An ice cream freezer is a very popular appliance, but there is often a little bit of confusion when shopping for them as more than one type of appliance might be called this. Part of the reason for this is that many people refer to an ice cream maker or an ice cream machine as being the same thing as an ice cream freezer. While the first two certainly have a part of the machine that acts like a freezer (otherwise they wouldn’t be able to make ice cream at all), normally when someone is thinking about an ice cream freezer you’re talking about a business appliance for an ice cream truck, convenience store, or ice cream shop. However technically the freezer that helps produce soft serve ice cream can also be referred to as an ice cream freezer, so this article will cover both common types.
The commercial display ice cream freezers
These are the kind that many people are used to seeing. These are box freezers specifically designed to hold ice cream and other frozen products, and include glass tops to allow customers to see what’s inside. These are very common in convenience stores, gas stations, and ice cream stores. Several different styles are also offered depending on the specific needs of the retailer. For example, in a convenience store normally the freezer will be a simple rectangular box model with sliding doors at the top which allows a customer to see what they want, then open those doors and grab whatever tickles their fancy.
On the other hand, the kind you see in an ice cream store like a Cold Stone’s or a Baskin Robins are going to be different. These will be set up in a similar way, but with an additional glass shield so customers can see what is on offer, but then the worker behind the counter is the one who has to scoop out the ice cream from their side. There are even some ice cream stores that may have both types of freezers on hand and many different businesses find these useful.
Soft serve ice cream freezers
One way to think about this type of ice cream freezer is to imagine it as more of an ice cream maker slash ice cream freezer. These machines are very commonly seen in ice cream stores as well, and even in general restaurants who also serve ice cream. These freezers are generally silver in appearance and look like a long rectangle shape. The ingredients are mixed in the back, the freezer does its work, and soft serve ice cream ends up being the result. These sometimes appear as much larger “bulk freezers” where a lot of ice cream can be mixed at once. This is a common practice for ice cream shops or stores that specialize in blizzards, flavored ice cream, or any other type of set up where a lot of vanilla has flavors and additions added in to create the complete project. These can come in very small sizes or in very large sizes, depending on the specific need of the business.
Other types of ice cream freezers
Most of the other ice cream freezers are one variety or the other of those two types, and can include the large shelved units you see in grocery stores that sell ice cream, although those are usually just referred to as large or walk in display freezers and not specifically as ice cream freezers.
For large display ice cream freezers the prices can start as low as $1,300 and run as high as $12,000 for the newer and most top of the line models, while the smaller ice cream freezers that also provide soft serve ice cream often start up around $4,500 and can go upwards of $16,000 or even higher.