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A Restaurant Owner’s Guide to Buying Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine

 

Types of Soft Serve Ice Cream Machines

The first and the most important thing you want to consider is the type of the soft serve ice cream machine.

There are different types of soft serve ice cream machines available in the market, with each type having its own individual specifications. Vendors primarily categorize soft serve ice cream machines on the basis of:

  • Configuration
  • Cooling mechanism
  • Transfer mechanism

Soft serve ice cream machines come in two types of configurations, countertop and floor model. Countertop soft serve ice cream machines are smaller in size compared to floor model soft serve ice cream machines and are ideal for installations where space might be limited.

So, if space is an issue at your restaurant, a countertop unit might serve you better. However, keep in mind that countertop soft serve ice cream machines have low production volume, and so if you plan to sell soft serve ice creams in large quantities, the small size of the unit can be a limitation for your operation.

Moving on, in terms of cooling mechanism, soft serve ice cream machines can again be divided into two types, water-cooled and air cooled.

The main benefit of water-cooled soft serve ice cream machines is that they cool the ice cream much faster than air cooled soft serve ice cream machines. Their drawback is that they need to be hooked up with a water supply for operation. On the other hand, air cooled soft serves ice cream machines don’t necessitate a water connection, but they take more time to cool the ice cream.

When we talk about categorizing soft serve ice cream machines on the basis of transfer mechanism, the machines can either be categorized as gravity-fed soft serve ice cream machines or pressure-fed soft serve ice cream machines.

Gravity-fed soft serve ice cream machines are more energy efficient than pressure-fed soft serve ice cream machines, while the latter has the edge in terms of production volume.

Ice Cream Machine Capacity

Once you have decided the type of soft serve ice cream machine you want to buy, the next important thing you want to consider is the capacity of the machine.

Soft serve ice cream machines come in different capacities. Typically, the capacity of a soft serve ice cream machine is assessed in servings per minute.

Configuration

Capacity

Serving Size

Serving Per Minute

Counter top

7-quart

4 oz. serving

2-3 servings

Counter top

20-quart

4 oz. serving

3-7 servings

Floor model

20-quart

4 oz. serving

7 servings

Ice Cream Machine Flavor Options

Last but not the least, you want to consider the flavor options that the soft serve ice cream machine offers.

Basically, soft serve ice cream machines can offer single flavor servings or two flavor servings. With two flavor servings, you have the option to either dispense two flavors separately or dispense them both in a single serving using twin twist.

If you intend to sell soft serve ice creams in relatively low amount, then a single flavor machine should suffice your needs.

High Quality Soft Serve Ice Cream Machines from Aurel

At Aurel, we manufacture and stock a large variety of high quality soft serve ice cream machines. All our machines are manufactured in the U.S using highest quality parts and components. View our product catalogue here.

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