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The first ice maker was first patented in 1851 by a man in the US called John Gorrie. It wasn’t until the development of refrigeration technology in the early half of the 20th century however that the use of freezers and fridges became more widespread. As our appetite for fine dining and entertainment grew over the course of the century, so did the demand for both domestic and commercial kitchen ice makers. At home, the ice maker became integrated into the fridge door for easy and endless access to cooled beverages. Meanwhile, all kinds of commercial fridges, freezers and ice makers became available to restaurateurs, adding luxury and class to the fine dining experience.
Commercial ice makers for the modern kitchen now come in a range of models and ice types. Whether you’re looking for a space saving under the counter model, or high production stand alone unit, it is important to choose an ice maker specific for your kitchen’s needs. Machines can be chosen to produce either flake or diced ice style, utilizing highly durable stainless steel outer casing with a quality internal cooling system to create ideally chilled temperatures for ice making. An ice maker with a storage bin is an essential for a commercial bar looking to ensure there is always ice at the ready to use for catering staff. Food service locations can also install a commercial ice maker unit easily, as units feature water and drain hoses as standard, with water pump options available for those with more complicated installation needs.