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Ask the Experts: Should I Rent or Buy an Ice Machine?

At Memphis Ice, we know how important ice machines are to your business. You deserve a clear, expert explanation of the differences between renting and buying your ice machine. That’s why we’ve compiled this blog to help you decide whether renting or buying is right for you! 

This isn’t an opinion blog about whether renting or buying is better. Every business has different needs and budgets, which is why Memphis Ice offers convenient and satisfying options that meet our clients where they are. You choose whichever option is right for you. We’re just here to guide you through that process.

Three Reasons to Rent


For a set monthly rate, you’ll never have to worry about deep cleaning, maintenance, or repair ever again. Renting an ice machine is perfect for industries like restaurants and food service providers that need ice from open to close. Enjoy guaranteed ice, no matter what. That’s the Memphis Ice promise! 

Renting your ice machine from Memphis Ice means you’ll always have the ice you need when you need it. No surprises or hoops to jump through. Just an ice machine that works hard and a local full-service distributor that works hard for you.


If something goes wrong, we’ll be there to make it right.  

While some of our clients only have a volume needed for one ice machine, our other high-volume customers know that even with just one they'll be covered if something goes wrong. Why? Because they know we’re the secure backbone that keeps their machines running and the ice flowing — even if ice hits the fan. In the event your ice machine rental needs repairs, you'll receive priority service—including weekend and emergency ice deliveries—until your repairs are completed.

Our rental program keeps your ice machine in top condition. Ensure you're never without ice with our affordable and capable ice machine rental program! 

From annual cleanings to on-call emergency repair, our team of certified technicians mobilizes to get you back up and running.


Businesses grow, businesses shrink, and your needs change. That’s why we offer flexible rental options for any business.

Need more ice? We can change your capacity and install new equipment. Sizing up to larger equipment increases your monthly rate, but don’t worry, if you need to size down, we’re here to help you through that, too.

For example, upgrading from a 500-pound ice machine to 1,000 pounds increases your monthly payment by just $2 per day. We think that’s pretty cool.

Our ice machine rental program makes it easy to preserve capital to be used elsewhere in the kitchen where price tags add up fast. We do that by offering a low, flat rate with no surprise fees.

Apply to Memphis Ice’s rental program today. You’ll be glad you did.



Buying an ice machine is perfect for homes and businesses searching for a supplementary, luxury addition to their daily life. Once you buy, it’s yours until you say otherwise. 

There’s something special about owning an ice machine. From the comforting hum to its ergonomic design, an ice machine in your home or business brings value, atmosphere, and an opportunity to craft gourmet cocktails for you and yours. Ice on demand, whenever you’d like! 

Some say owning an ice machine is a waste of time and money. For some, it could be. For others, it’s a different story. That’s why we debunked the seven most common myths about ice machines.


Once you buy, your ice machine is yours forever. No rental fees or contract renewals. Just the right ice machine for your business.


Renting can be stressful for some people. Sometimes, peace of mind means purchasing and owning an essential product for your business. Instead of worrying about monthly payments, simply enjoy an ice machine that’s yours to keep and do with as you please. 

Owning the equipment for your business is great, but if you forget to clean and maintain your ice machine, you will encounter problems that disrupt your business. You need to be aware and on top of maintenance to keep your business running smoothly. 

That’s where Memphis Ice steps in. We offer routine cleanings, maintenance, and repair services for our clients. All you need to do is call and schedule an appointment—our certified technicians will take care of the rest. 

Buying an ice machine is a long-term investment that saves you money in the long run. At Memphis Ice, we help clients just like you make informed buying decisions every single day. The more you know about your new ice machine before buying, the better. That's why we wrote a blog detailing the 5 key things to consider before buying a new ice machine.


We’re a full-service distributor selling, renting, and repairing our happy clients’ ice machines for nearly 40 years. This is a proud family business loyal to its community. When you’re a Memphis Ice client, you’re also a member of our family. We take care of our own. We’ll take care of you and your ice machine, too.

Finding the right ice machine is challenging. Stop stressing and fill out our contact form and achieve peace of mind! A certified Memphis Ice technician will be in touch within one business day. 

In the meantime, read the seven reasons why partnering with a full-service distributor—like Memphis Ice—is a sound business decision. Don’t just take our word for it: check out our over 900 client reviews.

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