Best Ice Buckets

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 4, 2017
What is the best way to spend a hot summer evening? If you love parties or appreciate a refreshing chilled drink after work, look through our new ice buckets review, make up your mind and select the one that will suit you best!  ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
BEST FOR
CAPACITY
DESIGN
MATERIAL
SIZE
WEIGHT
EXTRAS
Warranty
 
PROS
An exclusive leather handle of the Francois et Mimi ice bucket and its exquisite mirror finish create a unique classy design. Double walls slow down the melting of ice cubes.
CONS
Included tongs are somewhat small.
OUR VERDICT
If you are looking for an ice holder, perfect for both indoor and outdoor get-togethers, this wonderful steel ice bucket is just what you need! It is the best choice for any cocktail party!
detailed parameters
BEST FOR
Crushed ice
CAPACITY
~ 100 oz
DESIGN
Tabletop double wall ice bucket
MATERIAL
Mirror-finished stainless steel
SIZE
7" x 8.7" x 9.8"
WEIGHT
3 lbs
EXTRAS
-Handle -Removable lid with a handle -Tongs
Warranty
30 days seller's warranty
PROS
This stylish metal ice bucket is made of tarnish-free stainless steel. This material assures durability of this beautiful item.
CONS
An ice scoop does not come with the box, but you can order it on the website.
OUR VERDICT
The Lenox steel ice bucket houses crushed ice to serve drinks for a few people. It is ideal for a romantic supper or a business meeting of two or three people.
detailed parameters
BEST FOR
Crushed ice
CAPACITY
96 oz
DESIGN
Tabletop ice bucket
MATERIAL
Tarnish-free stainless steel
SIZE
9" x 8" x 8"
WEIGHT
3 lbs
EXTRAS
-Handles on both sides of a bucket -Removable lid with a handle
Warranty
Lifetime replacement policy
PROS
Ergonomic holders on both sides of the OXO ice bucket allow convenient tongs storage. A built-in reservoir stores the meltwater.
CONS
It might be a bit difficult to wash (the inner part is not removable)
OUR VERDICT
Owing to a removable tray, it is easy to serve the ice cubes and the sliced citrus to accompany your favorite drinks! Also, the garnish will remain cool and fresh for a long while!
detailed parameters
BEST FOR
Crushed ice, Garnish
CAPACITY
105.6 oz
DESIGN
Tabletop ice bucket with removable garnish tray
MATERIAL
Durable plastic, Nylon
SIZE
7.4" х 8.5" х 7.5"
WEIGHT
2.5 lbs
EXTRAS
-Flip lid -Handle -Tongs -Internal meltwater reservoir
Warranty
30 days seller's warranty
PROS
The double-wall insulation of the Oggi ice bucket prevents ice cubes from melting on a hot summer day.
CONS
An acrylic bottom may slide on a slippery surface of the table.
OUR VERDICT
A winning combination of stainless steel and acrylic and a double wall design allows you to enjoy cool drinks longer. This ice bucket is perfect for both everyday and occasional use.
detailed parameters
BEST FOR
Crushed ice
CAPACITY
128 oz
DESIGN
Tabletop double wall ice bucket
MATERIAL
Stainless steel, Acrylic
SIZE
8.8" x 8" x 8"
WEIGHT
2.6 lbs
EXTRAS
-Flip lid -Handle -Ice scoop
Warranty
30 days seller's warranty
PROS
The best choice for those appreciating both beauty and usefulness. The Bormioli ice bucket is a wonderful present for a person with taste.
CONS
The glass construction should be treated with care.
OUR VERDICT
This compact and light-weight ice bucket is an elegant furnishing that suits any home mini bar. The best choice for those appreciating a glass of exclusive whiskey with a touch of ice!
detailed parameters
BEST FOR
Crushed ice
CAPACITY
30.5 oz
DESIGN
Tabletop ice bucket (bowl)
MATERIAL
Glass
SIZE
5.2" x 4.8" x 4.8"
WEIGHT
1.6 lbs
EXTRAS
-Tongs -Handles on both sides of a bucket
Warranty
30 days seller's warranty

What is an Ice Bucket

An ice bucket is a stylish eye-catching accessory of any festive table. It makes drinks cool and refreshing on a hot summer night and creates an amazing atmosphere of the feast. In the past, ice buckets were used for chilling bottles of Champagne. Today, ice buckets are used for cooling juice, whiskey, wine and any other beverages. Most sparkling wines need just a few minutes to be left in an ice bucket to get the temperature that reveals their best taste and flavor. Ice tubs and buckets are crucial for any cocktail party! Fill an ice bucket with crushed ice and serve it with juice or cocktails to enjoy cooling drinks! We have selected five best ice buckets for you to choose the one to chill out on hot summer days.

We also recommend you to look through our shaved ice machines that make ice chips. They produce crushed ice for an invigorating mojito, icy daiquiri, Margarita, and other cocktails and soft drinks. If you want to have ample ice cubes in stock, consider getting an ice maker.

