Want to buy an ice maker buy are not sure what size you need? Use our handy guide as a starting point to help you make the right choice>

The right ice machine will make a big difference to operating any business. It’s an important decision to get right, as an ice machine that’s too small will leave you with no ice when you need it most, and one that’s too large will be inefficient and expensive to run.

You are usually the best judge of how much ice you need. Nobody knows your business like you do and every business is different. There are many variables that determine the best size ice maker for you including ice storage capacity, peak usage, holiday/seasonal patronage changes and projected business growth, just to name a few.

In our experience, here are some ice maker production sizes that we commonly recommend to businesses. Note that this is a general guide only and individual requirements may vary. If you need assistance, call us to discuss your individual requirements. We’re here to help.

  • Domestic and small office 20-50kg/day
  • Large office 50-100kg/day
  • Small cafes and restaurants 35-50kg/day
  • Medium cafes and restaurants 50-100kg/day
  • Large cafes and restaurants 75-200kg/day
  • Pubs/Clubs – Behind bar (second machine) 50-100kg/day
  • Pubs/Clubs – Back of house (primary machine) 200-300kg/day
  • Pubs/Clubs – Back of house (primary machine – large club) 400-800kg/day
  • Nightclubs – 400-800kg/day – ice storage bin extension or large ice storage bin recommended
  • Seafood outlets – 500-1000kg/day
  • Manufacturing – 1000-10000kg/day
  • Construction sites – 350kg/day with ice dispenser – multiple units usually required. Allow 2.5kg per man per shift location dependent
  • Mine sites – 350kg/day with ice dispenser – multiple units usually required. Allow 2.5kg to 5kg per man per shift location dependent

What Type of Ice Do I Need?

There are many different types of ice. Ice cubes can vary greatly in shape and size, which in turn affects their longevity and optimal use. So what makes one ice type more suitable than the next? Go to our website to learn more.

Still confused? With an ice machine specialist here to assist at every stage, we can assess all factors impacting on your needs. Best Ice Machines has the knowledge, skills and experience to help you make the right choice. Call us now.

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