From high-end restaurants to crowded bars to small town diners, serving ice cold beverages is made simple with the right soda dispenser. The high profit margins, quick-dispensing convenience, and large variety of flavor options make soda dispensers a favorite for both owners and guests.
Countertop Soda Machines
A wide range of useful features, along with the added sanitary benefit of machine-automated ice serving, make countertop dispensers the ideal choice for front-of-house, self-serve operations.
Drop-In Soda Machines
With the bulk of operations below countertop-level, low-profile drop-in dispensers are perfect for seamless, spacious integration into bars and counters, which is why you’ll generally see these models being used by bartenders and servers.
The primary advantage of a lever-activated dispenser is its hands-free, sanitary push function. Since the lever makes contact with the cup itself and not any part of the customer, the chance of contaminating cups or drinks becomes minimized and your machine is kept cleaner. The rocking motion of the lever also guides the cup to a position directly underneath the dispensing valve, reducing any chances for spills and messes.
Push Button Dispenser
While not quite as sanitary as their lever-operated counterparts due to direct contact with customers, push buttons have the advantage when it comes to ease-of-use and convenience. Button-activated dispensers offer fast and responsive dispensing at just the touch of a finger, allowing for easy operation and control. This feature also allows customers to set their cup down while filling for added convenience.
Important Features and Options for Soda Dispensers
Keeping Your Drinks Cold and Refreshing
Unavailable with the drop-in style of soda machines, ice dispensers rely on the force of gravity to feed ice from the ice bin directly to the cup, providing a convenient way to keep customers’ drinks refreshingly cool. The size of your machine directly correlates to the weight limit and capacity of your ice bin.
When choosing a machine, it’s important to consider this and analyze what size is suitable for your beverage center setup. Will your countertop support the maximum weight of the ice-filled machine? How much ice do you expect to use and will your preferred size effectively support this?
Whichever variant of ice you choose to add to your dispenser depends on your ice making machine and which shape(s) it is capable of producing. If you’re looking to broaden your ice-supplying options with shapes like nugget, gourmet, or Chewblet, consider adding a unique ice machine to complement your soda fountain and provide a variety of drink-cooling choices to satisfy your guests. Our ice machine buying guide is the perfect resource to help you choose the right machine for your setup.
Additional Considerations for Soda Dispensers
Mild Detergents and Soaps: We offer a wide variety of dish washing soaps and detergents to help make the cleaning process a breeze. Allowing components to soak in a solution of warm water and detergent will help soften and remove built-up syrup residue, keeping your machine sanitary and safe for use.
Soft Bristle Brush or Soft Scrub Pad: Using a soft sponge or scrub pad ensures you can quickly remove any stains on the exterior of your machine without creating scratches that trap bacteria and dirt. Soft bristle brushes are perfect for cleaning parts with hard-to-reach crevasses that collect residue, such as the diffusers and nozzles.
Absorbent Cloth: Follow up your scrubbing and rinsing with a soft, absorbent microfiber cloth to remove any remaining residue, soap solution, or warm water. Our selection of microfiber cleaning towels allows you to choose a variety of sizes and colors to suit your individual needs.