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What Are The Different Styles of Ice That Commercial Ice Machines Make?

Ice can be made in many shapes and types.  Each style of ice is appropriate for various applications.  Use this information to find ice machine cubers, flakers, or other models with unique forms patented by the manufacturers.

Cubers

Cube ice machines are available for as much or as little ice as you need. Smaller, undercounter ice machines make around 100 pounds a day, while some cuber heads can create upwards of 2,000 pounds of ice on a daily basis. Cuber heads generally require a suitable ice storage bin, ice dispenser, or hotel ice dispenser to store the ice created. Cube ice machines are most commonly seen in restaurants, hotels, fast food establishments, and cafes. The undercounter ice machines are great for small bars like those in hotels, or for temporary bars like those set up on a patio in the summertime. There are a few different types of ice cubes available at Ice Machines Plus.

Full Cube (Full Dice, Medium Cube)

- Traditional cube shape with relatively equal height, width, and depth. These ice cubes are most commonly used in beverages in foodservice establishments as they cool beverages quickly but melt slowly.



Half Cube (Half Dice Cube, Small Cube)

- Half of a traditional full cube, and shaped like a pat of butter. The smaller size allows more ice and less liquid per glass, which can keep costs low on high markup beverages like sodas. This ice style is ideal for self-service vending machines as well, as it dispenses easily, resists clogging, and resides in glasses more completely.



Crescent Ice

- Hoshizaki and U-Line are well-known for this type of ice. It is shaped like a half moon, curved on one side and flat on the other. Hoshizaki's ice is smaller and thinner than U-Line's ice however, making it usable for a wider variety of applications. This ice resists clumping as well, making it ideal for beverage dispensing applications.



Gourmet Ice

- This is quite possibly the highest quality ice available at the moment. Hoshizaki's calls it Top-Hat Ice. U-Line labels it Clear Ice.Manitowoc refers to this eight sided cube as Octagon Ice while Ice-O-Matic and Scotsman refer to it as Gourmet Ice. This perfectly clear ice cube is comprised entirely of water, due to its unique freezing process. Shaped like a small shot glass, this crystal clear ice is formed by eliminating air during the freezing process. Gourmet Ice adds an elegant touch to beverages in fine dining settings, especially in banquet and reception facilities. This ice adds a "Wow" factor to any beverage, and also suits certain spirits incredibly well.



Flakers

Flake Ice

- Flake ice resembles small chips of ice, which are produced in a variety of sizes. It is similar to the ice found in snow cones. Flake ice is used most commonly for food and beverage displays. This ice is often used in seafood and produce displays, allowing store owners to display perishable food items without fear of spoilage. It is desirable as it can be easily shaped and packed. Some bars choose to employ this ice for use in beer displays as well. Flake ice is also commonly used in healthcare facilities both in beverages (flake ice is small and chewable) and for treatment of injuries as flake ice can be molded to cover injured areas on the body.



Nugget Ice Makers

Nugget Ice

- Nugget ice has seen its popularity explode in recent years. Some people refer to this as "Sonic Ice", referring to the now infamous restaurant that helped make this ice famous. This ice is well known for its soft, chewable nature and for its flavor retention capabilities. Nugget ice is called "nugget ice" but Manitowoc and Scotsman, while Ice-O-Matic refers to this ice form as Pearl Ice. Hoshizaki and U-Line's call their nugget ice cubelet ice (as do a select few Scotsman ice machines), and Follett refers to this ice style as chewblet ice. It is smaller, sometimes rounded, spherical, or cylindrical, and sometimes comes in irregular cube shaped chunks as well. Many foodservice establishments enjoy serving this ice as well as it cools drinks rapidly and has a very high liquid displacement which means less liquid per glass. It is great for beverage dispensers and ideal for healthcare facility applications.



 

 


Brands

Gourmet Cube
Full-Medium Cube Small-Half Cube Flake Ice Nugget Ice Crescent Ice


Ice-O-Matic
Ice-O-Matic


Gourmet Ice

Full Cube

Half Cube

Flake Ice


Pearl Ice
(Nugget Ice)

 

Scotsman
Scotsman

Gourmet Ice

Medium Dice Cube

Small Dice Cube

Flake Ice

Nugget Ice
 

Manitowoc
Manitowoc

Octagon Ice

Full Dice Cuber

OR Full Dice Undercounter

Half Dice Cuber
OR Half Dice Undercounter

Flake Ice


Nugget Ice Head
OR Countertop Ice Maker

 

Hoshizaki
Hoshizaki


Top Hat Ice
   

Flake Ice


Cubelet Ice
(Nugget Ice)



Crescent Ice Head OR Undercounter Ice Machine

U-Line
U-Line


Clear Ice
       

Crescent Ice

Follett
Follett
       


Chewblet Ice
(Nugget Ice)

 


Still Confused About Ice Styles?

Read this article that further examines various ice styles, and provides even more information than is available on this page.