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What is the cost of an ice maker?

16/01/2022

What is the cost to replace an ice maker?

Depending on the brand and model of ice maker it can cost from $200 to over $10000 to replace an ice maker. With so many brands and models to choose from, all suited to different uses, it can become confusing. Lets break it down.

There are many different types of ice maker available and can generally be categorised as domestic, commercial and industrial.

Domestic ice maker cost

An ice maker suitable for domestic use, such as a portable countertop model will cost between $200 and $350. They can make between 10 -15kg of ice per day of bullet shaped ice cubes. These ice cubes tend to be cloudy in appearance.

A light commercial ice maker that is suitable for domestic use can cost up to $900 and will make around 50kg of ice per day of full cube ice.

These types of ice makers are mass produced to a price point and are often not economically viable to repair once they break down. Once they have reached end of life, recycle them and purchase another ice making machine.

Commercial ice maker cost

A commercial ice maker from a trusted brand with long warranty and large spare parts inventory will naturally cost more than a domestic model. These heavy duty ice makers are designed to endure years of service in demanding environments and are suitable for use in hospitality, foodservice and retail installations. They can also be suited for domestic installation if you have a need for large amounts of ice or do a lot of entertaining.

Commercial ice makers fall into sever broad sub-categories:

  • Self-contained ice makers (countertop and under counter)
  • Modular ice makers (with separate ice storage bins)
  • Remote ice makers

Self-contained ice maker cost

Self contained commercial ice makers start from $1000 and can cost as much as $6000. These ice makers will produce between 20kg of ice per day up to 150kg per day. The types of ice they make vary from gourmet, half cube and full cube.

Modular ice maker cost

Modular ice makers are industry workhorses, recommended for use in restaurants, clubs, pubs, ice bagging, hotels, convenient stores, fast-food chains, supermarkets and mine sites. These heavy duty ice makers can cost from $4000 up to $12000. These ice makers will produce between 120kg of ice per day up to 1000kg per day. The types of ice they make vary from gourmet, half cube, full cube and large cube.

As the name suggests, they are a modular system that can be mixed and matched to various ice storage bins or ice dispensers to hold and dispense the ice made by the modular ice maker to create a unique solution for any need. The ice storage bin or ice dispenser is purchased separately to the ice maker at additional cost.

Ice storage bin cost

Ice storage bins vary according to size and generally cost between $1500 and $2500. They can store from 100kg of ice up to 500kg of ice.

Ice dispenser cost

Ice dispensers are far more complex than ice storage bins, with some featuring water valves for staff hydration. They have risen in popularity in the last few years and are suited to mine sites and construction sites. They can cost from $5500 up to $15000. They can store from 50kg of ice up to 500kg of ice.

Industrial ice maker cost

There are many factors that can influence the cost of an industrial ice maker. Generally they produce either flake ice or tube ice cubes. Industrial ice makers are bespoke solutions requiring installation by a team of experienced experts. Industrial ice makers can start from $50000 and cost upwards of $250000. They produce from 1 tonne per day to over 50 tonnes per day of ice. Industrial ice makers are commonly used in bulk food production, concrete manufacturing and ice bagging.

At Best Ice Machines, we offer a large range of quality ice makers from the most trusted names in commercial ice making equipment at Australia’s best prices. Browse our range in our online shop and get a quote with fast delivery to all areas in Australia. Contact us on 1300 237 842 for help with your next project.

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