Ice Maker Market Report by Product Type (Ice Cube Maker, Ice Flake Maker, Ice Nugget Maker, and Others), End-Use Sector (Foodservice, Retail, Healthcare, Residential, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

Ice Maker Market Report by Product Type (Ice Cube Maker, Ice Flake Maker, Ice Nugget Maker, and Others), End-Use Sector (Foodservice, Retail, Healthcare, Residential, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

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Market Overview:

The global ice maker market size reached US$ 5.1 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 7.3 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% during 2024-2032. The increasing consumer preferences for automated appliances, considerable growth in the food and beverage industry, continual decline in natural ice availability, and the introduction of smart, connected, energy-efficient devices are among the key factors driving the market growth.

Report Attribute 
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2023
US$ 5.1 Billion
Market Forecast in 2032
US$ 7.3 Billion
Market Growth Rate (2024-2032) 4.1%

An ice maker is a device specifically engineered for the automated production of ice. Constructed with a refrigeration unit, water supply, and ice collection bin, it serves as a self-contained unit that eliminates the need for manual ice production. The device operates on the principle of refrigeration, where water is pumped into a freezing tray and then chilled until it solidifies. Characteristically, these machines are compact, efficient, and designed for convenience. They are versatile in producing different types of ice such as cubes, flakes, or nuggets, and are highly valued for their rapid production capabilities. Moreover, they offer the advantage of producing ice on-demand, making them indispensable in various sectors including hospitality, healthcare, and food and beverage.

Global Ice Maker Market

The global market is primarily driven by the augmenting demand for convenient and rapid ice-making solutions. In line with this, the considerable growth in the food and beverage industry is providing an impetus to the market. Moreover, the growing hospitality sector, including hotels and restaurants, is acting as a significant growth-inducing factor. In addition to this, the escalating number of outdoor activities and events is resulting in higher investments in portable ice makers. Besides this, continual advancements in technology leading to energy-efficient and smart, connected devices are creating lucrative opportunities. Also, the diversification into specialized ice-making machines for healthcare applications is positively impacting the market. The market is further driven by the rise in organized retail allowing easy product availability. Apart from this, growing health consciousness that underscores the importance of safe and clean ice is propelling the market forward. Other contributing factors include the increment in household incomes, expansion of commercial spaces requiring ice makers, and the adoption of high-end appliances due to modern lifestyles.

Ice Maker Market Trends/Drivers:

Increasing consumer preferences for automated appliances

Consumers are increasingly seeking ways to make their lives more convenient, efficient, and smart. One area where this inclination is visibly affecting the market dynamics is the appliance industry, particularly automated and intelligent appliances. Smart ice makers, for example, offer features such as remote operation through mobile apps, energy-saving modes, and predictive maintenance alerts. These value-added functionalities resonate with consumer expectations, who are willing to invest in advanced features that simplify their lives and contribute to higher standards of living. Features such as energy-saving modes align well with the consumer's growing awareness of their environmental footprint. The cumulative effect of these consumer preferences is significant market expansion for ice makers with intelligent functionalities. Companies are taking note of this trend and are investing in R&D to create innovative, consumer-friendly, smart appliances, thereby driving further market growth.

Continual decline in natural ice availability

Climate change is an environmental issue that is causing wide-reaching impacts across various sectors, and the ice-making market is no exception. Rising global temperatures are causing natural ice reserves to dwindle, particularly in regions where ice fishing or natural ice storage was previously common. This decline in natural ice availability is contributing to a heightened demand for artificial ice-making solutions. Ice makers are increasingly becoming a necessity rather than a luxury, especially in regions that face severe temperature elevations. The correlation between climate change and the increased demand for artificial ice solutions makes this a market factor that cannot be ignored. Companies are responding by developing ice makers that are not just efficient but also environmentally friendly, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of ice production.

