This Nugget Ice Maker Is About to Be the Hottest Gift for 2021

ge profile opal nugget ice maker review

Ice is a simple, yet wonderful thing. Little cubes of frozen water that add a refreshing touch to any beverage. But all ice is not created equal. In fact, one specific type reigns supreme: nugget ice. If you’re not familiar with nugget ice, it’s smaller in size than regular cubes and is soft, easy to chew and absorbs the flavors of your drink. It’s typically found in more commercial settings (restaurants, bars, etc.) so your old run-of-the-mill freezer most likely doesn’t produce it. If you’re like us and can’t get enough nugget ice, here’s the good news: You can enjoy it at home with the help of the GE Profile Opal 2.0 Nugget Ice Maker.

Known as the most highly rated nugget ice maker* (yes, really), the Opal is a must-have for any kitchen countertop or ice-chewing enthusiast, and we have a feeling it’s going to be the hottest gift this holiday season. Here’s why we can’t get enough:

It’s highly efficient with a sleek, compact design.

Need ice ASAP? You’ll have fresh and filtered nugget ice in just 15 minutes. Plus, it’ll produce one pound of ice per hour and hold up to three pounds thanks to the large-capacity, no-drip bin. The innovative design has a touch screen that illuminates while being used and goes dark when at rest.

It has built-in WiFi and voice control.

Pair your ice maker with the SmartHQ app to monitor its status and schedule fresh ice. It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google, so ask and you shall receive: “Alexa, turn on Opal.” “Hey Google, turn off Opal light.” Done and done.

It’s super versatile.

If you’re wondering how to enjoy your new nugget ice (besides chewing it, of course), try blending it in a smoothie, shaking it up in a cocktail, or plopping it in a tall glass for soda. Our personal favorite is making homemade iced lattes with the GE Profile Automatic Espresso Machine + Frother. The one-touch brew will dispense espresso in 90 seconds and like the Opal, it connects with the SmartHQ app for customized drink preferences.

The only thing left to decide is which finish you want: stainless or black stainless?

*GE Appliances Opal 2.0 received the Evergreen Award from tech-enabled insights company 4Sight, for more than 1,400 reviews in less than one year- blowing past the category at a rate of nearly seven times the average.


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