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Food Service Industry: Our Most Popular Ice Machine For Memphis Restaurants and Bars


It’s time for a new ice machine! Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, an ice machine is an invaluable addition to your business. That’s why we wrote this blog. You’ll find the information you need to not only make an informed purchase, but also to understand why our most common industries choose the ice machines they do. If you’re in the food service industry, this is the ice machine blog for you.

As a food service professional, I’m sure the question of “Should I rent or buy my ice maker?” has crossed your mind. We’re asked this all the time, which is why we wrote a blog about it! Click here to read it

Before we get started, we want you to think big picture. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you need the most ice during the hottest months of the year?
  • What locations or stations in your business need ice close by?
  • Do you have the need for more than one ice maker?
  • Are you planning to expand? 

There’s a lot to consider, which is why we write these blogs and offer dedicated customer support during our business hours. You don’t have to make a big decision like this alone.


Our Most Popular Ice Machine For Restaurants: The Elevation Series Cube Ice Machine


If you own a restaurant or commercial cafeteria, the most important aspects of an ice machine are volume and speed. How much ice do you need, and when? For example, most of our clients that own smaller restaurants install ice machines with a storage bin capacity of around 500 pounds. Keep in mind that what you need will vary depending on the scope and scale of your restaurant. Ice machines and ice bins are certainly not one size fits all.

Our line of Elevation Series Cube Ice Makers exceeds the expectations for ice machines in the areas of both sustainability and sanitation. These Ice-O-Matic ice machines are 20% more energy efficient than other machines and provide an environmentally friendly alternative with BPA-free plastic and recyclable parts.

Related: The Elevation Series Cube Ice Modular Machine—Now Available From Memphis Ice!

Their Plastic Food Zone eliminates hard-to-clean nooks and crannies, allowing for effortless wipe down and easy, long-lasting sanitation. Simple, one-touch controls paired with a smart LED light alert users of the machine status, indicating when it’s time to give your machine a good clean.


Which Is the Right Storage Bin for Restaurants?


Our most popular line of ice storage bins for most of our foodservice customers is our line of slope front machines. For most restaurants, we install Ice-O-Matic’s B55 Ice Storage Bin. The conventionally built design features a built-in scoop holder and tightly sealed bin that provide ease of access and ensure safely preserved fresh ice.

Related: What Happens If You Get the Wrong Sized Ice Storage Bin?

Slope front machines are constructed for years of sustainable and consistent operations. Store as little as 250 pounds or as much as 900 pounds of ice, depending on the model of your choice. And remember, the bigger you go, the more space you’ll need for proper ice machine placement and airflow. Features for this machine include a built-in scoop holder, industrial foam insulation, and height-adjustable legs.


Our Most Popular Ice Machine for Bars: The UGC Undercounter Pearl Ice Maker


It’s the new bar standard. The UCG Undercounter Ice Maker is faster, quieter, and better than any other under-counter ice maker on the market. It will change how you serve customers for two reasons: efficiency and quality.

Related: Gourmet Ice Is the Premium Choice for Your Customers 

Smart customers—your customers—have high expectations for brands and businesses to care about the planet. This ice maker not only reduces your carbon footprint but saves you money on your electric and water bill.

What makes the UCG Undercounter Ice Maker an eco-friendly choice? R290 refrigerant. Unlike other refrigerants that produce greenhouse gasses and harm the ozone layer, Ice-O-Matic handpicked R290 for its ability to yield more ice with lower wattage consumption. 

The UCG series ice maker creates crystal clear gourmet ice that melts slowly, looks beautiful, and provides the quality your customers crave. 

Save the planet and serve the perfect drink—sounds like a winning cocktail.


We Partner With Ice-O-Matic So You Can Get The Best Ice Machines For Your Business


As the only Ice-O-Matic distributor in the MidSouth, we’re proud to service this top-tier manufacturer. Ice-O-Matic machines reflect their tagline: “Ice. Pure and Simple.” Their seamless designs are consistent across models and environmentally flexible so that any machine can work in almost any restaurant or bar you can think of. 

Contact one of our dedicated service technicians today

Before you’re ready to install, visit our ice machine installation requirements checklist. It’s the information you need to consider before committing to your very own ice machine.


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