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In almost every restaurant and at every party, ice cubes are served in a chilled drink. Nowadays, it is hard to imagine an ordinary household without ice cubes. Especially in summer, an iced drink is particularly enjoyable and pleasant. Your guests in particular will be delighted when you serve them ice cubes for their drinks at the barbecue.

If you don't have an ice cube maker but would like to make your own ice cubes, it's best to use an ice cube mould. Whether an ice cube mould made of silicone or stainless steel, an ice cube mould with or without a lid, there are no limits to what you can do nowadays.




Summary

  • Ice cube moulds are a practical and very inexpensive alternative for making your own ice cubes and cooling various things quickly and on the go. They come in all kinds of fun designs and are a delight to the eye.
  • Ice cube moulds are not only suitable for normal ice cubes, but also have various alternative uses. They are suitable for baking, portioning and freezing food or herbs.
  • Before buying your beloved ice cube mould, you should think carefully about the way you want to use it. The different materials have their advantages and disadvantages, which you should pay attention to. Especially when heating, make sure that the moulds are free of toxins and BPA.

The Best Ice Cube Moulds: Our Picks

We have then compiled our favourites to help you make a purchase decision. You will also find the ideal ice cube mould for your needs and personal taste. Afterwards, you can order them directly with just a few clicks.

Buying and evaluation criteria for ice cube moulds

So that you are not overwhelmed when buying the most suitable ice cube mould for you, we have selected various buying criteria for you so that you can find the ideal ice cube mould for you:

We would like to take a closer look at the most important criteria so that you can make a good decision.

Material

As with any product that comes into contact with food, ice cube moulds must be tasteless, food-safe, hygienic and harmless to health. Silicone ice cube moulds in particular are becoming increasingly popular. Silicone ice cube moulds are also much easier to remove because the material can be deformed more easily.

More and more people are consciously opting for ice cube moulds without plastic. It is also very important that the ice cube mould is completely free of BPA. BPA is hormone-altering, nerve-damaging and carcinogenic. It accumulates in the body and is therefore extremely dangerous.

Properties of ice cubes

Before buying, you should consider the size of the ice cube mould you need and how many ice cubes you want in which design. For example, a classic ice cube mould with an edge length of 1.5 to 3 cm can hold an average of 18 to 24 ice cubes.

Those who value very good cooling properties should take a look at ice balls, i.e. round ice cubes called "ice balls". Their great advantage is that they melt less quickly. If you want to surprise your guests in a special way, there are many creative alternatives. For example, ice cubes with a chess piece, Hello Kitty, skull or titanic look.

With lid

The perfect ice cube mould should be as easy to fill as possible and prevent water from spilling. Ice cube makers with lids are particularly practical for this. Especially if you want to make ice cubes from food or juices, it makes sense to choose an ice cube mould with a lid.

Especially with silicone moulds, it is recommended to choose a variant with a lid, because it serves as additional stability for the mould. In addition, the lid prevents your ice cubes from absorbing odours from the environment and water from evaporating. Covered moulds are also easier to stack.

Dishwasher safe and heat resistant

Since ice cube moulds should be cleaned regularly, it is advisable to make sure that they are suitable for dishwashers when buying them. Another purchase criterion may be heat resistance.

This is particularly important for consumers who like to freeze food so that they can later prepare it directly in the microwave or oven. Here, you should avoid using plastic ice cube moulds. Even if plastic does not melt, it can release toxic substances at high temperatures and thus penetrate the food.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about ice cube moulds answered in detail

In order to give you the best possible information before you buy your ice cube mould, we would like to answer the most frequently asked questions about ice cube moulds here.

Who is an ice cube mould suitable for?

In principle, an ice cube mould is suitable for anyone who wants to prepare chilled drinks or cool other things quickly. Especially in summer and at parties, ice cubes are used in all kinds of drinks to serve and enjoy them perfectly chilled. Ice cube moulds are also suitable for preparing food.

As an environmentally friendly alternative to ice cube bags, ice cube moulds are very popular because they can be reused. Ice cube moulds are relatively inexpensive to buy and are therefore also ideal as a practical gift for others. Fun alternatives include moulds with special patterns.

Ice cubes are a must at every party and nothing beats a refreshing drink in summer (Image source: Vidit Goswami / Unsplash)

What types of ice cube moulds are there?

From moulds or bags for crushed ice, to classic ice cubes (which melt more slowly), to special items from everyday life or pop culture, there are all kinds of ice cube moulds available today. Ice cube moulds are available in different materials such as plastic, stainless steel or silicone.

You can buy the moulds individually, in different sizes or as a set. The latter is particularly suitable if you plan to stack the moulds. Whether one or the other type of ice cube mould is more suitable for you depends on how you want to use the ice cubes. In addition to the cooling properties, shape and size, you also need to consider the material for health reasons. Especially if you plan to heat the ice cube mould.

What does an ice cube mould cost?

The different prices of an ice cube mould depend on the materials used, the design, the size, but also on the brand. Accordingly, there is a certain price range, which we would like to show you briefly here.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (€6.99 - €9.99) classic designs made of silicone
Medium-priced (10,00 € - 14,99 €) increased choice of materials and design options
High-priced (15,00 € - 24,99 €) special materials in noble design and very high quality

Conclusion

Nowadays, ice cube moulds are part of almost every household. The imaginative use of ice cube moulds opens up versatile, very useful possibilities and can replace some of your kitchen utensils. The various different, amusing designs of the ice cubes are a real eye-catcher for your guests and are therefore also ideal as a cheeky gift.

When buying an ice cube mould, it is advisable to look for high quality. You should also think about what you want to use the moulds for and what size will fit best in your freezer.

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