Slushy makers are an excellent tool to have as part of a restaurant small business or even for entertaining at large business events. Slush machines can even double as snow cone makers or frozen drink machines.
Slush machines come in several varieties with many different features. Some just shave ice, while others also make the ice themselves. Commercial slushy machines are often larger and have more features, but others made exclusively as slush machines are more portable or useful in the home.
When shopping for ice slush machines, keep some things in mind:
- Decide whether or not you need your slushy machine to make ice.
- Determine the space requirements for your slush maker.
- Consider the ingredients and materials you might need to buy to make slushies.
- Consider a rental or refurbished frozen drink machine to meet your specific needs.
Think about the ice you'll need for your slushy machineSlushies must get their ice from somewhere, and slush machines will either produce their own ice using a water source or grind up a block of ice that you provide.
Know how big your slush machine can beIce slush machines come in a wide range of sizes--most of the commercial machines referenced above are extremely large freezer-sized machines, but you also can get smaller options for a restaurant or home.
Find a deal on what goes in the slushy makerAfter you've found a slushy machine you like, you'll need the ingredients to make an ice slush and what you're going to put the slushy in after you make it.
Rent a frozen drink machine if you don't want to buyIf you need a slushy maker for a short-term event or aren't ready to buy one, plenty of options are available to rent you a frozen drink machine and the materials to go with it.
- Understand the difference between a slushy and a smoothie. If what you really want is to serve smoothies, you're better off with an industrial strength blender than trying to use flaked or shaved ice from a slush machine.