Nearly every type of food service business needs an ice machine. Many restaurants, cafes and cafeterias serve soft drinks and beverages, stock salad bars or blend frozen cocktails. In order to do so, a commercial ice machine is essential. Purchasing the right unit ensures you have the right type of ice with purity quality for your operation, and never run out of ice during business hours. Because there are so many different configurations and styles available, it's important to understand what is available to find the best ice maker to suit your business' needs.