Hoshizaki Countertop Ice and Water Dispenser Review

If you run a busy commercial kitchen, you need an ice maker that dispenses a continuous supply of ice — with a minimum of fuss and maintenance. Hoshizaki countertop ice makers do just that, and there are a range of ice makers in this line to select from.

Commercial kitchens should have 1.5 to 3 pounds of available ice per customer, depending on whether they also serve mixed or blended drinks. This is the guideline most often used plus 20% for comfort.

In this article, we look at 4 Hoshizaki ice makers on the market and evaluate the pros and cons of each.

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What Is the Hoshizaki Countertop Ice and Water Dispenser?

Hoshizaki ice makers fit perfectly into a variety of commercial settings. They are designed to be easy to operate and maintain, and they can produce and dispense large quantities of both ice and water. Hook these ice makers up and they will quickly become the workhorse of your ice and beverage station.

What Types of Commercial Settings Can Hoshizaki Ice Makers Be Used In?

These ice makers are ideal for restaurant kitchens, schools, health care facilities, and hospitality businesses. Any business that needs large quantities of ice in an easy-to-dispense format will benefit from the convenience of a Hoshizaki ice maker.

What Types of Ice Do Hoshizaki Ice Makers Dispense?

Hoshizaki ice makers dispense ice in cubed, cubelet, and flaked forms. Cubed ice is especially popular in cocktails because it melts slowly and doesn’t dilute the drink as much.

Cubelet ice, also known as nugget ice, is soft, chewable, and particularly popular in health care environments. Hoshizaki ice makers produce cubes that are splash resistant, resulting in no spillage as the ice tumbles into the glass.

The lack of spillage results in savings for commercial kitchens. All of the ice makers in this review dispense either cubed or cubelet ice.

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How Much Maintenance Do Hoshizaki Ice Makers Need?

Like all ice makers, Hoshizaki ice makers require general cleaning, including wiping down the exterior and emptying drip trays. However, most Hoshizaki ice makers are designed to operate with a minimum of fuss by the user.

Some have self-sanitizing cycles that remove impurities from the water, ensuring a continuous flow of safe and drinkable water. Others have sensors that monitor ice storage levels, signaling the unit when it’s time to make more ice.

Do All Hoshizaki Countertop Ice Makers Produce and Dispense Ice?

At least one model — the DM200B — dispenses ice but doesn’t make its own ice. You can outfit the DM200B with an automatic ice maker or manually scoop crescent-shaped ice cubes into the unit to be stored and dispensed. In addition to ice, the DM200B also dispenses water.

What Kind of Warranty Does Hoshizaki’s Ice Makers Carry?

All of the Hoshizaki ice makers reviewed here come with a 3-year “parts and labor” warranty.

Product Specs

Hoshizaki ice makers are capable of storing and dispensing large quantities of ice in cube or cubelet forms.

Many Hoshizaki ice makers have the ability to produce several hundred pounds of ice every 24 hours, making them best suited for commercial environments. Some have self-sanitizing systems that purge impurities every 12 hours, ensuring a continuous supply of safe drinking water.

Most Hoshizaki ice makers have durable stainless steel exteriors that are corrosion-free, making them easy to place in a variety of settings.

How Are These Ice Makers Powered?

Hoshizaki ice makers run on electrical power. Some even come with extra-long extension cords.

How Are These Countertop Ice Makers Installed?

The Hoshizaki ice makers reviewed in this article are all countertop models that range in height from 32 to 40 inches high and have a width of 17 to 30 inches. Some come with optional legs and others have optional stands that can be purchased.

How Are These Ice Makers Operated?

Operating Hoshizaki ice makers is simple and intuitive. These ice makers are operated with push-buttons. One higher-end model has a dispenser switch that allows users to easily toggle between portion-controlled dispensing and continuous dispensing.

Where to Buy, and Pricing

Hoshizaki ice makers range in price depending on the unit, extras, and capabilities you need. More expensive Hoshizaki ice makers have the ability to produce and store larger quantities of ice, and often have self-sanitizing systems and additional special features.

