Monthly Archives: July 2013

  1. Hotel Ice Dispensers versus Ice Storage Bins: Which Suits You Better?

    Ice Dispenser vs Ice Storage Bin

    Having ice on hand for your hotel guests is one of the many things expected of you upon arrival at your hotel. Most people identify two things right away upon checking in: the location of the fire exits, and also important, the location of the ice machine. The size and quality of your ice machine should match the size of your hotel and the amount of ice that your guests typically require. Today, we’ll focus on which will suit your hotel, your guests, and your ice machine better: the ice dispenser or the ice storage bin. Both provide distinct advantages, and there are quite a few things to consider when deciding which would best suit your establishment.

    Ice Storage Bin from IceOMaticWhat the Ice Storage Bin Brings to Your Hotel

    Pros of the Ice Storage Bin

    Guests Are Allowed Access to More Ice

    Hotel ice dispensers may limit the amount of ice to which your guests have access. The ice scoop provided can be used to attain ice until an adequate amount is had by the user. Larger containers can be filled easily, in one stop, so guests that want to fill coolers for a day trip (to the beach or elsewhere) can do so. This saves time as ice can be accessed far more easily than with an ice dispenser.

    No minimum clearance

    One of the most inconvenient features of the hotel ice dispenser is the limit to the size of the container which can be used to be filled with ice. Manitowoc’s ice dispensers offer the greatest amount of clearance (10.5 inches), so they can accept the largest ice buckets or containers, but others have smaller sink clearances, so they may not be able to accept some containers. With the ice bin and scoop, there is no minimum clearance as ice is scooped and removed from the ice bin.

    Ice Bins Have Larger Storage Capacity

    This is simple enough. With an ice bin, you can store up to 2,000 pounds of ice. Granted, your hotel probably won’t require that much ice, but with the option of having such a great amount, an ice bin is always convenient. Most hotel ice dispensers max out around 180 pounds. Hoshizaki’s ice dispenser, the DB-200H, has the greatest storage capacity with the ability to store up to 200 pounds of ice when filled to capacity, but even the smallest ice bins can match this type of storage.

    Ice Bins Require Little to No Maintenance

    The ice bin is very simply constructed. There are no mechanical parts and very few moving parts to worry about. There are never any mechanical issues that your ice bin may face over its lifetime and, should your ice machine stop running for any reason, oftentimes you can replace the ice machine without being required to purchase a new ice storage bin. This can save you a good deal of money long term.

    CONS of the Ice Storage Bin

    Guests Handle Ice More Frequently

    In terms of sanitation, the ice bin leaves a bit to be desired. Many guests will make use of the ice bin which means there will be more hands in and around the ice bin, on the scoop, and sometimes even on the ice itself. This can allow germs and bacteria to build up incredibly quickly, and if a guest becomes sick from the ice you provided, they will more than likely blame the owner of the hotel and the ice machine. This can be a liability issue.

    Ice is Not Regulated, Can Be Used Faster

    Aside from the increased germ risk, you also have much less regulation on the amount of ice your guests are allowed. If a rowdy group of college kids are having a party in room 614, they can very easily clean out your ice machine’s storage bin in an hour or two. This can lead to lower levels (or no ice at all) for the remaining guests in your hotel, which will inevitably lead to complaints from these guests.

    Hotel Ice DispenserWhat the Ice Dispenser Brings to Your Hotel

    PROS of the Ice Dispenser

    Regulated Ice Dispensing (Especially with Room Key / Coin Op Feature)

    Not only are you able to regulate the size of the container your guests can use, but you can regulate those who have access to the ice machine with select hotel ice dispensers, especially that are operated by room key or are coin operated. This will ensure that ice is not wasted, as access will either cost money or require a room key to be swiped

    Guests Have No Direct Access to the Ice

    With the ice storage bin, your guests can directly access ice. The hotel ice dispenser keeps ice completely enclosed and it cannot be accessed without the guests using the ice dispenser. This way, ice cannot be returned to the ice dispenser, so there is zero risk of cross contamination from one guest to another. The ice is also stored in an insulated cabinet that is not exposed to the air outside, so your ice will be better protected from warmer air.

