Ice Machines: Which One is Right for Your Business?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

If you are evaluating ice machines to purchase a new one for your business, you know that are many options available. So what kind of ice machine’s right for you? The answer depends on several factors, so a little forethought in the beginning when considering ice machines can save you money and a major headache in the long run.

Your Ice Machine’s Dimensions

Perhaps the easiest thing you can ask yourself about your ice machine’s requirements is what its dimensions should be. After all, you don’t want to buy a machine, only to find that you can’t fit it through the door! Measure the doorways and the space you want to put the ice machine to make sure you will have plenty of room. Allow for five to eight inches of space on every side of the ice machine. If you are going to purchase a compressor, be sure to consider the space it will fit into also.

Volume of Ice

Calculate the volume of ice you will need to remain operational. Keep in mind the fluctuations in the amount you will use from season to season, as well as the climate in which your business operates, especially during peak hours. You should also take into account the potential of growth for your business, so we recommend adding 10-20% to your estimate. When you evaluate ice machines, keep this number in mind, as ice machines come in a variety of options when it comes to pounds of ice produced per 24 hours.

Types of Ice

Next consider the types of ice you’ll need. You may only need a few kinds, or your need may vary with the seasons. (For example, nugget ice may be more popular during the summer than the winter.) Because of this factor, you may need to consider multiple ice machines.

Connection Requirements

Make sure you have the proper electrical and plumbing connections available where you want to place your ice machine. Ice machines need a direct connection to a supply of cold water, as well as a separate drain line for both the ice machine and its bin. Additionally, electrical and water connections need to be at least within six feet of the machine.

Ice Machines: A Restaurant Necessity

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Whether you’re running a bar, diner, coffee shop or restaurant, ice machines are must-have restaurant equipment. There’s no better way to efficiently produce a large amount of ice cubes in an affordable way. Buying bags of ice is expensive, and an employee must be tasked with going out and getting more every time the supply is low. And if the supply runs out, that can mean unhappy customers — especially in the summer when ice-cold drinks are in high demand.

For bars, serving up a scotch on the rocks without the “rocks” is impossible without ice. And thirsty restaurant customers won’t have their thirst quenched with a non-iced tea or lukewarm water. A room-temperature fountain drink? No thanks. Be prepared for high-traffic times so you can alleviate the worry of running out of ice: Get a quality, reliable ice machine.

Manitowoc Ice Machines

Manitowoc ice machines are a popular choice for restaurant and bar owners, and they have a great reputation thanks to their outstanding quality and efficiency. There are several five-star and Editor’s Choice-rated units available, including the Manitowoc Ice Machine QD0132A1151. This undercounter ice machine produces 90 to 130 pounds of full-size, dice-style ice cubes per 24-hour period and features adjustable legs so it can be lowered or raise to fit into different work spaces. This is just one of the many Manitowoc ice machines in our inventory.

Scotsman Ice Machines

ShortOrder is proud to also offer Scotsman ice machines. Also highly-rated by ShortOrder editors, these ice machines range by type of ice produced and the amount of ice produced, so you’re bound to find something just right for your needs. The Scotsman Ice Machine MDT6N90A-1H is an Editor’s Choice and is five-star rated. This counter-top  ice machine and water dispenser produces 720 pounds of nugget ice in a 24-hour period, and it has a 90-pound bin capacity.

More Ice Machines

Shop our impressive selection of ice machines at ShortOrder to find many, many more units from Manitowoc, Scotsman, Hoshizaki and more. We offer flexible freight terms, and our Low Price Guarantee gives you the assurance you’re getting your restaurant equipment at the best price.

Manitowoc Ice Machines are Number One for a Reason

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

To anyone who’s owned Manitowoc ice machines, it should come as no surprise to learn that they’re the number-one selling ice machine in America. When it comes to energy-efficiency, durability, ease of serviceability, noise levels and sanitation, there’s just no beating Manitowoc ice machines. They’ve even recently been named Best in Class by Food Service Equipment and Supplies Magazine for the ninth consecutive year. With so many different models, it’s easy to find one that best suits your restaurant’s needs.

Manitowoc Ice Machine SY-1404A-208-1

Manitowoc Ice Machine SY-1404A-208-1 couldn’t be better for large restaurants, hotels or convention centers, or really anywhere that could use a machine that produces large amounts of ice quickly. Specifically, this unit makes 1,160 pounds of dice-sized ice cubes in a 24-hour period. One of the things Manitowoc ice machines are known for is being energy-efficient, and this unit is no exception. It uses ice harvest technology to reduce energy requirements and the refrigerant is CFC-free. Thanks to a water distribution tube that can be removed without any tools, this machine is easily serviceable.