What Features to Compare

The first thing you should bear in mind while choosing an ice bucket is its Use and Capacity. There are small items to serve ice-cubes for different drinks. Their capacity starts from 30 oz, enough for chilling a few beverages for two people. Bigger ice buckets may contain 130 oz and over, enough for more than five people. A wonderful choice for a group of friends! There are also bigger ice buckets for cooling beverages in bottles, cans, and cartons. It is a must-have item at any house or backyard party that you give your friends. As a matter of fact, you can use ice buckets for all festive occasions involving many people. It is essential for any dinner and event both at a restaurant and at home, especially on a hot summer season.

The next tip for selecting the perfect ice bucket is its Design. You can choose either smaller ice buckets that you can put on a table or bigger ice tubs on stands. Manufacturers use a variety of materials. The fans of reliable and durable things would highly appreciate stainless steel ice buckets. It is one of the most suitable materials for food and beverages. If you need an item with a top, there are ice buckets with ergonomic flip or removable lids. Just look at the charming and exquisite glass ice buckets! They can chill your drinks and serve as a stylish decoration of your minibar or an elegant piece of your dinner set. It is a wonderful present for a sophisticated person.   

Look through our Extras to know what additional ergonomic features your chosen ice bucket has. An item of a portable size will not take much space on your dining table. As for big ice buckets and tubs, they often go with a stand and a landing at their bottom. They allow for chilling beverages and provide with an ample space for more bottles to be cooled later or any other things you may need at a party. The tubs may get rather heavy when filled with ice. That's why you should pay your attention if the item has handles for comfortable carrying. Besides, these grips will protect your hands from the cold. Some ice buckets come with additional accessories such as ice scoops or tongs for putting ice into your drink. Ice buckets with double walls work for better insulation. Hence, sizzling summer temperatures do not turn the contents to water too fast.   

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Francois et Mimi 6IRZTIDE

Want to Give the Best Party Ever? Serving Chilled Drinks is Half the Battle!

Many people enjoy attending and giving parties. Delicious cocktails and other chilled drinks are served at any special occasion. That is why a proper ice holder is essential for any party as well. The Francois et Mini ice bucket is perfect for serving crushed ice or chilling bottled drinks in it. Owing to a double-wall design it keeps the ice from melting as long as possible. A removable lid also helps maintain the temperature. You will make your favorite cocktails without refilling the bucket with new ice! You and your guests will appreciate the ice bucket's classy design. The item has an unconventional leather handle and mirror finish. Your party drinks will taste better if chilled with ice served in this exquisite ice bucket!

Review of Francois et Mimi 6IRZTIDE Ice Bucket with Ice Tongs

Why are Cocktails Served With Ice?

Have you ever asked yourself why the cocktails are served with ice? We are so used to crushed ice that it is hard to imagine any party or a hot summer night without a refreshing drink. However, iced beverages became popular not so long ago. Before the mass production of refrigerators and freezers, the large blocks of ice were shipped from cold regions to hot parts of the world. It was discovered that most spirits and soft drinks taste better with ice. Refreshing softened taste was highly appreciated, especially if the beverage quality was not too high.

Today, ice in your cocktails helps soften the alcohol taste and create an exquisite flavor. Of course, there are individual preferences. Besides, some beverages, such as red wine, are advised to serve at room temperature. However, nothing compares to a chilled cocktail or other refreshing drink! 

Francois et Mimi 6IRZTIDE Ice Bucket with Ice Tongs in the use

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Francois et Mimi 6IRZTIDE
Francois et Mimi 6IRZTIDE
 

Lenox Tuscany

Use and Capacity

The Lenox ice bucket has a stylish classic design. This kitchenware is traditionally used to serve ice cubes for cooling juice, cocktails, and wines. Also, this ice bucket allows chilling glasses for a cocktail if the latter is required by the recipe. It is a wonderful accessory for any home mini bar! Hence, this steel ice bucket is an excellent present for those appreciating classy things! The capacity of 96 oz is ample for cooling beverages for a romantic supper of a couple or a business meeting of two or three people.

Review of Lenox Tuscany Classics Stainless Steel Ice Bucket

Design

If you do appreciate stylish durable accessories, this Lenox ice bucket is for you! The item features a classic shape. It is known that stainless steel is one of the best materials for kitchenware to keep food and beverages. The whole thing including a lid and handles is made of this high-quality material ensuring a long life of the ice bucket. Besides, the tarnish-free cover guarantees its magnificent shining look!

Lenox Tuscany Classics Stainless Steel Ice Bucket in the use

Extras

In addition, this steel ice bucket has a double walled body and a lid. They ensure proper insulation keeping ice rock solid much longer. Moreover, this tarnish-free stainless steel ice bucket is dishwasher safe. The item has two ergonomic knobs on both sides of the ice bucket, and a knob on the lid. This ice bucket has the dimensions of 9" x 8" x 8". The manufacturer offers bigger champagne buckets, shaker sets, ice scoops, trays and other items. Build a stylish collection for the best cocktail parties!