    Fewer Ice Spills

    With the ice dispenser, ice is transported directly from the dispenser to the user’s ice bucket. If there is a spill, it is usually captured in the sink area of the ice dispenser. With a bin, there is a much greater risk of spillage when transporting ice from the bin with a scoop to a container or cooler. There is also no catch sink, so any spilled ice will likely remain on the floor to melt. This can ruin hardwood floors or lead to mold buildup in carpets, not to mention the problems it may cause if wires or electrical outlets are present in the area.

    Faster Ice Fill-Ups

    With an ice dispenser, the fill-up process is simple and hassle free. There is no need to lift the bin door and repeatedly scoop out ice. Guests can push a button or a lever, receive their ice, and get on with their day. The process is far more efficient than that of filling up by repeatedly scooping ice.

    CONS of the Ice Dispenser

    Require Higher Ceiling, More Space

    The hotel ice dispenser is not a small unit, and requires a greater amount of room to operate, specifically a higher ceiling. While every company does provide the option of a 22 inch wide ice dispenser, they often stand taller than the standard ice storage bin. If you own an older hotel with lower ceilings, finding room for your ice machine and ice storage bin to operate can be an inconvenience.

    More Likely to Require Repairs / Service

    The hotel ice dispenser features far more moving parts than the standard ice storage bin. More moving parts can equate to more problems, and because of this, hotel ice dispensers are susceptible to breakdowns more frequently than ice storage bins. You will never see an “Out of Order” sign on an ice bin, but you may on an ice dispenser from time to time. Your guests will not react warmly to this inconvenience.

    Accepts Limited Amount of Container

    With a hotel ice dispenser, the sink area is limited in size, so not every container can be easily filled, whereas ice scooped from an ice bin can be placed in any container desired. If ice is limited to smaller containers, guests will have to make trips more frequently, which will create more foot traffic in your hallways, and can lead to a greater amount of guest disturbances and complaints.

    Cost

    In terms of cost, the hotel ice dispenser costs far more than an ice storage bin. Cost of operation will also be greater due to the fact that the ice dispenser requires a greater amount of electricity to operate. If you are looking to save money, an ice storage bin will definitely be a better choice than an ice dispenser.

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    There are benefits and drawbacks to both the hotel ice dispenser and the standard ice storage bin. They are for you to weigh in order to find the best piece of equipment for your establishment. As always, you can call Ice Machines Plus for assistance in finding the right one for your hotel or motel. Your requirements will vary based on the size, occupancy, and location of your hotel or motel. Find all of our hotel ice dispensers here and our ice storage bins here. For help finding the best dispenser, consult this article about hotel ice dispensers, which compares all of those available at Ice Machines Plus in one easy-to-read chart.

  2. U-Line 3036RRGL: A Classy, Craft Beer Refrigerator

    U-Line Glass Door RefrigeratorBeer lovers, rejoice! A refrigerator has finally arrived that will perfectly suit the varying temperature requirements of your most coveted microbrews.  Whether you prefer a majestic, 100 IBU double IPA, are more enamored with light ciders, or simply like having a great variety on hand from which to choose, the U-Line 3036RRGL will adequately house all of your favorite beers. With the U-Line 3036RRGL, not only can you store your beer at any temperature from 34 to 70 degrees, but you are allotted two individually operating temperature zones. This way, if you want to store some heavier, imperial stouts along with a few “pounders” of the macrobrew variety, you can set one side of the refrigerator to a lower temperature and the other side to a more suitable, higher temperature. U-Line is the master of undercounter conveniences like this.

    Beer Filled U-Line 3036RRGLThe 3036RRGL from U-Line is especially helpful for those beers that are recommended to be stored at “room” or “basement” temperatures. If your basement is unfinished and stuffy (like mine), it can become like a heat retaining oven in the summer. The temperature is not ideal for storing beer in cellar-like conditions, as good beers can see their quality diminish incredibly quickly. In the winter, temperatures are reasonable, but since they are not sustainable year-round, having an undercounter refrigerator like the 3036RRGL is an incredible convenience. This way, your refrigerator can imitate “basement temperatures” even if your basement does not provide them.

