When your business needs a commercial ice machine, do the ice machine manufacturers really matter? Many business owners are looking consistent ice cube production and reliability. Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, Scotsman, Follet — is there really a difference?
At Easy Ice, we partner with the best ice machine manufacturers to provide quality ice machines in our all-inclusive ice machine subscription. We want to show you what makes these ice machine brands the best on the market – and which machines are best for your business.
Who are the Major Ice Machine Manufacturers in the Business?
The major brands of commercial ice machines include Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, Follet, and Scotsman. All of these ice machine manufacturers make quality ice machines – some of which are specifically designed for particular industries.
For example, Follet specializes in ice bins, touchless ice dispensers, and ice bagging machines. Hoshizaki and Manitowoc have a huge line of commercial ice machine models that produce a wide range of ice cube shapes designed for a multitude of business needs.
At Easy Ice, we partner specifically with Hoshizaki and Manitowoc, because they produce the best commercial ice machines on the market. Here’s some of the reasons we partner with these top ice machine brands.
Hoshizaki America has been producing quality refrigeration appliances for decades. Most notable are their KM-series ice machines which produce their patented crescent ice. Crescent ice is one of the most popular ice shapes in the world because they are slow melting and help to reduce costs in lost product. The cubes’ rounded shape allows liquid to cascade gently into drinkware, limiting splashes and spills.
Hoshizaki ice makers also come with a unique evaporator plate design that forms cubes individually. Businesses don’t have to worry about ice clumping together in the bin, forcing employees to break the ice apart before dispensing it. Hoshizaki’s evaporator plate design is available on all their KM-series ice machines as well as their IM-series including the IM-200 and IM-500 square ice machines.
Easy Ice provides a full line of Hoshizaki commercial ice machines in a range of ice types and sizes. We have machines that produce between 300-1800 lbs. of ice a day.
Manitowoc is also one of the top ice machine manufacturers in the industry. Manitowoc ice makers are designed with efficiency in mind. Many of their ice machines are Energy Star approved, meaning they use 15% less electricity an 10% less water than other machines.
Manitowoc also designs their ice machines for easy service. All the major ice machine components are easily accessible from the front of the unit. This design helps speed up service calls and saves business owners money in the process. Routine service and maintenance are necessary to guarantee performance in all ice machine, regardless of brand. Since most ice machine technicians will charge by the hour, the quicker the service, the cheaper the bill.
Manitowoc NXT ice machines include digital touchscreen technology that helps alert users to potential issues, monitors your ice supply, and even displays contact information for the nearest Manitowoc ice machine service provider in your area.
No Matter the Ice Machine Manufacturer, Routine Service is Key.
Out of all the industrial ice machine manufacturers out there, all have the potential to run well. The big difference really lies in the quality and quantity of service. Regardless of brand, commercial ice makers require frequent preventative maintenance and cleanings in order to perform well.
Without service from a qualified ice machine technician, ice makers will break down more often, leading to unnecessary repair bills.
Deep cleanings should be performed at least twice per year by an ice machine service specialist. Light cleanings of ice makers, ice bins and ice dispensers need to be performed frequently. These cleanings are important to the health and longevity of commercial ice machines.
Get Quality Equipment and Service with Our All-Inclusive Ice Machine Subscription
Easy Ice understands that quality maintenance and service of commercial ice makers is the biggest factor in keeping an ice machine running at peak performance. That’s why our end-to-end ice machine subscription service is a smarter choice than buying or leasing a commercial ice maker — whether it’s a Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki or Follet.
We’ve partnered with Hoshizaki and Manitowoc exclusively because their ice machines are durable, reliable, and energy efficient. We offer a great selection of countertop ice machines or countertop ice dispensers, as well as large ice makers and small commercial ice machines.
Need help choosing the best brand of ice maker for your business? Give our Ice machine Experts a call. They’re available to help point you in the right direction!