The amount of ice usage is different for every industry.

How much ice does a commercial ice machine need to produce for specific needs and industries?

Our Iceologists have come up with some general guidelines around typical ice needs in specific industries to help you gauge the size of the commercial ice machines you will need.

The table shows you an approximate amount of ice you’ll need for each industry.  Keep in mind, this is a midrange calculation and your specific ice usage needs may vary.  

Our ice usage estimator chart is a good baseline as your search for the ice machine model that’s best for your business.

Approximate Daily Usage
Hotel5 lb. per guest
Hospital10 lb. per patient
Restaurant1.5 lb. per customer
Bar/Cocktail3 lb. per customer
Cafeteria1 lb. per customer
Catering1 lb. per person per event
Quick Serve Restaurant5 oz. per 7-10 oz drink
8 oz. per 12-16 oz. drink
12 oz. per 18-24 oz. drink
Seafood/Deli counter & display30 lbs. ice per cubic foot
Convenience Store6 oz. per 12 oz. drink
10 oz. per 20 oz. drink
16 oz. per 32 oz. drink


If you have any questions about ice machine sizes or ice usage, our customer service team is available for you 24/7.

Commercial ice machine subscriptions start at $129 per month for 600 lbs. of ice per day!

Hospitals and healthcare environments typically have the most ice usage per person.  To calculate how much ice an ice maker needs to produce you have to take the average pounds per day (in chart) and multiply by the number of patients.  If employees or visitors also have need for ice, you’ll need to factor that in as well.

Convenience stores need to think about the volume of fountain drinks per day.  The worst thing for a convenience store is not having enough ice for the soda fountain!  Our customer service representatives are happy to help you calculate the approximate ice usage for your store.

Regardless of how much ice your business needs, Easy Ice has the appropriate size and model of Hoshizaki commercial ice machine for you.  Our all-inclusive ice machine offering gets you not only the commercial ice maker but all repairs, preventative maintenance, water filters, Breakdown Ice and much more!

All at an affordable monthly rate with no hidden fees and no termination penalties (with 30 days notice for qualified customers). Guaranteeing a supply of safe, clean ice for your customers and employees has never been easier!

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For further assistance with sizing, give us a call!

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