    There are a few additional features that set U-Line’s 3036RRGL apart from standard refrigerators. The 3036RRGL makes use of a convectional cooling system, so air is forced around the entire cabinet, ensuring that all items remain at a uniform temperature no matter their position in the cabinet. No longer will items on the bottom shelf cool more quickly, or remain at lower temperatures than those on top. The 3036RRGL has a large storage capacity, despite its small size, with the ability to store up to 254 12 ounce cans or 120 12 ounce glass bottles (I’ve seen some of your beer collections out there, so this should come as welcome news). Craft beer drinkers may not agree on a favorite beer, but most will agree that having a variety on hand is preferable. With over seven cubic feet for storage and six adjustable glass shelves, your beer collection can grow and flourish with the best of them. Just remember, in terms of aging: IPAs, drink in days, but your stouts can be left out.

    Bourbon County Bottle and GlassTry this world class, barrel aged stout at or slightly below room temperature.

    The U-Line 3036RRGL works well to accommodate the needs of the many. There are a multitude of factors that may influence a beer drinkers’ beverage of choice for the evening – mood, company, previous activities – and it always helps to have a variety of options on hand from which you (and maybe your friends) can choose. I for example, prefer a few extra cold “Anything Lights” on a Friday night after practice over slowly sipping on a room temperature oatmeal stout. Watching football on a Sunday afternoon in the cold New England weather lends itself more towards a thick, heavy, barrel aged stout (Goose Island Bourbon Country, in particular). Only with the U-Line 3036RRGL can you have the perfect beer, at the perfect time, and the perfect temperature.

    The 3036RRGL from U-Line is constructed with two glass doors, while it features either a stainless steel overlay or a custom wood overlay. The wood overlay must be provided by the owner, and this allows you to choose a design that will match surrounding appliances or décor. The 3036RRGL is digitally controlled, so the temperature you set will be the temperature at which your beer remains. There is no guesswork when it comes to dealing with the temperature controls and again, the convectional cooling system helps keep the entire cabinet at a stable, consistent temperature.

    While there is a lot of science that goes into the beer brewing process, the aspect of storing your beers should not be as difficult. Make it even easier, and have fresh, perfectly chilled brews on hand at all times, with help from the U-Line 3036RRGL, and if you're into kegging your home brews and require a tap system for your home, we can provide you with commercial quality draft beer coolers as well.

  3. Scotsman Ice Machines: Less to Own, Less to Operate

    Scotsman Prodigy LogoHave you ever bought a car at a price that seemed like a phenomenal deal at the time? The price was low, the car looked good, and you were happy to drive away with your fancy new piece of property. If so, what happened next? Did the car perform poorly? Did it devour gas and drain your wallet? Most importantly, did it live up to your expectations from the day you bought it? Speaking from experience, it is not often that these “bargain deals” provide you with anything more than a headache, and they rarely provide the quality for which you may have been searching. Thankfully, when it comes to ice machines, Scotsman is a brand that can be relied on to serve your business for years to come. Scotsman’s high quality ice machines cost less up front and less to operate – and they do it without sacrificing quality or ice making capabilities.

    Made in U.S.A LogoThere are a few reasons why Scotsman is able to keep their ice machine prices so low. First, Scotsman manufactures and produces all of their ice machines in the United States, so there is no cost to import them from another country. They are also simply, yet smartly designed. With some competitors, you may pay extra simply based on name recognition. If you purchase an ice machine with additional technological features, the price may also increase by a few hundred to a thousand dollars. We see these two issues in the case of Manitowoc, whose ice machines with comparable ice production cost far more than Scotsman’s. In terms of technological offerings however, Scotsman is second only to Manitowoc, yet Scotsman’s prices are far more competitive.

    While Scotsman ice machines cost less up front, their benefits extend far beyond the initial price tag. Scotsman has built a foundation based on efficiency and conservation. They have been associated with multiple charitable efforts, and their Prodigy ice machines are easily some of the most efficient around – requiring far less electricity and water during the ice making process than other ice machines.* Nearly all of Scotsman’s Prodigy ice machines are Energy Star qualified as well which allows owners to collect rebates in many areas of the country. When we talk about costing less to operate, we mean far less than the closest competitor. The rebates received on some ice machines can come close to nullifying the cost of operation completely, providing just another reason to choose Scotsman ice machines.

    [*Air cooled and remote air cooled models only. Scotsman water cooled ice machines actually require more water on average than any other ice machine provider. Read more about ice machine misconceptions and half-truths here.]

