Ice-O-Matic Pearl Ice Buyers' Guide
Ice-O-Matic nugget ice machines, launched in 2007, dispense the company's proprietary Pearl Ice, which is also called pellet ice or Sonic ice for the restaurant chain that made it famous. Nugget ice is incredibly popular because it's small, soft, and easier to chew than other ice types. It absorbs the flavor of the drink it's in to create a crunchy snack that many customers will go out of their way to find.
The Ice-O-Matic Advantage
Most Pearl Ice machines are air-cooled and include a self-contained refrigeration system, but are available as remote water-cooled units; however, remote water-cooled units are not available online and should be ordered from a KaTom representative by calling 1-800-541-8683. Pearl Ice machines also utilize Ice-O-Matic's PureIce Technology, which guarantees fresh, odor-free ice each time. Ice-O-Matic's Pearl Ice machines are available in three different models: countertop, undercounter, or floor.
The Countertop Model
At 15 inches wide and 34.5 inches tall, the GEMD270A countertop ice dispenser is perfect for small spaces, and its quiet operation is designed for spaces that need to avoid unnecessary noise. This Ice-O-Matic nugget ice machine can produce as much as 273 pounds of ice per day and can store 12 pounds of ice at a time. Its rapid recovery time means it can produce 11.4 pounds of ice an hour, so it can stand up to frequent use.
The GEMD270A countertop ice dispenser also dispenses water, and a lighted keypad makes it easy to choose between ice, water, or ice water options. A larger sink area means users can fill up containers like pitchers, while the touch-free dispense system makes it user-friendly and helps keep the machine sanitary after each use.
The Undercounter Model
At 33.5 inches tall, the GEMU090 Undercounter Ice Maker fits comfortably under standard counter heights, and its slim 15-inch width means it doesn't require much room. Like the countertop model, this Ice-O-Matic nugget ice machine's quiet operation makes it perfect for offices, hotel suites, or hospitals.
This model offers a maximum 85 pounds of ice a day and holds 22 pounds of ice at one time. It's available with an optional drain pump and includes a 115-volt plug that makes setting it up a simple task. For any business looking to add nugget ice without the space requirements of a larger model, the GEMU090 undercounter ice maker is a suitable option.
Ice Machine & Bin Combos
If your customer volume means you need a larger option, full-size Pearl Ice makers from Ice-O-Matic include a number of useful features. The air intake that cools the refrigerant liquid is on the front of the unit, and spent air exists at the back. That means these can be installed alongside other equipment with no side clearance required. As long as you have the vertical clearance, these ice makers should easily fit into your configuration, even when space is limited.
Ice-O-Matic's nugget ice machine heads also include SystemSafe load monitoring, which constantly checks the gearbox's workload and shuts it down if it becomes strained to prevent damage. A water sensor avoids low- or no-water failures, should your water supply become interrupted. The industrial-grade roller bearings, stainless steel evaporator and auger, and decreased water and power usage (as compared to cube ice makers) all work together to provide reliable service.
Ice-O-Matic ice bins, which can be purchased as part of a head-and-bin combo or paired separately with an ice maker, have stainless steel exteriors for durability and easy cleaning, top-hinged front-opening doors, polyethylene bin liners, and insulation for ice preservation.
The big difference between the two Pearl Ice machine and bin combos is their size and ice production volume. The GEM0956 nugget ice machine can produce 1,053 pounds of ice a day and store up to 854 pounds of ice at a time. The combined width and height for this model's ice maker and bin is 48 inches wide and 67 inches tall.
If you're looking for a smaller model, the GEM0650 produces 770 pounds of ice a day and can store 510 pounds of ice at a time. The combined width and height for this model's ice maker and bin is 30 inches wide and 67 inches tall.