Manitowoc Remote Nugget Ice Machine Review

Manitowoc Remote Nugget Ice Machine

Manitowoc Ice Machines have been a leading name in ice innovation for decades and have recently become Americas number one selling brand. These machines are used in high volume applications, such as restaurants, convenient stores, and fast-food chains. Being in demanding locations such as these, customers have come to expect performance and reliability out of the Manitowoc name. To compare ice machines and determine if a Manitowoc Ice Machine is what you need, check out the review and comparison of comparable machines we have compiled.  

What Is The Manitowoc Remote Nugget Ice Machine?

Manitowoc RNS-1078C Remote (Up to 1,131 Lb) Nugget

The Manitowoc Nugget Remote unit features an indoor ice head and an outdoor condensing unit. This means that the noise producing components of the ice maker, mainly the compressor and the fans, are outside. This leaves the only sound inside being the nuggets landing in the storage bin, which is well insulated to maintain temperature and absorbs sound.  Other benefits of the remote system on this Manitowoc Ice Machine is that it makes each separate unit considerably lighter when placing them on a rooftop or above a storage bin. With having a remote condensing unit, customers also have more freedom to fit this ice machine into tighter places, since the head does not require clearance space around it for air flow.

Product Specs  

Manitowoc has designed their units to fit specifically for the high volume beverage industry. This Manitowoc Ice Machine has a standard 22-inch base that allows it to fit ideally on mainstream beverage dispensers. The nugget style ice is engineered for 90 percent ice content, producing one of the top ice to water ratios while minimally diluting the drink it is intended to cool. This Manitowoc Ice Machine produces over 1,000 pounds of ice a day, and it has an evaporator designed using top-quality materials extending its operating life.

Pricing  

This Manitowoc ice machine costs around $$$ and can be purchased online on Amazon and other websites, through service equipment retailers, and even at Wal-Mart.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.     

  • Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker, 49-Pound, Stainless Steel
  • VEVOR 110V Commercial Ice Maker
  • Smad Portable Commercial Ice Maker Under Counter Built-In Ice Maker Machine With Freezer
  • Manitowoc RNS-1078C

Comparison Table

Manitowoc Remote Nugget Ice Machine

Ease Of Use

Once this Manitowoc Ice Machine is installed and running, the unit has a 3-mode switch that allows the user to choose which function the unit will perform. Turn the switch ON, and the unit will begin making ice within 2-3 minutes. The switch can also be set to OFF when being winterized or stored, and CLEAN, when the unit is being cleaned. These are the only controls needed to operate this machine. 

Assembly Time

Manitowoc Remote Nugget machines are easily installed, but require installation by a certified refrigeration technician. It takes a technician 6-8 hours to install one Manitowoc Ice Machine. Because it is not easy for the user to install, it receives two stars. 

Design Quality

This Manitowoc Ice Machine uses high-grade steel evaporators, rigid copper refrigerant tubing to maintain efficiency, and stainless steel body construction for durable usage. The remote Manitowoc Ice Machine is around 28 inches high, 22 inches wide, and 24 inches deep and fits on tops of bins, which are sold separately. It can also be placed directly on top of soda machines to free up space. It's durability, and streamlined construction earn it 5 stars for design quality.

Warranty

This Manitowoc ice machine comes with three-year parts and two-year labor warranty, as well as a 5-year warranty for compressor parts and a two-year warranty on labor for the compressor. The warranty receives a three-star review based on the price of the unit versus the warranty available. With such a high cost, the warranty could be longer, but it does offer one of the best warranties for a nugget ice machine.  

Pros

  • Built to last   
  • Great warranty for a nugget machine
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can be hard to maintain if water quality is bad
  • Cannot be installed without a technician 

Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker, 49-Pound, Stainless Steel

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Whynter IMC-490SS Portable Ice Maker, 49-Pound, Stainless Steel
  • Makes up to 49 pounds of ice per day ; Rated current: 2.1A
  • Three different ice cube sizes. When the unit is first started, refrigerant may not be flowing to all freezing bars...
  • Produces ice in an average of 10 minutes

The Whynter IMC-490SS stands out from the standard ice machine realm by adding several features that combine commercial and residential applications into one unit. This unit includes an LED display allowing the user to monitor and adjust ice production along with a soft touch panel. Another unique feature is the 5-liter reservoir that allows the user to make ice without needing a permanent or direct plumbing to hook up. This unit is portable and can operate anywhere you can find a 110v receptacle and, it will keep the commercial grade speed to have your first batch of ice within 10 - 15 minutes.

This product retails for around $$, which includes the basic warranty and all parts.

Ease Of Use

The Whynter IMC-490SS Ice Maker offers basic controls that allow you to select the size of the ice cubes being produced. It has a bright LED display and a 4 button touchpad making adjustments simple for the user. Once plugged in and filled with water, turn the unit on, select the desired ice cube, and let it work. Becuase it is simple to use, it receives five-stars in this category.

Assembly Time

The great part of the Whynter IMC-490SS Ice Maker is that its portability makes it quick and easy to set up anywhere. It requires no drain or water line, simply fill the reservoir with up to 5 liters of water. The only external connection needed is a standard 110v receptacle. We have given it five stars for easy assembly. 

Design Quality

This is a small unit, standing less than 20 inches tall and comes in multiple colors. It is not stainless inside, but rather plastic, allowing ice to melt, which brought its rating down one star. It has a soft-touch display panel that allows you to program the unit with ease. It is lightweight and portable so that you can put it anywhere it is needed.

