We’ll have to admit, we had a lot of fun searching for the best ice buckets. This is because we love design and ambience. And, a lot of the ice buckets on the market are a work of art. In addition, unlike most household items that are functional, ice buckets have an elegance to them. They speak of sophistication and relaxation. So, with that being said, when picking out the best ice buckets on the market, we had design in mind.
The next thing we looked for in the best ice buckets was functionality. If the ice bucket doesn’t keep the ice frozen for long periods of time, what good is it? So, we paid close attention to ice buckets that were made of materials that retained the content’s temperature. Furthermore, we paid close attention to ice buckets that were double-walled for maximum insulation.
Once assured that the ice buckets we picked out were great to look at and would keep the contents cold, we made sure they came with a matching lid. We also made sure they came with matching tongs or the option to purchase matching tongs. This helps complete the look for the ultimate entertaining solution.
The final step in finding the best ice buckets was sifting through reviews, reviews, reviews. The best ice buckets either need to come from a company known for ultimate quality and/or they need to have a lot of consumers backing them up.
So, in the end, we were left with our picks for the top 9 best ice buckets on the market. These ice buckets checked off each and every one of our requirements. And, there are a couple of ice buckets on our list with some surprising extras that will only enhance the entertaining process.
Best Ice Buckets
Best Ice Buckets
Oggi Stainless Steel Ice Bucket with Tongs
Our first pick on our list for best ice buckets is simple, classy and perfect for entertaining. And, it is a great size if you’re looking to entertain a lot of people.
The Oggi Ice Bucket with Tongs is approximately 7 inches in circumference and 9 inches tall with the lid on. Furthermore, you can expect to hold about 10 cups of ice.
This ice bucket is made of stainless steel and comes with double-walled insulation. This insulation will help keep the ice frozen for longer. And, you can expect your ice to stay frozen for about 5-6 hours.
The Oggi Stainless Steel Ice Bucket is equipped with a lid and tongs. The tongs are capable of picking up 2 regular-sized ice cubes at a time.
Finally, to care for this ice bucket, simply hand wash with a mild soap and towel dry.
This ice bucket will hold a good amount of ice. And, it’s a great size whether you’re entertaining 2 people or a group of people.
Furthermore, this ice bucket has handles on either side for easy movement.
Lastly, this ice bucket produces little to no condensation.
The Oggi Stainless Steel Ice Bucket used to come with a strainer for the melted ice. Now, it no longer does and consumers seem to be rather unhappy about that aspect.
In addition, the lid is not a tight-fitting lid. However, some might find this to be a positive for the convenience factor.
GSCW Small Ice Bucket with Tongs
This next pick for best ice bucket is a great pick for entertaining a small group of people. The GSCW Small Ice Bucket with Tongs has a inner capacity of 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches.
This ice bucket is made of stainless steel and features a stainless steel chrome finish. Furthermore, this ice bucket is double-walled to keep your ice colder for longer.
The GSCW Small Ice Bucket comes with a tight-fitting lid with tong storage. So, once you’re finished with the tongs, they slide right into the lid.
Furthermore, this ice bucket comes with a bin strainer which will keep the melted ice away from the frozen ice.
Lastly, when it’s time to clean this ice bucket, just some mild soap and hand-washing will do.
The GSCW Small Ice Bucket with Tongs is a perfect size for 2-4 people. And, it has all the necessities for a hassle-free evening.
In addition, because this ice bucket has a tight-fitting lid, the ice will stay frozen for longer with some consumers stating around 8 hours.
Like we mentioned above, this is a great size for a small group of people. However, this ice bucket is too small if you’re looking to chill a bottle of wine with ice. If only they made it just a tad bigger…
Lenox Tuscany Classics Stainless Steel Ice Bucket
The Lenox Tuscany Classics Ice Bucket is a tasteful pick for upscale events or an elegant gift.
This ice bucket measures 8 inches wide by 9 inches tall. So, this is going to work for larger parties and gatherings. In addition, this ice bucket will allow you to comfortably chill a bottle of wine.
The Lenox Tuscany Classics Ice Bucket is made of stainless steel with a tarnish-free, sheen finish. And, it has double-walled insulation and comes with a lid to keep the ice frozen for longer.
Lastly, and thankfully, this ice bucket is dishwasher safe.
The Lenox Tuscany Classics Ice Bucket leaves no condensation. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about a slippery ice bucket or leaving water marks on the tablecloth.
Furthermore, if you’re looking for a matching set, this ice bucket coordinates with Tuscany Classics Stemware and Barware Collection. And, you can find those matching items here.
Although this ice bucket is double-walled, the lid is hollow. However, this ice bucket will still keep ice frozen for hours.
In addition, this ice bucket isn’t equipped with tongs. But, Tuscany Classics does offer a gorgeous bar tool set which includes an ice scooper. You can find that set here. Or, you can just go for the Tuscany Classics Ice Scoop here.
Woodard & Charles Acadia Wood Ice Bucket
We love the casual, yet, classy look of this ice bucket. The Woodard & Charles Ice Bucket is made of Acadia wood and handcrafted in Thailand. And, according to Quercus Living, Acadia wood is incredibly durable and hard. Furthermore, it is long-lasting and water-resistant, making it the perfect wood for an ice bucket.
