Opal Nugget Ice Maker Review

Have you ever picked a restaurant based on the ice? The right ice shape and texture can change the experience of your purchased beverage, leaving you chewing each bit of ice until you have consumed every drop. Now, imagine having great ice anytime within the comfort of your own home. Opal designed their Opal Nugget Ice Maker with this very concept in mind.

While typical nugget ice makers cost thousands of dollars, the Opal Nugget Ice Maker is an affordable option for consumers to have their favorite type of ice whenever they want. With the “good ice” at your fingertips, you will not need to drop by a restaurant just for the ice. In this article, we will review the Opal Nugget Ice Maker and evaluate its features, details, and price. To further this review, we will compare the Opal Nugget Ice Maker to similar products and then rate it overall out of five stars at the end of the article.

When purchasing an at-home ice maker, it is important to consider the shape of the ice, the level of production (amount of created ice per day), the size of the ice, how the machine will look in your kitchen, and the machine’s features. There are a lot of factors to consider, and we hope that you find this review helpful as you consider whether the Opal Nugget Ice Maker is the correct choice for your home.

What Is The Opal Nugget Ice Maker?

The Opal Nugget Ice Maker is a compact ice maker that fits on your countertop, plugs into any electrical outlet, and creates one pound of ice per hour. It can hold up to three pounds of ice, and it is elegantly designed for at-home use at an affordable price. The allure of the Opal Nugget Ice Maker is the shape of its created ice; as the name describes, the ice is shaped as the commonly beloved “nugget.” The Opal Nugget Ice Maker makes this fan-favorite ice type available to anyone without the extra visit to a restaurant.

Product Specs

Pricing

How It Compares

Igloo ICEB26AQ Ice Maker

Black + Decker BIMY126S Ice Maker

New Aire AI-100R Ice Maker

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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...


Price (Approximate only)  $$$

The Opal Nugget Ice Maker, as mentioned earlier, costs around $$$ to $$$, depending on the site of purchase. Please remember that delivery costs and warranty coverage might differ based on where you purchase this product.

Ease Of Use

The Opal ice maker is designed for user ease, and you can set up your ice-making schedule through the FirstBuild app on your phone. It is portable and compact, and you can easily transport it to various events. Just plug it in to any electrical outlet, and you can take this machine anywhere you please. We have given this section five out of five stars for its Bluetooth capabilities and ease of use.

Capacity & Speed

Known for its speed and efficiency in ice production, you can see the first nugget of ice produced in under twenty minutes. An hour later, you can find one pound of ice sitting in the ice maker’s storage bin. It can store up to three pounds of ice at one time. Producing one pound of ice per hour, it can run for three hours straight and store all of its produced ice within its bin. While it has a large capacity, it is not as fast as other products. We have rated this feature as four out of five stars.

Ice Size

The ice size and shape are the reason for the machine’s popularity- the Opal Nugget ice maker makes ice in the shape of “nuggets.” The nugget shape is smaller, rounded, and shaped almost like a barrel. The shape and texture of the ice absorbs the flavors within the glass and provides a nice crunch when you chew the ice after finishing your drink. We have given it five out of five stars for ice size, as this is the primary basis for the machine’s popularity and appeal. However, unlike other products, it has one size and does not have the ability to vary in form.

Portability

The Opal machine weighs about forty pounds when empty, making it a relatively heavy machine to transport. However, it is compact and only needs to be plugged into a regular outlet. It is designed to be moved as needed, so you can take it camping, to a party, or merely leave it sitting in your kitchen. While capable of transit, the Opal machine does not have any additional features to make it easily portable. This is why we have given it three out of five stars.  

Pros

  • “Nugget” ice shape  
  • Produces one pound of ice per hour
  • Bluetooth accessible, controlled through the FirstBuild app

Cons

  • No added features for easy portability
  • Some customer reviews report lack of durability and longevity
  • Some customer reviews report loud operating sounds

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Igloo ICEB26BK Portable 26-Pound Automatic Ice Maker, Black
  • DESIGNED FOR CONVENIENCE - Portable, convenient and compact in size, this retro red ice maker looks good on a countertop...
  • LARGE ICE-MAKING CAPACITY - Keep the water tank filled and this unit will produce 26 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period -...
  • WATER TANK CAPACITY - 3 quarts

The Igloo Automatic Countertop Ice Maker is designed for convenience and portability. Decorated in an aqua blue color, it only weighs twenty-six pounds, it is compact, and it produces ice quickly. It produces cylinder-shaped ice cubes of various sizes, and it can store up to two pounds of ice at one time. Its primary selling points are size, speed, price, and mobility from one location to another.

