Today we are talking about Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker, a machine capable of generating chewy ice (also known as “nugget ice“) that is reaping quite a lot of success in Indiegogo.
Although chewy ice is not a new concept, the price of this type of portable ice machine is usually really high. If we focus on the main characteristics of Opal, the machine has a number of peculiarities that make it a very interesting product. As we mentioned, it is capable of creating ice designed to be chewed (inside it has 50% air). This type of ice is capable of absorbing the flavor of the drinks, which is interesting considering that we can use the machine to create ice with any type of liquid (water, juices, soft drinks, etc.).
As for its use, it is quite simple. In fact, you simply have to fill the removable tray with water or another liquid and wait for the ice to be generated: the machine only takes 15 minutes to create an ice glass, being able to generate up to 4 glasses per hour.
If we focus on its total capacity, it can store up to 1.36kg of ice (for which 6 glasses of water must be added). Lastly, it is important to note that the machine needs to be connected to a 120V power source to function.
|Item Weight||44 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||15.5 x 10.5 x 17.25 inches|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel, Plastic|
|Included Components||Opal Icemaker, Ice Bin, Ice Scoop, and Drip Tray|
Well, well, well… talking about the customer’s reviews of this ice machine is really difficult since it is one of the top-selling countertop nugget ice makers, therefore, there are a couple of thousands of reviews (on Amazon), which makes the reviews very inconsistent; but since we do our homework to make your life easier…
Before telling you what the main issues encounter based on customers reviews let me tell you that this Portable Nugget Ice Maker is one of the top-rated small nugget ice makers on Amazon, so that tells us a lot about the quality of the product.
We’re telling you this to make sure you understand that by telling you the issues the customers report on the ice machines we review.
We are not trying to discourage you from purchasing it but to give you the pros and cons of the product.
Let’s talk about the Opal Nugget Ice Maker problems based on customers’ reviews as previously stated. Consumers reported two main issues, the first one being the customer service, they state that it takes too long for them to reply and that it is a hassle to claim the warranty on it.
The other issue we could identify in the consumers’ complaints is that no water sensor will glitch, they claim that the sensor lights up even when the water reservoir is full.
Despite some of the issues exposed in this article, you should consider this machine any time you are thinking about a portable ice machine and a portable nugget ice machine if you want to be more specific.
Given it has thousands of reviews it’s got an outstanding 4.1 stars average which is pretty good, especially for this kind of product.
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