    Scotsman's Popular Nugget IceScotsman provides a great deal of options for those looking for a new ice machine. You can find a Scotsman ice machine that creates one of five different types of ice, so you can choose the one that best suits your establishment, no matter what it is you do. You can find undercounter ice machines for your home, countertop nugget ice makers for your health care facility, or ice machines that make over 2,000 pounds of ice on a daily basis. Scotsman offers thinner ice machines (22 inches wide) for those that do not have a lot of room to place an ice machine, and small undercounters that were designed to fit under standard bar counters, standing no more than 33 inches tall.

    It is easy to see that Scotsman has taken the principle of “Less is More” and turned it into a successful business model. Scotsman has learned to create ice machines that conserve water and energy without sacrificing ice production. From their ever popular nugget ice machines to their high output, 2,000 pounds per day cuber heads, Scotsman ice machines give you more of what you want while cutting the cost of operation and ownership. This is why Scotsman continues to be one of the biggest influences on the ice machine industry. If you need a new ice machine for your business, you would be foolish to ignore what Scotsman has to offer.

  4. A New Ice Age: Are You Cashing in on the Nugget Ice Craze?

     Scotsman’s Nugget Ice Still Leads the Way.

    While it may no longer be a well-kept secret (or a secret at all anymore), it can safely be said that, when it comes to the various ice styles served in foodservice establishments everywhere, nugget ice (the ice used by Sonic Drive-In, among others) is the most sought after by customers throughout the foodservice industry. This is the only ice style that has a steady social following, and if you are even remotely familiar with social / internet marketing, you know there is nothing more desirable than having your customers do much of your promoting for you. Potential new customers are far more likely to listen to and trust information provided by friends and family than they are a company or brand that engages in shameless self-promoting.

    People Love Nugget Ice on TwitterSeveral restaurants already serve chewable, nugget style ice. Taco Time and Zaxby’s are a few of the more notable, and they are also receiving social exposure similar to Sonic. Go to Twitter and search “Sonic Ice” or “Zaxby Ice”, and you will see that the nugget ice served in these locations has accrued quite a following. Publicity like this is free, and genuinely heartfelt. You and your business will get exactly what you want by adding a nugget ice machine to your establishment – EXPOSURE! Not only do people enjoy this ice more, but they enjoy telling their friends and followers that they enjoy it! (See Image on Right). When was the last time you read a social post regarding boring, square ice cubes from your restaurant? Ever notice that no one seems to pay much attention to these cubes? That’s because they’re simple, standard, run of the mill, and somewhat boring.

    Sonic Ice on InstagramScotsman’s nugget ice is written about, blogged about, tweeted and re-tweeted, and the best part about it is, this ice style is not owned by any single restaurant chain. It can be yours in whatever line of business you are in. Nugget ice is beloved in hospitals, restaurants, health care facilities, and even in the comfort of your own home. We even found a blog post singing the praises of the nugget ice served in hospitals! When we call nugget ice “The Ice of the People”, we're not exaggerating. During the 2013 NCAA March Madness Tournament, we created a “Best Ice Ever” Tournament to run simultaneously in order to find the most popular ice in the country. While the response was decent at first, Sonic and Scotsman then got wind of the tournament, and they passed on the link to their followers and nugget ice absolutely crushed the competition! These are loyal ice lovers who take their devotion to Scotsman’s nugget ice very seriously.Our tournament went viral and people remained interested throughout the NCAA tournament!

    As we mentioned earlier, Scotsman offers a great deal of ice machines that provide nugget ice in different capacities. The standard nugget ice making head is the choice for most restaurants and quick-serve establishments. Nugget ice machine heads must operate with a suitable ice bin or ice dispenser beneath them to have a place for ice to be stored. In many hospitals, health care facilities, and cafeterias, Scotsman’s countertop nugget ice machines perform more than capably enough in most situations. Most of these ice machines operate via a hands free dispenser, so the operator is never required to touch the ice machine. This makes Scotsman countertop nugget ice machines a top choice, especially if they will be used and operated by a large number of people. They help minimize the spread of germs, bacteria, and illness. In the home, the GEMU090 is now the “go-to” option for those that want a high quality, commercial, undercounter nugget ice machine. The GEMU090 is sold by Ice-O-Matic, which is owned by Scotsman.

