Top 5 Crushed Ice Machines

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Businesses in many industries utilize crushed ice makers to supply their customers or employees with soft, chewable ice. The most common industries that rely on nugget ice makers and flake ice makers are:

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Offices
  • Hospitals and clinics

The Automatic Icemakers offering for crushed ice makers is the best on the market. Through our unique program, our customers can lease top-of-the-line commercial ice equipment and receive routine maintenance and cleaning as well as repairs – all for one low monthly price. Instead of spending major capital up front to buy an ice machine then dealing with the hassle of maintaining it, business owners get a guaranteed ice supply through an Automatic Icemakers lease.

Our experienced team selected the leading crushed ice makers to explore below. All of these models are available in our all-inclusive ice machine leases.

Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH Nugget Ice Maker

Production: The Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH produces up to 321 pounds of ice per day.

Hoshizaki nugget ice makers produce a style of ice called cubelet ice, also known as Sonic ice.

Many hospitals and physical therapy clinics rely on Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH countertop ice dispensers to produce soft ice that makes it easier to treat wounds. Additionally, patients who have difficulty swallowing liquid appreciate the softer, chewable ice from the hospital’s nugget iced maker.

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The DCM-300BAH-OS model is popular in healthcare settings, because its touchless ice dispenser is  designed for maximum safety and sanitary usage. This model uses a sensor to dispense ice without a button or level needing to be pressed. This greatly reduces accidental contamination of drinkware.

Hoshizaki DCM ice dispensers are also a popular choice in other industries, such as offices, where countertop cubelet ice and water dispensers are perfect for breakrooms or waiting areas.

Our team of experts vouches for this dispenser as one of the most reliable countertop ice makers. Its stainless-steel exterior is also easy to clean and can withstand the bumps and impacts of normal daily use.

Hoshizaki FD-650MAJ-C Cubelet Ice Machine

Production: The Hoshizaki FD-650MAJ-C produces up to 622 pounds of ice per day.

If you need a high-volume crushed ice maker to meet ice demand, this may be the model for you.

The Hoshizaki FD-650 is a modular-style ice maker, meaning it requires a drink dispenser or bin to store the ice. Quick-service restaurants and soda shops find the Hoshizaki modular ice machine model particularly useful as it can be installed on top of a soda fountain to dispense large quantities of nugget ice to customers throughout the day.

It’s easy to keep this large ice maker model performing efficiently thanks to its stainless-steel auger and greaseless bearing system. It’s also easy to service, though with an Automatic Icemakers lease, you can let us worry about the machine service part.

Hoshizaki F-801MAJ Flake Ice Machine

Production: The Hoshizaki F-801MAJ produces up to 751 pounds of soft flake ice per day.

Owners or managers of high-volume seafood restaurants or seafood markets know that crushed ice is the ideal product to create stunning displays. The Hoshizaki F-801MAJ flake ice machine (sometimes called an ice chip maker) supplies crushed ice that is perfect for the job.

At many oyster bars, flake ice is substituted for chilled rock salt because it keeps oysters on the plate and keeps them cool in the process.

Another version of this model, the Hoshizaki F-801MAJ-C, produces up to 690 pounds of cubelet ice per day. This is a great alternative if you require a high volume of ice and prefer the cubelet ice shape for your business. There are many uses for nugget ice in bars or restaurants, such as in specialty drinks like margaritas, mai tais, and frozen daiquiris. Something many business owners don’t know is that nugget ice is easier on blenders than traditional crushed ice or square ice cubes. The soft texture is gentler on blender blades and takes considerably less time to crush down.

These modular-style nugget ice makers are not compatible with soda fountains and must be installed on an ice bin. Many managers choose to have employees scoop the ice by hand.

Scotsman HID312A-1 Touchless Crushed Ice Dispenser

Production: The Scotsman HID312 produces up to 260 pounds of nugget ice per day.

Scotsman, one of the top manufacturers of commercial ice machines in the U.S., produces commercial ice makers of all sorts. However, Scotsman really leads the industry in the category of touchless crushed ice machines.

The Scotsman HID312A-1 Touchless Crushed Ice Dispenser is perfect for countertop use. Like the DCM-300BAH-OS, the HID-series users are able to receive ice directly into the glass or cup thanks to a sensor. There’s no need to press a button or lever to dispense ice. The HID series also comes with Antimicrobial AquaArmor with AgION™ molded into the unit to protect against harmful contaminants.

Scotsman HID540A-1 Touchless Cubelet Ice Dispenser

Production: The Scotsman HID540-1A produces up to 500 pounds of nugget ice per day.

If you need a larger crushed ice maker for your business, look no further than the Scotsman HID540A-1 Touchless Cubelet Ice Dispenser. At 500 pounds per day, it produces an impressive amount of ice for any self-contained ice dispenser. Business owners who need a high-volume touchless ice dispenser that won’t take up a ton of space frequently choose the HID500.

Like the rest of the HID-series, the HID500 features a touchless interface to safely dispense ice. This keeps the ice sanitary and limits the risk of accidental contamination.

Need Crushed Ice for your Business? Call the Ice Machine Experts!

Automatic Icemakers has decades of experience helping customers choose from best-suited ice maker from leading ice machine manufacturers, no matter the industry. Choosing the right-sized ice machine for your business is not as simple as it seems. Our team of experts is available 24/7 to advise you, whether you need a crushed ice, a square ice, or a crescent ice machine.

We designed our comprehensive ice machine lease to take away all your worries about your ice supply. You never have to worry about scheduling maintenance or tracking down a reputable ice machine repair technician. We include biannual deep cleaning and maintenance in your commercial ice machine lease, as well as any necessary repairs.

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