Price (Approximate Only)  $

The Igloo ICEb26AQ Ice Maker costs between $ and $$.


Ease Of Use​​​​​​

You can operate the Igloo ice machine via a control panel with LED indicator lights. When you turn on the machine, you can choose whether you want to make small or large ice cubes. Once the ice basket is full, the LED indicator light will notify you. Also, the machine will show when you need to add more water. It comes with an ice basket and scoop for easy use. For its ease of use and simplicity, we rate the Igloo’s ease of use as five out of five stars.


Capacity & Speed

The Igloo Ice Maker can make up to twenty-six pounds of ice per day and can create nine cubes in under seven minutes. You can even watch as it produces the ice through a viewing window! The machine can store up to two pounds of ice in its storage basket before you need to empty it for more ice production. It has a three quart water tank capacity, and it has a user-friendly drain to release any unused water. While it is fast in production, and we enjoy the viewing window, we have given this section four out of five stars for its small two-pound ice capacity storage.


Ice Size

This is where the Igloo Ice Maker caught our attention- you can select the size of ice that you want! Through the LED display, you can choose whether you want small or large barrel-sized ice. Compared to other products, it only has two size variations as opposed to three. For its variation and customizability, we rate this specific variable four out of five stars.


Portability

We were impressed with the size of this machine. While capacity suffers for its light weight, its portability benefits. It only weighs 23 pounds when empty and is easy to carry. We have rated this variable as five out of five stars. 

Pros

  • Easily portable and lightweight 
  • Small and large ice cube production
  • Easy-to-use drain for unused water

Cons

  • Small capacity for ice storage
  • Some customer reports of lack of longevity and durability
  • Some customer reviews of poor cooling and ice production

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BLACK+DECKER BIMY126S WACDBIMY126S 26-lb Capacity Stainless Steel Ice...
  • Stainless steel designed ice maker that can produce up to 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours. Max capacity of 1.76 lbs or...
  • Sleek designed stainless-steel housing that adds a stylish décor and modern look to any home, bar, mancave, room or...
  • Electronic controls with LCD display including ice cube size, add water, timing and ice bucket full indicators.

The Black + Decker BIMY126S Ice Maker is silver and black, modern, and compact. It blends well with other kitchen appliances, and it is designed with convenience in mind. While we were disappointed in its limited ice storage, we were impressed by its production speed. However, its standout feature was its variation in ice size. It produces bullet-shaped ice cubes in three different sizes (small, medium, or large) depending on your personal preference.

Price (Approximate Only)  $$

The Black + Decker BIMY126G Ice Maker costs between $$ and $$$, depending on the site of purchase.

Ease Of Use

We were impressed by the Black + Decker ice maker. You can customize your ice size with three different options: small, medium, or large. It is operated by electronic controls on the front face of the machine, where you can perform precise set-up and also monitor its ice production. Further, the machine comes with an ice scoop and basket for ice storage. Its one downside is that it does not have a drain for easy water removal. Overall, we have rated its ease of use as four out of five stars, as it is designed with the customer’s ease and control in mind. 

Capacity & Speed

The Black + Decker machine can produce up to twenty-six pounds of ice in one twenty-four-hour day. It is very fast, and it can make nine ice cubes in only ten minutes. However, its storage capacity is quite small. It can store up to 1.76 pounds (or 0.8 kg) of ice before it needs to be emptied for more ice production. Considering its fast speed and small storage capacity, we have given this section four out of five stars.

Ice Size

While we were disappointed in the machine’s small capacity, we were impressed with its ice size options. As mentioned in the “Ease of Use” section, you can select whether you want small, medium, or large sized ice cubes. We gave this section five out of five stars.