Warranty

This item includes a 1-year limited warranty. It received a 3-star rating for this small warranty window, but based on the price of the unit, it is easily replaced if the problem is not covered under warranty.

Pros

  • Great price 
  • Portable
  • Easy to use 

Cons

  • Bad warranty 
  • Inside is plastic, not insulated
  • Does not last long 

VEVOR 110V Commercial Ice Maker

VEVOR 110V Commercial Ice Maker 286LBS/24H with 99lbs Storage Capacity...
  • 【FAST AND HIGH EFFICIENT ICE MAKING】- VEVOR commercial ice maker will bring you convenience and efficiency on ice...
  • 【POWERFUL COMPRESSOR W/ HIGH TEMP. PROTECTION AND ENGERY SAVING】- Equipped with a brand and powerful 750W SECOP...
  • 【MICROCOMPUTER AUTOMATIC CONTROL W/ FULL SET OF ACCESSORIES】- Operation panel with AUTO CLEAN,ICE MAKING ,ADJUSTABLE...

The Vevor Ice machine features an interactive LED display which allows the user to select ice thickness, as well as when the unit will run and cycle off.
There are three modes available with varying times. The user can choose between thin ice taking 5-8 minutes per batch, a middle thickness at 8-11 minutes per batch, or thicker cubes, taking 11 - 15 minutes to make.

This machine, under ideal circumstances, can produce 220-286 pounds of ice in a 24-hour time frame. This unit is different from most other ice manufacturers because this unit is controlled by temperature probes, rather than magnetic or pressure switches. The storage bin has an insulation rating that can insulate and keep the temperature of the ice for five hours.

This ice machine costs approximately $$$, which includes the basic warranty and all parts.

Ease Of Use

Once the Vevor Ice maker is installed with power, water, and a drain connection, the unit is practically ready to go. Turn the selection switch on the back side of the unit on and it will begin the ice making process. Any other functions, such as cube thickness, can be controlled by the LED display.

Assembly Time

The installation process should take less than two hours, providing there is adequate power, a water connection, and a floor drain close by. The electrical supply varies by country the unit is manufactured for, depending on available voltage and frequency. Once the drain and water supply are connected, the unit can be powered on.

Design Quality

This ice machine is made of rust-resistant stainless steel and designed to last through heavy usage in both commercial and residential environments. It can be used as a freestanding machine, due to its design that features legs, or it can be built into a counter or cabinet for a permanent location. The easy to reach and use control panel on the front of the unit allows you to adjust the thickness of the ice to three different levels.

Warranty

Most nugget makers have a 1-year warranty on all parts and labor. For that reason, compared the price of the machine, this warranty received a 2-star rating. 

Pros

  • Sleek, versatile design
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Hard to read the handbook 
  • Cubes stick together 

Smad Portable Commercial Ice Maker Under Counter Built-In Ice Maker Machine With Freezer

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Smad Portable Commercial Ice Maker Under Counter Built-in Ice Maker...
  • Front venting for built-in installation
  • Reversible door for left or right hand swing
  • Automatic overfill prevention,auto shut-off when ice bin is full

The SMAD offers chewable ice in the comfort of your own home. It has a removable internal bin that holds up to six pounds of ice where the unit itself can produce up to 12 pounds total. This machine also includes a storage unit that operates as a freezer in order to keep ice frozen longer. This ice maker offers front ventilation making it ideal for mounting under counters or in spaces where air flow is at a premium. The SMAD also has built in overflow protection, preventing the unit from producing ice after it is at capacity and keeping it from overflowing out of the machine.

This machine sells for around $ and includes the base warranty and all parts needed for assembly.

Ease Of Use

The SMAD Ice Maker has two main controls that make this machine easy to operate. There is a dial thermostat control for the freezer compartment and ice storage bin. There is an on / off button control which controls the ice making function. Because of its simple use, this machine has received five stars in this category. 

Assembly Time

This unit is listed as portable, so set-up requires a 120v power source and can be placed anywhere. Just add water and let it start making ice. This unit does not require a water supply hook up or a drain. Assembly is easy and takes minutes, so it receives a 5 star review. 

Design Quality

This sleek ice maker is made of stainless steel and weighs 55 pounds and stands around 25 inches tall. The door is reversible so that you can place it in whatever location you need and not worry about the door not opening. Can be placed under a counter or on a countertop. This is a stand-alone unit with black casing and easy-to-use controls on the base, under the door. 

Warranty

Like most small cube makers, this unit features a 1-year limited warranty. For the price, though, it can be replaced if there are major issues, so it receives a 3-star rating for the offered warranty.

Pros

  • Good price
  • Beautiful, durable design 
  • Easy to use 

Cons

  • Small 
  • Warranty could be better

Conclusion- How The Manitowoc Ice Machine Stacks Up 

Manitowoc RNS-1078C Remote (Up to 1,131 Lb) Nugget

The Manitowoc Remote Nugget Ice Machine comes in at the higher end of the spectrum on price, costing over $$$$ for just the unit and not a storage bin. For ease of use, the Manitowoc Ice Machine gets five stars, but only two stars for the assembly because it requires set-up by a certified technician. For design quality, this unit receives five stars because it is sleek, durable, and can be used in different configurations depending on your needs. For warranty, this Manitowoc Ice Machine gets four stars, because it is better than most other warranties, but could still be better based on the price of the unit.

Over all, the Manitowoc brand is the highest rated ice machine on the list, with the highest price tag.

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