When we reviewed Opal Nugget Ice Maker back in 2017, we were impressed with its stylish design and the fact that it made perfect nugget ice quickly, but we weren’t as taken with its lofty price, lackluster app, and noisy operation. The new GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker (starting at $665) is even more expensive than its predecessor, and its mobile app can still use a couple of features. That said, it brings several improvements to the smart kitchen table, including Wi-Fi connectivity, an extra water reservoir, improved status indicators, and much quieter operation. If you like fast food-style crunchy nugget ice and you’re willing to pay a premium to make it at home, you won’t be disappointed.
The Opal 2.0 looks similar to the original model, but there are noticeable differences. It still uses a sleek stainless steel cabinet, but this time around the interior and accompanying plastic trim is gray (the ice maker also comes in a black stainless finish that will cost you an extra $34). Designed to sit on a counter, the Opal measures 16.5 by 13.4 by 17.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 38 pounds, making it slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor.
smart home devices including the GE Energy Star 115-Volt Electronic Room Air Conditioner AHC08LY. The app will let you know when the machine is making ice, when it’s time to add water, and when the bin is full, and it lets you dim or turn off the interior light and create an ice-making schedule. However, there are no push notifications that tell you when you need to add water or when it’s time for a cleaning. Additionally, a light schedule would help conserve power and extend the life of the bulb.
Preparing the Opal 2.0 for first use is easy, but requires a specific cleaning procedure that includes washing out the bin and both the internal reservoir and the side tank with warm soapy water. You also have to rinse out the internal components. To do this, I mixed five cups of water with one teaspoon of household bleach and poured the solution into the internal reservoir. I turned on the ice maker and pressed the Clean button for three seconds to begin water circulation, at which point the Clean LED was illuminated. After several minutes, the circulation stopped and the LED went dark. I remove the plugs from the drain tubes and drained the water into a sink (you can use a bucket if you prefer). Once drained, I replaced the plugs and filled the internal reservoir with five cups of fresh water. I pressed the Clean button again and let the water circulate before draining. After three fresh water Clean cycles, the ice maker was ready to go.
Pairing the Opal with the mobile app was also easy. I downloaded the SmartHQ app, created an account, and tapped the plus icon in the upper right corner of the home screen, which opened up an Add Appliance screen. I selected Profile from the list, tapped Countertop Appliances, and then selected Opal Nugget Ice Maker.
January 21, 2021