Those familiar with Manitowoc know how reliable and complex ice machines from their Indigo Series are. For some though, these ice machines may seem too complex to achieve what boils down to a relatively simple objective – making ice. The Indigo Series has been renowned for its technological features, programmable ice making, and up to the minute diagnostics and reports. With the introduction of the Koolaire Series, Manitowoc has scaled back the “bonus features” to offer a simplified ice machine – one that features only three basic control switches – “On”, “Off”, and “Clean”. There is no guesswork with Koolaire ice machines. They are another exceptional option, adding to Manitowoc’s already stellar line of reliable ice machines.

Manitowoc Koolaire Ice Machine LogoIt’s not just the ice machine and the ice making process that have been simplified; the ice machine’s physical structure has been designed in a way that makes it easy to service and clean as well. If it is time to clean or service the inner parts of the ice machine, simply remove two screws and the front door can be lifted off, allowing access to the evaporator and the food zone. With other ice machines, the evaporator plate may be difficult to access. Hoshizaki’s is notoriously difficult to service when service is required. With Koolaire ice machines, all important ice machine can be accessed behind the removable door. Once inside the ice machine, parts can be removed without tools for individual cleaning if required. These parts include the water shield, the distribution pump, the floats, and the trough. Manitowoc provides an optional CleanAir™ pack that helps inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and slime in the food zone, so your ice is clean, clear, and fresh for consumption.

Even though when it comes to construction, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, these Koolaire ice machines were designed to be easy on the eyes as well. A high tech stainless steel finish offers superior corrosion resistance, and the external shell of the ice machine is smudge and fingerprint resistant. Your ice machine doesn’t have to be an eyesore, and with a Koolaire ice machine, it never is. While some ice machines require special care or chemicals to clean, Koolaire ice machines require only a mild detergent to clean its surface. This means that you are not required to purchase or handle harsh chemicals that may cost a bit more or damage the skin of those cleaning the ice machine.

Koolaire Ice Machines from ManitowocCurrently, Koolaire ice machines are only available at Ice Machines Plus and very few other select retailers. Currently, we offer only four models from the Koolaire Series at, but we are expect to add more to the list in the near future. These four models are the KD-0600A, the KY-0600A, the KD-0600W, and the KY-0600W – two air cooled ice machines (A), and two water cooled ice machines (W). KD units make full dice cubes and KY models make half dice cubes (which are called “Kubes” in this instance). These ice machines all measure 30 inches wide and have the exact same dimensions as Manitowoc’s Indigo ice machines, so they will be compatible with any of Manitowoc’s 30 inch storage bins or ice dispensers. If you already own a Manitowoc ice storage bin or ice dispenser, you will not be required to purchase a new unit. All of these Koolaire ice machines have the ability to produce between 550 and 600 pounds of ice per day.

Koolaire ice machines were designed to offer a more convenient way for businesses to make the ice needed to operate on a daily basis. Designed by the reputable Manitowoc Foodservice, you can rest assured that you will receive the same quality that they put into every one of their ice machines. Stay tuned to Ice Machines Plus, or follow us on Twitter for announcements of new ice machines and new products as soon as they become available. Or, give us a call if you have any questions regarding ice machines or any other commercial restaurant equipment.