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The Best Ice Cube Trays for Your Freezer

Pouring water from pitcher into ice cube tray on a table
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Ice cube trays have been around for generations. While some freezers come equipped with a system to make ice cubes, they don’t allow you to create your own flavored ice cubes as trays do. And sometimes, there’s nothing better than popping your own big ice cube out of a tray and into a drink on a hot day. Here are some of our favorite ice cube trays you can buy.

Purchasing Ice Cube Trays

What makes one ice cube tray better than another? There a few things you can think about before you make your next purchase:

  • Material: Silicone and plastic are the most common materials for ice cube trays. Both are sturdy and up to the task. Many people like silicone for being easy to remove the frozen items from.
  • Stackable: If you don’t have a lot of freezer space, and even if you do, stackable ice cube trays can save space and are easy to use.
  • Size: if you have a water bottle with a tiny opening, you might want to purchase mini ice cube trays so that the cubes fit inside. However, if you want or need larger ice cubes, opt for a larger tray.
  • Lids: Lids make stacking easier and can mean no more spills as you transfer the tray to the freezer.

Best Overall: OMORC Easy-Release Silicone Ice Trays

These ice cube trays are designed to make the ice easy to remove. There is no more need for bending or twisting with these ice cube trays! The trays are also stackable, so they can save you space in your freezer, and the molded lids are designed to easily fit on top of one another and keep your ice fresh and odor-free. The lids also mean a mess-free kitchen without any spilling, and the cubes can be customized to fit whatever flavor you might want—fruit, ice cream, soda, even wine. And since they are made of silicone and polypropylene, there is no need to worry about any harsh chemicals.

Best Hard Plastic: Kitch Easy Release White Ice Cube Tray

These trays are durable, flexible, made of 100% BPA-free plastic, and dishwasher safe. Ice cubes can be released with just a twist, and the trays are designed to easily stack in your freezer without sticking to one another. The pack includes four trays that can make 16 nice-sized cubes for a total of 64 ice cubes. Stay stocked up on ice with these trays.

Best Hard Plastic

Kitch Easy Release White Ice Cube Tray, 16 Cube Trays (Pack of 4) (4 Pack - 64 Cubes)

These trays are designed to release ice cubes with a simple twist and to easily stack in the freezer without sticking to one another.

Best Shapes: Chef Craft Set of 3 Flexible Shaped Ice Cube Trays

These fun ice cube trays are sure to make your ice (or even chocolate) fun for almost any occasion! Coming with three trays that offer multiple designs—sun, star, flower, tree, and sea life—there is a fun party combo for birthdays, holidays, or just because. The trays are flexible for easy removal.

Best Shapes

Best Mini Cubes: Arrow Home Products 60 Cube Ice Tray

These ice cube trays have been designed for sports bottles, blenders, or anything else you might need tiny ice cubes for. Each tray makes 60 mini-sized ice balls that are great for almost anything: coffee, smoothies, cocktails, wine, coconut oil, baby food, etc. The trays are stackable to save space and are dishwasher safe.

Best Mini Cubes

Arrow Small Ice Cube Trays for Freezer, Ice Coffee and Blenders, 3 Pack, 60 Mini Cubes Per Tray, 180 Total, Made in the USA, BPA Free Plastic, Ideal, Blue

Perfect for freezing just about anything, these trays are stackable and produce mini cubes just the right size for bottles with small openings.

Best With Lids: Morfone Ice Cube Trays

These trays are made of 100% food-grade silicone, so they are both BPA-free and nontoxic. They are perfect for a variety of uses and not only just at home for the family but also for parties. Make ice for coffee or an evening drink, freeze chocolate, fruit, baby food, or even homemade butter. These trays are easily stackable with lids and will not spill or get cross-contaminated with anything else in the freezer. The trays are also nonstick and durable, making removal super easy.

Best With Lids

Ice Cube Trays 3 Pack, Morfone Silicone Ice Tray with Removable Lid Easy-Release Flexible Ice Cube Molds 24 Cubes per Tray for Cocktail, Whiskey, Baby Food, Chocolate, BPA Free

These nonstick trays are great for freezing almost anything, and the lids make sure they are easy to stack and never cross-contaminated.

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