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What type of vending machine should I get?

Posted on 05/11/2021 by RSL
Estimated reading time: 3 min read
Categories: Business and Industry, Vending

When you are looking for a new vending machine one of the first things you have to consider is what you want from your machine. Thinking about what type of industry you’re in, the types of snacks and drinks you want to put in identifying key requirements will help determine which option is the right one for you.

As we’re sure you have already realised, there are many options available to you and it can be difficult to know where to start. We understand how daunting this task can be, therefore in this article, we will fill you in on the different types of vending machines available, how they work and why some would opt for one over the other. 

Bevmax Media 2 (35 and 45 selection)

If you’re just looking for a drink only machine, then the Bevmax Media 2’s could be the right option. The Bevmax comes in 35 and 45 selection and offers the latest, industry-leading technology, ensuring a superb customer experience. With a digital advertising screen and shopping cart feature, these drinks vending machine is ideal for busy areas with high footfall.

Merchant Media 2 (36 & 54 selection)

If you want to offer more than just cold drinks, this is where Merchant Media comes in. You can either choose 36 or 54 selections depending on the size of your business. Merchant Media snack and can vending machine deliver an exceptional vending experience, helping drive sales through its unique technology. With a carbon-neutral option and built-in power-saving mode, the machine is packed with green credentials to help you reduce your energy costs.

The Shopper

The shopper is different to other vending machines because this freestanding machine has been designed to meet the varying needs of a 24-hour refreshment service. The trays can be easily configured to hold a range of food options, from plated main meals to small snack items, maximising the available space and offering customers a wide product choice in schools, sports centres and canteens.

Coffee machines

Now with snack and drink vending machines out of the way, let’s discuss the range of coffee machines from freestanding to a tabletop. You may not need a snack or cold drink machine, but instead, you might want to go down the hot drinks route. When deciding which coffee machine is right for you, it’s important to understand the type of coffee (instant or bean-to-cup) and which type of machine would suit your needs. Let’s break it down.

The Vitro collection

In this collection, you have the Vitro X1 Mia Fresh Milk, Vitro S3 Bean-To-Cup and Vitro X3 Espresso. You might think they’re all the same machine, but they’re very different from one another. 

Vitro X1 – this machine prepares drinks with a delicious cold or hot foam, like the best Barista, at the touch of a button. High-pressure air is injected into the milk to create millions of bubbles coated with casein, the most important protein component of fresh milk, creating a velvety and uniform texture. Also, if you decide you want something chilled, you can make your very own cold coffee beverage. 

Vitro S3 – a combination of both freshly ground and brewed bean coffee with chocolate and milk.

Vitro X3 – is a touch screen enabled office coffee machine capable of delivering delicious, premium coffee, tea and hot chocolate consistently throughout the day. Drink options include authentic espresso, americano, hot chocolate, cappuccino, caffe latte and hot water.


This freestanding coffee machine comes in various specifications, with different drink options to suit your tastes. You can get the Neo Instant, Espresso and Fresh Brew Tea, Fresh Brew Coffee and Fresh Brew Tea, or the Single Fresh Brew Tea.


Telemetry is at the forefront of our business, it’s enabling us to provide a service that other companies have said is impossible. With our telemetry enabled machines, you can be sure to experience something unique every time you use one of our vending machines.

In conclusion

Whatever you’re looking for, Refreshment Systems will endeavour to find the best solution for you. The experienced team is on hand to answer your queries and support you with your vending service needs.

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Our customers are at the heart of everything that we do. If they are not achieving their goals then neither are we. Their satisfaction is very important to us and we believe that delivering what our customers want and need, means that we can form a long-lasting partnership.

With the help of RSL, we now have a machine that meets demand, makes a delicious drink and is easy to use. We’re delighted with the service that we are now looking to add further machines to different areas on campus.

Leeds City College

I would recommend Refreshment Systems to any car dealership that is looking to enhance their customer experience with a high quality drink offering of bean to cup. We have worked with them for a number of years and installed a new machine last year which we could not be happier with.

Sytner, Sheffield

We approached RSL after finding out that they could supply the Vitro coffee machines (which we wanted in our new offices). They were able to offer us the best solution to meet our needs. We are so happy with the service that we have received so far, that we are looking to use them in some of our other sites.

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