Nugget Ice. Pellet ice. Drive-in ice. Whatever you call it, you know it's "the good ice." Now that chewable ice is available from the convenience of your countertop with the Opal 2.0 Ice Maker. It is capable of producing up to 24 lbs. of ice in 24 hours and stores up to 3 lbs. of ice at one time. The Opal 2.0 Ice Maker has WiFi connection capability and comes with the side tank attachment for 3x more ice production.
Begin enjoying your first batch of ice in 20 minutes or less, with a pound of ice produced per hour
The Good Ice
Serve up chewable, crunchable, craveable nugget ice that's ready sonic fast and retains its flavor, unlike traditional hard cubes. Refreshing pellet ice made from compacted ice flakes for the perfect cocktails, sodas and other beverages
24 Pounds of Ice Per Day
Never run out of nugget ice thanks to a large capacity ice maker that makes one pound of fresh ice per day and holds up to 48 ounces at a time
Have your ice on demand with a built-in WiFi ice maker that pairs to the SmartHQ app and allows you to schedule fresh ice and monitor the status of your icemaker from your device
Eliminate the need for an outside water source with an attached water supply for ice, which allows you to produce up to three times more ice and easily detaches for clean up
Batch Made Ice
Innovative design avoids clumping and leaks by recirculating ice melt to the water reservoir. You'll always have fresh ice on hand thanks to a smart, automatic ice maker that refills when your ice is running low
Fresh and Filtered Ice
Enjoy crisp, clean ice thanks to a cutting edge ice filtration system available for the lower water reservoir.
LED Display Screen
Precision control is available at the touch of a screen thanks to an intuitive LED screen that illuminates when being used and darkens when at rest
Deep Cleaning Solutions
Skip the scrubbing thanks to an advanced, self-cleaning system that keeps your ice maker free of mold and mildew with a built in UV light that has the ability to limit bacteria
I’ve been wanting one of these for quite some time and now even more so that we spend so much time at home because such is life in 2020. You really can’t beat that “Sonic” ice for soda, tea, mixed drinks, really anything.
Couldn’t ask for more as far as the actual ice goes. It supplies soft chewable ice for our family of four. We use it all day long and it makes plenty for us. I need to refill the side tank reservoir about once a day. As far as I know, it only supports the side tank, you are not able to connect it directly to a water line, but the tank is easy enough to fill.
The machine itself is bulky and quite heavy. It is no more “portable” than a countertop microwave. Yes, you could move it from room-to-room but it’s not something you are going to want to do often, if at all. If you place it in your kitchen it will take up a significant amount of counter space and we only have about 2 inches of clearance from the bottom of our cabinets.
The biggest downside is the amount of noise you will have to live with to enjoy this wonderful ice. I measured it at 55 dB with my Apple watch from about 5 feet away which is pretty much the center of our kitchen. Once the ice bin is full it’ll remain quiet but as soon as you open it and scoop some ice out you’re stuck listening to it for at least an hour as it makes more. In addition, about every other day it’ll emit a loud squeaking noise that can be heard throughout the house. I have yet to figure out why it does that.
When you go to download the app to use the wi-fi feature make sure you download the Smart GE app and not the Opal app, the latter of which only works over Bluetooth. The app does require you to create a new account (ugh). Once connected, you can view the status of the ice maker and turn It on/off but that’s really about it. Useful if you forget to turn it off when you go on vacation or if you get annoyed of the noise while trying to sleep--yes, we can hear it from our bedroom.
Makes nugget ice!
Do I need to say more?
Big and Heavy
Overall, the ice it makes is top-notch, and I am enjoying my summer drinks a whole lot. Quite honestly, it’s one of those things that now that I’m in-the-know I don’t think I could live without. I just wish I could have the ice without the noise.
Looking for the soft crunchy ice? Similar to that found at your favorite restaurants... this is it! We LOVE the ice this product produces! It’s so good - we no longer use our refrigerator ice maker except to fill ice chest on trips. This machine makes ice pretty quickly and has kept up with our demand without any problem (thus far).
