The 7 Best Ice Cube Trays of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"Each flexible silicone tray in this four-pack holds 14 cubes and comes with a removable lid to prevent spills and keep freezer odors away."
"This set includes two molds: one for creating two-inch cubes and one for crafting ice balls."
"Any drink that perks up with a squeeze of lemon or lime would benefit from this citrus ice cube set."
"This clever silicone mold creates ice strips that break easily into an 8-ounce single serving of crushed ice."
"Conveniently, this OXO Good Grips No-Spill tray comes with a sealable lid, so you can store your trays on an angle without creating a mess."
"This tray, which comes as a set of three, makes 60 tiny ice balls."
"Guests will be impressed by the way these diamonds reflect the light while floating in their drinks."

Best Overall: OMORC Ice Cube Trays 4 Pack

What We Like
  • Removable lid

  • Cubes pop out easily

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Cubes are smaller than traditional ice cube trays

This four-pack of ice cube trays makes it easy to stock up enough ice for your next party or event. Each tray holds 14 cubes and comes with a removable lid to prevent spills and keep freezer odors away. Plus, the tray’s flexible silicone material allows the cubes to pop out easily, which earned it high marks from several reviewers. Instead of twisting it (and spilling your ice everywhere), you can press each compartment individually to remove the exact number of cubes you need in the moment. These BPA-free, dishwasher-safe trays stack easily in the freezer without sticking to save space, too.

If you're a fan of bigger cubes, you can also opt for the brand's "bigger cube" trays that create larger pieces of ice for your drinks. For four high-quality trays that will last you for years to come, these trays are a surefire steal.

Best Variety: Adoric Ice Cube Trays Silicone Set of 2

What We Like
  • Melt more slowly than typical cubes

  • Easy to clean

  • Made of durable silicone

What We Don't Like
  • Sphere mold is tricky to use

It’s good to have a few different ice options at your disposal if you drink at home frequently. This set includes two molds: one for creating two-inch cubes and one for crafting ice balls. Both large cubes and spherical ice are perfect for strong drinks that you don’t want to dilute too quickly (think Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs). Big ice pieces melt slower and, therefore, add less water to the drink over time. If you’ve been to an in-the-know bar recently, you’ve likely experienced this ice trend. These molds bring it right to your home.

Customers love how they can impress guests by serving cocktails with these stylish cubes and spherical ice, and also how much longer the ice lasts. However, a few note that the spherical ice tray needs to be sealed together properly in order to produce the proper sphere shape.

Best Flavor: Full Circle Lemon Drops Citrus Ice Cube Infusion Set

What We Like
  • Easy to use and clean

  • Cubes small enough to fit in water bottles

  • Molds are durable and hold their shape

What We Don't Like
  • Reamer may be too big for some citrus fruits

Any drink that perks up with a squeeze of lemon or lime would benefit from this citrus ice cube set. It comes with an attachable reamer that sits on top of the tray. The free-flowing juice then trickles down to each wedge-shaped compartment. There are two trays in the set so you can make up to 16 tangy ice pieces at a time. Pop a few into your gin and tonic or gimlet (or even a glass of water!) the next time you want a drink that gets more flavorful with time. Customers like how easy this infusion set is to use and clean, and that the molds are sturdy.

Best for Convenience: W&P Peak Silicone Crushed Ice Tray w/ Protective Lid

What We Like
  • Easy to use and clean

  • Freezes quickly

  • Great for smoothies

What We Don't Like
  • Each tray fills only one drink

Crushed ice is great for mint juleps, tiki drinks, Moscow Mules or any other strong, syrupy drink that needs quick dilution. But crushing ice on the fly can be a pain. This clever silicone mold creates ice strips that break easily into an 8-ounce single serving of crushed ice. You squeeze the mold so the ice falls out in shards. Then, direct them into your glass using the included lid that doubles as a funnel. Customers say this crushed ice cools drinks quickly and that it makes it easier to blend great-tasting smoothies.

