Everything You Need To Know About Hoshizaki Ice Machines

Written by:

Mohammad Bakshayesh

Senior Engineer, Barnet Climate Control

When it comes to commercial ice machines and air conditioning appliances, the Hoshizaki name has become synonymous with innovation, reliability and cutting-edge technology. The Japanese brand is used across the globe, and here at Barnet Climate Control, Hoshizaki ice machines are some of our favourite options for our clients. 

What is it that makes these appliances so unique, though, and why should you consider installing them to your property? In this latest blog, we thought we would take a deep dive into this iconic brand, looking at its history, the products on offer, and the wide range of benefits that they provide. 

Who is Hoshizaki?

Before we explore the Hoshizaki ice machines available, we thought we would first take a look back at the brand’s origin. Now considered one of the global leaders in the design and manufacturing of commercial equipment for the food and beverage sector, the brand’s origins can be traced back to 1947

Spending those initial years developing its products, Hoshizaki began operations in its Toyoake factory in 1946. Since then, they have continued to design and manufacture a huge range of products to meet the ever-changing requirements of its customers. Their commitment to precision engineering and technological advancement means that Hoshizaki ice machines are now the go to choice for businesses across the globe. 

This demand has also meant that Hoshizaki has opened a global network of manufacturing plants, with factories here in the United Kingdom as well as the likes of America, China, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Denmark, and India.

What products does Hoshizaki manufacture?

Recognised as an industry pioneer, over the years, Hoshizaki has expanded its range to offer everything from sushi cases and rice cookers to beer dispensers. However, it is the ice and refrigeration sectors where the brand shines. 

Created for commercial kitchens of all sizes, the Hoshizaki refrigerator range covers everything from insulated cabinets and blast chillers to bakery counters and even solutions designed for the marine and offshore sectors. 

However, it is the Hoshizaki ice machines that are the company’s flagship range. Customers have an extensive array of choices, with the Japanese manufacturer offering ice makers, dispensers and crushers that cater to the diverse needs of businesses across the hospitality, healthcare, and food service industries. 

The Hoshizaki ice machines also incorporate cutting-edge technology in their creation, ensuring one of the most efficient and durable products on the market. To guaranteee a premium service, these machines feature a wide range of features, including automatic rinse cycles to remove impurities, plug-and-play capability, and cycle-saver technology to reduce energy consumption. 

The fully integrated manufacturer has built a comprehensive portfolio of ice machines, which are typically broken down into six categories:

  1. Cubers 

The Hoshizaki Cubers create traditional ice cubes that are free from impurities, ensuring beautiful looking and perfectly tasteless solutions. Utilising a closed-cell system and high-performance technology, these cubes feature an optimal dilution rate that makes them ideal for cocktails and long drinks. 

  1. Flakers

Perfect for use across a broad range of hospitality businesses, the Hoshizaki flakers prevent freezer burn, unpleasant calcification, and bacterial contamination. This makes them particularly beneficial for food service as well as medical purposes. 

  1. Nugget Makers

For customers seeking dry or individual ice nuggets, this range of Hoshizaki ice makers is widely used when displaying produce or creating delicious cocktails. To guarantee the highest level of ice nuggets, each machine comes with an intuitive control display, making regular maintenance very simple. 

  1. Crescent Edge 

The crescent edge range of Hoshizaki ice machines creates ice that not only is free from impurities and minerals, but that does also not clutter. This means that it can produce more ice per cycle while also helping owners to reduce their energy consumption. 

  1. Special ice 

Looking for something eye-catching? No matter whether you are looking for a ball, big cube, long cube, star-shaped, heart-shaped, or cylinder ice, the Hoshizaki special ice makers are the perfect solution. Featuring the same patented closed-cell system, customers will be able to enjoy results free from impurities and taste. 

  1. Dispensers 

Finally, Hoshizaki also provides a range of ice-only and ice and water dispensers. Very quick and easy to install, and available in a range of storage capacities, they are suitable for a wide range of environments. 

What are the benefits of Hoshizaki ice machines?

Now we have taken a look at who Hoshizaki is and some of their ever-growing range of products, what is it that makes them so unique? Here are some of the biggest benefits of incorporating these machines into your business.


When your business is busy, you need an ice machine on which you can rely. Thanks to Hoshizaki’s commitment to precision engineering and exceptional quality, you can have complete confidence that yours will be there when you need it. From hospitality settings to healthcare facilities, your unit will provide consistent and high-quality ice. 


Of course, alongside reliability you also want a durable solution. The Hoshizaki ice machines are designed to be able to withstand all of the rigours that come from a modern commercial workspace. Utilising high-quality materials, such as stainless steel, these units guarantee longevity, making them a worthwhile and cost-effective investment in your business’s future. 

Energy efficiency 

Sustainability is vital in the modern world, and companies across the globe are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. The Hoshizaki ice machine range is built with efficiency in mind, incorporating the latest technology to significantly reduce energy consumption, meaning your operational costs will be far lower. 

Easy to maintain 

The Hoshizaki machines are incredibly user-friendly, which means they are very easy to maintain. The unique CleanCycle feature in many of the models means that the machine is able to flush the reservoir and evaporator itself, keeping it clean and reducing the need for manual cleaning.


Finally, one of the biggest benefits of adding a Hoshizaki ice machine to your business is the variety it brings. From big cubes to small cubes, flakes to nuggets, the brand has the versatility to cater to any needs, making these units ideal for use in a broad range of establishments. 

Want to discover Hoshizaki?

If you are ready to discover the many benefits that come from installing a Hoshizaki ice machine can bring your business, then Barnet Climate Control is here to help you! Our highly experienced team works with commercial clients across London and the surrounding area, delivering, installing and maintaining these fantastic machines. 

We pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer care, striving to go above and beyond on every project to give you complete peace of mind. We believe in outing the client first, working closely with you to ensure that you can always find the perfect solution for your business. 
Want to learn more about our services and how we can help you? Give us a call on 020 3488 663 or request an appointment with our knowledgeable specialists.

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