The Ice-O-Matic GEM0450W is a heavy duty water cooled pearl ice maker that is capable of producing up to 508 lbs of ice in a day. With this unit, customers will be pleased with the production of soft chewable ice that everyone loves. Nugget ice, the type of ice this unit produces, is very unique because it is able to cool drinks faster as well as absorb the flavor to a greater extent compared to traditional cubed ice. The Ice-O-Matic GEM0450W is smart and durable unit. One of the features of this unit is that it's able to turn itself off depending on the evaluation of the stress levels on the gearbox(advanced load monitoring system). This is one of the most user friendly unit making it not only easy to operate but easy to clean as well. Furthermore, the types of things you won't have to clean are bacteria and slime because the AgION™ anti-microbial protection takes care of that. By comparing this product to similar icemakers you realize that this unit uses less water and power. The difference between this water cooled unit and the air cooled units is that water cooled machines have a higher yield and are more energy efficient.