    Some may see serving nugget ice as a gimmick, but gimmicky or not, this ice has developed an immense following, and you can expect to improve your bottom line with the addition of a nugget ice machine from Scotsman. These ice machines may cost slightly more than Scotsman's standard cuber heads, but they will prove their worth as soon as your customers get word of the nugget ice you now offer in your establishment. They often require less water to create ice while using less or comparable amounts of electricity. The only purpose that nugget ice does not serve incredibly well is in alcoholic mixed drinks. Nugget ice does however accompany blended drinks exceptionally well, as it is soft, and breaks apart easily.

    Of course, you can always carry on serving the standard, solid ice cubes too. Scotsman has quite a few ice machines that will satiate the needs of those who would rather enjoy cubed ice. But with so much potential free exposure, you must ask yourself, “Can I really not benefit from a bit of added publicity?” Nugget ice may very well be the ice of the future, and those who do not adapt will be left behind, falling victim to the latest “Ice Age”. No one wants to fall behind or be left frozen in time. That is why you should strongly consider nugget ice from Scotsman’s ice machines.

  5. Ice Machine Not Working? Let Us Help!

    Ice Machine Not Making IceIf your ice machine consistently looks like this, it may be time to find a new one for your business.

    If you own an ice machine, chances are you’ve asked this question at one point or another. Unfortunately, there is no simple, clear cut explanation for why your ice machine is not making ice. There are many factors that play a part in the ice making process, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong with your ice machine in its lifetime. Hopefully, with this guide, you will be able to identify the problem or problems facing your ice machine and you will be able to get your unit back to doing what it is supposed to do – making ice for you and your establishment. We separated these issues into two categories: External Factors and Human Errors. Some are easy to fix while some require additional time or resources, but with this list, you should be able to locate the problem and fix it accordingly.

     

    EXTERNAL FACTORS

    Temperature / Weather

    High Temperature Thermometer

    Temperature increases can kill your ice machine's production

    This issue is faced by those who allow their ice machine to operate in a commercial kitchen or any other high temperature areas of your establishment. When forced to operate under these conditions, your ice machine may struggle greatly. In fact, most ice machines are rated by their performance in 90 degree heat, and some can lose up to 30% of their ice production when making ice in elevated temperatures. During my years of bartending, (although our ice machine made use of a remote air cooled condenser) we would always notice a dip in ice production when it became excessively hot (95+ degrees over a few days). When the air temperature is too high, water temperatures often increase, and your ice machine requires more time to bring the water to acceptable levels for ice making. This can slow ice making or bring it to what seems like a standstill. For this reason, it helps to purchase an ice machine that makes more ice than you will require on a daily basis.

     

    Improper Clearance

    Almost every air cooled ice machine head and undercounter ice machine requires six inches of clearance for optimum ice making. Manitowoc ice machines advise more, with eight inches as the recommended value. If your ice machine does not have the proper amount of room to operate, it will not be able to take in air to keep the condenser cool. If the condenser is not cool, your ice machine’s ice making power will suffer. Dust and dirt gathered on your condenser coils can also affect ice machine performance, but we will address this later at a greater length. You should always adhere to the minimum clearance recommended by the ice machine manufacturer to get the most out of your ice machine.

    Ice / Minerals on Evaporator Plate

    Sometimes, mineral deposits will affect the way ice is harvested after being created on the evaporator plate. Ice may continue to grow and thicken as your evaporator plate cannot warm efficiently enough to drop your ice into the bin. Generally, lower quality water can leave behind mineral or scale deposits, and those can build up on your evaporator plate. If these issues are left unattended, your ice machine may continue to produce ice, but it will often be thin, watery, and of low quality. In most cases, a thorough cleaning will solve these problems. If you haven’t already, you should consider adding a water filter to your ice machine, which will greatly reduce (if not completely eliminate) the amount of sediment and minerals in the water used for ice making. Your evaporator plate is one of the most important pieces of your ice machine, so it should be cared for accordingly.

    Scale Buildup

    As water travels from the clouds, through the soil, and eventually into your ice machine, it may pick up small, microscopic minerals along the way. When this water runs through your ice machine, these mineral deposits can be left along way, and can build up over time. In doing so, your ice machine will create ice less efficiently. Scale buildup is one of the most common causes of machine malfunction. Everpure provides more information on scale buildup, and details how to identify which minerals are most present in your water. Scale buildup can be minimized and prevented with a proper water filter, and it can be removed with any of the scale removal products found at Ice Machines Plus as well.

