Scotsman Ice Machine Reviews
For years, Scotsman's ice machines have been providing businesses with reliable ice production. Scotsman ice machines continue to be some of the most popular in the industry, with a wide range of models available. Scotsman offers ice machines that create cube, flake, gourmet, and most popular, nugget ice. This ice is famous for its chewable nature, and for its flavor retaining capabilities, and has found numerous followers around the country. This article will review in detail some of Scotsman's most popular ice machines, what you can expect from them, and how they will fit into your establishment.
Scotsman's CU1526MA is the smallest undercounter ice machines available to produce medium sized ice cubes. These cubes resemble standard playing dice in shape, and primarily see use in fountain sodas and mixed drinks. This ice style is perfect for bars and restaurants. This is one of Scotsman's Prodigy ice machines as well. One thing that sets Prodigy ice machines apart from the competition is their conservative use of water and electricity. These ice machines produce the same amount of ice as competing models, but do so using less resources. In doing so, the CU1526MA is ENERGY STAR qualified as well. This ice machines is air-cooled and will produce anywhere from 150-200 pounds of ice per day, depending on the temperature of the air and water surrounding the ice machine. Its internal storage bin can hold up to 80 pounds when filled completely.
Another one of Scotsman's undercounter ice machines, the CU50GA is constructed a bit differently than the CU1526MA, and it also produces a different type of ice. The CU50GA resembles a small, undercounter refrigerator, measures less than 15 inches wide, and stands just under 35 inches tall. This ice machine creates gourmet ice - a hard, clear ice cube that is composed entirely of water, while minerals and other impurities are filtered out. It works great in offices, board rooms, and executive suites. This ice is elegant, meant for special occasions as well, and complements scotch and other spirits very well. Unfortunately, the CU50GA does not produce a great amount of ice on a daily basis - only about 65 pounds per day. It also has the ability to store around 24 pounds of ice, making this ice machine from Scotsman better for more personal, intimate use. The CU50GA is also equipped with a gravity drain, not like its cousin the CU50PA which uses a pump to remove excess water. Both the CU50GA and CU50PA have been approved for outdoor use however, making them more versatile than most other ice machines.
This ice machine head is one of Scotsman's most popular. The C0530MA cuber head can produce up to 560 pounds of ice per day in ideal conditions. This is generally adequate to service the needs of a mid-sized bar or restaurant. This unit is just the cuber head however, and an appropriate bin or dispenser must be purchased in addition to the ice machine head, if you do not have a suitable one on hand already. The C0530MA produces medium sized cubes, perfect for soft drinks and mixed drinks. As one of Scotsman's Prodigy ice machines, the C0530MA requires less water and electricity to produce the same amount of ice as similar cuber heads from other brands. These ice machine also make use of Scotsman's AutoAlert system, which reminds users of cleaning and sanitizing schedules, and alerts them of potential problems with their ice machine. This ENERGY STAR qualified ice machine also has other optional features available that allow users to program ice production rates for up to seven days ahead of time.
This air-cooled, flake ice machine from Scotsman serves to create up to 1,100 pounds of flake ice in a 24 hour period. Flake ice, primarily used for seafood or produce displays in supermarkets or fish markets, is desired for its soft, malleable nature. This ice can be shaped and formed to fit around objects without causing damage to the products with which it comes in contact. As this ice comes in direct contact with the product itself, it allows the product to remain cooler while safely displayed. As one of Scotsman's Prodigy ice machines, the F1222A features the same AutoAlert system as the C0530MA, and some of the same optional accessories. Like any standard cuber or flaker head, the F1222A does require a bin to store the flake ice it creates.
Now we get to the nugget ice that everyone loves! This is one of Scotsman's countertop ice machines, which also happens to be one of the most sanitary nugget ice machines around. The MDT5N40A features touch-free technology that senses when a user’s glass is present, and dispenses either water or ice automatically. There are no buttons to push as water and ice are dispensed from two separate chutes. The MDT5N40A produces up to 523 pounds of nugget ice per day when air and water temperatures are ideal, and the internal, self-contained bin stores around 40 pounds of nugget when filled to capacity. This ice machine is smaller, and fits well in the office break room or cafeteria. If you, your customers, or your employees love nugget ice, you'll love this countertop nugget ice machine. Scotsman also improved the operational noise produced by the MDT5N40A, decreasing the fan noise by about 25%. A smaller model is available in the MDT5N25A, with more information available here. (Note: The MDT5N40A has been replaced by the HID540A-1. The MDT5N25A has been replaced by the HID525A-1.)
Scotsman NU130 (Discontinued)
For years, this ice machine enjoyed great popularity among nugget ice lovers around the country. Unfortunately, Scotsman has discontinued the commercial NU130, but we still field many queries and questions regarding this quality undercounter ice machine. We at Ice Machines Plus now recommend the GEMU090, a comparable nugget ice machine from Ice-O-Matic. Scotsman is the parent company of Ice-O-Matic and the NU130 and the GEMU090 are nearly identical in terms of ice style, and storage capacity. You can find the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 on our site if you want to provide the lovable nugget ice in your home or business.
Hopefully these reviews have helped to educate you a bit more on some of Scotsman's most popular ice machines. For more information, check out some of our other posts in our Ice Expert Center, or give us a call at 1-877-900-4423 to find the perfect Scotsman ice machines for your establishment.