The freestanding ice makers that we’re going to look at here are ideally suited for various purposes.
One of these affordable units can be a good addition to a busier cafe or bar as an additional backup machine in support of a larger commercial unit.
These are also great for home uses where you have a large family, entertain often, or have a frequent need to fill up coolers with ice.
For home users, these will out-perform the on the counter ice makers that are available, in terms of much more ice production per day, as you would expect from the larger size.
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When considering your needs, take note of the price difference between one of these freestanding machines and a counter top machine so that you can make a purchase that will really meet your needs.
If you’re looking for a unit for additional or backup bar, restaurant, or cafe use, one of these machines can fill in nicely. As a primary machine in a bar, restaurant, or cafe setting, one of these freestanding ice makers will probably only serve your purpose if you have relatively low-volume ice needs at this time.
One commercial application where ice makers like these are often used is for bars and restaurants hosting events or outdoor parties where they need some add-on ice machines to improve service efficiency and keep up with extra demand.
These freestanding ice makers are also a nice addition to a workplace break room.
Home users will be able to utilize machines like these for parties and events as well, in addition to being useful in homes with large families, frequent camping or picnics with coolers needing to be filled, or simply because you prefer ice machine ice to ice tray or freezer ice maker ice.
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These freestanding ice makers are good for home use if you have high volume needs, or for certain commercial applications.
Just to be clear, these would be appropriate for light commercial use such as for low-volume settings, as a backup machine, or as an additional unit to use during events or unusually high volume times.
Note that a water line and drain hose is required so there is an install process involved; these machines are not plug n play type units.
There can be workarounds to this, however, since you can run the drain line into a sink or other existing drain, and if desired, you can fill machines with water manually rather than with a water line.
KUPPET Stainless Steel Commercial Ice Maker-Under Counter/Freestanding Automatic Ice Machine for Restaurant Bar Cafe, Products 100lbs Daily-w/Scoop, Ice Basket, Timer & Auto Clean
The Kuppet Ice Maker can produce 100 pounds of ice per day with a cycle time of about 11 – 16 minutes.
The insulated ice compartment does not have refrigeration, like other machines in this range, but it says that it can keep stored ice frozen for 3 – 5 hours.
It’s nice that you can adjust the ice thickness with this unit, and the relatively quiet 40 decibel operation is another attractive feature.
Dimension:17.6 x 15.7 x 31.4 inches
COSTWAY Commercial Ice Maker, 88 LBS/24H Automatic Portable Freestanding Ice Cube Maker Machine
Cycle time is between 12 to 18 minutes, it makes 32 pieces of ice in cube form per cycle, and it can store 8.8 pounds of ice.
Given the dimensions of this machine, it can be used as an on the counter ice maker, under counter, or freestanding.
It’s also NSF certified.
The ice storage compartment on this machine is insulated but it is not refrigerated, which means the stored ice will only stay frozen for up to a couple of hours.
Dimensions: 13.5 x 13 x 23.5 inches
Euhomy Commercial Ice Maker Machine, 100lbs/24h Stainless Steel Ice Cube Machine with 33LBS Ice Storage Capacity, Free-Standing Ice Maker Machine
Here’s a 100 pound per day capacity freestanding or under counter ice machine that can store 33 pounds of ice.
It takes 13 – 20 minutes to make one batch of ice, with 45 ice cubes in each batch.
Like the other machines listed here, it can keep stored ice frozen for up to a few hours as it is insulated but does not have refrigeration.
Dimensions: 17.3 x 15.7 x 31.4 inches
Joy Pebble Commercial Ice Machine, 100 LBS/24H Automatic Freestanding Ice Maker Undercounter, Ideal for Restaurants, Bars, Homes and Offices – Includes Scoop and Connection Hose
Here’s another option in the 100 pound per day range, with a cycle time of 11 – 20 minutes. It comes with a scoop so you can break up the sheets of ice that come out. It makes cubes that are about one inch square.
You can store 33 pounds of ice at a time, and as with the other ice makers, it won’t refrigerate your stored ice, so you can expect it to stay frozen in the insulated compartment for up to a few hours.
Dimensions: 18″ x 16″ x 31 inches
VEVOR Commercial Ice Makers 80-90LBS/24H with Water Drain Pump 33LBS Storage Free-Standing 4×8 Cubes LCD Display Auto Clean
With the Vevor ice maker, you can expect 80 to 90 pounds of ice per day. You can store 33 pounds of ice, again, with no refrigeration — ice should last 2 – 3 hours in storage.
You can adjust the desired ice thickness with this unit, and the cycle times range from 5 – 15 minutes depending on the thickness setting that you select.
Dimensions: 19.6 x 15.6 x 32.7 inches
Manitowoc UYF-0140A NEO Undercounter Half Dice Ice Maker
Just for the sake of discussion, here’s one that’s substantially higher in price. It makes 137 pounds of ice per day and it can store 90 pounds of ice. It’s air cooled so your ice won’t melt in a matter of hours like the less expensive machines.
This is a unit that would be more appropriate than the others for a low to medium volume food/drink establishment or as an add-on to an existing ice machine in a higher volume setting.
Dimensions: 26 x 28 x 38-1/2 inches
These under counter or freestanding ice makers are a nice addition to homes, work place break rooms, and certain food service settings. While these units may have “commercial ice machine” in the product name, most of these would be best as a backup machine or an additional unit to support your primary ice machine, if you’re talking about medium to high volume establishments.
For lower volume commercial needs, a machine like these would probably work for you just fine. The Manitowoc machine is the only one that I would use in a food/drink establishment with more than a low-volume need for ice.