    Dirty Condenser

    Dust on Ice Machine Condenser The dust on this condenser is inhibiting airflow to the ice machine

    The condenser coils can be found behind the vents on the sides or top of your ice machine (air cooled models). Through these vents, warm air is filtered out and away from your ice machine to allow it to make ice with greater ease and to keep the unit cool. These coils however, can collect dust, dirt, and grease which can inhibit the transfer of heat away from the ice machine. In the case of dust and dirt, you can easily wipe them away with a moist towel with little effort. If it is grease buildup, a deeper clean may be warranted, usually one that makes use of a cleaning solution or chemical if the situation is exceptionally bad.

    Water Issues

    Obviously, water is required to make ice. So, if your ice machine is not making ice, you may need to check that your water supply is adequately connected and providing water to your ice machine. If the water is warmer, it may take longer for your ice machine to create ice. The optimal temperature for water used in your ice machine is 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    HUMAN ERRORS

    Ice Machine Programming or Settings are Off

    Programming Indigo Ice Machine

    While some of your problems can be chalked up to a faulty unit or other external problems, human error may also play a role in your ice machine’s performance. Some ice machines (notably Scotsman’s and Manitowoc’s) can be programmed to make ice on a schedule or to not make ice when it is not required. If your ice machine was set to rest or sleep for a certain amount of time, it is quite possible that someone forgot or neglected to adjust the settings back to ‘ice making’ mode. These settings can be adjusted rather simply however and your ice machine should get back to making ice in little time.

    Ice Machine Not Plugged In

    Well, this one is a head slapper. You checked all of the previous problems we listed and then you saw the plug resting on the ground behind the ice machine, or that the ice machine was simply turned off! Whether someone tripped over the cord and it was pulled from its socket or your ice machine was unplugged or turned off by someone with malicious intent is for you to find out, but for now, plug it back in and get back to making the ice that your customers need!

    Hopefully, upon finishing this list, you will have found the cause of and solution to your problem and your ice machine is once again making ice. If the problem was internal, you may want to consider a water filter from our water filter store, or any of our scale reducing products. If your ice machine is still not making ice, you may have to search locally for a repair person, which may cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. In these cases, it is best to assess your options and consider the cost of repairs versus the cost of a new ice machine. In that latter case, we will be able to provide you with the ice machine that best suits your business, so do not hesitate to give us a call!

  6. Ice Dispensers - Your Hotel and Guests Deserve the Best

    Summer is here, and this means one thing to many hotel owners - occupied rooms, hordes of vacationers, and most importantly, more business for your establishment. It can be easy to overlook some of the issues that face your hotel when the rooms are empty and guests are not around, but when your hotel is fully occupied, many of its faults become magnified. The leaky, dripping sink in Room 312 becomes an issue to the light-sleeping family. John in 113 is complaining that cell phone reception is poor in his room, and he cannot get a wi-fi signal for his laptop, and the recently graduated college students can't seem to figure out how to work the ice dispenser to keep their drinks cold. While we don't employ plumbers, and we probably can't help John find better reception (move to a higher room maybe?), we can make sure your hotel guests are never without ice by outfitting you (and them) with the perfect hotel ice machine and ice dispenser.

    On the surface, the hotel ice dispenser is simply the vessel by which ice is transported from your ice machine to your guests. But the ice dispenser is also a reflection of you, and the amount of care care you put into your hotel and your guests. The quality of the unit, the ease by which the ice dispenser is operated, and the size of the container that the ice dispenser accepts are all qualities that make one ice dispenser more desirable than another. Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, Manitowoc, and Hoshizaki all provide hotel ice dispensers for use in conjunction with their ice machines, and all of them measure either 22 or 30 inches. Their differences, while somewhat subtle, are many, and can make a big difference in the quality of your guests' stay in your establishment.

    To make it easier to find the best hotel ice dispenser for your location, we created this easy to read table that breaks down every ice dispenser offered at Ice Machines Plus. This way, you can find the most fitting ice dispenser that suits you and your guests' needs. In each category, we highlighted the ice dispenser that "won" the category, and provided the greatest advantage in the selected area. Scotsman's HD30B for example, is offered at the lowest price, but Hoshizaki's DB-200H ice dispenser holds the greatest amount of ice at 200 pounds. The 11 foot power cord on the HD30B is also the longest, so your ice dispenser can be placed further away from an existing wall outlet. With this guide, you can assess all of the most important qualities that each of these hotel ice dispensers will provide to your establishment.

