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Ice Machine Education and Information Center

Ice Expert Center

 

Whether you're buying an ice machine for the first time, or you've done it before, you can always benefit from more knowledge and education. On this page you will find the latest news, ice machine buying guides, and educational resources. If you've ever wondered which ice machines make Sonic's delicious nugget ice, or which ice machines are the most energy efficient, then you're in the right place. Are water costs high in your area? We'll help you find the ice machine that uses the least amount of water in the ice making process. We aim to keep our customers up to date with new product information, as well as provide helpful tips and hints to get the most out of their existing ice machines. If you have questions, or would like to see a product reviewed in an article or blog post, feel free to call, email, or leave a comment on any post. You can start by browsing this page to find the exact information you're looking for, or visit the Ice Machines Plus Blog to view our latest posts.

 

Ice Machine Information by Brand


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Scotsman Ice Machines

Scotsman Ice machines are well-known and popular because of their conservative use of water and electricity. These ice machines often make a great amount of ice while being very conservative with their consumption of resources. Many of Scotsman's air cooled and remote air cooled ice machines are Energy Star qualified as well. Scotsman Prodigy ice machines provide some unique and beneficial technological features as well. For more information regarding Scotsman ice machines, follow the link provided.



Ice-O-Matic Ice Logo

Ice-O-Matic Ice Machines

Ice-O-Matic accurately boasts that their ice machines "make more ice for the price". If you're looking for a reasonably priced ice machine that will make more ice than the competition, you've got to consider an Ice-O-Matic ice machine. Read more about Ice-O-Matic and some of their most popular ice machines in this section.



Manitowoc Ice Snowflake

Manitowoc Ice Machines

Manitowoc ice machines are some of the most popular in the United States. Ice machines from the Manitowoc Indigo Series are some of the most advanced available to date, providing incredible advances in technology, such as programmable ice production, constant monitoring and feedback, and cleaning and sanitation reminders. To find out more about Manitowoc ice machines, follow the provided link.



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Hoshizaki Ice Machines

In terms of quality and reliability, Hoshizaki is near the top. Their ice machines are sturdily constructed, and provide the most consistent ice production when air and water temperatures increase. Hoshizaki's crescent ice also provides a few benefits that standard ice cubes do not. Continue reading about Hoshizaki ice machines to find out more.



Ice Machine Information by Category


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Buying a New Ice Machine? Stop Here First!

If you're looking to buy an ice machine for the first time, or you simply need to replace an old one for your business, home, or office, be sure to stop by here first. A lot has changed in the world of ice machines, and a lot of technological advancements have been made. There are even different types of ice that may suit you better than others. If you have a question regarding a new ice machine, it should be answered here with this list of frequently asked questions and inquiries. To find the best ice machine for you, it is important to be informed and educated. Find more information here.



Ice Machine Checklist

Finding an Ice Machine Based on Personal Needs

Perhaps you know exactly what kind of ice machine you want for your business. Maybe it is an energy efficient unit. Maybe you need an ice machine that makes 2,000 pounds of ice per day. Or perhaps, you want to finally get some of Sonic's famous nugget ice in your own home. Well fear not, because in this section we break down each company based on what they do best. Need a water cooled ice machine? Hoshizaki is the best built, and most efficient. Scotsman is well known as the frontrunner when it comes to nugget ice, but Ice-O-Matic offers the best nugget ice maker for your home. We try to cover every aspect and concern you may have in regards to your new ice machine in this area. As no two businesses are exactly identical, neither are their ice requirements or their priorities.



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Energy Star and Energy Efficient Ice Machines

Energy Star was introduced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992 for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Starting with computers and monitors, Energy Star now assesses a litany of products, including ice machines and ice makers. Generally, ice machines that feature the Energy Star label consume lesser amounts of water and electricity, and work to create ice more efficiently. Some Energy Star qualified products will qualify you or your business for rebates too, making owning an Energy Star ice machine an excellent choice.



