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Nugget Ice Machines

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The verdict is in and customers love the soft, chewable texture of ice produced by a nugget ice machine. Nugget ice, also known as chewable ice, pellet ice, pearl ice and “Sonic” ice can make a great addition to your ice offerings, or be your primary ice offering. Nugget ice cools quickly and has excellent color and flavor retention. This versatile ice will please both full-service and quick-service restaurant customers with its ability to easily blend into smoothies and frozen cocktails while enhancing carbonated beverages.

Nugget ice is also ideal for health care settings because its soft and chewable consistency is safer and more comfortable for patients to chew. When purchasing a nugget ice machine the most important attribute to consider is the 24 hour yield of the unit. To ensure that you get an ice maker that best suits your needs you must consider the different ways in which you will use the ice, how many customers you serve a day and how much room you want to leave for growth. All of these nugget ice machines are modular units, meaning they only produce ice and will need the addition of an ice storage bin or ice dispenser to hold and distribute the ice.

What environments are best suited for a Nugget Ice Machine?

Nugget ice, sometimes called cubelet ice, is ideal for different types of healthcare and therapeutic applications and is great for ice packs or dietary needs. Nugget ice is soft and chewable by design and displaces liquid better than cubed ice which enables you to use less liquid per glass.

What is the difference between Air-cooled and Water-cooled Nugget Ice Machines?

Air-cooled condensers are suitable for most operations. They conserve water well and are typically less expensive to operate than other models. A water-cooled condenser is only necessary if your establishment maintains a consistently hot temperature. Air-cooled nugget ice machines have an electric fan that helps remove the heat produced by the mechanical components of the refrigeration system. Water-cooled nugget ice machines circulate cool water around the components to keep them warm. Water-cooled machines use much more water than air-cooled machines but are quieter. Air-cooled machines are more energy efficient and have a lower cost of operation.

What’s the difference between modular and self-contained units?

Modular ice machines only produce ice. The unit does not include an area to store ice, the units require separate bins that usually measure 22”, 30”, or 48” in width. Self-contained machines are smaller units that produce and store ice. Self-contained units are typically designed for undercounter use and have easy access and space saving abilities.

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