Meet Opal

Opal is the ice maker that’s designed for your life, with a broad range of features that make it easy and convenient to enjoy.

Opal is smart enough to know when to start and stop making ice. It’s equipped with a sensor that will identify the fill level of the bucket to turn the ice maker on and off. Just like in any cooler, ice will slowly melt within the air-insulated bucket. Opal will automatically turn on to make sure that the bucket is refilling with ice.

Benefits of the Opal Ice Machine

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Affordability

Quality and elegance at a more affordable price point

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Portability/Design

Compact countertop design plugs into any electrical outlet

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Speed/Efficiency

15 minutes to first nugget
Produces 1 lb of ice per hour

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Capacity

Holds up to 2.5 quarts (3 lbs)

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FirstBuild is a co-creation community that is changing the way products come to market by letting a community influence the product from the very beginning. Backed by GE Appliances, we have access to world-class engineering and design talent.

Opal could not have been possible without countless contributions from community members who share our vision for superior ice. FirstBuild’s development of Opal started with an idea submission by Alan Mitchell. Ismael Ramos’ challenge entry made Opal into a beautiful and functional product that real people will use.

You can see all of the projects we’re collaborating with community members on by visiting the CoCreate section on the Firstbuild.com website. If you have any questions, you can always email us.


Frequently Asked Questions

About Opal

  • How does it work?
    Traditional ice makers freezes water into a hard ice cube. Opal nugget ice is made by scraping the ice flakes off the inside of a chilled stainless steel cylinder. The flakes are extruded through a round hole, compacting them into chewable nuggets similar to a snowball.
  • Why is nugget ice so important?
    Ice doesn’t just keep drinks cold. Millions of Americans crave nugget ice for its chewability and its flavor retention properties.
  • What does it do?
    Opal only does one thing: make chewable, craveable nugget ice. But it does a really good job at that one thing.
  • What makes Opal different?
    Opal is an icemaker designed for the enthusiasts: people who drop by their favorite restaurant on the weekend to pick up a bag of that special soft ice or have googled “nugget ice maker for home” only to find that home nugget ice makers start at $2000 - $3000.

Features

  • Do you have more detailed feature information?
    • Stainless steel • Dimensions: 17.25" T x 14.5" W x 15.5" D • Pre-pilot unit weighs 44 pounds when empty • Capacitive touch user interface • Fits underneath most cabinets above the countertop • Opal can be plugged into any standard 120V outlet • Makes 1 pound of nugget ice per hour • Clear ice bin holds 3 pounds of ice
  • How fast does Opal work?
    Your first nuggets of ice will be delivered in about 15 minutes. At a rate of 1 pound per hour, Opal outpaces all the residential refrigerator ice makers that we have tested. You should have a full 3 pound bucket in just over 3 hours, and every time you remove ice, more will be made.
  • What happens to the ice as it melts?
    Opal recycles the melted ice water to ensure that your ice bucket is always full of fresh, cold nugget ice.
  • How smart is Opal?
    Opal is smart enough to know when to start and stop making ice. It’s equipped with a sensor that will identify the fill level of the bucket to turn the ice maker on and off. Just like in any cooler, ice will slowly melt within the air-insulated bucket. Opal will automatically turn on to make sure that the bucket is refilling with ice.
  • What happens if I unplug Opal while the bucket is full of ice?
    We’ve thought of everything! Opal includes a reservoir large enough to contain the meltwater from the ice bucket, just in case you don’t finish your ice before it’s time to power down.
  • How do I fill the Opal Nugget Ice Maker?
    Simply add water to the filling reservoir under the bucket. 6 cups of water is enough to make 3 pounds of ice. The reservoir has a max fill line that indicates the amount of water to be added to the icemaker.

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