Scotsman Nugget Ice Maker

The Scotsman nugget ice makers are one of the most sophisticated ice makers on the market. But that does come at a cost!

As the inventor of the Nugget ice maker, Scotsman knows how to build a powerful sonic ice machine. But for most people (who like to create nugget ice at the comfort of their home, the Scotsman models might be a bit too pricy and overpowered).

Check the in-depth review of the Scotsman nugget ice makers below!

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Scotsman Nugget Ice Maker Models

Scotsman UN0815A-1

Scotsman HID525A-1

Scotsman UN0815A-1 Nugget Ice Maker Review

Name

Details

Pros

Cons

Quality

4.5/5

Price

$$$$

Our Rating

3/5

Specs

Another powerful nugget ice maker. Although a lot less powerful than the Manitowoc, The Scotsman UN0815A-1 takes second place as this ice maker can make up to 79 pounds of ice a day.

It’s built with quality materials (stainless steel) and users were happy with its fast and easy installation.

However, we have to conclude that – at this price point -, the Scotsman just doesn’t provide enough value for your money. Because this model is so expensive, the specs seem kind of underwhelming. It’s also relatively heavy and noisy, so we wouldn’t recommend this commercial sonic ice maker.

Scotsman UN0815A-1 Detailed Specs

Brand NameScotsman
Capacity36 pounds
Ean0614234362539
Included ComponentsIce Maker with Bin
Installation TypeUndercounter
MaterialAluminum
Model NumberUN0815A-1
Number of Items1

Description

  • Space Saving Design: Only 15” wide, this ice maker can be placed it the tightest locations. Front breathing – No side clearance required for flexible placement.
  • Ease of Use: Unit specific QR code for quick access to service manuals, cleaning guides and warranty history. Ergonomic slide back door allows easy access to ice in the bin. Power cord, NEMA 5-15P plug, ice scoop and adjustable legs are included for quick and easy installation.
  • Reliability: Sealed, maintenance-free bearings for reduced preventative maintenance and long-lasting performance. Stainless steel evaporator and auger for maximum durability. Heavy duty, rust-free front panel and corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy side panels for maximum lifespan 3 Year parts and labor warranty. Designed, engineered and assembled in the USA.
  • High Production: Produces up to 79 lb (36 kg) per day and stores 36 lb (16 kg), maximizing ice output despite its small footprint Maximized production ensures that you can keep up with growing demand for The Original Chewable Nugget Ice.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Energy Star certified. Meets US Safe Drinking Act low lead requirements. Non-ozone depleting R-134A refrigerant.

Scotsman HID525A-1 Nugget Ice Maker Review

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Details

Pros

Cons

Quality

4.5/5

Price

$$$$$

Our Rating

2.5/5

Specs

Altough this beast can produce up to 500 pounds of ice a day, the Scotsman HID525A-1 Meridian Nugget Ice & Water Dispenser has ended last on the list due to its insane price.

Of course, at this price point, you get a high-quality product with a lot of bells and whistles (such as an infrared dispenser and high quality stainless steel) and you’ll also be able to produce crazy amounts of ice every day.

But the price of this commercial nugget ice maker will set you back big time! In our honest opinion, it’s just not worth it. That’s why we wouldn’t recommend this ice maker.

Scotsman HID525A-1 Detailed Specs

Brand NameScotsman
Capacity25 pounds
ColorStainless Steel
Ean0746060913965
Included ComponentsIce Dispenser
Installation TypeCountertop
Item Weight208 pounds
MaterialStainless Steel

Description

  • Performance: Up to 500 lbs. of ice production in 24 hours, with storage capacity of up to 25 lbs.
  • Smarter Construction: Durable stainless steel evaporator and exterior panels. Greaseless bearings for reduced maintenance. Larger sink opening and dispensing area. AquaArmor with AgION is molded into key components.
  • Space-maximizing design: The industry’s smallest operational footprint relative to capacity. Featuring specially designed contoured sides for enhanced breathability and an external air filter.
  • More convenient front access: Removable front panels allow ease of access and service to all key internal components. Including a removable storage bin for better cleaning and maintenance access.
  • Enhanced service features: Intuitive LED diagnostic lights reduce service time. Unit specific QR code for quick access to service manuals and history. Convenient USB drive that allows for fast software updates. New removable sink and grill provide maximum access for ease of cleaning.

Comparison

Nugget ice maker comparison chart

If you want to see how the Scotsman UN0815A-1 and HID525A-1 Nugget Ice makers measure up against the other nugget ice makers that I have reviewed, take a look at the comparison chart above.

The nugget ice makers created by Scotsman are rated at the end of the list mainly due to their price. For most nugget ice enthusiasts who want to enjoy nugget ice from the comfort of their own home, buying one of these models might be considered “overkill”. These are commercial nugget ice makers are better suited for restaurants or other commercial settings.

Next on the list is the NewAir Nugget Ice Maker which is a relatively moderate nugget ice maker. The Nugget Ice maker that is rated directly above the Scotsman UN0815A-1 is the Northair countertop nugget ice maker, so do check out that review as well!

Conclusion

The Scotsman Nugget ice Makers are both absolute beasts when it comes to production and capacity. However these commercial nugget ice makers might be a bit too heavy and expensive for residential use.

You can check all the nugget ice maker reviews on the rolled ice cream mix homepage.