For the less than perfect product points -these should be considered. 1) This machine is pretty loud when making ice. In a smaller home - this could be considered annoyingly loud. 2) There is no cooling mechanism to keep the ice cold once made. It will melt (some) and will be recaptured and made back into ice again. 3) This appliance is expen$ive! As much as we love the ice produced - when I say the cost we paid aloud - I question my priorities some. One can buy a full (used) refrigerator with ice maker at this price point.
My biggest concern (and reason for my title used ) is I have a long history in being disappointed in the quality of GE products. I have since moved to purchasing other brands when having that option. My normal go-to appliance manufacturers do NOT make this type of ice maker. So this is the ONE for me. An opportunity for GE to have made that one quality product that sways me to think they are on their A Game. Time shall tell. I hope this appliance meets my reasonable expectations. db
So far so good!! I buy Sonic and Zaxby’s ice by the bag ... at least 2 a week.
Read all of the instructions before you start.
When I started making ice it ran water for a minute or so and I was a little concerned. Not to worry ice started falling shortly after. The kids could not wait, like a good mom, I let them have the first scoop.
We started making ice about 5:30 pm yesterday and by 11:00 am today out ice bin in the freezer is full. Not to mention how much we have eaten.
Straight out of the bin it is the perfect soft ice. Out of the freezer it is hard, (same as the bagged ice after you freeze it) my recommendation is to fill your cup and leave it for about 10-15 mins and it will soften up some.
The GE Profile Opal 2.0 Ice Maker is a great addition to any kitchen, bar or deck/pool area. We do have an ice maker on our fridge, but this unit is used in our bar area so we don't have to run to the fridge or use an ice bucket that can get messy. And it will keep making ice for as long as desired!
Unboxing is easy as the top of the box slides up and over the ice maker and side tank. Once set up on the counter, GE recommends running the "cleaning" cycle 4-5 times. This process consists of filling the unit with 5 cups of water and pressing the "Clean" button for 3 seconds. The unit will run for approx. 5 minutes and shut off when complete. At that point, the water needs to be drained with the hoses on the back of the unit, and the process is then repeated.
After cleaning, it's very quick to be up and making ice. Water is added to the onboard tank along with the optional side tank that holds an additional 96 ounces of water. Once filled, re-install the ice tray and hit the power button...voila! Ice begins to fall into the ice bin within 10 - 15 minutes. I noticed a bit of water drained out of the unit before ice was produced, but it was caught in the bin and recycled into the unit.
We went out for a couple of hours and by the time we got back the ice bin was almost completely filled with perfect nugget ice...so cool!! We made a couple of cocktails and used the new ice which tasted great and is easy to chew if desired. Ice will continue to be produced until the bin is full or the unit is shut off. If the appliance is shut off, the ice will eventually melt and recycle back into the system. The same is true for ice in the bin while the appliance is running...if it melts, the water is collected and recycled for further ice production.
- Stainless steel highlights match perfectly with other kitchen/bar appliances.
- Super easy to set up and start making ice, and can be managed with the GE Smart HQ app.
- Makes ice quickly and constantly until appliance is shut off or it runs out of water.
- Additional water tank setup is great for making more ice when needed.
- Smart HQ app is great for managing the appliance or scheduling ice production.
- Overall design and look is very modern and the light is a great bonus.
- Who doesn't love nugget ice!
- Appliance is a bit on the loud side when running/making ice. We don't hear it as much since it's in the basement bar area.
- A hanger for the ice scoop would be nice, but not a huge deal.
- This is NOT a portable unit, it weighs 50 pounds, and is not something that is easily moved around.
Overall the GE Profile Opal Ice Maker has lived up to all of its expectations, ice is produced quickly and constantly and the unit looks great. I took a star away for the noise level and the "portability" factor, otherwise I would recommend this unit!
This icemaker is awesome. Gift for my Husband for Christmas for our basement bar- Kool Kel's Tavern.
It makes a ton of ice, doesn't take up a lot of space and lights up so it looks cool. The ice is small and soft so you can chomp away on it if you like to eat ice.
It makes a some noise when making ice but nothing crazy. If you have the tv on or tunes jamming then you won't even hear it. It starts making more ice immediately as soon as you take ice out so all you have to do is keep the water reservoir on the side filled.
Got the chance to review the GE Profile - Opal 2.0 24-lb. Portable Ice maker with Nugget Ice. and had a pretty good experience with it but also some mixed reviews.
