GE 15-Inch Nugget Ice Maker Review

When it comes time to entertain guests, it's the little things that can turn an alright get-together into a fantastic party. One such a thing is the ice. It keeps our cocktails cold, mixes our martinis, and surrounds our beers in the cooler. And, those who aren't into the adult beverages can use ice for cooling a wide assortment of delicious non-alcoholic beverages ranging from juice to soda.

In this article, we'll explore several ice makers, including the GE ice maker, to present a variety of options you can choose from, to meet your ice- making needs.

What Is The GE 15-Inch Nugget Ice Maker?

GE ice maker

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The GE ice maker we're reviewing in this article is a high-volume restaurant-grade ice machine capable of producing up to 56 pounds of ice daily, which is over 4 pounds of ice per hour. The purpose of the machine is to keep pace with demands of your business that require ice, whether you own or operate a bar or restaurant, a fish market, or any other business in which nugget ice is essential to business operations.

This machine has a variety of special features and specifications we will explore in the following section.

GE ICE MAKER PRODUCT SPECS

PRICING

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market and used a 5-star rating system to show how we think they compare to the GE ice maker. In the following reviews, we consider price, features, design quality, and warranties, and some pros and cons for each model. Besides the GE 15-Inch Nugget Ice Maker, our review includes:

GE UNC15NJII Ice Maker
  • High nugget clear ice production, produces up to 65 lbs. of ice per day
  • Interior led lighting puts gourmet clear ice cubes in clear view
  • Clean indicator light alerts when it's time to clean the product

The GE ice maker is a restaurant-quality high-production machine that can meet all of your ice-production needs. It is relatively sparse in terms of style, but allows you to add a customized door and handle to advertise your business while adding "personality" to an otherwise flat white machine.

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You can customize the production volume to meet your needs, and this machine has an auto-off feature. Once the bin has reached its 26 pound capacity, it shuts itself off automatically. It also comes with a scoop, and could be more advanced in terms of the features available and the level of customizability.

PROS

  • It can make 56 pounds of ice a day 
  • Auto-off feature activates when a 26-pound bay is full
  • Indoor/outdoor capabilities and can be free-standing or built-in

CONS

  • Lacking in extra features
  • Not extensively programmable like other models
  • Relatively plain design
Sale
FirstBuild Opal01 Opal Countertop Nugget Maker, 24lbs of Soft,...
  • COUNTERTOP SIZE - With it's elegant design, the Opal will wow your guests before they even try the delicious ice it...
  • QUICK AND POWERFUL - Within only 20 minutes, you'll be enjoying soft, crunchy ice, just like the ice you love from your...
  • SMART - The Opal is bluetooth equipped, so you can set up your ice making schedule from the convenience of your phone...

The Opal nugget Ice Maker is a fast and affordable option to generate your own ice to meet the needs of your home or business. Note that this machine would be useful for a smaller business without an ongoing need for high-volume ice, like a restaurant or bar.

This ice maker is well-suited for the needs of a sandwich shop or other small business, but check with your local health department to determine the minimum requirements for commercial systems. Depending on commercial requirements, it may only be acceptable for personal use at home, when camping, or on your next tailgating adventure at the local football stadium.

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This product includes many features, but the most significant are its speed and efficiency. You will find it takes less than 20 minutes to produce the first nugget, the machine makes a pound of ice each hour, and the bin holds 3 pounds of ice. You can use this ice maker in any environment where there is a plug-in outlet, such as in your home, RV, or even in a car that has an adapter.

You can also set up the machine using your Bluetooth, to set your ice-producing schedule so you'll have ice ready just in time for that special gathering or for the game.

PROS

  • Produces a pound of ice per hour
  • Small and portable, useful in any environment
  • Program it using your smartphone to have ice ready on a schedule

CONS

  • Relatively small volume of production
  • Without Bluetooth the machine just turns on and off
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Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Air Condensing Unit Pearl Self-Contained Ice...
  • Ice-O-Matic - GEMU090 - air cooled under counter 85 lb pearl ice maker
  • Air cooled under counter 85 lb pearl ice maker
  • Ice-O-Matic - GEMU090
  • FEATURES
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

The machine is relatively basic in terms of the design and appearance. However, it can produce at least 85 pounds of ice and fits comfortably under the counter. 

PROS

  • Fashionable stainless steel design
  • More compact than machines that produce less ice
  • Fits easily beneath a counter

CONS

  • Could have more customizability 
  • Programmable options are lacking
Scotsman SCN60PA-1SS Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine Door Finish:...
  • Interior Light
  • Self-Closing Door
  • 80 lbs. Nugget Daily Ice Production

The Scotsman Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine is a freestanding ice maker that has a storage capacity of 26 pounds and a daily production capacity of 30 pounds. It has a stainless steel finish and a condenser to keep ice cool while it's producing. The machine is also conveniently sized so it will probably fit beneath your countertop and will not demand too much of your business's floor space.

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  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

This machine is attractive, with a stylish stainless steel design and an effective pump and storage system. It also has a self-closing door, and an interior light for convenience.

PROS

  • Can produce up to 80 pounds of ice each day
  • Minimalist and stylish stainless steel facade
  • Small for the amount of ice it produces

CONS

  • Somewhat pricy

Conclusion

GE ice maker

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Making ice on your own is a fine way to avoid multiple trips to the store. Producing the extra ice and bagging it yourself can save a trip to the store, and also ensure the quality of the water in the ice you consume, since you can never know exactly what is going into the industrially produced ice you find at liquor stores and convenient stores.

Making your own ice ensures the quality of the ice and having your own machine means you can get more with ease. Despite the many differences in the machines we examined, they all make ice, and when it comes down it, everything else is a matter of preference.

Final Verdict

The GE ice maker we reviewed is a high-quality machine that will get the job done, and then some. At a price around $3,000, it is in the range of the other industrial models explored, although its daily ice production is lower. Once you determine where you'll place your ice machine and how much capacity you need, you may find the GE ice maker may be perfect for you.

For more information and reviews on ice-making products, check back to IceMaker PRO for ongoing articles and updates.

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