    Ice Dispensers for Hotels

    As you can see, each of these ice dispensers provides the owner with distinct advantages. It should be noted that while these ice dispensers do not require any additional clearance to operate, the ice machine that sits on top of them may require six to eight inches of clearance to create ice effectively. You should plan accordingly when selecting an ice dispenser and should also be aware that these units are simply ice dispensers and they require an ice machine to be purchased in addition to them. Also, Manitowoc's SFA ice dispensers are not listed here, as they can be modified to accept room keys or coins in order to dispense ice. The SRA and SCA dispensers are essentially SFA dispensers with one modification made to them. Otherwise, they are all identical.

    Below, you can find the same information provided by the image above, but in print form. This way, you can consult whichever guide you find easier to follow or understand. Note - All of these features, prices, and characteristics are current as of July, 2013. There may be changes made to these ice dispensers, so it is always best to consult one of our Ice Experts to make sure all of this information is current and up to date.

    • HD30B

      • 30 inches wide, stores up to 180 pounds of ice.
      • Suitable ice machines: C0330, C0530, C0630
      • Maximum daily output of accompanying ice machine: 776 pounds (C0630)
      • Dispensing Method: Push Chute
      • Sink Clearance Height: 8.75 inches
      • Power Cord: 11 feet, included
      • Insulation: Foam
      • Dispense Rate: 15 pounds per minute
      • Pros: Can hold lots of ice, operate with ice machine that creates lots of ice
      • Cons: 30 inch width and side clearance may limit areas of operation
    • HD30W (Features Water Dispenser)

      • 30 inches wide, stores up to 180 pounds of ice
      • Suitable ice machines: C0330, C0530, C0630
      • Maximum daily output of accompanying ice machine: 776 pounds (C0630)
      • Dispensing Method: Push Chute
      • Sink Clearance Height: 8.75 inches
      • Power Cord: 11 feet, included
      • Insulation: Foam
      • Dispense Rate: 15 pounds per minute
      • Pros: Water dispenser gives guests access to fresh, filtered water in a convenient location. Can hold lots of ice, operate with ice machine that creates lots of ice
      • Cons: 30 inch width and side clearance requirements may limit areas of operation
    • HD22B

      • 22 inches wide, stores up to 120 pounds of ice
      • Works with ice machines: C0322, C0522
      • Maximum output of accompanying ice machine: 475 pounds (C0522)
      • Dispensing Method: Push Chute
      • Sink Clearance Height: 8.75 inches
      • Power Cord: 11 feet, included
      • Insulation: Foam
      • Dispense Rate: 15 pounds per minute
      • Pros: Slimmer model can fit in greater variety of location
      • Cons: Limited daily output and ice storage due to size.

     

    • CD40030

      • 30 inches wide, stores up to 180 pounds of ice.
      • Suitable ice machines: ICE0400, ICE0500, ICE0600, ICE0800, ICE1000
      • Maximum daily output of accompanying ice machine: 997 pounds (ICE1000)
      • Dispensing Method: Push Chute
      • Sink Clearance Height: 8.75 inches
      • Power Cord: 11 feet, included
      • Insulation: Foam, 4 Inches
      • Dispense Rate:  15 pounds per minute
      • Pros: Can hold lots of ice, operate with ice machine that creates lots of ice
      • Cons: 30 inch width and side clearance may limit areas of operation
    • CD40130 (Features Water Dispenser)

      • 30 inches wide, stores up to 180 pounds of ice.
      • Suitable ice machines: ICE0400, ICE0500, ICE0600, ICE0800, ICE1000
      • Maximum daily output of accompanying ice machine: 997 pounds (ICE1000)
      • Dispensing Method: Push Chute
      • Sink Clearance Height: 8.75 inches
      • Power Cord: Included
      • Insulation: 4 Inch Foam
      • Dispense Rate: 15 pounds per minute
      • Pros: Can hold lots of ice, operate with ice machine that creates nearly 1000 pounds. Also dispenses water
      • Cons: 30 inch width and side clearance may limit areas of operation
    • CD40022