Best for Cleanliness: OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid

What We Like
  • Easy to fill and store

  • Comes with leak-proof lid

  • Cubes come out easily

What We Don't Like
  • Lid can be difficult to remove

Ice cube trays create a problem in a disorganized freezer: They need to be placed on a completely flat surface to prevent spills. That means you have to push aside your bags of frozen vegetables just to accommodate a dozen or so ice cubes. Conveniently, this OXO Good Grips No-Spill tray comes with a sealable lid, so you can store your trays on an angle without creating a mess. The lid keeps your cubes from absorbing unpleasant freezer odors and it comes off to be cleaned on the top rack of your dishwasher. Most customers agree that the lid indeed prevents spills, earning the set positive reviews. Some note, however, that sometimes ice crystals build up underneath the lid, making it a bit difficult to remove. The tray makes 14 cubes in all.

Best High-Volume: Arrow Home Products Arrow 60 Cube Ice Tray 3 Pack

What We Like
  • Easy to empty trays

  • Cubes can fit into soda and water bottles

  • Trays are thick and sturdy

What We Don't Like
  • Trays don't stack easily

Small cubes are best for drinks that are gone before you know it—drinks like a glass of iced tea or a mojito. Small ice melts fast and you’ll need to make your drink disappear with some speed if you don’t want it to be watered down. This tray, which comes as a set of three, makes 60 tiny ice balls. Adults can toss them into their favorite cocktail and kids can have fun playing with them in their next cup of juice. Reviewers love that these "pebble" ice cubes can fit through the small necks of water and soda bottles. However, some of them warn not to stack the trays right on top of each other, as the bottoms of the trays tend to stick to the cubes in the trays beneath them as they freeze.

Best Shape: SAWNZC Diamond Ice Cube Molds

What We Like
  • Great conversation starters

  • Easy to use and clean

  • Ice comes out of molds easily

What We Don't Like
  • Molds don't lock together

Elevate your next cocktail with diamond-shaped ice cubes. Just close the two-sided, food-safe mold and fill each compartment with water using the included funnel. Once they’re frozen, the diamonds release easily from the silicone surrounding them, as many customers confirmed in their reviews. Use this tray for a small dinner party (since you can only make four pieces) or a classy night in. Guests will be impressed by the way these diamonds reflect the light while floating in their drinks.

Final Verdict

The OMORC Ice Cube Trays 4 Pack gets our top spot because of how easy they are to use: cubes slide out smoothly, the trays stack easily, and the set is dishwasher safe. Don't have a lot of room in your freezer? Go for the Lékué Ice Box with Reversible Lid. It's a compact ice box-ice tray hybrid that can hold more than 100 ice cubes at once.

Why Trust the Spruce Eats?

Julia Warren is Director of Product Testing at The Spruce Eats. In addition to this compilation of the best ice cube trays, Julia has also rounded up the best popsicle molds and cocktail shakers.

What to Look for When Buying Ice Cube Trays

Material: Traditionally made of plastic, ice cube trays are now also made of silicone and metal—and each has its pros and cons. Plastic trays tend to be durable and release cubes relatively easily, but they're also susceptible to cracking. It's a little more tricky to extract cubes from steel trays, but they're also more crack-resistant. Silicone trays are more flexible than both metal and plastic, and they're durable, but they tend to absorb unsavory freezer odors if not taken care of properly.

Cube size and shape: There's a wide variety of trays that produce a range of ice cube sizes. Ice cubes that are larger than the average cube melt more slowly, making them ideal for drinks like cocktails that you don't want to be diluted too quickly. On the other hand, while small cubes melt more quickly, they also work well for concentrated drinks that need to be icy cold, such as iced coffee or cold brew. And there are also other shapes besides cubes—large, spherical ice, for example, is becoming more popular with cocktail connoisseurs.

Design: Many ice cube trays nowadays are designed to be stackable, making it easier to make a lot of ice and still take up a relatively small amount of space in your freezer. Some trays also come with lids, which help not only with stacking but also to keep odors and other items out. Just make sure that the lid secures properly and that it's not difficult to release them after the ice is frozen.

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