We’ve included a link with each listing to a reputable commercial supplier and noted shipping costs if any so that you can check prices in real-time of those machines that fit your needs.

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Comparing Hoshizaki Ice Makers

We picked 4 Hoshizaki ice makers available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Hoshizaki DM-200B
  • Hoshizaki DCM-270BAH 282
  • Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH
  • Hoshizaki DCM-500BWH-OS

Hoshizaki DM-200B

Developed for commercial use, the Hoshizaki DM-200B countertop ice and water dispenser is easy to use. One push button dispenses ice and a separate push button dispenses water.

This appliance doesn’t make its own ice, but it can store up to 200 pounds of ice and dispense it quickly at a rate of up to 7 and a half pounds of ice per minute. It can be outfitted with an automatic ice maker, or ice can be scooped into the storage bin.

With a durable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior and an 8-foot power cord, this ice and water dispenser can be easily installed in a variety of commercial settings.

Where to Buy

We recommend Appliances Connection, available with free shipping.

Cube Style 4 Stars

The Hoshizaki DM-200B dispenses individual crescent-shaped cubes of ice.

Installation Type 4 Stars

Designed to operate on countertops, the DM-200B ice and water dispenser is 30 inches wide, 28 inches deep, and nearly 37 inches high. It has optional 4-inch legs. This appliance comes with an 8-foot power cord, offering flexibility in where the appliance is placed in a commercial kitchen. We gave this ice maker 4 stars for its ease of installation.

Storage Capacity 5 Stars

We gave this dispenser 5 stars for storage capacity because it can store up to 200 pounds of ice.

Total Production 3 Stars

We gave this appliance 3 stars for its production abilities. The Hoshizaki DM-200B doesn’t produce its own ice, but it dispenses up to 7 and a half pounds of ice per minute and is able to quickly fill large cups with ice.

You can use an automatic ice machine to fill the storage bin or manually scoop crescent-shaped ice cubes in.

Warranty 4 Stars

This ice dispenser comes with a 3-year parts and labor warranty.

Pros

  • Extra large storage capacity
  • Quickly dispenses ice
  • Dispenses both ice and water
  • Easy to operate
  • Durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior
  • Long power cord

Cons

  • Doesn’t produce its own ice
  • Doesn’t generate or dispense flaked ice

Hoshizaki DCM-270BAH0S 282

Hoshizaki countertop DCM-270BAH0S 282

This appliance produces soft, chewable ice and water and is capable of functioning as a dedicated beverage ice machine in a commercial or health care setting.

It is able to store up to 10 pounds of the cubelet, or nugget-style, ice it produces at a time. A clean cycle purges this countertop dispenser of impurities every 12 hours, ensuring a steady flow of safe and clean drinking water.

This appliance is easy to use, and its durable stainless steel exterior and 6-foot power cord make it easy to install and maintain in a commercial environment.

Where to Buy

We recommend Appliance Connection, available with free shipping.

Cube Style 4 Stars

This machine produces its own cubelet, or nugget-style, ice.

Installation Type 4 Stars

We gave this ice maker 4 stars for its ease of installation. Designed to operate on countertops, the DCM-270BAH dispenser is almost 17 inches wide, almost 25 inches deep, and almost 32 inches high. It comes with a 6-foot cord, which offers flexibility in where it is placed in a kitchen.

Storage Capacity 3 Stars

We gave this dispenser 3 stars for its storage capacity because it can store up to 10 pounds of ice.

Total Production 5 Stars

We gave this appliance 5 stars for production because it can produce up to 282 pounds of ice every 24 hours.

Warranty 4 Stars

This ice dispenser comes with a 3-year parts and labor warranty.

