Common Questions About Countertop Ice Makers
What type of ice do countertop ice machines make?
Most countertop ice makers produce nugget ice, possibly due to their compact size and frequent installation in healthcare settings. This type of soft, small ice is easily chewable, which is great for hospitals and assisted living facilities with patients who cannot safely enjoy larger ice types. In addition, many consumers prefer to pair their beverages with this type of ice because it soaks up liquids, turning any leftover ice into a tasty snack once they've finished their drinks. Because nugget ice was originally popularized by the Sonic restaurant chain, it has been nicknamed "Sonic ice."
How much ice does a countertop ice maker produce?
No matter their size, ice machines are rated by the amount of ice they can produce each day, which is measured specifically according to a 24-hour period. Some tabletop ice makers have daily production estimates of as much as 500 pounds of ice, but the majority are designed to produce between 150 and 300 pounds of ice. These units may also be able to store between 25 and 50 pounds of ice.
Do countertop ice makers dispense ice and water?
Yes, many countertop units are capable of dispensing both ice and water. However, models with ice-only capabilities are available. These may be preferred in convenience stores, quick-service restaurants, cafeterias, and other concepts using a countertop ice maker to supplement a larger drink machine or beverage station that already offers water. Countertop ice machines that only dispense ice are also often installed near drive-thru windows to supplement existing drink dispensers during peak service hours.