What Size Ice Machine Do I Need? Try Our Ice Usage Estimator


If you’re wondering what size ice machine you need, you’re not alone. The amount of ice usage is different for every industry. The Iceologists at LA ICE MACHINE have created a few general guidelines regarding typical ice needs in specific industries. This will help you gauge equipment size and output for your commercial ice machine. LA ICE MACHINE makes it easy to answer the question “What size ice machine do I need?”

The table shows you an approximate amount of ice you’ll need for each industry.  Keep in mind, this is a midrange calculation and your specific ice usage needs may vary.

Our ice usage estimator chart is a good baseline as your search for the ice machine model that’s best for your business.

If you have any questions about ice machine sizes or ice usage, our customer service team is available for you 24/7.

Hospitals and healthcare environments typically have the most ice usage per person. To calculate how much ice an ice maker needs to produce you have to take the average pounds per day (in chart) and multiply by the number of patients. If employees or visitors also have need for ice, you’ll need to factor that in as well.

If you run a restaurant or bar, we’ve created a chart to estimate ice usage by the type of drinks you serve and the glassware you use.

Convenience stores need to think about the volume of fountain drinks per day. The worst thing for a convenience store is not having enough ice for the soda fountain! Our customer service representatives are happy to help you calculate the approximate ice usage for your store.

Industry Approximate Daily Usage
Hotel 5 lb. per guest
Hospital 10 lb. per patient
Restaurant 1.5 lb. per customer
Bar/Cocktail 3 lb. per customer
Cafeteria 1 lb. per customer
Catering 1 lb. per person per event
Quick Serve Restaurant 5 oz. per 7-10 oz drink 8 oz. per 12-16 oz. drink 12 oz. per 18-24 oz. drink
Seafood/Deli counter & display 30 lbs. ice per cubic foot
Convenience Store 6 oz. per 12 oz. drink 10 oz. per 20 oz. drink 16 oz. per 32 oz. drink

Regardless of how much ice your business needs, LA ICE MACHINE has the appropriate size and model of Hoshizaki commercial ice machine for you. Our all-inclusive ice machine offering gets you not only the commercial ice maker but all repairs, preventative maintenance, water filters, Breakdown Ice and much more!

All at an affordable monthly rate with o hidden fees and no termination penalties (with 30 days notice for qualified customers). Guaranteeing a supply of safe, clean ice for your customers and employees has never been easier!

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If you have any questions about ice machine sizes or ice usage, please call your ice specialists at 818-340-3644.









LA Ice Machine, LLC. prides itself in being a provider of rental commercial ice machines.
Our rental ice program includes:
Ice Machine, Bin or Dispenser, Water Filters

23705 Vanowen St. #131., West Hills, CA 91307
(818) 340-3644

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