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Saving Money with Your Ice Machine

When it comes to running a business, there are many ways to save money. With an energy efficient or programmable ice machine, you can rest assured that your ice machine won't be one of the appliances draining your wallet. All of the ice machines mentioned in the following articles will provide ice at a minimal cost. We also offer a few tips and pieces of advice on how to get the most out of your ice machine. If saving money is what you're into, consider reading further.



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Health Care Ice and Medical Ice Machines (Flake and Nugget Ice Machines)

When it comes to the health care facility, the types of ice required vary greatly. Flake ice may be required to treat less serious injuries, or to store products that require transportation and refrigeration. Nugget ice tends to be the preferred choice in beverages in most health care facilities as it is soft, chewable, and helps minimize choking risks. All of the information in this area is geared towards ice machines required in the hospital and health care field.



Manitowoc Hotel Ice Machine

Hotel Ice Machines

Perhaps the most important appliance in the hotel is the hotel ice machine. Your guests rely on the ice machine for beverages and to keep perishable food safe and cool. Without a reliable ice machine in your hotel, the quality of your guests' stay will be negatively affected. In this area, we can help you find a quiet ice machine for your hotel, an appropriate hotel ice dispenser, or even a programmable ice machine to raise or lower ice making capabilities based on occupancy levels. If space is at a premium, we can find you an ice machine that can fit easily in areas with spatial restrictions.



Manitowoc Undercounter Ice Machine

Undercounter Ice Machines and Countertop Ice Machines

At Ice Machines Plus, we sell a LOT of undercounter ice machines. Our great selection and extensive knowledge regarding undercounter ice machines and ice makers has put us at the head of the industry in undercounter ice machine sales. All of the following articles and information will provide further insight regarding the best and most popular undercounter ice machines available to date. We provide both commercial and residential undercounter ice makers, so we can find one for both your home and business.



Ice Machine Clean and Care

Ice Machine Care, Cleaning, and Service

Once you've bought your new ice machine, you must clean and care for it properly. In doing so, you can ensure that your ice machine will live a long, fulfilling life with few problems or issues. In our Ice Machine Care and Cleaning section, we'll show you how to properly care for your ice machine by providing regular cleaning and sanitation schedules. We also examine the ways in which a water filter will help improve your ice machine's ice quality and increase the life expectancy of your ice machine.



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Champion Undercounter Dishwasher

Refrigeration, Dishwashers, Ice Storage & More

As our product selection continues to expand at Ice Machines Plus, we're going to continue to provide as much information as possible as new products become available. Find out about these new products in this sections, and let us outfit your business with more than just a new ice machine. Like our ice machines, we also aim to competitively price all of our commercial appliances to save you even more money.



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Ice Style Information

Depending on your operation, you may require an ice style different from the standard full or half cube. This area will provide more details about the many different types of ice available, and help you find the type of ice that best suits your home or business. With ice for beverages, and ice for display purposes, you can now find the best ice for your establishment with ease.



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Ice Machines Plus Infographic Page

Not a big fan of reading? Check out these useful infographics that keep reading to a minimum, and make use of interactive charts and graphs to provide information to our customers. Scroll over and interact with the graphs for in-depth details. The visuals are a welcome change from the monotony of boring text, especially since ice machines aren't the most exciting topic to read about.



March Madness Best Ice Ever Tournament

In March of 2013, we witnessed on of the more intriguing March Madness tournaments ever held by the NCAA. With no shortage of upsets and Cinderella stories, it was a tough year for picking basketball team. Our inaugural "Best Ice Ever" tournament was a bit more predictable though. Nugget ice - the nation's favorite, chewable ice - took home the trophy this year, proving once again that Nugget Ice is the country's number one choice when it comes to nugget ice. Thanks to all who participated, and especially the promotional efforts provided by Scotsman Ice and Sonic Drive-In! You can see the final results now on the tournament home page. Stay tuned for more exciting activities in the future.


 

While the Ice Expert Center has been instrumental in making our content more accessible and made it easier to find an ice machine based on your needs, our blog is also updated weekly, so be sure to check it out as well, and leave any comments, concerns, or questions you may have there and we will respond as soon as they are received.