Bubble Tea Ice Machines
Making bubble tea requires ice, a lot of ice! One of the most frequently asked questions we get is…
What is the Best Ice Machine for a Bubble Tea Store?
The type of ice machine that you want will largely depend on how many customers you will have. You can expect to use about 1-1.5 lbs of ice for each drink that you make. So if you make 300 drinks/day you will want an ice machine that can make at least 450lbs of ice/day, maybe more to handle the busy times.
Most ice machines will have the actual ice making machine on the top and a separate ice bin on the bottom. You can use a unit that has the condenser and bin together but they will typically have a lower capacity.
Water filtration system
Depending on the size and voltage, many ice machines need to be hard wired(they don’t have a plug) and may require 115v or 220v.
Floor drain (or condensate pump)
City Water Supply with a separate water line and shut off valve
Water cooled vs air cooled bubble tea ice machines:
We recommend using air cooled bubble tea ice machines. They use a comparable amount of electricity but the water cooled units use a lot more water.
Type of ice:
Most bubble tea shop owners and customers agree that “crescent” shaped ice produces the best bubble tea.
Bubble Tea Ice Machine Brand:
Hoshizaki is the industry leader and the only brand that we recommend.
Ice Machine Cost:
An Ice machine for your bubble tea store will be one of your biggest investments.
A unit with a 500lb capacity will cost about:
$3,100.00 for the Ice Machine
$250.00 for the Water Filter
$900.00 for the Ice Bin
Renting an Ice Machine:
Another option that has become popular is renting an ice machine. Rental subscriptions usually include installation and a water filter. This could be a good option for a new bubble tea shop that is unsure of the demand and who is on a budget.
The rental terms are flexible with a one-year lease and then month to month after that. Renting will typically be less than $150/month and a one-time setup fee of $200-300.