Manitowoc Countertop Nugget Ice Maker and Dispenser Review

Manitowoc Countertop Nugget Ice Maker and Dispenser Review

When choosing the correct ice machine for your business, comparing the many machines on the market and picking the machine that will best suit your needs is imperative before you spend money. Manitowoc Ice Machines have become the industry leader with their innovation and reliability, and they make various models to meet the needs of a diverse customer base. This guide provides in-depth information on a specific model of Manitowoc ice machine and compares it to other ice machines that are popular so that you can select the best machine for your ice making needs.

What Is A Manitowoc Ice Maker?

Manitowoc Ice Maker

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High volume drink areas need fast ice production to keep up with demand. Manitowoc Ice Machines have designed a model for different needs so that consumers can find the machine that is best for them and their needs.  The Manitowoc ice machine model CNF-0201A-L is an ice and water dispenser that keeps up with the demand of any office, bar, restaurant, or nursing home where having constant access to ice is crucial to keep things running smoothly. This countertop unit can fit on most counters and it makes nugget style ice and water readily available to staff or customers without worrying about running out.

Product Specs

Manitowoc has designed ice machines to operate in the easiest possible way while still keeping the machines small enough to fit in just about any space. This particular Manitowoc ice machine is only 16.25 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 35 inches tall. It features a touch free design that allows the customer to place a cup under the dispenser, push a lever, and release water or ice.  This unit incorporates a clean cycle that helps keep the unit clear of scale or other sediment that are notorious for slowing down or stopping ice machines. This Manitowoc Ice Machine is capable of producing 315 pounds of ice per day and has the capacity to store 10 pounds of ice at one time.

Pricing

This Manitowoc ice machine is priced at $$$. The highest-priced ice machine in this review is the Ice-O-Matic, which is priced at $$$, and the lowest priced is the Sunpentown, which is listed at approximately $$. All of these machines can be bought in various places online, at restaurant equipment stores, and on Amazon.

How It Compares

We picked a couple of similar products available on the market to see how they compare. We looked at how easy they are to use, the quality of their design, prices, and the warranty offered for each. In addition to the Manitowoc CNF, we also looked at these models:  

  • Manitowoc NEO UR-0140A Air Cooled 129 Undercounter Ice Machine
  • Sunpentown IM-150US Stainless Steel Undercounter Ice Maker
  • New Ice-O-Matic 238lb/24 Commercial Half Cube Ice Maker Machine

Comparison Table

Manitowoc CNF-0201A-L Ice Maker And Water Dispenser

Manitowoc is known for making ice machines that are easy to use, and this model is no exception. It does need to be installed by a professional, and that installation can take a few hours to complete/ This Manitowoc ice machine makes ice within five minutes of it being started, though, so once the installation is done, you won’t need to wait long for ice. The user selects what function they need, water or ice, and places a cup under the dispenser, presses the lever, and nugget style ice or water is dispensed into the cup. If there is any overflow, it lands in a dry bar style drain. Because it is simple to use, this machine receives five stars.

Ease Of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality

This Manitowoc ice machine is made of stainless steel, is sleek and polished, and is the perfect size to fit on most countertops and in many spaces. The style is classic, which makes it a good fit for various room designs. The design is versatile and attractive, so it receives five stars.  

Warranty

This Manitowoc ice machine receives five stars with its warranty. Manitowoc is known for having great warranties, and this one is a two-year parts and labor warranty, with a five-year parts warranty on the compressor. 

Pros

  • Great warranty  
  • Easy to use
  • Great design

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Small storage capacity
  • Requires a professional to set up 

Manitowoc NEO UR-0140A Air Cooled 129 Undercounter Ice Machine

Manitowoc - UYF-0310A - NEO 290 lb Undercounter Ice Machine
  • Manitowoc - UYF-0310A - NEO 290 lb Undercounter Ice Machine
  • NEO 290 lb Undercounter Ice Machine
  • Manitowoc

The NEO Undercounter Manitowoc ice machine makes cube style, half dice size ice and is an air-cooled self-contained unit that has the capacity to make up to 304 pounds of ice in 24 hours. It has the storage capacity to hold 100 pounds of ice. This machine features electronic controls and it is ENERGYSTAR rated.

The price of this Manitowoc ice machine is around $$$, making it one of the least expensive Manitowoc machines.

Ease Of Use

Like all other Manitowoc ice machines, this unit is simple to use once it has been installed by a professional. Once installation is done, turn the unit on and it makes ice in less than five minutes. To dispense ice, simply turn it on, let it make ice, and scoop the ice out of the bin once it is ready. The only thing that would make this better is if it dispensed ice directly into a cup.

Assembly Time

Design Quality

This machine is 30 inches wide, 28 inches deep, and 38.5 inches high, which makes it easy to place under most counters. It weighs 215 pounds, though, so it cannot be mounted. This is why it has small legs to stand on. It is made of stainless steel and features a smooth, polished finish that allows it to seamlessly fit in with any kitchen or dining room equipment. The design earns in five stars.

Warranty

Like the other Manitowoc warranty, this Manitowoc ice machine receives five stars with a two-year parts and labor warranty, with a five-year parts warranty on the compressor.

