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While there are variations within each type, commercial ice machines generally fall into four basic types: modular or ice machine head, undercounter ice machines, countertop ice dispensers/makers, and combination ice/water machines.
Once you've decided what type of machine and ice you want, the next important consideration is to choose whether you want an air-cooled, water-cooled, or remote compressor. Each have advatages like price and energy consumption tolerances.
Ice machine sizes are stated as the amount of ice that they can produce in a 24 hour period. This is called the "24 hour yield" or "ice yield" of the ice machine. Different types of ice machines yield different amounts of ice. Small undercounter or countertop commercial ice machine may provide as little as 50 lb. of ice per day, just enough for a small beverage station in an office setting. On the other hand, larger commercial ice machines can produce as much as 2500 to 3500 lbs of ice per day.
Most restaurants use about 1.5 lb. of ice per meal served. For example, a restaurant that serves 250 customers per day will require approximately 450 lb. of ice in a day. At the same time, a hospital uses approximately 10 lb. if ice per patient, so for 250 patients you might need about 3000 lb. of ice per day.
When choosing a size of commercial ice machine for a space you have in mind be sure you have enough space for the machine, bin, and filter. Adequate and open space for air flow is crucial for maximum ice production. The size of the commercial ice machine, clearance space for upening and closing the machine and additional space perhaps on the sides for proper air flow is recommended.
Choose a bin with enough capacity to hold slightly more than the amount of ice you typically use in 24 hours. Usually a 10-20% capacity buffer is enough to make sure the bin is large enough. Your usage patterns also can affect this. Over the course of the business day, your staff might need to use ice at the same time as the machine is replenishing your supply so spikes in use for things like meal times as assisted living centers may mean you need a larger bin.
We recommend using a water filter with every ice maker to prolong the life of your restaurant ice machine and improve the ice taste. Ice is a type of food in restaurants and the flavor of your tap water will be passed to your customers. Water quality being low can also affect the life of your machine intenally.
Most restaurants use about 1-2lbs of ice per meal served. For example, a restaurant that serves 250 meals during a day will require approximately 450 lb. of ice in a day. A commercial ice machine for your restaurant of this size (like the Manitowoc ID-0502A_B-570) would produce 530lbs a day which gives you plenty of restaurant ice and capacity for even the spikes during the busy times. Get prices now.
When choosing a commercial ice machine to buy you can estimate based on the type of business you run and the number of people you serve. Some common extimates are as follows. Restraunt ice machines need an estimated 1.5lbs of ice per meal served per day. For hotel ice machines estimate 5-7 pounds of ice per room you have (this large number can be split between floors and multiple hotel ice machines). For hospital ice machines estimate 12 lbs of ice per patient you have (Daily total on average with 10% extra added for spikes and valleys). All businesses use ice machine differently so be sure to think of your personal situation when looking at these very basic commercial ice machine sizes and estimates.
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