Nugget Ice Machine

Brand: FirstBuild
Manufacturer: First Build
Model: Opal01
EAN: 0858957006008
Category: #50 in Misc. (Ice Makers)
Price: $549.00  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 17.25 x 15.50 x 10.50 inches
Shipping Wt: 44.00 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

You’re familiar with “the good ice.” Those soft, yet crunchy nuggets - almost like tiny snowballs that float in your favorite beverage. It’s the ice that determines which gas station you stop at, or which restaurant you go to, because you never forget where you can find it. It’s the only ice that’s ever excited anyone enough to shout across a crowded room, “Yes! They have the good ice here!” Finally, you can have the good ice anytime you want it, with The Opal. Unlike other nugget ice-makers that start at $2,000 - $3,000, the Opal is the affordable “good ice” maker for your home that you’ve always dreamed of.

Features

  • COUNTERTOP SIZE - With its elegant design, the Opal will wow your guests before they even try the delicious ice it makes. Measures at 15.5 x 10.5 x 17.2 inches - The perfect size for any countertop in your home. Installation Clearance - 3 inches, sides and back
  • QUICK AND POWERFUL - Within only 20 minutes, you?ll be enjoying soft, crunchy ice, just like the ice you love from your favorite restaurant. The Opal produces 24 lbs of ice per day, and the bin holds 3 lbs at a time
  • SMART - The Opal is bluetooth equipped, so you can set up your ice making schedule from the convenience of your phone using the free FirstBuild app. It senses when the bin is full of ice, so it won't overfill
  • PORTABLE - No water hookup required, just plug it into any 120v grounded (standard) electrical outlet and fill the reservoir with water. As ice melts, the water returns to the reservoir, where it will simply be made back into more ice. Reservoir Capacity - 2.5 quarts
  • Water Quality - Use potable water only, 12 gpg (205 ppm) or less mineral hardness
  • Operating Temperature - 55°F - 90°F
  • WARRANTY - All Opals purchased directly from FirstBuild or authorized resellers have a limited 1-year parts and labor warranty

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Top Reviews

Nothing but heartache!
by MJ Smith (1 out of 5 stars)
April 17, 2018

I really hate writing this review because the machine is awesome. It's small, fits nicely on the counter, quiet, and makes perfect ice. Until it doesn't. After only six weeks of use, it stopped making ice. We contacted Opal customer service via email and waited a week for a reply. After several emails back and forth to diagnose the problem, we were told the machine needed to be defrosted and given steps to follow. We ran through the defrost and cleaning cycle 8-10 times. No luck, so we contacted customer service again and were told to run a vinegar wash through the machine. Vinegar wash three times, still nothing. Back to customer service via email (the only way to contact the company) to be instructed to clean the sensors. Sensors cleaned, still no ice. At this point it's been two weeks since we first contacted customer service and we're a bit frustrated but we reach out again. "You'll need to purchase the Opal Cleaning Kit, sold on our website." NO! Replace the darn thing! At nearly $500 it should work longer than 6 weeks and we shouldn't have to jump through hoops when it breaks. Don't buy it! You will be held hostage by your love of nugget ice!
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Second opal to fail with the same issue within a ...
by The_Grinch (1 out of 5 stars)
March 21, 2018

Second opal to fail with the same issue within a month. Blue light illuminated telling me to add water, and the device is full of water. Same mode of failure on both devices.

Opal is refusing to honor warranty
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Broke in Less Than a Month!! :(
by Bev (1 out of 5 stars)
January 16, 2018

Purchased for my Mom for Christmas and it has already stopped working! I cannot believe it! I will be trying to get it replaced. We will see what happens.
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My second machine within the second week of use is now in for repairs because auger lets out noises
by DAMazon Customer (1 out of 5 stars)
May 25, 2018

I am in the process of having my second replacement ice machine sent in for repairs. The support team at Opal is a leaky bag of dog squeeze. If you don't mind wasting a lot of money on a substandard product with design flaws and "Nigerian Tech Support" that only communicates through email, then this ice machine is for you. My first ice machine had to be replaced within three months because the pump failed. My second machine within the second week of use is now in for repairs because auger lets out noises like "nails on a chalkboard" and Jacqui from Opal Support won't respond to my emails. Looks like I will be without ice this summer. Having Sonic ice would be awesome if I had a working machine instead of a water lined silhouette of where my $500 machine used to be. If Opal would give me my money back then I would by a different brand ice machine, but all I can really do is marinate in my frustration and warn others.
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so sad to review this ice maker with only one star
by Kelsey (1 out of 5 stars)
June 13, 2018

