Updated: June 8, 2015
Ice Bucket Reviews:When planning summer parties, you'll want to have an ice bucket handy to keep ice cubes for drinks or as a storage container for wines or champagne. We have all seen the plain style ice buckets in hotels that perform their function of holding ice cubes, but aren't designed to keep the cubes from melting. The newer stainless steel ice buckets with double-walled insulation will keep your ice cubes intact for more than an hour or so. Another key feature to look for when buying an ice bucket are those models with a strainer at the bottom to keep any melted water away from the ice cubes that remain. Styles were limited until a few years ago when Calphalon brought their first ice bucket to market and now cooking and kitchen websites and retail stores sell 1000's of these each month. Keep reading below for details on finding the best ice buckets for the lowest price.
Choosing an ice bucket - Most ice buckets hold about 1 to 4 quarts of ice cubes and many are sold with a pair of tongs or a scooper so you can get the ice out without having to touch it with your fingers or hands. Condensation is the main thing you want to limit so that the cubes don't melt away (even in warm weather). Ice buckets are made from plastic, glass, stainless steel, copper, and some are encased with acrylic containers. The most popular ice buckets are the silver colored stainless steel brands. If you plan on purchasing an ice bucket to chill a bottle of wine or champagne, make sure you buy one that is large enough to hold a bottle of that size. The majority of ice buckets have lids that will need to be completely removed in order to get to the ice, but the top selling OXO Steel Ice Bucket has a flip up lid which is really convenient. We prefer the ice buckets that come with tongs versus the scoops, but beware of tongs that are too small to grab hold of larger ice cubes. Scoops are better if you plan on making larger batches of frozen drinks like Margaritas. Prices ranges from $25 to $100+ and the monogrammed styles are the most expensive. Kitchen supply stores like Crate & Barrel and Sur La Table sell ice buckets and you can find them listed online at Amazon.com and Cooking.com. Macy's carries the Calphalon brand of ice buckets and catalog orders are possible through Brookstone.com. The Wall Street Journal did a review recently where they compared 5 stainless steel ice buckets. They filled the buckets with ice and put them in a warm room to see how the ice would hold up over an hour. Other features like design, price, and tongs/scoops were included in the rating process to come up with a winner. We also took a look at the user reviews online at Cooking.com and Amazon.com to see what owners say about their purchases. We came up with a short list of the "best ice buckets" down below based on the reviews. You can browse the best selling ice buckets online here.