After receiving so much praise and feedback for our Scotsman ice maker reviews, we decided to extend our review section to include Hoshizaki ice makers as well. Hoshizaki provides ice makers unlike any other in the business. They are the only brand that offers the unique crescent ice cube, a hard, slow melting ice type that keeps liquids cool while melting slowly. Hoshizaki is also the only brand that includes a stainless steel evaporator plate in most of their models. This prevents flaking, and wear and tear on the evaporator, allowing it to last longer and perform more consistently over time. The following are six of Hoshizaki’s most popular ice makers.
This Hoshizaki ice maker was designed for both commercial and residential use. It produces the elegant top hat ice, which is also known as gourmet or octagon ice. It melts slowly, and due to the way it is created, is almost entirely free from minerals and impurities. This ice and ice maker work well in offices, stadium and executive sweets, or for certain scotches and whiskeys. The ice is frozen in such a way that it will strictly cool the beverages in which it resides, and will not adversely affect the flavor of the drink. The AM-50BAE from Hoshizaki produces up to 55 pounds of ice per day and its self-contained bin can store up to 22 pounds of ice. Hoshizaki also offers this model available with a custom door overlay system, and the AM-50BAE can be outfitted with a custom cabinetry to fit in or stand out in any room. Hoshizaki’s AM-50BAE has also been approved for outdoor use as well, and with its small, compact size, this Hoshizaki ice maker can fit almost anywhere.
This Hoshizaki ice maker is similar to the AM-50BAE in terms of size and appearance. In fact, their dimensions are identical, and the C-100BAF-ADDS can also be fit with a custom overlay custom cabinetry (shown in photo on right). This ice maker has also been approved for use outdoors. After that, the similarities subside. Hoshizaki’s ice maker – the C-100BAF-ADDS – produces the chewable cubelet ice. This ice is also known as nugget ice, and is well-known for its ability to absorb the flavor of the beverages it cools, and when the liquid is gone, the consumer is left with a tasty, chewable treat to enjoy. The C-100BAF-ADDS can make up to 92 pounds of ice per day in ideal conditions*, and can store up 22 pounds of ice in its bin. This ice maker from Hoshizaki is also compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act, as it conforms to stringent height requirements set forth by the ADA.
This ice maker from Hoshizaki produces Hoshizaki’s famous crescent ice cube. While the two aforementioned ice makers qualify as undercounter ice makers, this is an ice maker head, and is designed for larger commercial operations, such as use in restaurants, bars, or nightclubs. The KM-515MAH makes up to 501 pounds of ice per day, perfect for a mid-sized bar or restaurant. Having used a variety of different ice types for mixed drinks, I can say truthfully that Hoshizaki’s crescent cubes perform most capably in mixed drinks, or when used to chill liquors in martinis. The KM-515MAH makes use of Hoshizaki’s stainless steel evaporator plate, and also the unique CycleSaver design. CycleSaver allows this Hoshizaki ice maker to create more ice, while consuming less electricity. For example, the KM-515MAH may make around 20 pounds an hour, and with two cycles it will create ten pounds of ice. A competing ice maker may require four cycles that create five pounds of ice each to match the output of this Hoshizaki ice maker. This sort of efficiency has earned the KM-515MAH its ENERGY STAR qualification as well.
The ‘L’ in this ice maker’s name refers to the fact that it is considered a “low-profile” ice maker. What that means is that the KML-631MAH was designed for those businesses or establishments that do not have a lot of space from floor to ceiling in which their ice maker can operate. The KML-631MAH measures four inches shorter than ice makers from the KM Series, but does not sacrifice any ice making prowess in doing so. The KML-631MAH can create up to 575 pounds of ice when conditions are ideal*, and also utilizes the same cycle-saving design that is employed by the KM-515MAH, which is elaborated on above. It also makes use of the same stainless steel evaporator plate for increased machine longevity, and better over ice making performance. Like the KM-515MAH, this ice maker excels at producing ice for mid-size to large bars and restaurants.
Switching gears now, we have the F-450MAH which makes flake ice. This ice differs from top hat and crescent ice as it is more like ice chips, or the ice you would see in a snow cone. It is rarely used in beverages. Flake ice is used more for food displays and in medical facilities, to keep essential medical supplies and organs cold during transport. With the F-450MAH, you will receive up to 476 pounds of flake ice every day in ideal conditions*. This flake ice maker from Hoshizaki makes use of Hoshizaki’s CleanCycle12, which removes more sediment and produces cleaner ice than other ice makers. This is especially important as this ice often comes in direct contact with fresh fish and produce. Every 12 hours, the F-450MAH performs a 15 minute flush cycle to ensure only the highest quality flake ice is produced
These two ice makers are incredibly similar in terms of the type of ice they create, and in their style and design. Both make Hoshizaki’s cubelet ice, but the DCM-500BAH produces almost double that of the DCM-270BAH, with the ability to make up to 535 pounds of cubelet ice per day. The DCM-270BAH makes up to 282 pounds of cubelet ice in a 24 hour period. The DCM-500BAH also stores more ice than the DCM-270BAH, with an internal bin that stores up to 40 pounds of ice. The DCM-270BAH stores less than a quarter of this, with a nine pound bin. The DCM-270BAH is the smaller ice maker of the two, which allows it to fit in a greater variety of locations. Both of these ice makers can be fit on optional stands as well, or set to rest and operate as countertop ice makers. Both of these ice makers are also composed of stainless steel, as is the auger, and both ice makers also dispense water as well. These ice makers fit well in hospitals, cafeterias, and other health care facilities. Like the F-450MAH, the DCM-270BAH and DCM-500BAH also make use of Hoshizaki’s CleanCycle12 design, creating the clean and sediment free ice with every ice making cycle.
*NOTE: Ideal conditions defined as 70 degrees air, 50 degrees water. Ice production will vary as these temperatures increase.
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