Portability

This machine weighs about twenty-three pounds, making it easy to transport and relatively lightweight. We have given its portability a total of five out of five stars.  

Pros

  • Three different ice sizes (small, medium, and large)
  • Sharp and modern outside appearance
  • Fast ice production

Cons

  • Small ice storage, under two pounds
  • Customer reviews of being loud and noisy
  • No side drain for easy cleaning

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NewAir AI-100R 28-Pound Portable Icemaker, Red
  • Convenient, compact design is ideal for use in small kitchens & other compact spaces like RVs, boats & more
  • Produces 28 pounds of ice a day - never run to the store for a bag of ice again
  • Offers an easy-to-use LED control panel that allows you to choose from three ice size settings

The New Air AI-100 Ice Maker comes in a variety of colors to match any kitchen. It is lightweight, portable, and fast. Its variance in ice size impressed us, as well as its speed in ice production and side drain for easy cleaning. We were disappointed in its small storage capacity and its lack of an LED display screen. Overall, this product is very similar to the Black + Decker ice machine reviewed above, and we think that it has an advantage over the other: a potentially better-looking machine, with a side drain for easy cleaning.  

Price (Approximate Only)  $$

The New Air Al-100R ice maker costs between $$ and $$$, depending on the selected color and site of purchase.

Ease Of Use 

The New Air ice machine is operated with an easy-to-use LED control panel, which allows you to choose from three ice sizes. It is a simple plug-in unit that simply needs added water. It has a side-mounted drain that makes it easy to empty any unused water. The indicator lights on the front face of the machine communicate when ice is ready and when it is necessary to add water. The one downfall we found is its lack of an LED display screen. We have rated this section four out of five stars for its simplicity.

Capacity & Speed

The New Air ice machine starts fast– once you plug it in and fill up the water tank, the machine produces ice in as little as six minutes. It makes nine ice cubes per cycle, and it can create up to twenty-eight pounds of ice in one twenty-four-hour period. It can store a little more than two pounds of ice before needing to be emptied. While we were impressed by its speed, its capacity suffers for its portability. We have given it four out of five stars for this section.

Ice Size 

Similar to the Black + Decker ice machine, the New Air ice maker has the option of making three different sizes of ice cubes: small, medium, and large. All ice cubes come in a bullet-shape. We have rated the ice size as five out of five stars for its customizability.

Portability

This machine weighs about 24 pounds and is easily portable. The feature that primarily caught our eye was the side-drain, which makes it easy to empty unused water and clean for transit. We have rated this section five out of five stars.

Pros

  • Three different ice sizes (small, medium, and large) 
  • Comes in different colors
  • Lightweight and easily portable with a side drain

Cons

  • Small ice storage capacity of about two pounds
  • Customer reviews of being loud
  • No LED-display screen

Conclusion

Overall, we rate the Opal Nugget Ice Maker with 3.5 out of 5 stars. We were impressed with its modern and aesthetically pleasing appearance, its three-pound storage capacity, and its “nugget” ice shape. Compared to other products reviewed above, it does not have versatility with ice size, and it is heavier compared to other models and not easily transported. If you are seeking an ice maker for your home, and the “nugget” ice shape is your favorite, we think this is a solid choice. However, if you are not picky about your ice shape and are looking for something to take on camping trips, the other three options above are recommended based on the following:

  • The Igloo Ice Maker is the cheapest of the bunch and very compact, making it an ideal fit for a dorm room or camper vehicle.
  • The Black + Decker Ice Maker has ice size versatility, is portable, has an LED display screen, and is modern-looking.
  • The New Air Ice Maker has ice versatility, is also portable, comes in various colors, and has a side drain.

When choosing your new ice maker, consider your top priority. If you care the most for ice shape, we recommend the Opal Nugget Ice Maker. If you care about ice size, we recommend the Black + Decker or New Air ice maker. If you care about easy cleaning, we recommend either the Igloo Ice Maker or the New Air. If you care about aesthetic appeal, you should choose whichever matches your kitchen more. Either way, you have many options. Ultimately, if you are seeking “nugget” ice, we think you will be satisfied with the Opal Nugget ice maker.

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