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Types of Vending Machines: A Comprehensive Guide

Elisa , Last updated: 30 May 2024  

Vending machines are those convenient boxes that dispense snacks, drinks, or other items when you pay. But did you know there are many different types of vending machines? This guide will explore the fascinating world of vending machines and their types in detail.

Types of vending machines

Food and drink vending machine

A food vending machine is a self-service device that automatically dispenses food or drinks in unit servings when activated. Vending machines can sell a variety of products, including:

  1. Snacks
  2. Beverages
  3. Candy
  4. Cookies
  5. Chips
  6. Fresh fruit
  7. Milk, Cold food, Coffee, Soda, and Frozen products like ice cream.
Types of Vending Machines: A Comprehensive Guide

Coffee vending machine

A coffee vending machine is a machine that dispenses coffee beverages after a customer selects a type of coffee they want from a menu. Older models use instant or concentrated liquid coffee, while modern machines can make various coffee styles like lattes and mochas using ground drip or fresh-ground coffee. Some machines also provide additions like cream and sugar.

Merchandiser vending machine

A merchandiser vending machine is a self-service device that dispenses merchandise when an individual inserts a coin, token, credit card, or paper currency or pays through a QR code. The device doesn't need to replenish between each operation. Merchandise vending can include vending any tangible item that is not a food product, including vending associated with entertainment.

Snack vending machine

A snack vending machine is an automated machine that dispenses snacks, drinks, and other items to customers after payment. Customers can pay with cash, credit card, or mobile payments. Once the individuals make the payment, they can select the product they want and wait for its dispersal.

Vending machines can sell a wide range of products, including:

  1. Snacks like potato chips, chocolate bars, and candy.
  2. Drinks like bottled water, juice, and soda.

Vending machines can be paid or free. They can have eye-catching graphics, videos, and stereo sound to attract customers.


Frozen vending machine

A frozen food vending machine is a self-service machine that dispenses frozen food items like frozen meals and desserts. These machines are ideal for hot climates and warm weather areas. They can be installed in many indoor and outdoor markets to provide a convenient way for customers to buy frozen food products.

Outdoor vending machine

An outdoor vending machine is a self-service device that sells products or services to customers outdoors, usually in public areas. They are often used to sell snacks, tickets, and other small items. Outdoor vending machines are designed to be placed outside and are equipped with a secure locking system to prevent theft and vandalism.

People can place the vending machines outside if they are equipped to operate efficiently in the elements and have the necessary permits. They can be placed in parks, sidewalks, shopping centres, or tourist attractions. The machine must be placed in the shade to protect it from direct sunlight in hot climates.

Smart vending machines

A smart vending machine is a vending machine that has advanced technology, such as internet connectivity and software, that allows it to perform more functions than a normal vending machine. These vending machines are the next evolution of retail because they allow businesses to reach customers in new locations and new ways. They work around the clock and can offer a broader range of products, from electronics to personal care items.

Ice cream vending machines

An ice cream vending machine is a machine that automatically dispenses ice cream or other frozen treats. These machines are often found in public places like malls, parks, and movie theatres. They can be small enough to fit on a counter, or large enough to stand on the floor. Some ice cream vending machines can even be placed in vehicles.

Ice cream vending machines work similarly to traditional vending machines, using a refrigeration system to keep the products frozen until they are dispensed.

Customised vending machines

A customised vending machine is a machine that can be designed to meet the needs of customers and sell specific products. Custom vending machines can sell various products, including electronics, clothing, laundry products, car wash items, and bowling accessories.

Custom vending machines can be wrapped with custom graphics and logos and can include digital displays to show promotional content, inventory images, or videos. These displays can be used to promote new products, events, or other offers, and can be changed regularly to keep things fresh.


Summing it up

Vending machines can serve as an alternative to an in-house kitchen, increasing client satisfaction and on-site time. In the future, winning over your team or visitors will depend on delivering better, more efficient services than anybody else.

Ensure you learn how to make the most of a vending machine in your business.

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