Cook's Direct Foodservice Equipment and Supply

December 28th 2022

When it comes to ice makers and machines, there are a lot of options to choose from. Campus dining halls on average serve hundreds of students a day, with that being said it is important to make sure you have a unit that can meet your everyday ice needs. Depending on your intended use will determine which model will suit your facility best. Today we are going to review the types of Ice Makers that are best for schools and universities.

There are many forms of ice on the market, you may assume the difference in size and shape is purely for aesthetic purposes. However, you will find that different forms of ice are designed specifically for different purposes. For example, flake ice is intended to be used for display purposes, whereas half and full ice cubes are meant for keeping drinks cold for a long period of time. When serving cold drinks in high traffic environments, such as Schools & Universities your best bet is to invest in an ice maker that can produce a large quantity of ice that has a slow melt rate.

As we all know, schools and universities are in charge of serving thousands of students a day. Serving iced products in schools and universities will require a large machine that has the ability to produce as much as 1800 lbs. of ice a day. Here are a few Ice Makers that can withstand the everyday use of a busy school atmosphere.

Modular Ice Makers are the most popular type of commercial ice machine, this is because they offer the most flexibility for users. Additionally, modular ice makers can be installed on a compatible ice bin of your choice. Typically, these units range in size from 500-1900 lbs. of ice per day.

Undercounter Ice Makers are designed to fit under a countertop or bar. While these units were initially designed for bars, they are just as popular in university cafes and coffee shops where operators need quick access to ice at all times.

Ice Dispensers are great for self-serve applications and are a great asset to school cafeterias. Ice dispensers drop ice directly into the users cup with the touch of a button. These units are either floor model units or countertop units.

At Cook’s we have a wide range of ice-making equipment available at all times. If you have any questions regarding the purchase of new foodservice equipment, we are happy to assist you through the process.