With the holidays in the rearview, now is a great time to consider some household repairs or additions that could benefit you in the future. You can finally start thinking about improving the patio or pool area by adding a machine that creates the country’s favorite ice. Maybe your refrigerator ran out of ice during your New Year’s Eve party, and you had to leave and scramble to find a store that hadn’t yet shut for the year. Or worse, maybe your guests were left without ice for the remainder of the evening. Maybe you simply love chewing on ice, and are partial to the chewable nuggets that can seemingly only be found or bought at the local quick serve restaurant.

Thankfully, many of your ice related issues can be solved by one simple, undercounter ice maker – the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090. Need up to 85 pounds of ice produced every day? The GEMU090 can help. Want to assure that you have ice on hand for parties, special occasions, or social get-togethers? The GEMU090 stores 22 pounds when filled to capacity and the ice can be easily scooped and bagged for use at a later time. Maybe you just don’t feel like your patio or pool area is complete without an outdoor bar. Well, the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 is one of the only ice makers available that is also approved for outdoor use. If spatial restrictions are a concern, it is worth noting that the GEMU090 measures less than 15 inches wide. This Ice-O-Matic ice maker is one of the slimmest models around and, as it can produce nearly 100 pounds of ice per day, it is incredibly efficient with its use of space.

Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Quick Info

Construction Stainless Steel
Dimensions (H x W x D) 33.38" x 14.88" x 23.63"
24 hr. Production 85 Pounds
Max Storage 22 Pounds
Electric Requirements 115 V
Warranty 2 Years Parts & Labor
Ice Style Nugget (Pearl) Ice

The Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 has enjoyed immense popularity over the past few years, but this ice maker did not reach the pinnacle of its notoriety until Scotsman Ice Systems retired their NU130 from operation. The NU130 was easily Scotsman’s most popular undercounter ice maker, creating the popular nugget ice that was once strictly available at fast food chains like Sonic Drive-in and Zaxby’s, among others. Scotsman however, decided to retire the NU130 from its production line and turned their focus to a residential-grade undercounter ice maker - the Brilliance Series. With that change, the GEMU090 from Ice-O-Matic quickly became the most sought after undercounter nugget ice maker for both commercial and residential applications. It’s not all bad news for Scotsman though, since Ice-O-Matic is a subsidiary of Scotsman Industries.

Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 nugget ice maker for residential use

Despite the GEMU090’s listing as a commercial ice maker, it is well-equipped to operate in a residential environment. The GEMU090 requires simply a 115-volt wall outlet as a power source, and a floor drain to purge itself of excess water. If a floor drain is not readily available, you can add a pump kit that will help remove any excessive ice melt from the unit. The aforementioned size is also much smaller than that of a typical undercounter commercial ice maker. Like many commercial appliances, the GEMU090 is constructed entirely of stainless steel. Stainless steel is favorable due to its durability, and sleek, stylish aesthetic appeal. This allows the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 to fit in amongst modern appliances of a residential kitchen. Unlike other undercounter ice makers however, the GEMU090 does not have the ability to be fixed with an overlay kit.

A commercial undercounter ice maker like Ice-O-Matic's GEMU090 provides an additional benefit in terms of warranty as well. Most residential ice makers offer a one year warranty, because they are not constructed as soundly as commercial ice makers. The GEMU090 is covered by a two year warranty on the entire unit. Scotsman’s residential Brilliance nugget ice maker is covered by a more limited, one year warranty, and in terms of price, the GEMU090 is nearly $1,000.00 less expensive (compare the GEMU090 at $1,989.99 at IceMachinesPlus to the SCN60PA1SS at $2,956.99 at Amazon). While these ice makers produce and store identical amounts of ice, the GEMU090 costs much less, is more durable and better constructed, and is covered by twice the warranty. Despite the “commercial” tag, Ice-O-Matic’s GEMU090 is a far better fit for those that desire an in ice maker in their home.

For more information about the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090, do not hesitate to give us a call. If you are looking for an ice machine for your business, or a smaller, residential unit, our Ice Experts are here to assist.