If you’re unhappy with the service provided by your current ice machine, it’s definitely time to shop around. It’s crucial for grocery stores to be stocked with the highest quality commercial ice machines, because there is a very little margin of error. If your ice machine fails you, your store could lose thousands of dollars within hours. When considering which type of machine to get for your grocery store, there are a few factors to consider.
First, ventilation and air temperature. The amount of ventilation and air temperature can drastically affect ice output. Poor ventilation can create high temperatures inside the ice machine, which results in a lower ice production. If your machine has to work harder, it’s less efficient - and it’s costing you more money.
Another factor you’ll want to consider is water temperature. A machine that can efficiently moderate water temperature is a good machine to have. Similarly to the reason listed above, a machine that does not effectively moderate water temperature will result in a lower ice production and a lower efficiency.
Lastly, you will want to consider the type of water filter needed for the water in your area. If you live in an area with hard water, you may need a more durable type of water filter which will affect the type of machine that you need to purchase. To avoid the issue of unclean water, or water full of unwanted minerals, make sure that your machine is properly cleaned and fit with the appropriate filtration device.
We recommend a heavy duty, high production type of machine for your grocery store. Some of our favorites include the Scotsman brand, Ice-O-Matic, and Manitowoc commercial ice machines. These machines come in a variety of sizes with different capabilities for type and amount of ice production. We have an entire section of our website dedicated to ice machines for grocery stores for your browsing pleasure, and our customer service team is always available to answer any questions about the machines you may have. Shop our ice machines for grocery stores here.