A Closer Look at Ice-O-Matic

Ice-O-Matic Ice Machine LogoIce-O-Matic is an ice machine company based out of Denver, Colorado. For over 60 years, they have been producing quality commercial ice machines for use in homes and businesses across the country. There is more to Ice-O-Matic than simply ice machines however. They are involved in the Green Releaf effort, in partnership with American Forests. They are the only company to offer ice machines with “Top Air Discharge”, which we will elaborate on later. Their ice machines offer more ice per dollar spent than any other ice machine company in the country, and they also offer the longest warranty in the industry! If your interest isn’t mildly piqued, you may want to check your pulse… Continue reading to find out what separates Ice-O-Matic even further from the competition.

More Ice for the Price

stack of moneyThis slogan was developed by Ice-O-Matic as a way to express their theory that, no matter the reason someone buys an ice machine, the main purpose of the ice machine is the same- to make ice for your home or business. Some companies will lead you to believe that you need an onboard computer with a display screen to get the ice you desire. Not Ice-O-Matic. They developed their ice machines to excel at one thing – making ice. In almost every case and when compared under controlled conditions, Ice-O-Matic ice machines make more ice than similar, competing models, indeed offering more ice for the price in nearly every instance.

Ice Making Simplicity

In conjunction with the ability to make a great deal of ice, Ice-O-Matic does not complicate the ice making process with unnecessary additions or features. They make strong ice machines, and are the known for their high quality constructed evaporator plates. It is known that some companies actually buy evaporator plates built by Ice-O-Matic for use in their own ice machines. Ice-O-Matic ice machines are created with a simple construction, but this does nothing to negate the quality of their ice machines (which is probably why they offer the longest conditional warranty in the industry!) With seven years of evaporator coverage (with the purchase and replacement of a suitable water filter), Ice-O-Matic beats the next closest warranty by two years! That shows confidence in your ice machines.

Ice-O-Matic and Energy Star

Energy Star LogoIce-O-Matic makes it a point to offer a wide selection of Energy Star qualified ice machines. These ice machines will traditionally use less water and electricity than standard, non-Energy Star qualified ice machines. In many areas, the ownership and use of Energy Star qualified appliances will qualify your business for monetary rebates, which can help offset the cost of operating your ice machine greatly. With Energy Star products, there are many winners. Your business wins by saving money. You win by earning a rebate. And the environment wins when people purchase and make use of eco-friendly appliances.

Quick Ship Items

Currently, Ice-O-Matic is the only company that offers this option to their customers. Anyone who owns or operates a business that requires ice knows that if your ice machine goes down, you need ice as quickly as possible. Not in a few days. Not in a few weeks. With Ice-O-Matic’s Quick Ship option, you can get select ice machines in 48 hours or less! No one else offers any sort of incentive remotely close to this.

Ice-O-Matic, American Forests, and Green ReLeaf

Ice-O-Matic Green ReLeaf IconIce-O-Matic’s partnership with American Forests is well documented. Through their combined efforts, Ice-O-Matic and American Forests developed the Green ReLeaf program to aid in the reforestation of the country. In 2009 Ice-O-Matic announced that for every ice machine sold, they would plant a tree in order to help offset the carbon footprint and CO2 emissions from their Denver factory. Ice-O-Matic and American Forests note that when all of these planted trees are fully grown, they will provide enough oxygen for over half the population of the United States (around 160 million people!). Many large companies take part in charitable efforts like this (Scotsman Ice partners with the Women for Water Campaign), but few focus on extreme, long-term efforts the way Ice-O-Matic has.

Cost of Ownership

Here’s something about which we can all get excited: Cash! Especially when there is more in your pocket. With no on-board computer, fewer electronics, and a simplified ice making process, Ice-O-Matic not only costs less up front, but the cost of ownership is lower as well. For those that must operate within a strict budget, Ice-O-Matic is the best commercial ice machine one can buy in terms of quality for price.

Notable Ice-O-Matic Ice Machines and Features

Top Air Discharge – Ice-O-Matic is the only company to offer this convenient feature. Ice-O-Matic ice machines with top air discharge require no minimal side clearance as the machine releases air from the top. Hot air is blown up, not out at workers or equipment too, so it is less likely to affect the performance of your employees, or the appliances nearby. If your ice machine is located in the kitchen, it can greatly add to the heat, especially if it is blowing directly at your employees. Top air discharge helps alleviate this stressful situation.

The GEMU090- Presently, this is the best commercial-grade, undercounter nugget ice machine available. It has been approved for outdoor use and residential use. Since Scotsman’s NU130 was retired (RIP), this undercounter ice machine has taken over in its place. If you are familiar with the ice served at Sonic, Zaxby’s, and Taco Time, you know how popular this ice is. This ice machine is great for dorm rooms, in the home, or in a bar/lounge area. Your friends used to come to your house to see you… now they’ll come to see your ice machine.

ICEU150- This is the undercounter ice machine that gives you the most bang for your buck. It makes the standard ice cubes or half size cubes. It is also one of the slimmest undercounter ice machines available, and makes the most ice when compared to those in the same class. If you have a bar or lounge in your home, take frequent trips that require ice in coolers, or have a hobby that frequently requires ice (fishing, camping), the ICEU150 should get a good deal of consideration. Both the ICEU150 and the GEMU090 can be found at Ice Machines Plus.

Buying an Ice-O-Matic Ice Machine

If you’re interested in a new Ice-O-Matic ice machine, you can find them readily available at Ice Machines Plus, at the lowest possible price. You may be even to talk the sales folk down a few bucks, but don’t tell them where you heard that. Ice-O-Matic ice machines are reliable, well-built, and relatively inexpensive. Call us or browse away to find the perfect Ice-O-Matic ice machine for your home or business right now.