GE Profile Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker

Last updated date: March 26, 2020

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9.2


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Overall Take

The GE Profile Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker makes a full pound of ice per hour, on a schedule you can adjust using a mobile app. The compact size allows it to fit easily onto your kitchen countertop, but despite the small size, the bin can hold 3 pounds of ice at a time. The ice maker has safeties built in that stops it from making ice if the bin is full. In our analysis of 75 expert reviews, the GE GE Profile Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2020:
Checkout The Best Portable Ice Maker for a detailed review of all the top portable ice makers.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
320 user reviews
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What experts liked
The hourly capacity for the Opal Ice Maker is one pound and there is a three-pound capacity bin to hold your ice nuggets. It works quite efficiently and quickly and you’ll get your first batch of ice nuggets in just fifteen minutes. With a compact design this high end ice maker will be good on most kitchen countertops. You can plug it into any power outlet in your house or anywhere you want as it is a fairly portable unit with a compact countertop design.
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What experts didn't like
Relatively high price tag.
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From The Manufacturer

You’re familiar with “the good ice. ” Those soft, yet crunchy nuggets - almost like tiny snowballs that float in your favorite beverage. It’s the only ice that’s ever excited anyone enough to shout across a crowded room, “They have the good ice here! ” Finally, you can have the good ice anytime you want it, with the GE Profile Opal. Opal is the affordable “good ice” maker for your home that you’ve always dreamed of.

An Overview On Portable Ice Makers

The days of filling ice cube trays with water and waiting for them to freeze are long gone, thanks to built-in ice makers. But not everyone has a state-of-the-art freezer. Even if you have one at home, you may buy an RV or own a rental cabin that lacks ice-making capabilities.

For those situations, a portable ice maker is all you’ll need. Taking up minimal counter space, these appliances act as a handy addition to any modern kitchen. You’ll simply need to routinely add water to the reservoir, then wait for the container to begin to fill with ice. Although many ice makers require a full day to fill the container completely, many begin providing ice in less than 15 minutes.

But in recent years, ice makers have become popular even with those who have the capacity built into their freezers. Some dispense cylindrical ice, similar to what you get from a hotel ice machine. However, others offer that small, bullet-shaped ice similar to what you get at fast-food chains like Sonic. If you’re shopping for ice makers for that reason, pay close attention to the type of ice each one produces to make sure you’re getting what you want.

DYWM Fun Fact

The popular habit of chomping on ice can actually be a sign of an underlying health issue, particularly if it’s become a habit. Known as pagophagia, compulsively chewing ice is a form of pica, which is a disorder related to eating items with no nutritional value. Studies have linked compulsive ice chewing to iron deficiencies, which are very common in pregnant women, and much more common in women overall than in men. By chewing ice, you send more blood to the brain, which helps improve thought clarity and alertness. But the habit can be dangerous for your teeth, not to mention the harm that can come from leaving an iron deficiency unchecked. If you can’t seem to stop chewing ice, it might be time to schedule a physical to make sure your habit isn’t a sign of underlying health issues.

The Portable Ice Maker Buying Guide

  • One thing to consider before buying a portable ice maker is that you’ll have to manually refill the reservoir on a daily basis to keep the ice going. Some ice makers can use melted ice cubes to make new ice, but once you’re out of water, new ice will no longer be produced.
  • It’s also important to consider the water capacity of the water reservoir. The smaller the reservoir, the more often you’ll have to fill it to keep the ice flow going.
  • If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, look for an ice maker with eco-friendly options. Some can pull any melted cubes into the water reservoir to make fresh cubes. Still others draw less power, saving on electricity.
  • Noise is a consideration, particularly if you spend time near your kitchen. If this is a concern, look for an ice maker that boasts quiet operation.
  • Ice size is an important factor in the ice maker you buy. Some units come with multiple ice size options, letting you switch back and forth between larger and smaller cubes.
  • If you plan to only use your ice maker occasionally, note how long it will take to produce the first few cubes of ice from the time you insert water. Many start providing ice in less than 10 minutes, which can come in handy if you’re just occasionally firing up your machine.