Why are ice machines important?
A commercial ice machine may not seem like a big deal to most people but to owners and employees of restaurants, cafés, schools, and hospitals ice machines are a part of daily life. The right ice machine makes a huge difference when it comes to quality and quantity of the ice you offer your customers. Make sure you never run out of ice during business hours and that your ice is of the best quality to keep your customers happy.
What types of ice machines are best for front of house?
Some businesses allow customers to serve themselves ice such as with a soft drink machine or counter top dispenser. This type of equipment often features a lever that is activated by a customer’s glass pressing it. There are also hands free options equipped with sensors that can tell when a glass is placed under them. It is important to note that front of house ice machines focus on convenience for your customers more than production of bulk ice. The Ice-O-Matic Countertop Pearl Ice® Maker and Water Dispenser with Water Filtration System is a wonderful option because it offers both ice and water options for customers as well as the ability to dispense chilled ice water.
What types of ice machines are best for back of house?
Quantity is an important factor when it comes to back of house ice machines. These machines are often larger and less sleek than countertop ice machines but can keep up better with larger ice demands. Large ice machines can come with optional bins that are able to hold hundreds of pounds of ice. Some of these machines contain a component that cycles unused pure water back into the machine to help save on energy and water utility costs. The Hoshizaki 30" Wide Ice Maker / Self Contained (Energy Star®) with Water Filtration System is a great option when it comes to back of house ice needs. This ice machine can be fitted with a bin that holds over 350 pounds of ice.
Whether your business needs a front of house or back of house ice machine (or both!) Bush Refrigeration is happy to guide you in the right direction and help with making the best choice for your business. It is important to determine the quantity of ice and type of ice your business needs when purchasing an ice machine (check out our Ice Machine Match post for help).