So, so, so sad to review this ice maker with only one star. Don't get me wrong... in the beginning this little machine made all my dreams come true. Perfect pebble ice by the cupful. But after two weeks it crushed my dreams. The light kept doing that little blue thing which means it needs more water. But it was full of water. No matter what we did it wouldn't go away, or register that it was full, or make any more of my beloved ice. We did all the trouble shooting tips including the vinegar and the bleach washes. Left it unplugged. Tried again. Nothing. And after reading other reviews siting this exact problem, as well as the reviews saying that customer service is so hard to deal with from this company, we decided to find the silver lining and at least be glad our 30 Day return window had not yet passed. For $500 I'd expect more than a couple days of a functioning machine. So disappointed
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don't think Id buy again
by Beverly's (1 out of 5 stars)
January 20, 2018

We got ours In November and it has already stopped working. I have contacted extended warrenty folks and it's still under original manf. warrerity, so they won't do anything. Sent messages to the manufacturer and no answer, none. I chatted with amazon and they say it's too long for a return, however the girl said they'd make a exception and let me return it, but she sent me a return for the filter I bought with it!!! Crazy people, I will never buy a big ticket priced thing like this again !!
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worth the hassle!
by R. Staggs (4 out of 5 stars)
June 2, 2018

Delivered on Saturday.....died the next Saturday. I use RO water that is reminerized with Aptera filter(also sold on Amazon).

I drained and refilled every day. This morning, the button wouldn't start the machine...although I could toggle the clean/ice switch to make the

front button turn solid blue color. Then it would shift the color to some multi-color then to solid green. None of these colors correspond to info for the consumer. It was working flawlessly until this morning. It even linked up to bluetooth showing the machine was at 'idle'. Attempts to 'Make Ice' were unsuccessful. I'm sad bc the ice is excellent.

I requested a return and was honored a return label immediately from Amazon. The automated response asked if I wanted a new machine, an Amazon refund or money back to the credit card. I have opted to have the new machine sent with the hope it will last. I wonder if I will get an First-Build-company intervention concerning the new machine being swapped. Amazon gives 30 days to return the broken/defective machine(in which I would use the packaging from the new unit), but I expect there will be an email explaining '1B is trying to fix it before shipping the new machine'. More on the process at it unfolds.....

Update:

Amazon sent another and it arrived on Tuesday. The shipping box looks good, the the machine has a big dent. The inside also shows signs of use, which suggests this isn't a new machine but a refurbished. I have requested a return, which is a hassle bc I recycled my first box.

I guess there is a reason the Scotsman nugget ice maker is $5k.

Update Aug 5th....after almost two months, the bent-beast is working like a charm. To be honest, it is impossible to see the dent. The unit is definitely loud, but worth the hassle as the ice is excellent. We take our ice to get togethers at other houses and dole out the ice rations like we are on a desert island!
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This is awesome, we love the ice and the machine
by BOBBY SCHIEFELBEIN (1 out of 5 stars)
January 16, 2018

This is awesome, we love the ice and the machine! It is about 5 weeks old and it has been making some very very loud noises, so I have called first build customer service 5 times and left messages and they never return phone calls! It is a shame because I love the product but if they can't even talk to me I guess I will have to return it. Poor customer support is not a good way to keep your customers happy, I have been bragging to everyone about how awesome it is, I just hope my friends haven't ordered one . I will be embarrassed if they do.
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Love the Ice... But how long will it last???!!!
by B. Thiebauth (3 out of 5 stars)
April 25, 2018

Love the ice! However the device has now making the terrible noise others have reported. As well, it now sometimes stops making ice even though it has water and the indicator light says it is in the mode to be producing. We power it off and right back on and it resumes making ice right away. The scheduling app only allows a single smart device be connected, otherwise it wipes-out the previous schedule when the app is connected from another smartphone. My family loves the ice this machine produces, but who knows how long is is going to last considering we have had these problems in under a month of ownership. We'll likely exchange this unit in hopes of getting one without these problems, but who knows if that will work.
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Epic Fail!
by S. R. Hayslett (1 out of 5 stars)
April 12, 2018

If you order this ice maker, the 1st thing you need to do is cross your fingers, find a 4- leaf clover and make a wish on a star. If you're one of the lucky few, it will work and the ice will be awesome! But if you end up like me and several reviewers...you'll be very disappointed, with no ice nuggets. To the point, this ice maker has poor product reliability and the customer service is terrible. (The email address linked through their app, website and on the instructions doesn't even work.) After much anticipation and following provided instructions, my ice maker made NO ice...went from "making ice" straight to "full ice." Reaching customer service was like a circular gauntlet that ended by reaching no one. And sadly, the warranty doesn't guarantee you'll get a new replacement if your new machine doesn't work. You may end up with a $500 refurbished icemaker, which I find unacceptable. I don't know what else First Build makes, but I won't be buying any of it. Epic Fail!

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