Pros

  • Good warranty 
  • Easy to install and use 
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Noisy
  • Requires professional installation

Sunpentown IM-150US Stainless Steel Undercounter Ice Maker

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Sunpentown IM-150US Stainless Steel Undercounter Ice Maker with...
  • Stainless steel door with black cabinet
  • Auto shut off when ice bin is full. No drain required
  • Makes up to 12 -Pounds of ice daily

This under counter ice maker produces up to 12 pounds of crescent-shaped ice every 24 hours, and has a storage capacity of six pounds of ice that is stored in a removable bin. It is a compact size that easily fits under most counters and its front-ventilation feature allows it to be a true built-in unit. This unit does not require a drain, but its installation needs to be preformed by a licensed plumber.

This machine comes in at around $$. It is the cheapest on this review. 

Ease Of Use

Once it is installed, it takes around one hour for this unit to make ice. It works much like an ice-maker on a freezer attached to a refrigerator. You must open the door and scoop the ice. Due to how long it takes to make ice, and because it does not dispense ice into a cup without opening the freezer door, this ice maker receives three stars.

Assembly Time

Even as inexpensive as this machine is, installation must be done by a licensed plumber or service technician and it can take several hours to complete. For that reason, this ice maker was given three stars.

Design Quality

This ice maker comes in sleek black and features a stainless steel door. It is 25 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 18 inches high, and weighs 55 pounds, making it small and light enough to mount under counters or place on top of them. Remember that the groove for opening the door is on top of the door, though, so if you mount the maker under a counter, you need to have enough clearance to get your hand in to open the door. The maker has clean lines and a neutral color that make it easy to fit right in to any kitchen, dining room, or office design. It receives four stars for its classic design and small size. 

Warranty

The warranty is a one year parts and labor warranty, and you can purchase an extended warranty. Customer reviews show that the company expects you to mail the entire unit back to them for servicing and that you must pay for the shipping cost. There is no technician to come to your home to check the unit for you, and not all claims are accepted. For this reason, the warranty on this machine gets a one star review.  

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Great price

Cons

  • Low storage capacity
  • Many people report it stops working after only a few months of use
  • Requires a plumber to install 

New Ice-O-Matic 238lb/24 Commercial Half Cube Ice Maker Machine

Ice-O-Matic ICEU220FA Air Cooled 238 Lb Full Cube Undercounter Ice...
  • Ice-O-Matic - ICEU220FA Ice Series Air Cooled 238 Lb Undercounter Ice Machine
  • Ice Series Air Cooled 238 Lb Undercounter Ice Machine - Full Cube
  • Ice-O-Matic

This ice maker produces half cube-style ice and puts out 220 pounds of ice every 24 hours into a 74-pound storage bin. This is an under the counter, air-cooled, self-contained condenser that offers front access to ice. It is ENERGYSTAR qualified and has antimicrobial protection for the life of the unit. This inhibits bacteria growth on ice maker surfaces. It also has an optional water filtration system which filters out unpleasant tastes and odors to keep ice pure and fresh tasting.

This ice maker is the most expensive on the list, coming in at around $$$. A used unit can be purchased for a cheaper price, however you most likely will not get the full manufacturer’s warranty when you purchase a used unit.

Ease Of Use

This machine requires professional installation and can take a few hours to install. One it is ready, it will put ice out within 10 minutes. Once the ice is ready, you simply slide the lid back, scoop ice, and place it in your cup. This machine receives four stars because it does not have the option to dispense ice directly into your cup.

Assembly Time

Design Quality

This unit is made of corrosion resistant stainless steel and fingerprint proof plastic. It is 24 inches wide, 26 inches deep, and 39 inches high, making it a space saving model that can be used in just about any home, office, bar, or kitchen. It weighs approximately 160 pounds, which means it cannot be mounted under countertops. The opening is a lid over the bin that slides open. You will need clearance between the counter and machine to reach your hand into the bin. Because this unit saves space and has a sleek design that is easy to keep clean, it receives five stars for its innovative design.

Warranty

The warranty for this ice maker is a five-years parts coverage for evaporator and compressor, and a three-year labor and all parts warranty. This is one of the best warranties for any ice machine, which is why this model earned five stars.

Pros

  • Fantastic warranty 
  • Wonderful design
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Expensive 
  • Requires professional installation
  • Loud

Conclusion- A Manitowoc Ice Machine Is Your Best Bet 

Manitowoc Ice Machine

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When you need a fantastic ice machine that does the job without spending a fortune, the Manitowoc CNF-0201A-L Ice Maker and Water Dispenser earns a five-star rating. It comes in under $$$, has a sleek, smooth, polished stainless steel finish, dispenses ice and water at the touch of a lever, and has one of the best warranties of any ice machine on the market.

It is easy to use, compact and stylish enough to fit into any style of office, kitchen, or dining room, and has a high output production as well as a large storage capacity, making it easy to keep your employees and customers happy with ice all day long. While there are other machines that are less expensive, a Manitowoc ice machine is the top of the line and worth every penny. These machines are built to last and can even out-perform their more expensive counterparts, making them the best choice for those who need to have a high volume of ice ready at all times. 

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