Being able to access clean, fresh ice, whenever you need to, makes for excellent operation. Whether you need to produce, store, or dispense cube ice (small and medium cube), nugget ice, or flake ice, you are sure to find a commercial ice dispenser that will perfectly suit your needs. Many ice dispensers are designed to also produce the ice as well. However, for break room or lobby use, you can also find an ice dispenser only unit.
Ice dispensers come in a number of types optimized for different facilities and operations. Many ice dispensers can be placed on a countertop. Countertop ice dispensers are great for those who don't have the floor space that a freestanding unit will typically require.
Even with a small footprint, this type of commercial ice dispenser actually has a wide range of production capacity to be able to support high-volume settings. These units also typically integrate a water-dispensing function as well to provide complete service from a single piece of equipment.
Freestanding models, on the other hand, are designed to be connected to commercial ice machine heads. This option gives you a degree of versatility because you can potentially switch to a different ice type when needed.
Dispensing technologies vary in commercial ice dispensers. Many utilize a simple push-button or cup activation system that many users are familiar with. Others simply require users to place their glass under the dispensing faucet and watch it be filled with fresh ice. This design mitigates the spread of bacteria to keep the production clean.
Both freestanding and countertop ice dispensers come with their own storage bins with varying storage capacities that should be able to store enough supply of ice in between production. There are also ice and water dispenser combinations that take the next step in space-saving.
You can select from air-cooled units and water-cooled units. Each type has its own benefits, so it is imperative to consider your kitchen environment before you take your pick. Air-cooled units are much easier to install, but since they rely on ambient temperature, proper ventilation is an absolute must. Water-cooled ice dispensers will be quieter and should perform well in hotter settings.
CKitchen is proud to deliver a full line of commercial ice dispensers from the most acclaimed names in the industry. Manitowoc, Ice-O-Matic, Scotsman, and Hoshizaki. If you need assistance in choosing the right ice dispenser, don't hesitate to give us a call for professional assistance.
We at CKitchen are from certified food service equipment professionals committed to helping you make the right purchase. We also offer other ice production equipment such as undercounter ice machines and modular ice makers.