Nugget Ice Vs. Traditional Ice Makers, Which One Is Best?


Chances are you don’t spend much time thinking about the shape of your ice cubes, but surprisingly, your customers might have some very strong opinions on the subject. Two of the most popular styles of ice cubes, are nugget ice, and crescent ice cubes. These are clear favorites among business owners who feel strongly about the type of cube cooling their beverage. What does this mean for you, the restaurateur or store proprietor? Read on and see what your best bet is when selecting an ice maker.

Crescent Ice

Those who love traditional ice cubes in the crescent shape that is most commonly produced by commercial ice makers enjoy its rock-hard, smooth properties and resistance to melting. After all, nobody enjoys a watered-down soft drink! On the plus side, since crescent-shaped ice cubes are so durable and melt less readily than their nugget counterparts, they will also be less prone to melting or crushing in the ice bin, which can mean greater energy savings for you, since the ice maker won’t have to produce as often to keep the bin full. On the downside, crescent-shaped ice cubes are rather large and take up a lot of valuable space in a glass, meaning that your wait staff will have to refill patrons’ drinks more frequently.

Nugget Ice

Fans of nugget-shaped ice cubes, like the ice at Sonic fast food restaurant that has developed its own cult following, enjoy the ability to crunch their cubes as they enjoy their beverage. Nugget-shaped ice cubes are definitely softer than traditional crescent cubes, which can make for delightful ice-munching, but can also unfortunately lead to faster melt time and a tendency to become crushed under the weight of other cubes. One distinct advantage of nugget-shaped ice cubes is the relatively small amount of space they take up in a glass, allowing for more liquid capacity, which leads to fewer refills.

No matter what your ice needs are, White’s Refrigeration has you covered. We offer a selection of commercial-grade ice makers with traditional crescent-shaped and nugget-shaped cube output. Shop our online warehouse for the ice maker that best suits your needs. We have been serving restaurant owners and shopkeepers in need of commercial restaurant ice-making equipment and supplies for over 10 years. We know our ice makers and want to pass that knowledge on to you! Call  252-661-2700 to learn more about our wide range of commercial ice machines and refrigeration options.

Commercial Ice Machines and Refrigeration From Whites Refrigeration

For the best commercial ice machines and refrigeration needs, there’s only one name you can trust in North Carolina- White’s Refrigeration. With over 10 years of experience selling, installing, and servicing large refrigeration equipment and ice machines, you can trust White’s to help you with everything your business needs to keep things cool!

Whites Refrigeration and White’s Refrigeration has built a reputation for excellence and is a true leader in Industrial Ice Making and Commercial Refrigeration equipment sales and service. Schools, care homes, hospitals, hotels, motels also microbreweries, the fishing industry, hunting, meat, and produce are just a few of our clientele.  We are your best choice for Commercial Ice makers in Greenville, Washington, Wilson, Rocky Mount, New Bern, and all of eastern North Carolina as well as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, and all of Southeastern Virginia.