What is a Commercial Ice Machine?

A commercial ice machine is a type of ice maker that’s made to a higher quality standard than your typical residential ice machine. It is designed to constantly produce ice in a much greater volume and can last for several years. Because of its efficiency making large volumes of ice, it’s mainly used in food service industries. However, a commercial ice machine can also be beneficial when used in the following industries:

  • Fishing
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Food processing
  • Meat and poultry

Types of Commercial Ice Machines

The most common types of ice machines you can find include:

Commercial Ice Machine
  • Modular or Ice Machine Head – Available in 22”, 30”, and 48” widths. It can create 250 lbs. to 1000 lbs. of ice per day.
  • Undercounter Ice Machines – An ice machine that combines the functionality of a commercial ice machine and a storage bin. It can generate up to 350 lbs. of ice per day and can fit under most high counters. It’s the perfect ice machine for small cafes and bars.
  • Countertop Ice Dispensers or Makers – A compact ice maker that can produce up to 400 lbs. of ice per day. Its size makes it the perfect ice machine for healthcare settings.

Commercial ice machines typically produce ice using the same process as other home ice makers. However, certain types of ice machines are used to create different kinds of ice. If you’re planning on purchasing an ice machine, you need to consider the type of ice you want. There are three basic types of ice: cube ice, flake ice, and nugget ice.

Cube Ice

Cube ice comes in full cube, half cube, or crescent-shaped. It’s known for its solid qualities and larger size, making them the perfect choice for keeping beverages cold. Cubed ice machines are typically used in the following establishments:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Convenience stores
  • Fast food restaurants

Flake Ice

Flake ice comes out in soft tiny flakes, which are easier to pack than cube ice. As such, it’s typically used in fresh seafood and meat displays, salad bars, and healthcare facilities.

Nugget-Style Ice

Nugget-style ice is small, round, and irregularly shaped. It’s also made to be soft and chewable, features that many people enjoy. Because of its peculiar shape, flake ice is able to retain liquid and make drinks cold faster. With that said, many foodservice establishments tend to serve this type of ice.

Does your property need a commercial ice machine? If so, contact Taylor Refrigeration & AC today. We’ve been servicing commercial ice machines for more than 65 years, so we’re very familiar with the different commercial ice machines available on the market. Our experts will gladly show you which ice makers suit your needs and budget best.

If your existing ice machine is experiencing issues, you can also count on us to detect and repair your ice machine problems ASAP. Give us a call at 904-289-2355 for more information on our ice machine services.

Taylor Refrigeration & AC serves properties in Greater St. Augustine, Florida.