When it comes time to entertain guests, it's the little things that can turn an alright get-together into a fantastic party. One such a thing is the ice. It keeps our cocktails cold, mixes our martinis, and surrounds our beers in the cooler. And, those who aren't into the adult beverages can use ice for cooling a wide assortment of delicious non-alcoholic beverages ranging from juice to soda.
In this article, we'll explore several ice makers, including the GE ice maker, to present a variety of options you can choose from, to meet your ice- making needs.
What Is The GE 15-Inch Nugget Ice Maker?
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The GE ice maker we're reviewing in this article is a high-volume restaurant-grade ice machine capable of producing up to 56 pounds of ice daily, which is over 4 pounds of ice per hour. The purpose of the machine is to keep pace with demands of your business that require ice, whether you own or operate a bar or restaurant, a fish market, or any other business in which nugget ice is essential to business operations.
This machine has a variety of special features and specifications we will explore in the following section.
GE ICE MAKER PRODUCT SPECS
This product is 14 7/8 inches by 33 7/8 inches by 22 3/4 inches, is white, provides high nugget ice production, and can generate up to 56 pounds of ice in a single day. You can personalize it with a customer-supplied cabinet-compatible panel, and it has a custom handle which allows you to place your brand on the machine with ease.
This ice maker's high capacity ice bin holds 26 pounds of ice, and the machine automatically shuts off once the bin is full. It will also alert you when it is time to clean the product, keeping your ice fresh and clean.
The Ge ice maker features interior LED lighting to put the nugget ice in clear view when you open it up to check it out. The machine also comes with a sturdily designed ice scoop that makes it simple to transfer your ice into glassware or buckets to serve your customers. It can be free-standing or built in, and is both indoor and outdoor capable, making it a highly versatile machine to suit the needs of your business.
The GE ice maker we reviewed is within the relatively moderate range of prices for home ice machines. The cost of ice makers can range wildly, from double-digit dollars into the hundreds and even thousands. The top of the high-end range features the crystal block ice-making machines that produce a large block of crystal clear ice. When using crystal block ice you can chip ice off using an ice pick, or you can hammer it off and into a canvas bag to make it crushed.
On the other end of the price-range spectrum for ice machines are those that make cloudy ice nuggets. These are ideal for all your bulk ice-making needs, whatever they might be.
The price of the GE ice maker is just over $3,000. Keep in mind that this is an industrial-grade model that can produce up to 56 pounds of ice a day. That would be enough to make 11 bags of $2 ice per day, or $144 per week, which ultimately would amount to well over $5,000 in a single year. That means this machine will pay for itself, in time.
Pricing of industrial machines are wildly different from pricing for at-home over- or under-the-counter models also available, should your demand for ice be lower than the volume possible with this machine.
How It Compares
We picked a few similar products available on the market and used a 5-star rating system to show how we think they compare to the GE ice maker. In the following reviews, we consider price, features, design quality, and warranties, and some pros and cons for each model. Besides the GE 15-Inch Nugget Ice Maker, our review includes:
- High nugget clear ice production, produces up to 65 lbs. of ice per day
- Interior led lighting puts gourmet clear ice cubes in clear view
- Clean indicator light alerts when it’s time to clean the product
The GE ice maker is a restaurant-quality high-production machine that can meet all of your ice-production needs. It is relatively sparse in terms of style, but allows you to add a customized door and handle to advertise your business while adding "personality" to an otherwise flat white machine.
- DESIGN QUALITY
You can customize the production volume to meet your needs, and this machine has an auto-off feature. Once the bin has reached its 26 pound capacity, it shuts itself off automatically. It also comes with a scoop, and could be more advanced in terms of the features available and the level of customizability.
Featuring solid design, this machine can perform both indoors and outdoors, showing the durability of the machine. It can also be free-standing or built-in, which adds further value to it given the multiple applications you get with the GE ice maker.
While not extensive, many companies offer no warranty, so the one that comes with the GE ice maker is generous. This product comes with a 1-year warranty covering the entire appliance and a 5-year warranty for the sealed refrigerating system, applicable to both parts and labor.
- COUNTERTOP SIZE - With its elegant design, the Opal will wow your guests before they even try the delicious ice it...
- QUICK AND POWERFUL - Within only 20 minutes, you?ll be enjoying soft, crunchy ice, just like the ice you love from your...
- SMART - The Opal is bluetooth equipped, so you can set up your ice making schedule from the convenience of your phone...
The Opal nugget Ice Maker is a fast and affordable option to generate your own ice to meet the needs of your home or business. Note that this machine would be useful for a smaller business without an ongoing need for high-volume ice, like a restaurant or bar.
This ice maker is well-suited for the needs of a sandwich shop or other small business, but check with your local health department to determine the minimum requirements for commercial systems. Depending on commercial requirements, it may only be acceptable for personal use at home, when camping, or on your next tailgating adventure at the local football stadium.
- DESIGN QUALITY
This product includes many features, but the most significant are its speed and efficiency. You will find it takes less than 20 minutes to produce the first nugget, the machine makes a pound of ice each hour, and the bin holds 3 pounds of ice. You can use this ice maker in any environment where there is a plug-in outlet, such as in your home, RV, or even in a car that has an adapter.
You can also set up the machine using your Bluetooth, to set your ice-producing schedule so you'll have ice ready just in time for that special gathering or for the game.
The design is stylish and simple, with a high level of functionality and programmability.
This ice machine comes with a limited 1-year warranty on parts and labor, with coverage of product failure and defects in materials or workmanship.
- DESIGN QUALITY
The machine is relatively basic in terms of the design and appearance. However, it can produce at least 85 pounds of ice and fits comfortably under the counter.
This machine is durable and well-designed, with an attractive stainless steel exterior and interior. It creates chewable ice crystals and has a self-contained condenser that is smaller than other ice-makers, making it a space-saving option for the business that doesn't have much extra room on the floor, but perhaps has some beneath the counter.
Amazon cannot provide any warranty information for this product, but you can use Amazon's buyer protection program if the machine is lacking a warranty and is defective.
The Scotsman Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine is a freestanding ice maker that has a storage capacity of 26 pounds and a daily production capacity of 30 pounds. It has a stainless steel finish and a condenser to keep ice cool while it's producing. The machine is also conveniently sized so it will probably fit beneath your countertop and will not demand too much of your business's floor space.
- DESIGN QUALITY
This machine is attractive, with a stylish stainless steel design and an effective pump and storage system. It also has a self-closing door, and an interior light for convenience.
The doors on this machine automatically close, and when the door is closed, it looks minimalist. It is also stylish with its stainless steel color and straight-bar handle that runs the full height of the machine.
You can get a warranty through the manufacturer, and the Amazon buyer protection program also covers you against defective or misrepresented purchases.
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Making ice on your own is a fine way to avoid multiple trips to the store. Producing the extra ice and bagging it yourself can save a trip to the store, and also ensure the quality of the water in the ice you consume, since you can never know exactly what is going into the industrially produced ice you find at liquor stores and convenient stores.
Making your own ice ensures the quality of the ice and having your own machine means you can get more with ease. Despite the many differences in the machines we examined, they all make ice, and when it comes down it, everything else is a matter of preference.
The GE ice maker we reviewed is a high-quality machine that will get the job done, and then some. At a price around $3,000, it is in the range of the other industrial models explored, although its daily ice production is lower. Once you determine where you'll place your ice machine and how much capacity you need, you may find the GE ice maker may be perfect for you.
For more information and reviews on ice-making products, check back to IceMaker PRO for ongoing articles and updates.
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