Manitowoc Ice Machine QD-0212A

If you’re looking for a unit to fit underneath your countertops, it’s worth considering the Manitowoc Ice Machine QD-0212A. At 38 1/2 inches tall, this unit has an easy-access door, a generous self-contained storage bin and a stainless steel exterior. In terms of ice production, you can expect 155 to 215 pounds of full dice-size ice cubes per 24-hour period.

Buy Manitowoc Ice Machines

People buy Manitowoc ice machines for restaurants, bars and even their own home, where having lots of ice on-hand can be perfect for entertaining. But no matter what you’ll be using them for, Manitowoc ice machines are outstanding restaurant equipment that you can count on. Here at ShortOrder, we’re proud to carry a wide selection of Manitowoc ice machines, and our Low Price Guarantee means that you have the assurance that you’re getting them for the lowest price out there. Additionally, we carry restaurant equipment like Bunn coffee makers, Vulcan ranges, Beverage-Air refrigerators and more.

Manitowoc Ice Machines Make the Grade

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Manitowoc ice machines are quality, dependable pieces of restaurant equipment. Outstanding in performance and value, many Manitowoc ice machines have received the Editor’s Choice rating here at ShortOrder.com.

Rating criteria for restaurant equipment is based on experience. Ratings are influenced by how well each item stacks up against the competition as well as how easy it is to do business with the manufacturer, perceived product placement in the industry, service network and service support, functionality and brand longevity. ShortOrder rates restaurant equipment like Manitowoc ice machines so that Buyer’s Alliance members can make better buying decisions.

There are quite a few different models of Manitowoc ice machines that are recipients of an Editor’s Choice rating. One such piece of restaurant equipment is the Manitowoc SD-0322A, an ice machine with a “hotel dispenser.” This Manitowoc ice machine not only has an Editor’s Choice rating, but it has a five-star rating.

The Manitowoc QM-45A is another Editor’s Choice rating recipient. This Manitowoc ice machine comes with adjustable legs and fills its built-in bin with dice-sized cubes at 95 pounds per 24 hours.

Yet another Editor’s Choice Manitowoc ice machine is the Manitowoc QY-0214A. This Manitowoc ice machine is easy to clean and very reliable. This model is designed for undercounter use and in a 24 hour period makes 155 to 215 pounds of half-dice shaped ice cubes.

Manitowoc Ice Machines at ShortOrder

You’ll find many more Manitowoc ice machines here at ShortOrder. With our Low Price Guarantee, you’ll also have the assurance that you’re getting Manitowoc ice machines for the best price possible. And don’t miss Scratch and Dent Manitowoc ice machines, new to ShortOrder.

Ice as a Food: Commercial Ice Machines in the Home

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Lavender-infused cocktails, Croatian truffles, flatbread, bite-size desserts — and now it seems the latest in trendy food is… ice. Believe it or not, ice is considered a food by many frozen-water connoisseurs. According to a recent article in the New York Times, some people are so into ice as a food that they purchase commercial ice machines for their homes.

Manitowoc ice machineIce: The Latest in Trendy Food

Call them obsessed, call them “ice snobs” — either way, one thing is for sure: ice is the latest trendy food. And one thing pointed out in the New York Times article is that ice can actually improve the quality of a drink. Besides that, ice can complement the kind of drink it’s cooling, whether it’s cube ice in a mixed drink or fragmented ice for soda.

Commercial Ice Machines in the Home

So why buy a commercial ice machine for your own home? Well, there are a few reasons. One is that some believe ice made in home refrigerators winds up tasting like the smells inside the freezer. Another reason is that some complain home refrigerator-made ice does not cool drinks well and melts too fast. Worse, still, is large, crescent-shaped ice some refrigerators produce — it takes up too much room and typically hits you in the face as you sip. Having ice with a great texture and shape is something ice connoisseurs just have to have.

Buying a Commercial Ice Machine

If you’re serious about ice as a food, consider buying a commercial ice machine. ShortOrder carries Manitowoc ice machines, which are well-known for their quality and reliability. Manitowoc ice machines at ShortOrder can produce nugget ice, flake ice, half size cubes and more. Even if you don’t own a restaurant or bar, it doesn’t mean you can’t have your very own commercial ice machine.

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