How to Choose the Right Italian Water Ice Machine - Who Makes the Best Batch Freezer?

By: Carmen Esposito
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Are you looking to buy a batch freezer for your Italian Ice business? Well, look no further. Carmen Esposito, owner of La Vita Dolce Italian Ice has 3 tips that you should consider when buying a new or used Italian Water Ice Machine. When it comes to your Italian Ice Shoppe, the batch freezer is the 'home plate.' This is the piece of equipment that actually makes the product, so everything revolves around it. Before you make this kind of investment, it's critical that you understand that all batch freezers are not the same, and what exactly to look for when buying your own. 









  1. Size – One size doesn’t fill all. Estimate the amount of business you’ll be conducting. Is Italian Ice your only item on the menu, or is it one of many items for sale? Since batch freezers can be purchased to produce various volumes of product, you need to find one to fit your needs. Sentry Equipment is a company that we highly recommend. They sell a few different batch freezers at various price points, ensuring that you will get the best batch freezer for your business.

  2. Service – You never know when your batch freezer will need a repair. I can’t stress the importance of service enough. Imagine that it’s a hot summer day, 95 degrees and humid, your refreshing Italian Ice is flying out the door when your batch freezer decides to quit. What do you do? Who do you call to fix the problem quickly? It is imperative that you purchase your batch freezer from a company that offers excellent customer services. Give me a call before you purchase any equipment so that I can help you choose the right company and freezer, and help you avoid having to pull your hair out later.

  3. Power – With great power comes great responsibility, choose wisely.  Choosing a machine with enough power for your Italian Water Ice business is always important, but this choice becomes increasingly vital when buying a used machine. You'll need to know if you need a machine that is air cooled or water cooled, 100 or 200 volt, single or three phase, etc. To ensure that you don't buy a machine with too much power, or one with not nearly enough, give me a call. I've opened over 100 Italian Ice Shoppes, and have over 40 years of professional experience.

If you are looking to start your own Italian Water Ice business and are unsure of where to start, contact Carmen today by calling (215) 550-9963. Not only am I an authorized dealer of batch freezers, but I also sell flavors, water ice bases, online training guides, and more.

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