Top Commercial Ice Machines for Healthcare Facilities

In a healthcare facility, ice is used for specific tasks including post-operative use, dietary needs and treatment to reduce swelling and inflammation. For each of these tasks, ice needs to be readily available within an easy to use and easy to maintain unit. Let’s take a look at the best ice machines for healthcare facilities.

Residential Care, Hospitals and Doctor’s Offices: Countertop Nugget Ice Machine and Dispenser

For busy doctor’s offices or hallways within hospitals and residential care facilities, nothing beats the convenience of dependable countertop ice machines and dispensers. With this type of commercial ice machine within reach, medical staff can retrieve ice quickly and within close proximity to treatment areas.

Nugget ice is ideal for healthcare facilities as it is easy to chew, easy to mold and slow to melt, making it the best choice for dietary needs and ice packs. The dispenser mechanism speeds up the process for retrieving ice and minimizes the risk of cross-contamination. Ideally, healthcare facilities should look for countertop ice machine dispensers with touch-free controls. This type of control dispenses ice when a cup or other receptacle is sensed under the chute. Some dispensing ice machines are constructed with a built-in water dispenser as well.

Burkett Recommends: The Scotsman 260 Lb Air Cooled Nugget Style Wall Mount Ice Machine/Dispenser

Emergency Rooms and Laboratories: Undercounter Ice Machines

An Undercounter Ice Machine is a self-contained ice maker with an attached storage bin. This type of ice machine is designed to fit under countertop areas and provide quick access to ice without getting in the way of the fast-paced environment of an emergency room. Undercounter ice machines are also ideal for laboratories as they leave valuable countertop areas free for charts and documents.

Undercounter ice machines are available for every style of ice. However, flake, nugget and cube ice are most often used in ER’s and laboratory settings. Flake ice is perfect for sculpting into therapeutic ice molds, cube ice is very slow to melt and nugget ice offers a chewable texture for patients. When shopping for an undercounter ice machine, be sure to measure the total space available, which includes height, depth and width. Also, consider how the bin door opens.

Ice-O-Matic ICEU150HA Burkett Recommends: The Ice-O-Matic 185 Lb Self-Contained Half Cube Ice Machine

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine: Flake Ice Machine and Bin Combination

Flake ice is perfect for filling or molding ice packs for therapeutic use. Shopping for a flake ice machine and a separate bin can be confusing and time-consuming. We suggest purchasing an ice machine and bin combination unit that is already matched up and ready to install. The full-size floor model combination units are perfect for physical therapy and sports medicine clinics as they provide a large volume of ice on a daily basis.

When shopping for a combination flake ice machine and storage bin unit, be sure to note the daily yield of ice produced as well as the bin’s total storage capacity.

Burkett Recommends: The Manitowoc 205 Lb Flake Ice Machine with Storage Bin

Find the right ice machine for your healthcare facility and keep your patients happy and healthy. With the right specifications in place, you can have a quiet, efficient and dependable ice machine for years to come.

Select the Right Type of Ice for Your Business

Who said ice has to be normal and plain? With today’s innovative Ice Machines, you can select a variety of different shapes, sizes, and textures of ice depending on your business’s specific needs. Please note, that while similar in type, different manufacturers have different names for their ice.

Full Dice/Cube… Ice cubes are hard, clear and “rhomboid” shaped. Full Dice/Cube Ice will melt slower than other types of ice, which

Manitowoc Indigo 560 lb Ice Machine, Air Cooled, Full Dice

makes it perfect for packed lunches, as well as drinks.

Half Dice/Cube…  This type of ice is hard, clear cubes with a unique “rhomboid” shape. As their name implies, they are half the size of Dice/Cube Ice. They are also the most popular form of ice, with nearly 70% of all businesses utilizing them.

Scotsman 455 lb. Ice Machine, Nugget

Nugget/Pearl…  Nugget/Pearl Ice is the preferred type of ice for hospitals since they are easy to chew but hard enough to dispense without hand scooping. They also work well in mixed drinks. Restaurants should also consider using Nugget/Pearl Ice because they cost substantially less to make than Dice/Cube Ice.


Flake… Flake Ice are small and soft with 73% ice to water ratio. Perfect for presentation, businesses that use buffet cases or tables to display salads, seafood, produce,  and other delicate products will love Flake Ice since they will not bruise the product. You can also use scoop Flake Ice into drinks. Another unique use of Flake Ice is to use it at bakeries to chill extremely hot dough quickly.

Tubular… Tubular Ice is more of a designer ice that one would find in cocktail and tropical drinks at resorts. They have a cylindrical soft texture, making them excellent for cooling.

  • Manitowoc RN Modular Series

Crushed…  Dice or Half-Dice cubes are crushed into small pieces using an Ice Machine and a beverage dispenser equipped with an ice crusher. Only Manitowoc makes this type of machine. Perfect for slushie drinks.

  • Manitowoc ice machine and a Servend beverage dispenser equipped with icepic.

Ice-O-Matic 84lb Ice Machine, Air Cooled, Gourmet Style

Gourmet… Gourmet Ice is hard, clear, individual ice cubes with an octagon shape. Because of its clarity, they are often used in upscale establishments to chill high-end liquor, alcohol, and mixed drinks.

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