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.
Enjoy chewable ice made from compacted ice flakes, perfect for cocktails, sodas and other refreshing beverages
Instead of the traditional hard cubes, enjoy soft nuggets of ice that retain flavors and are easy to chew
Side Tank Included
Produce approximately 3X more ice with a side tank that easily attaches to the ice maker
Start enjoying nugget ice within 20 minutes after initial startup
Three Pounds of Capacity
Whether for entertaining or everyday use, you’ll always have all the ice you need with an ice maker that has three pounds (2.5 quarts) of capacity and can produce up to 24 pounds of ice per day
Portable, compact countertop design plugs into any electrical outlet and accommodates all under-cabinet placements
WiFi Connected Through the SmartHQ app
Schedule fresh ice, monitor your ice maker’s status and order accessories, all from any smart device, anytime, and from anywhere
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!
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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.
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.
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!
The opal 2.0 is a good size. It is larger then what I would call “portable” but with a little effort you can move it around the kitchen fairly easy.
It Makes ice quickly and the tray holds a good amount so you can fill multiple cups without having to wait for it to make more.
It is not too noisy.
Easy to assemble and operate.
I do recommend running several cycles through first before eating the ice, the first batch of ice had a funny taste but after we cycled it one more time it was great.
The ice at the bottom is more “pebbley” the new ice that drops out is a bit harder but if you scoop from the bottom it’s nice and soft.
Love my Opal! I was really skeptical due to the reviews but as winter is coming and I was so tired of having to go out to get my ice, I decided to go ahead and get it. I have been watching it for a couple years now. It works great and I use it every other day. I just built up a supply and as it disappears I make more. I would suggest buying it locally and if you have a problem you don’t have to ship it back just go back to the store.
For a single person, this make an adequate amount of ice. Though I do like lots of ice in my drinks. If you're buying this to fill an ice chest, you won't be happy with this unit. I fill the water tank up about once a day and I wish they had a kit to hookup a waterline.
The Wi-Fi was a little tricky to setup and I selected "Haier>Countertop Appliances>Opal Nugget Ice Maker" to get the "correct" instructions.
I took a picture of the current noise levels (67db), which a lot of reviews complained about. The ice is the Sonic restaurant style ice.
After getting everything hooked up & filled with water it didn't take long to start making ice. Smart HQ app is what to use because I did find a opal icemaker app that doesn't work for it. While using the app I can schedule times to make ice, check the status of it being full, currently making ice or off. It does make the exact ice I've purchased many times from the drive-in. I'm so happy I never have to run out for a cup of ice again because I am one of those people who loves ice alone. But as long as the reserve tank has water you won't run out of ice. I love this icemaker.
Great ice maker so far. Kept up with 6 people drinking for several hours. The insulated bin keeps the ice from melting too fast. If you want porous cubes make sure you use distilled water. Nuggets are slightly larger than sonic, but are very soft. My only issue with this machine is that it drops the ice at the rear of the bin. You need to move the ice forward to completely fill it up.
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: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: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