What's in the box:
-Opal ice maker with ice bin
-Side water tank
Setup was easy, you do have to clean up the ice maker with at least 3 rounds of filling the main tank full of water and letting it cycle throughout the system and finally draining it. Do this 3 times and also adding a teaspoon of bleach to help thoroughly clean the ice maker. Once you've gone through the cleaning process, you're ready to start making ice.
The Opal ice maker is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, well that my opinion and fits right in with all my other appliances in my kitchen. After filling up the main and side tank with water (roughly 1 gallon), the ice machine started to make ice within 10 mins. The Opal will continually make ice with only 110v electricity and about a gallon of water. Truly portable ice maker with very minimal requirements which makes it great if you have a common area that can be reserved for parties or events. Total time to get to a decent amount of ice was about 2 hours. So if you plan on using this for a party make sure you plug this in and fill both the water tanks.
My initial thought was this was a traditional ice maker that could store ice for long periods and be ready for me at all times of the day. I really like cold drinks and almost all my beverages are served cold. Unfortunately, this is purely an ice maker so once you make the ice you will need to store it in the freezer or it will melt and the ice maker will continually make ice.
This is an awesome ice maker for parties or any get together were you want to serve cold drinks or just need ice. I would recommend this product.
It costs much more than other ice makers. But as my grandfather told me growing up you get what you pay for.
We have had the Opal 2.0 for about 6 weeks and we love it.
Some people say it is too loud. However, I do not agree with that. We keep it in the kitchen and we have an open floor plan home. It does not bother us at all while in the living room.
A HUGE PRO is you can connect it to wifi and create schedules for it to come on and off.
Only con was s that it holds about 3 pounds of ice. I wish it could hold a little more. We bought a triple walled ice bucket. We put some in that when the Opal gets full.
I've toyed with the idea of buying an ice maker for awhile mainly because I grew tired of the endless trips to the sink to fill our ice trays and mopping up the water that I spill onto the floor when transporting the trays to the freezer. Anyways, I opted for this model because of the nugget size ice that it makes. Ironically, I don't enjoy drinking water, but I love to chew on ice so to reduce the damage to my teeth I opted for this model. It is pricey, but so far we all love it. As soon as I unpacked it, and ran x2 cleaning cycles, I started making ice. The only negative aspect of this ice maker is it drips water everytime you open the tray. They provide a drip tray which is nice, but for the money, you would think their engineers could figure out how to reclaim the water rather then it just drip onto the tray. Otherwise, it's great ice maker.
A:AnswerHere are the major differences:
- The casing corners are now rounded
- The circle LED indicator has been replaced by "touch-sensitive" buttons on the front, as well as distinct word labels stating what the appliance is doing. This includes replacing the rear slider switch for cleaning with touch-button functionality in the front
- The plastic ice bin no longer has holes along the rear-bottom; a spring-loaded hole has been added that opens only when the bin is slid all the way into the appliance, thereby preventing drips when fully removing the bin
- Overall, the appliance does appear quieter, though that's more subjective
- Biggy: when draining the water while cleaning, it completely dumps in about 30 seconds. Previous units took minutes to do this.
I hope this helps!
A:AnswerThere are a couple of versions of the Opal out there. I just picked up the Opal 2.0 which is an improved version and seems to work quite well. One way you can differentiate the units is the 2.0 version has touch button sensors on the front for the power, light and cleaning cycle. If you are really concerned you can get the extended warranty through Best buy. Although I have not used the extended warranty on this unit I have used it on my Samsung refrigerator's ice maker and found the service to be quite good.
A:AnswerYou need to leave it plugged in and running all the time if you want ice. If the unit is powered off the ice will melt and the water will return to the reservoir. This is just like your refrigerator or freezer in that it needs to be on all the time. Realize that just because its powered on does not mean the condenser is constantly running. The unit will cycle on and off as it needs to keep the ice frozen or to make new ice.
A:AnswerThe correct App for the wifi model is SmartHQ. The Opal app is for the bluetooth only version.
Link to the app website
A:AnswerThough it is kind of a pain, cleaning it weekly like the manual recommends really keeps the motor running smoother and the fan more quiet. When ours starts making louder noise, a thorough cleaning quiets it down. The machine will also last much much longer by doing the cleaning regularly.