Stringent regulatory compliance requirements

Compliance with food safety standards and regulations is becoming increasingly important in the commercial sector. Regulatory bodies worldwide are enhancing guidelines that stipulate hygienic food storage and service conditions. This regulatory landscape is causing businesses, particularly in the hospitality and food industry, to invest in reliable and certified ice-making equipment. Non-compliance isn't just about legal repercussions; it also risks brand reputation and customer trust, which are invaluable assets. As a result, there is a growing necessity for ice makers that meet stringent safety and hygiene standards. Manufacturers are focusing on developing units that not only comply with existing regulations but are also designed for easy cleaning and maintenance to minimize bacterial growth.




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Ice Maker Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the market report, along with forecasts at the global and regional for 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on product type and end-use sector.

Breakup by Product Type:




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  • Ice Cube Maker
  • Ice Flake Maker
  • Ice Nugget Maker
  • Others

Ice cube maker accounts for the majority of the market share

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the product type. This includes ice cube maker, ice flake maker, ice nugget maker and others. According to the report, ice cube maker represented the largest segment.

The ice cube maker segment of the market is experiencing growth due to several driving factors. Convenience and efficiency are at the forefront, as ice cube makers offer quick and automated production of ice, saving both time and effort. Innovations in smart technologies are also contributing to this segment, with features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and smartphone control becoming increasingly popular. Additionally, the demand for gourmet ice cubes, which are clear and odorless, has sparked interest in specialized ice cube makers. Energy-efficient models that adhere to environmental standards are gaining traction, aligning with global sustainability efforts. The versatility of ice cube makers, which cater to both residential and commercial uses, further broadens their appeal. Lastly, enhanced food safety regulations are compelling consumers to invest in certified and reliable ice cube-making machines.

Breakup by End-Use Sector:

  • Foodservice
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Residential
  • Others

Foodservice represents the largest market segment

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the end use sector. This includes foodservice, retail, healthcare, residential and others. According to the report, foodservice represented the largest segment.

In the foodservice sector, the need for a consistent and reliable supply of ice is paramount, driving the demand for specialized ice makers. Operational efficiency is critical in this sector, making fast-producing, high-capacity machines highly desirable. The regulatory landscape also has a considerable impact, with stricter food safety standards compelling businesses to invest in certified equipment that ensures hygienic ice production and storage. Trends in mixology and culinary presentation are additionally fueling demand for various types of ice, from nugget to flake, to enhance the customer experience. Seasonal factors, such as increased restaurant visits during the summer, also create a spike in demand for ice makers. The ongoing growth in the foodservice industry, in general, contributes to a larger customer base in need of ice-making solutions.

Breakup by Region:




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  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Latin America

North America exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest ice maker market share

The market research report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; the Middle East and Africa; and Latin America. According to the report, North America accounted for the largest market share.

North America has a well-established foodservice industry, which inherently demands a high volume of ice for various applications, thereby driving sales for ice makers. The cultural emphasis on convenience and automation is significant, making smart, efficient appliances, including ice makers, highly desirable.

Growing consumer awareness regarding energy consumption and environmental responsibility is also notably high in this region, creating demand for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly ice-making options. Additionally, North America is subject to stringent regulatory standards concerning food safety and appliance efficiency, compelling both businesses and individuals to invest in compliant equipment.

Additionally, seasonal variations, including hot summers and holiday seasons, induce increased usage of ice in beverages and food preservation, thereby influencing market trends. The region's economic affluence provides consumers with the financial capability to invest in high-end, feature-rich ice makers. Lastly, the rapid pace of technological innovation in North America fuels ongoing upgrades and replacements, sustaining a robust demand cycle for ice makers in the market.

Competitive Landscape:

Key players in the global market are heavily investing in research and development to innovate new features and functionalities, enhancing the overall user experience. These market leaders are also focusing on creating energy-efficient models to not only meet regulatory requirements but also cater to increasing consumer demand for sustainable products. To broaden their customer base, key players are offering a range of products that cater to both residential and commercial sectors. Simultaneously, these companies are strengthening their distribution networks, both online and offline, to make their products more accessible to a global audience. Collaborations and partnerships with other stakeholders in related industries are another tactic being employed to expand their product offerings. Furthermore, to comply with food safety regulations, major players are making sure their products meet or exceed hygiene standards by obtaining relevant certifications.

