Ice Machines…Does Brand Matter?

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When your business needs a commercial ice machine, does the brand of the manufacturer really matter? Hoshizaki, Manitowac, Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic — is there really a difference?

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Restaurant owners and hotel GM’s are far less concerned with brand loyalty than with the seamless performance of a restaurant ice machine.  They just want ice in the bin and a consistent ice cube production.

All of the major brands of commercial ice machines (Ice-O-Matic, Hoshizaki, Manitowac, Scotsman) have the potential to run well, and 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.

If you purchase a Hoshizaki ice maker or Manitowoc ice maker  you are responsible for all upkeep and repairs, which is costly business!

Commercial ice makers, regardless of brand, are fickle pieces of ice equipment and unexpected repair bills are part of the package.  It’s imperative to find a qualified ice machine technician to perform the work, otherwise, you may end up with additional 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.

And don’t forget about frequent ice machine water filter changes.  It doesn’t matter what brand of ice machine you have, they all need water filters replaced at least twice per year.

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 Ice-O-Matic.  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.

What people really want is a dependable supply of ice without hassles.  Most folks don’t care what brand of ice maker they have (ice machines aren’t status symbols…yet!).  They just want safe, clean ice in the bin at all times.

Brand doesn’t matter.  Service and maintenance matter.  They are key to a happy, productive and long-lasting ice machine!

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