Detailed review of Lenox Tuscany Classics Stainless Steel Ice Bucket

Lenox Tuscany
Lenox Tuscany
 

OXO Good Grips

Serve Ice and More!

Ice buckets have been created to serve ice and keep it unmelted for a while on your table. Choosing the OXO ice bucket, you get a reliable ice holder plus an ergonomic garnish tray! It preserves ice cubes throughout the party and keeps the garnish fresh, cool, and protected. Fill the tray with lime, lemon, and orange slices to enjoy your favorite spirits the most! In addition, the OXO ice bucket has a special section that keeps the water away from the ice cubes as they melt. Get this super-ergonomic ice bucket that allows serving ice and garnish to prepare the most exquisite drinks!    

Review of OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket

The Secret of Perfect Ice Cubes

If you are throwing a cocktail party, don't forget to stock up on ice! We'll give you some tips on its proper making and serving. Before you put the mold filled with water into the freezer, make sure there is no other foodstuff, because the ice might absorb its odor. We bet you do not want any foreign smell in your party drinks! In addition, it is advisable to use freshly-frozen ice. For the perfect results, you can use a purified or distilled water.

What is the secret behind making clear ice cubes at home? Dense ice with minimum air bulbs looks terrific and melts slower, efficiently cooling your drink. There is a way to make it, which takes a while, but is definitely worth trying. Boil some water, cool it and then boil again, then pour it into the ice tray in a thin stream. One more tip: the larger mold you use, the longer ice cubes last. And keep them in a high-quality ice bucket! All in all, the crushed ice quality is as important as that of any other cocktail ingredient. 

OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket in the use

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OXO Good Grips
OXO Good Grips
 

Oggi 7311

Use and Capacity

The Oggi Double Wall is a stylish ergonomic ice bucket with a capacity of 128 oz. This wonderful double wall ice bucket with an ergonomic flip lid will keep your ice cool and clean through the whole party. The ice scoop that comes with the box allows adding as much ice as you like in your glass at once. Add crushed ice to your whiskey, gin, cocktail or wine or any soft drink you like. Refresh yourself!

Review of Oggi 7311 Double Wall Ice Bucket with Flip Lid

Design

This wonderful ice bucket has a classic cylindrical shape. The manufacturer has combined two high-quality materials. They ensure both durability and a comfortable use of the item. A shining stainless steel housing and an ice scoop have anticorrosive properties. A winning combination of this metal and an acrylic inner liner and base gives this ice bucket a stylish look and decent insulation capabilities.

Oggi 7311 Double Wall Ice Bucket with Flip Lid in the use

Extras

The double walls of this ice bucket of metal and plastic and a lid ensure perfect insulation that keeps ice from melting. This will let you enjoy refreshing drinks longer! This ice bucket has the following dimensions: 8.8" x 8" x 8". A durable steel handle allows for carrying of the ice bucket. There is an easy to grip knob on the flip lid and a special holder for the scoop. This ice bucket has all you need for the most comfortable use and storage!

Oggi 7311
Oggi 7311
 

Bormioli Rocco Glass Co

Use and Capacity

Look at this charming Bormioli Rocco glass ice bucket! This stylish accessory suits any home mini bar and will become the main piece of any set in the hot summer weather. It is perfect to serve ice for on-the-rocks or soft drinks, whatever you like. Most of the popular drinks taste better with ice cubes. The capacity of this clear ice bucket that looks like a crystal itself is 30.5 oz. A wonderful choice if you want to make your drinks refreshing!

Review of Bormioli Rocco Glass Co Ice Bucket with Tongs

Design

This exquisite clear ice bucket is made of temperature- and impact-resistant glass. Connoisseurs of dear spirits would appreciate a glass of their favorite liquor or whiskey with ice cubes served in this classy ice bucket. If you are just looking for a gift idea, why not get this one and please your friend with an ice bucket? Its charming look (cracked ice stylized) and high quality will make your united parties much jollier!

Bormioli Rocco Glass Co Ice Bucket with Tongs in the use

Extras

This glass ice bucket has portable dimensions (5.2" x 4.8" x 4.8") so you can hold it in one hand and carry around while serving drinks to each of your guests. Even when right up full, it won’t complicate the matter thanks to convenient ergonomic grips on both sides. The Bormioli Rocco ice bucket comes with a pair of picot edged tongs using which you’ll be able to grab ice cubes from the bucket instead of catching them with hands. In addition, the maintenance of the item is quite simple, for this wonderful glass ice bucket is dishwasher safe.

Detailed review of Bormioli Rocco Glass Co Ice Bucket with Tongs

Bormioli Rocco Glass Co
Bormioli Rocco Glass Co
 

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