Undercounter Gourmet Ice Machines

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With an undercounter gourmet ice maker, you can combine the power of an ice maker head and an ice bin into one machine.

It's possible that a full-sized ice maker won't fit in a small space. This issue can be solved by small, undercounter gourmet ice makers that produce fresh, gourmet ice. For upscale cocktails and beverages, gourmet ice is distinctive. Although most machines make this ice in cylindrical shape, some can produce octagonal or spherical ice. This style is popular with high-end bars and restaurants because it provides a fancier appearance and a slower melting rate due to its large surface area. The surface area is excellent for retaining the integrity of the beverage's flavor while keeping your beverages colder for extended periods of time. Because they fit beneath typical 36" commercial countertops, these undercounter ice makers let you make and store ice just like any other ice maker while taking up less space in your restaurant. With a commercial undercounter ice maker, your company can conserve space while still producing fresh ice as needed. Burkett offers a variety of undercounter gourmet ice makers from leading manufacturers like Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, and Manitowoc that will ensure you can produce the perfect ice for all of your business’ needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Undercounter Gourmet Ice Machines

How do I know the production size I need for my gourmet ice machine?

The capacity of an ice machine refers to how much ice it can produce in an average 24 hour cycle. Because ice makers typically last for ten years (when cared for properly), you should always consider any potential growth when figuring out how much ice your company will need.

To determine your business’s ice needs, you will need two pieces of information: 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

What other types of ice are there besides gourmet?

ice types

  • Cube ice is the standard ice option for beverages. Cubes come in half or full-sized dice, but either option is great for use in all types of drinks.
  • Flake ice has a snow-like, packable texture instead of individual pieces, making it easier to spread onto displays or blend into drinks. The soft flake ice is perfect for use in meat and seafood retail displays, buffets, and various medical uses.
  • Nugget ice, also called chewable ice or “Sonic ice,” was originally designed for healthcare use but has become extremely popular in fast food, convenience stores, and many other businesses’ beverage service.

Other Ice Machine Options

If you prefer an ice machine that can sit on a countertop and offer self-serve functionality as opposed to undercounter ones, check out our Ice Machines with Dispensers. For higher production rates in larger spaces, we have a variety of options like ice machine heads, ice machine bins and dispensers, or ice machine and bin combos.