Choosing the Right Soft Ice Cream Machine – 3 Things You Need to Know

his article will cover three things that should be considered in choosing a commercial soft ice cream machine. Choosing the wrong one can lead to unneeded service calls and unsatisfactory performance. You are about to learn about three important factors that need to be considered in order to make an informed decision. 1) Freezer Size

The size of the freezer is a critical consideration. A small freezer is ideal for situations where there is a constant moderate demand for ice cream. Units with small freezers are more economical but getting the right size is crucial. Consider getting a size larger to cover future increase in demand.

A large freezer is ideal for handling peak demand. A cafeteria with one or two seatings would be a situation where it would work well. Along with the increased capacity comes increased cost.

2) Control Complexity

Some soft ice cream machines are computer controlled. This offers useful features such as self pasteurizing and once a month cleaning. Some can even diagnose their own malfunctions. Of course these are expensive.

Many service calls are generated by workers misunderstanding these machines and customers pushing buttons. If customers have access to the machines, they need to be as simple as possible. If the machines are highly complex it is useful having assigned people trained in the use of the machine.

3) Location Of Condenser

You will have the choice of having the condensing unit (compressor, fan and coil) inside the ice cream machine or located elsewhere. The package unit type is best suited for most situations. The remote location is useful in situations where there is a lot of grease in the air or there is no room for a larger machine.

There are several drawbacks to having a remote condenser. Initial installation is expensive. Moving the soft serve ice cream machine inside the restaurant is impractical. Moving it to another building is very expensive. This is seldom a good choice in a soft ice cream machine.

Now you can avoid making three common mistakes when choosing a soft serve ice cream machine. You have the basic information you need to make an informed decision about the freezer size, control complexity and the location of the condenser. Below are links to additional information that can save you a lot of money.

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