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Everything Restaurant Owners Should Know About Ice-O-Matic Ice Machines

It only takes a few google searches to realize there are a lot of brands in the commercial ice machine market. Like, a lot. And if you’re new to commercial ice machines or commercial refrigeration, you may not know how to choose the best ice machine for your restaurant, bar, or commercial kitchen. You don’t have to be frozen in indecision. We’re here to introduce you to one of our favorite ice machine brands: Ice-O-Matic.

Are Ice-O-Matic Ice Machines Good?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, and there’s a reason Ice-O-Matic commercial ice machines have a reputation for being some of the best in the business. That’s why we’re proud to be your local Ice-O-Matic distributor in Memphis. We fully vet and research our product offerings so that Memphis restaurants, hotels, bars, and commercial kitchens can choose from only the best commercial ice machines. Here’s why we love Ice-O-Matic—and we think you will, too.

Quality & Durability

Ice-O-Matic ice machines are designed to last—inside and out. The exterior has a protective stainless steel finish that makes it especially durable for use in busy commercial kitchens. With stainless steel, your ice machine is made to last, so you won’t have to worry about scuffs, dents, or minor exterior damage. 

A commercial ice machine is only as good as the ice it creates, and how quickly it can produce it. This is where Ice-O-Matic ice machines really outpace the competition. With units that can produce up to 968 lbs of ice every 24 hours, your restaurant or bar is almost guaranteed to never run out of ice. 

For many people, the quality of Ice-O-Matic’s ice is the feature that seals the deal. Depending on the ice type your business needs, you may prefer an ice machine that produces classic cube ice or bullet ice, or everybody’s favorite pellet ice. Regardless of ice type, Ice-O-Matic produces clear, high-quality ice, free of any aftertaste or odors. 

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Compact Design

Let’s address the (seemingly) elephant-sized ice machine in the room: ice machine size. Commercial ice machines are notoriously large and noisy. They can take up a sizable footprint of your kitchen space and make a lot of noise doing it. With Ice-O-Matic, the hulking ice machine behemoth is a thing of the past. 

With a new top-venting design, certain Ice-O-Matic models conserve space without reducing efficiency. Instead of a traditional side vent, these models ventilate from the top, which allows them to fit into more narrow, compact spaces than a traditional ice machine.

When we talk about ice machines that produce ice on a whole different level, we can’t leave Ice-O-Matic’s undercounter units out in the cold. The workhorses of bars, restaurants, and commercial kitchens everywhere are conveniently located right under the counter when you need it most.

Built-In Cleanliness

All ice makers need regular preventative maintenance and cleaning to keep them in good working order. Commercial ice machines should be cleaned routinely to prevent mold, mildew, and slime from building up inside the machine. Without regular cleaning, your ice machine will need costly repairs and produce funky-tasting ice. Neither outcome is ideal for restaurants. 

When it comes to cleanliness, Ice-O-Matic sets itself apart with a corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior, an IFQ1 Water filtration system that keeps your ice free of funny flavors, odors, and slimy textures. Ice-O-Matic machines are also designed using antimicrobial materials to reduce slime buildup and bacteria growth inside your machine. 

With advanced cleaning technology like this, you might be asking yourself, “do I need preventative maintenance on an Ice-O-Matic ice machine?” These extra benefits of built-in cleanliness aren’t a substitute for routine cleaning and preventative maintenance, but it can certainly go a long way to keep your cleaning to a minimum and extend the life of your machine. 

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Most new Ice-O-Matic ice machines come with a 2 year warranty, which typically covers parts and service. 

Plus, Ice-O-Matic’s customer care team is in a league of their own. Customers rave about their responsiveness before, during, and after the sale. You can reach out via phone, email, or live chat from any state in the US. 

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Environmental Value

Finally, Ice-O-Matic leads the pack in taking responsibility for the environmental impact of their business operation. Their motto is, “It’s a small planet. Treat it with respect” and their commitment to making a positive difference in the world is clear with every decision and design. 

Not only does Ice-O-Matic take responsibility for their own environmental impact, they also make it easy for your business to do the same. Ice-O-Matic ice makers are designed to conserve energy, and they’re cULus and Energy Star certified. This means your business can take steps to save energy, and save money at the same time. 

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The Best Commercial Ice-O-Matic Ice Machine Models

Ice-O-Matic ice machines blow their competitors out of the water in every category. Their catalog of commercial ice machines is extensive, which means you’ll easily be able to check every box of your ice maker wishlist. To make buying a commercial ice machine easy, we’ve listed a few of our favorite models below, sorted by the ice type each machine produces. 

Note: Don’t worry, Ice-O-Matic doesn’t reserve their quality machines for just commercial use. They have a wide range of residential ice machines for use at home, too, including everyone’s favorite “sonic ice” pearl ice machine.

Memphis Ice Machine Company: The Mid-South's Local Ice-O-Matic Distributor

We’ve been fans of Ice-O-Matic for years, which means we’ve interacted with the people at Ice-O-Matic and serviced, repaired, and cleaned Ice-O-Matic ice machines for an ice age. We know Ice-O-Matic ice machines and we know exactly how to find the right machine for you and your business. Schedule a call today to learn more or to get a quote. 

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