The market research report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Hoshizaki Corporation
  • The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
  • Scotsman Industries, Inc.
  • Whynter LLC
  • Ice-O-Matic (Mile High Equipment LLC)
  • Himalyan Equipment Manufacturing Co. (HEMCO)
  • MaxxIce (The Legacy Companies)
  • NewAir
  • Zhejiang Litian Industrial Co. Ltd.
  • Sunpentown (SPT) Inc.
  • Changshu Lingke Electric Appliance Co. Ltd.
  • Cornelius, Inc.

(Please note that this is only a partial list of the key players, and the complete list is provided in the report.)

Recent Developments:

  • In May 2023, Hoshizaki Corporation announced that it will commence sales of 68 models of commercial refrigerators and freezers that use natural refrigerants1 in late May 2023. The 44 refrigerator models and 24 freezer models are all in the value price range and will be sold through Hoshizaki’s sales companies.
  • In January 2023, Scotsman Industries, Inc. launched its new Prodigy ELITE® cube ice machine, designed to simplify ownership through its ICELINQ® mobile app and optimized for use in foodservice, healthcare, and hospitality sectors. The machine features upgraded sensors, enhanced AutoAlertTM indicator lights, a preservation mode for maximizing uptime.
  • In August 2022, The Legacy Companies completed its acquisition of Admiral Craft Equipment Corp., a New York-based manufacturer and distributor known for brands like AdCraft and Black Diamond in the commercial foodservice industry.

Ice Maker Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical Trends and Market Outlook, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Product Type
  • End Use Sector
  • Region
Product Types Covered Ice Cube Maker, Ice Flake Maker, Ice Nugget Maker, Others
End Use Sectors Covered Foodservice, Retail, Healthcare, Residential, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Companies Covered Hoshizaki Corporation, The Manitowoc Company, Inc., Scotsman Industries, Inc., Whynter LLC, Ice-O-Matic (Mile High Equipment LLC), Himalyan Equipment Manufacturing Co. (HEMCO), MaxxIce (The Legacy Companies), NewAir, Zhejiang Litian Industrial Co. Ltd., Sunpentown (SPT) Inc., Changshu Lingke Electric Appliance Co. Ltd., Cornelius, Inc., etc.

(Please note that this is only a partial list of the key players, and the complete list is provided in the report.)
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s industry report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the ice maker market from 2018-2032.
  • The research report provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the ice maker market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the ice maker industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global ice maker market was valued at US$ 5.1 Billion in 2023.

We expect the global ice maker market to exhibit a CAGR of 4.1% during 2024-2032.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the rising demand for ice maker across the healthcare sector for storing vaccines and medicines to prevent atmospheric exposure and spoilage.

The growing adoption of ice makers across biotechnology and genetic engineering laboratories for storing biological samples, is primarily driving the global ice maker market.

Based on the product type, the global ice maker market has been categorized into ice cube maker, ice flake maker, ice nugget maker, and others. Among these, ice cube maker currently exhibits a clear dominance in the market.

Based on the end-use sector, the global ice maker market can be divided into foodservice, retail, healthcare, residential, and others. Currently, the foodservice sector accounts for the largest market share.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa, where North America currently dominates the global market.

Some of the major players in the global ice maker market include Hoshizaki Corporation, The Manitowoc Company, Inc., Scotsman Industries, Inc., Whynter LLC, Ice-O-Matic (Mile High Equipment LLC), Himalyan Equipment Manufacturing Co. (HEMCO), MaxxIce (The Legacy Companies), NewAir, Zhejiang Litian Industrial Co. Ltd., Sunpentown (SPT) Inc., Changshu Lingke Electric Appliance Co. Ltd., Cornelius, Inc., etc.

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