Nugget Ice and Water Dispensers

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Ice machines with dispensers make and dispense ice all in one compact unit.

These self-contained units come in both air-cooled and water-cooled options, depending on what kind of space is available. Ice machines with dispensers provide a contactless simple option for both self-serve and back of house uses. They sit conveniently on countertops to be available right at your drink station. In a self-serve environment, sanitation and convenience are key; an ice machine with dispenser provides both of these.

Select units feature touchless and automatic dispensing, furthering sanitary use for self-serve environments. Additionally, some ice machines with dispensers also include a water dispensing option to fill your glasses with both water and ice all in one. No matter what kind of ice you need, Burkett has a great selection of ice machines with dispensers from top manufacturers like Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, and Manitowoc.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ice Machines with Dispensers

Do I want an air-cooled or water-cooled ice machine with dispenser?

The type of cooling system you should choose depends on where you plan to place the ice machine.

  • Air cooled ice machines are more widely used over water cooled as they are cheaper to run and more energy efficient. They need to be placed in well-ventilated areas with lower temperatures. If the air around the unit has poor ventilation and/or is too hot, it will slow down production as well as use more energy.
  • Water cooled ice machines are more expensive to operate as they require about 5 times more water than an air-cooled ice machine. Water cooled ice machines can still be a better choice in compact environments with poor ventilation space and/or hot kitchens.

What are the different types of ice?

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Cubed ice is the standard for most beverages and is available in half-sized or full-sized dice.

Nugget ice, also known as chewable ice or “Sonic ice,” was originally designed for healthcare use but has grown to be a favorite option in the beverage service of fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and many other businesses.

Flake ice is ideal for displays, including buffets, cafeterias, delis, meat and seafood cases, and other similar uses. Additionally, it can be used in blended drinks.

Gourmet ice is used by upscale bars to give any drink a unique touch. Gourmet ice cubes have a greater surface area, which can prevent the drink from losing its flavor while still being served at the right temperature.

How do I know what size ice machine with dispenser I need?

The capacity of commercial ice maker is determined by how much ice they can manufacture during a typical 24-hour cycle. Always take prospective growth into account when determining how much ice your business requires because ice machines can last for up to ten years (when cared for properly). For information on care and maintenance of your ice machine, check out our blog "Commercial Ice Machine Preventative Maintenance & Care".

To determine your business’s daily ice needs, you will need to consider two things: business type and average customers per day.

  • Restaurant: 1.5 lbs. of ice per customer
  • Cocktail Bar: 3 lbs. of ice per customer
  • Salad Bar: 35 lbs. of ice per cubic foot
  • Hotel: 5 lbs. of ice per room
  • Healthcare: 10 lbs. of ice per patient
  • Cafeteria: 1 lb. of ice per customer

Other Ice Machine Options

If an ice machine with dispenser isn’t what you’re looking for, we have a variety of other options available. A modular unit allows for more customizability, so if that’s what you want, check out individual ice machine heads and ice storage bins/dispensers. There’s also plenty of options for combination units that feature both an ice machine head and bin/dispenser. For smaller ice capacities and compact spaces, undercounter ice machines are an excellent option.