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Manitowoc (SM-50A) - 53 lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine - SM 50 Series

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Specifications

Ship Weight 114 lbs.
24 Hour Yield 53 lbs.
Amps 4.1
Condenser Air
Dimensions (H x W x D) 33.5" x 14.75" x 22.75"
Horsepower .17
Hz. 60
Ice Machine Type Undercounter
Ice Storage Capacity 25 lbs.
Ice Type Octagonal
Phase 1
Power Usage 7 kWh/100 lbs.
Voltage 115
Water Usage for Ice 43 gal/100 lbs

Manufacturer Spec Sheet

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Product Details

The 53 lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine – SM 50 Series (SM-50A) by Manitowoc may be small, but it needs no babysitting. Its simple upright design makes this ice bin is an excellent choice for self-service in a wide range of locations. Since it automatically refills itself with fresh, filtered ice, it’s perfect for hotels, home bars and much more. This quiet machine even easily installs within cabinets for stylish, ease of use, that's never in the way.

Features

  • Lighted bin makes seeing and scooping ice so easy
  • Built-in ice scoop holder is a sanitary way to store your scoop
  • Automatic ice making mode is always working when you need it to most. 
Benefits
  • If an issue should ever creep up, this ice machine is covered by a 3 year parts and labor warranty
  • Integrated filtration system keeps ice tasting great, while inhibiting build-up of scale on the machine
  • Warning light alerts you when it’s time to change the filter so you’ll always have fresh, filtered ice

Editorial Review

Great for Home Use


This light-duty ice machine is great for home use and use in small offices because if you do not have a floor drain, you can get a plumber to install a sump pump. It makes 52 pounds of ice every 24 hours and has 25 pounds of storage, making it ideal for small kitchens. One thing to keep in mind is that you should probably have a Manitowoc contractor install this machine, or else get someone you are positive knows what they are doing, because any problems caused by poor installation are not covered under warranty if you do not use one of Manitowoc’s people. It makes “shot glass ice” which is bigger ice that is shaped like a shot glass. The potential disadvantage of this style of ice is that it is not very chewable; if that is a quality you are looking for in ice. However, these cubes will melt slowly and looks fantastic in rocks glasses. If you pride yourself on your high-class home bar or if you enjoy high end scotch or other liquors, this ice machine is a must have.

Customer Reviews

53 lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine - SM 50 Series is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well. No real problems. I wish that the size of the ice cubes was smaller. We use ice in many blended drinks and the large cubes are hard on the blender. I like the compact size. It is short enough to fit comfortably under the counter. The stainless steel construction on the front and sides makes it easy to clean. The size of the scoop provided with the ice maker is a little too small for the size of the cubes that the machine makes. IT IS LOUD. When the ice cubes fall, they make a lot of noise due to their large size. In a home, this is not a good thing since people sleep here.
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic Ice Machine I bought this exact model a few years back and people, let me tell you... if my Wife ever threw me out of the house, I would be leaving in my Corvette Convertible and this ICE Machine in the passenger seat!  Holy Cow is it awesome.  And that 24 lb yield is religiously there... 
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down, The best of the type... I bought this machine a year ago. It replaced a Sub Zero that was twice the cost. Although the Sub Zero made similar size cubes it was difficult to clean and a regular maintenance problem. After three years I removed it and used it to prop up an end of my welding bench; after all, it was PRETTY. I had a plate style before that that made smaller square cubes and was NOISY (actually melted them out a sheet with a wire grate). Not very reliable. Buy this one, use the recommended filters and cleaning solutions and your ice machine headache just got better.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We needed an ice maker for our office of approximately 100 people so it needed to be able to take alot of use. After speaking with one of your reprsentatives - this was what was recommended for our budget. We received fast delivery and it is working wonderfully. We were so impressed with your company - we bought a microwave and now I am going to purchase another. Thank you!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unit is as described. The exterior will match any high-end decor. The interior is very nice and easy to clean.The ice scoop holder and LED blue interior light are a very nice addition. The machine is a great producer of ice and the quality is amazing, crystal clear mini shot glass's
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Ice Machine I ordered this Manitowoc ice maker for our city library to replace a Scotsman that quit working. It has a much nicer look to it than the one it was to replace. Unfortunately it was just 1/2" too tall to fit into the same space as the Scotsman. I am in the process of finding another Manitowoc that will fit the opening.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We are a Child Care Center and Preschool Program who operates an additional Free Summer Lunch Program, and the Ice machine has been great for filling the Salad Bar and holding all the cold items cold for the lunch program. We are very happy with this item.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit noisy but efficient. Directions were a bit confusing and was difficult to install drain pump but we got it in.
Date published: 2010-12-03

