The verdict is in and customers love the soft, chewable texture of ice produced by a nugget ice machine. Nugget ice, also known as chewable ice, pellet ice, pearl ice and “Sonic” ice can make a great addition to your ice offerings, or be your primary ice offering. Nugget ice cools quickly and has excellent color and flavor retention. This versatile ice will please both full-service and quick-service restaurant customers with its ability to easily blend into smoothies and frozen cocktails while enhancing carbonated beverages. Nugget ice is also ideal for health care settings because its soft and chewable consistency is safer and more comfortable for patients to chew.
When purchasing a nugget ice machine the most important attribute to consider is the 24 hour yield of the unit. To ensure that you get an ice maker that best suits your needs you must consider the different ways in which you will use the ice, how many customers you serve a day and how much room you want to leave for growth. We offer nugget ice makers that produce between 400 and 2,400 pounds of ice every 24 hours to meet the needs of small operations and those with extreme ice demands. All of these nugget ice machines are modular units, meaning they only produce ice and will need the addition of an ice storage bin or ice dispenser to hold and distribute the ice. Another important factor to consider is whether you want an air or water cooled condenser. Air-cooled condensers are suitable for most operations. They conserve water well and are typically less expensive to operate than other models. A water-cooled condenser is only necessary if your establishment maintains a consistently hot temperature.
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