counter, and it can still generate enough ice to meet your daily requirements. Modular machines are usually the largest types of machines you can buy.

Countertop Machine -- Again, the name defines the way the machine is used, so these types of ice machines are built to be placed on top of a counter. They are smaller than modular machines, and they also produce less ice, but they aren't meant for huge output, because their purpose is about saving you space, while still making enough ice to get you through a day's work. If you run a small cafe or diner, this is a good machine as it will satisfy your ice needs, without taking up a lot of room.

Undercounter Machine -- This type of ice machine is slotted under a counter or inside an empty space that is out of sight. These machines are smaller than modular machines, but larger than countertop machines, and are typically built with an ice bin as well, so that you don't have to worry about buying one separately. Undercounter ice machines create more ice than a counter top machine, but less ice than a modular machine.

One thing that you should remember is that having only one ice machine is not a good idea. Ice isn't just used to make drinks cold, it's also used to chill salads and desserts. With only one ice machine, your staff will congregate too much in the area where your machine is located, and that is an inefficient way to run your business. Invest in several machines based on the configuration of your business, and buy a modular machine for your large scale ice needs, with an undercounter machine for other uses. Not only will your staff work more efficiently, you will prevent your ice from becoming contaminated because of multiple users.

For more information, contact Ice Machines Australia