Customer Questions

Will this machine work in a covered outdoor kitchen.

Asked by: Iceman
The Manitowoc (SM-50A) - 53 Lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine can be used in a covered outdoor kitchen, however, the ambient air temperature and water temperature will effect the ice production.
Answered by: LauraB
Date published: 2013-08-28

If I have a floor drain under this ice maker, do I still need a pump?

Asked by: Mike51
If you have a floor drain nearby then you do not need to have a pump. The pump is only necessary if the drain is at an angle, or too far away, so that gravity cannot pull the water to the drain.
Answered by: LauraB
Date published: 2013-08-26

Will the SM 50 accomodate a custom door overlay like other residential undercounter machines?

Asked by: vaneveryman
The Manitowoc (SM-50A) - 53 Lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine cannot accommodate a custom door overlay.
Answered by: LauraB
Date published: 2013-08-15

Is the front of this machine white or stainless steel in color?

Is the front of this machine white or stainless steel in color?
Asked by:
This Manitowoc 53 pound Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine (SM-50A) has a stainless steel front, sides and top.
Answered by:
Date published: 2013-06-01

What size ice cubes does this machine produce? Can you describe "octagonal" ice cubes, I am unfamiliar with that term?

What size ice cubes does this machine produce? Can you describe "octagonal" ice cubes, I am unfamiliar with that term?
Asked by:
The ice cubes produced by the Manitowoc (SM-50A) - 53 Lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine are octagonal, which are slightly bigger than a standard cube and shaped like a shot glass or top hat. The diameter of the cubes is approximately 1 ¼” and they are approximately 1 1/8” tall. The octagonal ice cubes melt slowly and look very unique in cocktails.
Answered by:
Date published: 2013-06-01

Is the door on this unit reversible? Is there a drain pump included with the ice machine? How should the evaporator be cleaned and how often?

Is the door on this unit reversible? Is there a drain pump included with the ice machine? How should the evaporator be cleaned and how often?
Asked by:
The door on this Manitowoc 53 Lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine (SM-50A) from the SM 50 Series is not reversible. A drain pump is not included for the ice machine, but one is available from FSW. Manitowoc recommends that the evaporator on this self-contained machine be cleaned every six months. To clean the evaporator, simply mix 16 ounces of the Manitowoc cleaner (also available from FSW) with a gallon of water then put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray the evaporator. Then scrub the evaporator with a nylon bristle brush. There are detailed instructions on how to clean the evaporator included on this Manitowoc machine.
Answered by:
Date published: 2013-06-01

The door is not reversible. However, can it be purchased to open from the opposite side?

The door is not reversible. However, can it be purchased to open from the opposite side?
Asked by:
You are correct. While the door of the Manitowoc (SM-50A) - 53 Lb Self-Contained Cube Ice Machine - SM 50 Series is not reversible the manufacturer's spec sheet states that "Unit ships with hinge on right, easily changed to left during installation." Therefore the door should be able to be adjusted to open from the opposite side.
Answered by:
Date published: 2013-06-01

Can this unit be purchased with a black front?

Can this unit be purchased with a black front?
Asked by:
Unfortunately the Manitowoc SM-50A is only available with the stainless steel door.
Answered by:
Date published: 2013-06-01
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