Top 10 Reasons I Don’t Own An Ice Machine

I’ve been a chef for 30 years and one piece of equipment that I’ll never buy is a commercial ice machine. by Robert Irvine

Top 10 reasons Not to buy a commercial ice maker:

1. Purchase price is expensive.  

When I spend money on new equipment, it better be something that can actually improve my customers’ experience. An ice maker doesn’t enhance the customer’s experience — ice is just ice!

2. Buying a commercial ice machine is simply not a good business decision. 

Every little decision you make operating your restaurant needs to be smart and thoughtful. 

3. Maintaining a commercial ice maker properly requires an expert. 

No one on my staff is an ice machine expert. I don’t have time to fuss around making sure the ice machine is properly maintained!

4. Repairs are expensive and unpredictable. 

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It’s just not worth it!

5. Running successful, busy restaurants can be stressful. 

Why would I want the added stress of being responsible for an ice machine? 

6. Loss of productivity while fussing with ice machine issues. 

I don’t want to have to send an employee out to buy bagged ice every time the machine breaks.  It’s a waste of time and productivity!

7. I can’t charge more for ice, but I have to have it. 

Why would I invest a large chunk of capital on something that I can’t charge more for and doesn’t add value?  It’s a no-brainer to leave ice to the experts!

8. Deep cleaning a commercial ice machine requires a lot more than wiping down surfaces and emptying the bin. 

Ice machines are complicated with lots of moving parts that need attention during a cleaning.  If you want to pass your health inspection, you better have a clean ice machine! 

9. Unpredictable costs can be the downfall of any business. 

Did you know that in just one night at a busy restaurant you could spend $500 just on replacement bagged ice if the ice maker’s broken? 

10. Easy Ice has a better alternative to owning a commercial ice maker!