Drop-In Ice Bins

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Drop-in ice bins allow ice to be easily accessible in any commercial countertop.

Save space in your kitchen while keeping ice at an arm’s reach by installing an ice bin into any countertop or work table. These ice bins don’t require any kind of refrigeration or electricity, as they function only with insulation. The drop-in style of these ice bins allows them to sit flush with the worktable or countertop to maximize your workspace. Drop-in ice bins come in a variety of sizes and insulation types to suit the needs of any businesses ice needs. Don’t worry about running to the ice machine every time you make a drink or taking up valuable floor or countertop space with a traditional ice storage bin or ice dispenser. Drop-in ice bins can hold anywhere from 20-90 lbs. of ice at a time, ideal for all different business sizes. Shop drop-in ice bins from great manufacturers like Delfield and Advance Tabco.

Frequently Asked Questions About Drop-In Ice Bins

Are drop-in ice bins refrigerated?

No, a majority of drop-in ice bins are not refrigerated. These products are insulated to keep ice frozen, but do not have any kind of refrigeration. Select models will have a cold plate to keep the ice frozen longer, but a majority of ice bins use insulation alone.

What kind of insulation do drop-in ice bins use?

Most drop-in ice bins are insulated with polyurethane foam insulation. Polyurethane foam insulation is one of the most popular types of insulation, being used in everything from buildings to small appliances. This insulation keeps ice frozen for hours with the lid closed.

Do drop-in ice bins have lids?

Yes, drop-in ice bins do come with lids/covers to keep ice frozen and clean for hours. There are a variety of lid styles - most popularly: sliding, lift-off, and hinged. The lid may be left open during busy times, but should be closed if the ice is not being accessed often to keep the ice from melting and keep dirt and germs out.

Do drop-in ice bins make ice?

No, drop-in ice bins must be filled from a remote ice machine. Every business is different, but a common procedure is to have an ice machine head and ice storage bin in a remote location in your business and fill the drop-in ice bin from this using an ice tote as needed. This keeps the large ice machine out of sight to keep your workspace free for other use.

Other Ice Storage Options

Drop-in ice bins are just one of many different ways to store fresh ice in a commercial environment. For large storage under ice machine heads, check out ice storage bins. Similarly, ice dispensers are great for use with ice machine heads but offer contactless ice service. Mobile ice storage for catering and other events without easy electrical access is made simple with mobile ice bins. If you want a drop-in unit but are looking to serve water along with your ice, check out ice and water stations.