If you’re looking to add flake ice to your restaurant, bar, or cafe, you’ll want a machine that produces the right kind of ice in the right amount at the right time. Our best flake ice machine models are durable, efficient, and designed to meet the needs of busy establishments that use this versatile and delicious type of ice in a variety of ways.
Flake ice is the perfect option for seafood presentations and buffets, as well as drink displays and cocktails. Its light weight makes it perfect for keeping delicate items like salad greens and fresh fruits from becoming mushy or stale. It’s also great for keeping drinks chilled in a cooler or bar display, and it can be moldable to create eye-catching shellfish and raw fish selections for customers.
Commercial flake ice machines are useful in any establishment that needs to display products, such as seafood restaurants, that must be kept cold. The flakes settle neatly around the fish for an aesthetically pleasing presentation that keeps everyone’s attention on your fresh catch of the day. You’ll also find that this ice is used in hospitals as an alternative to cube ice for patients, and it is popular with physical therapists who work with injured people because of its softness and consistency.
There are two basic types of flake ice machines: head-only units and self-contained units. Head-only units produce only the maker, while self-contained units combine the maker and a bin or dispenser in one unit. Head-only units produce anywhere from 182 to 772 pounds of ice per day, while self-contained units can make anywhere from 384 to over 2,000 pounds of ice daily.
While flake ice machines are durable and designed to last, they are more likely to have issues with water quality than regular cube or nugget ice makers. This is because they operate using a unique process that can cause mineral and air build-up in the ice. This is why it’s important to make sure your commercial ice machine has high-quality stainless steel parts and is properly insulated.
In addition to making sure your commercial ice maker has good water flow and insulation, it’s also important to consider the size of your establishment and how much ice you need. A large, high-capacity commercial flake ice machine is ideal for restaurants and bars that have a lot of space and can be run continuously throughout the day. Smaller models are great for smaller venues, as they can be run on a less frequent basis.
When you’re ready to buy a flake ice machine, be sure to check out our Buying Guide for tips on selecting the best model for your needs. Then, browse the wide selection of ice machines available at Restaurant Equipment Warehouse to find the right fit for your establishment!