You’re looking for the perfect undercounter ice machine for your small business, but it’s hard to know what features to look for and which model to buy.  When it comes to buying an undercounter ice machine there are definitely a lot of choices and it can be difficult to distinguish between them.  We have put together some tips to help you buy the perfect undercounter ice machine for your operation.

To start off, you should choose a Undercounter Ice Machine Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Open Viewtrusted brand of commercial ice maker.  We recommend you choose a model from Manitowoc Ice, Scotsman, Hoshizaki, Ice-O-Matic, or EdgeStar.


Looking for other types of ice machines?  Be sure and see our articles about some of the best.


Next, a lot depends on your needs and how you plan to use your ice maker.  Here are some tips to help you decide.

How Much Ice?

How much ice do you need?  Hoshizaki publishes a general guide that you can see in this article.

Type of Ice

What type of ice do you need or want?  Check out a chart of ice types in this article.  The model in this article is a nugget ice maker.

Drain or No Drain

As your need for volume ice takes you into the larger capacities, it is more likely that you will need plumbing to install your undercounter ice maker machine.  Some ice makers, around 60-140 lbs. per day capacity, are available with optional pumps that allow you to channel the water directly to a nearby drain rather than having to “plumb-in” the icemaker to existing drain plumbing.



The compressor on a commercial ice machine can be noisy.  The location of the ice machine in relation to customers or users may require you to opt for a model that insures quiet operation.  If you need a quiet machine, make certain that you know the sound specs for the model you’re choosing and that it meets your expectations for your operating environment.


Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Undercounter Self-Contained Commercial Ice Maker – 85 lb Capacity


Undercounter Ice Machine Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Front ViewFor more than 50 years Ice-O-Matic has been making quality ice machines, like their Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Undercounter Self-Contained-Commercial Ice Maker, for customers around the world.  Perfect for smaller commercial spaces, this model is even approved for outdoor use.  Simple to use, it simply plugs into a standard 115V outlet, hooks up to a water source, and although it is designed for gravity drain use, it can be converted to use a drain pump using a kit.  It features very quiet operation and produces 85 lbs. of ice per day more than enough for café or other small commercial operation use.  As compact as it is, this model is not a portable Sonic ice maker.  Here’s what you need to know about this nugget ice machine.


  • Products up to 85 lbs. of Sonic-like chewable pearl nugget ice per day and stores up to 22 lbs.
  • Pure ice technology produces the cleanest and best-tasting ice by protecting against odor, bacteria, and scaling
  • Quiet operation
  • Front-venting allows for undercounter or built-in installation
  • Standard gravity drain operation with available pump kit
  • Ice scoop included






  • Approved for outdoor use within specified parameters
  • Uses 115V plug-in power
  • Reversible door provides installation flexibility
  • 2-Year limited warranty
  • Dimensions are 14.875W x 22.625D x 33.375H inches and weighs 130 lbs.






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