      • 22 inches wide, stores up to 120 pounds of ice.
      • Suitable ice machines: ICE0320, ICE0520
      • Maximum daily output of accompanying ice machine: 559 pounds (ICE0520)
      • Dispensing Method: Push Chute
      • Sink Clearance Height: 8.75 inches
      • Power Cord: Included
      • Insulation: 4 Inch Foam
      • Dispense Rate: 15 pounds per minute
      • Pros: Slim unit- can fit in greater variety of locations. Storage area filled faster.
      • Cons: Does not have ability to hold as much ice as larger units. Not compatible with larger ice machines.
    • 22 inches wide, stores up to 120 pounds of ice.
    • Suitable ice machines: I-320 Series, I-520 Series.  IB-0894YC, IB-1094YC
    • Maximum daily output of accompanying ice machine: 1070 pounds (IB-1094YC)
    • Dispensing Method: Rocking Chute
    • Sink Clearance Height: 10.5 inches
    • Power Cord: 6 Feet, Included
    • Insulation: Polyurethane
    • Dispense Rate:  Not Listed
    • PROS

    -Does not take up a lot of space

    -Coin/Room Key limits excess or wasteful ice consumption

    -Accepts two ice machines with very high daily outputs (800+ pounds)

    • CONS

    -Does not have the highest storage capacity

    -Coin operation may put off guests who expect ice included with room rental

    • SPA-310, SCA-330 (Coin Operated), SRA-340 (Room Key Activated)

      • 30 inches wide, stores up to 180 pounds of ice.
      • Suitable ice machines: I-0300 Series, I-0500 Series, I-0800, I-1000, I-1200 (30 inch units)
      • Maximum daily output of accompanying ice machine: 1200 pounds (I-1200 Series)
      • Dispensing Method: Rocking Chute
      • Sink Clearance Height: 10.5 Inches
      • Power Cord: 6 Feet, Included
      • Insulation: Polyurethane
      • Dispense Rate: Not Listed

       

      • PROS

    -Many ice machines suitable for accompaniment

    -Coin/Room Key limits excess or wasteful ice consumption

    -Accepts multiple ice machines very high daily outputs (800+ pounds)

    -Indigo Cube ice machines with hotel dispensers are most advanced on the market

    • CONS

    -Wide dispenser. Manitowoc ice machines also require the most clearance (8 inches each side) to operate.

    -Coin operation may put off guests who expect ice included with room rental

    • Hoshizaki Ice Dispensers

      • DB-130H

        • 22 Inches Wide, stores 130 pounds of ice
        • Suitable Ice Machines: KM-320, KM-501, or KM-630 Series
        • Maximum output of accompanying ice machine: 630 pounds (KM-630)
        • Dispense Method: Push Button
        • Sink Clearance: 8.63 inches
        • Power Cord: Not Provided (Must be Hard Wired)
        • Thick foam-insulated polyethylene lined bin
        • Dispense Rate: 20 pounds per minute

         

      • PROS

    -Slim Model, can fit almost anywhere

    -Holds the most ice out of all 22 inch hotel ice dispenser

    -Fast Dispense Rate

    -Hands are removed from the sink area while accessing ice because of button's location

    -ADA Compliant Sink Area

    • CONS

    -No power cord provided- You must make arrangements with electrician.

    -Not compatible with high output ice machines like other brands

    • DB-200H

      • 30 Inches Wide, stores 200 pounds of ice
      • Suitable Ice Machines: KM-320, KM-515, KM-600 or KM-650 Series
      • Maximum output of accompanying ice machine: 680 pounds (KM-650)
      • Dispense Method: Push Button
      • Sink Clearance: 8.63 inches
      • Power Cord: Not Provided (Must be Hard Wired)
      • Thick foam-insulated polyethylene lined bin
      • Dispense Rate: 13 pounds per minute

       

      • PROS

    -ADA Compliant Sink Area

    -Hands are removed from the sink area while accessing ice because of button's location

    -Greatest storage capacity of all ice dispensers

    • CONS

    -No power cord provided- You must make arrangements with electrician.

    -Despite larger size, ice dispenser does not accommodate ice dispensers of much greater output.

    -Lower dispense rate than 22 inch, DB-130H

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