Considering the purchase of any new appliance can conjure up the dread of cost and future maintenance, but it is necessary to upgrade your products every once in a while, particularly with commercial ice machines. Many businesses know that they will need high volumes of ice, but smaller cafés and bakeries that may not specialize or concentrate on drinks believe they can do without. For some, this is true, but calculating the effort spent, and the real demand made, can uncover a real need these small businesses have. When imagining ice makers, most people think of huge, closet-sized machines that produce hundreds of pounds of ice a day. While those exist, they are structures necessary only for high volume needs, like stadium concessions. Much more prevalent are smaller units that can be placed directly above drink dispensers or tucked under counters: unobtrusive and out of view (like the unit to the left!). For businesses in which drinks are the smallest priority, even machines such as these may seem an unnecessary expenditure. Smaller models, however, exist and can be a wise investment for even the most infrequent of ice needs. Many bakeries, specialty businesses, and employee lounges sell few to no drinks, so a small ice machine installed in a refrigerator may seem more than sufficient. With any frequency of use, however, constant access to those refrigerators depletes energy and causes significant wear on the appliance. A stand-alone ice bin would be unnecessary, but countertop ice makers take up negligible space and only produce enough for small needs. Customers requesting water, cubes to chill a hot coffee, and employees rehydrating themselves on breaks all require some ice, so to protect the durability of other appliances, an ice machine may be necessary even for the smallest of businesses. To make it easier for you, we’ve created a simple guide to help you figure out what size commercial ice machine you need!