Your bar staff could have a lot of demand for ice. After all, they could be serving hundreds of customers daily - and all of them could want their drinks cool, which ice is ideal for ensuring. However, using the conventional home method for creating ice - freezing water in cube-shaped moulds - is unlikely to provide enough ice sufficiently quickly for keeping many drinkers at a busy bar happy. This begins to explain why you should have an ice machine at hand.
Slow but steady won't win this race
In your bar, your staff probably already have ready access to a freezer - in which case, why do they need a separate ice machine, too? After all, it's no big mystery how ice cubes can be made in a freezer. However, Hints and Things points out various issues that could easily arise were you to try using this method in your bar.
Those issues largely relate to capacity; the freezer might already be quite full, making it hard for staff to create sufficient space in which to create the necessary quantity of ice cubes. Furthermore, it could be the case that your freezer is quite small even if much of its capacity remains available. A fridge might not be able to serve as a good alternative or overflow unit, either - as that fridge's ice-making compartment could be very small.
Furthermore, what water you can place in trays in those spaces might not freeze quickly enough for your bar's needs. A meagre capacity in the freezer or fridge would only make the continual producing of ice even more sluggish. However, Business.com notes that a standard ice machine for a commercial space can, every 24 hours, make 560 pounds of ice. This would be sufficient if your bar daily served 300 to 400 people.
You can save money by leasing the ice machine
Imagine how irritating it would be if you made significant financial outlay in purchasing an ice machine outright, only for that machine to soon break - leaving you needing to pay even more to get it repaired. However, if you had leased the machine, you wouldn't have needed to pay for its repair, reveals The Balance. That's only one reason why leasing an ice machine can be the more financially convenient manner of obtaining one.
Another reason is that an ice machine can be relatively short in lifespan compared to other particular restaurant equipment. Therefore, by buying it fresh, you might not end up truly getting your money's worth. Also, by the time that a lease on an ice machine runs out, there could be a newer and more efficient model on the market - in which case, you could take out a new lease on that machine. This would be a relatively convenient method of upgrading your machine.
You can select such leases with ice machines that are in our stock of refrigeration products... or, alternatively, just purchase one of these machines upfront, should you still prefer.