Pros

  • Produces and dispenses cubelet-style ice and water
  • Self-sanitizing
  • Durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior and bin
  • Easy to use
  • Less expensive than some other Hoshizaki ice makers
  • Produces a large amount of ice
  • Long power cord

Cons

  • Doesn’t generate or dispense flaked ice
  • Has less storage capacity than some other Hoshizaki ice makers

Hoshizaki DCM-300BAHOS

The Hoshizaki DCM-300BAH produces cubelet, nugget-style ice and dispenses it along with water through a simple push-button mechanism. This countertop appliance can produce up to 321 pounds of ice every 24 hours and stores up to 40 pounds of it at a time.

A clean cycle purges the appliance of impurities every 12 hours, meaning the water it dispenses is always clean and drinkable. Its durable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior makes this ice maker suitable for a range of commercial settings.

Where to Buy

We recommend Appliances Connection, available with free shipping.

Cube Style 4 Stars

This machine produces its own cubelet, or nugget-style, ice.  

Installation Type 4 Stars

We gave this ice maker 4 stars for its ease of installation. Designed to operate on countertops, the DCM-300BAH is 26 inches wide, more than 22 inches deep, and 40 inches high. An optional stand is sold separately.

Storage Capacity 3 Stars

We gave this ice maker 3 stars for its storage capacity. This dispenser can store up to 40 pounds of ice.  

Total Production 5 Stars

We gave this Hoshizakie ice maker 5 stars for its production capacity because this appliance can produce up to 321 pounds of ice every 24 hours.

Warranty 4 Stars

This ice dispenser comes with a 3-year parts and labor warranty.

Pros

  • Durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior
  • Dispenses both ice and water
  • Self-sanitizing
  • Easy to use
  • Produces a large amount of ice

Cons

  • Doesn’t produce or dispense flaked ice
  • Doesn’t store as much as ice as some other Hoshizaki models
  • Stand sold separately

Hoshizaki DCM-500BWH-OS

The Hoshizaki DCM-500BWH produces up to 590 pounds of cubelet, or nugget-style, ice every 24 hours and is able to store as much as 40 pounds of it. The ice, along with water, is dispensed through a push-button system.

An LED remote sensor allows for hands-free operation, and a clean cycle purges the appliance of impurities every 12 hours, meaning the water it dispenses is always clean and drinkable.

Additionally, a dispenser switch allows users to easily switch between portioned and continuous dispensing. This quiet countertop unit has a durable, stainless steel exterior that is corrosion-free.

Price $$$

We recommend Appliances Connection, available with free shipping.

Cube Style 4 Stars

This machine produces its own cubelet, or nugget-style, ice.  

Installation Type 4 Stars

We gave this ice maker 4 stars for its ease of installation. Designed to operate on countertops, the DCM-500WH is 26 inches wide, 22-and-a-half inches deep, and 40 inches high. An optional stand is sold separately.

Storage Capacity 3 Stars

We gave this ice maker 3 stars for its storage capacity. This dispenser can store up to 40 pounds of ice.  

Total Production 5 Stars

We gave this appliance 5 stars because it can produce up to 590 pounds of ice every 24 hours.

Warranty 4 Stars

This ice dispenser comes with a 3-year parts and labor warranty.

Pros

  • Dispenses both water and cubelet-style ice
  • Durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior
  • Hands-free operation
  • Quiet
  • Easy, push-button operation
  • Dispensing switch allows user to choose between portioned and continuous dispensing
  • Produce a large quantity of ice each day

Cons

  • Doesn’t produce or dispense flaked ice
  • Stand sold separately
  • Pricier than some other Hoshizaki ice makers

Conclusion

Among the Hoshizaki countertop ice and water dispensers we reviewed, we settled on the DCM-300BAH as our top pick, giving it 4 stars. We liked this unit because it both produces and dispenses its own ice in cubelet, or nugget, form.

With the ability to produce up to 321 pounds of ice every 24 hours, storing up to 40 pounds of it at a time, this unit will meet the needs of most commercial kitchens.

We also liked the clean cycle, which purges impurities every 12 hours, ensuring a continuous supply of clean and drinkable water. Finally, this appliance’s corrosion-resistant stainless steel exterior guarantees a long life.

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