This ice bucket is a great size to accommodate a larger gathering. In addition, at 8 inches by 8.5 inches, it will comfortably chill a bottle of wine.
The Woodard & Charles Acadia Wood Ice Bucket features double-walled insulation and comes with a lid. With this combination, it will keep the ice frozen for longer.
Finally, to care for this ice bucket, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and towel dry. And, occasionally, it is recommended to rub mineral oil on the wood to keep it from drying out.
This is a great option for a garden gathering. It’s elegant, but has a definite touch of nature.
Furthermore, this is a perfect size for a small or large gathering. And, it’s the perfect size to chill a bottle of wine.
The Woodard & Charles Acadia Wood Ice Bucket doesn’t come with any extras. And, this includes handles, tongs or an ice scoop. However, there are plenty of options to find tongs that coordinate with this ice bucket. You can find the tongs we recommend here.
As far as the handles go, or rather, no handles, the Acadia wood will allow for a slip-free grasp.
Old Dutch “Churp” Hammered Double Walled Stainless Steel Ice Bucket
This pick on our list for best ice buckets makes a gorgeous gift or it will make for a beautiful sun-porch afternoon filled with cocktails.
The Old Dutch “Churp” Ice Bucket is made of stainless steel and comes with a hammered finish. Furthermore, it is double-walled which will help insulate the contents for hours.
This ice bucket is perfect for 2 to 3 people as it has a capacity of 3 quarts. In addition, it measures 6 inches in circumference and it is 8 inches tall.
The Old Dutch “Churp” Hammered Double Walled Stainless Steel Ice Bucket comes with tongs and a lid which features a beautiful bird handle.
Finally, to care for this ice bucket, simply wash with a mild soap and towel dry.
This ice bucket has a unique design which will surely garner compliments.
Furthermore, it is well-built and will keep ice chilled for hours. It also resists condensation, so you won’t have to deal with slipping and sliding or a wet countertop.
The Old Dutch “Churp” Ice Bucket doesn’t have handles. However, like we mentioned above, it does resist condensation. So, if you have to pick it up and move it, it will be slip-resistant. In addition, the hammered finish will allow for a better grip.
Lastly, this ice bucket is on the smaller side. Therefore, you won’t be able to chill a bottle of wine.
OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket with Tongs
This ice bucket is the most functional ice bucket on our list. The OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket with Tongs offers everything you need to make the perfect cocktail.
This ice bucket comes with a removable ganish tray which hangs on the inside of the bucket. So, you can store your lemons and limes and keep them chilled at the same time.
Furthermore, the OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket with Tongs features a reservoir which will hold the water away from the fresh ice.
And, this ice bucket comes with nylon tongs which you can hang on either side of the bucket, right at the base of the handle. These tongs have sharp teeth which will allow you to easily grab that garnish or that ice cube.
The OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket with Tongs has a flip top. This flip top conveniently opens with a press of a button. And, once finished, it just as easily snaps down.
This ice bucket is made of BPA free plastic and is double walled to get the most hours out of your ice. Furthermore, because the garnish tray sits inside the ice bucket, you will also keep your fruits and vegetables fresher for longer.
Finally, to care for this ice bucket, simply hand wash with a mild soap and towel dry. However, the garnish tray and the tongs are dishwasher safe.
What doesn’t this ice bucket offer other than spirits? It has everything you need to keep the drinks topped off. Of course, except for the alcohol.
And, because this is made of BPA free plastic, this ice bucket is perfect for a picnic, a day on the lake…or even a hike.
This is the least elegant pick on our list. However, sometimes life is not so elegant. Like we mentioned above, a picnic or a hike is a more casual occasion where this ice bucket would work perfect.
Nambe Mikko Ice Bucket with Tongs
Our final pick for best ice bucket is, to put it simply, a work of art. The Nambe Mikko Ice Bucket with Tongs is designed by world-renowned designer Neil Cohen. He is the recipient of the AIGA’s Objects of Design Award and has been featured in The New York Times and New York Magazine.
Furthermore, this ice bucket comes from a company which has been producing award-winning designs for over 60 years. This company works with top designers and has had its designs exhibited in galleries such as The British Museum and MOMA in New York.
This ice bucket is perfect for entertaining large groups, as well as, small groups. And, because it measures 8.25 inches in length, 8 inches in width and 6 inches deep, it can easily chill a bottle of wine.
The Nambe Mikko Ice Bucket with Tongs is made of alloy with an Acacia wood lid. Alloy is resistant to rust and corrosion, which is a great metal for an ice bucket. In addition, this alloy is a mixture of 8 different metals which will keep the inside temperature either hot or cold for long periods of time, depending on the contents.
And, Acacia wood, according to Home Guides, is a very durable wood. Furthermore, since it grows plentifully, this is a sustainable wood. Therefore, it’s eco-friendly.
This ice bucket comes with alloy tongs which conveniently fit right on top of the lid. This makes it convenient for storing the tongs and for remembering where they are in-between drinks. In addition, these tongs have sharp teeth which makes picking out your ice easier.
Finally, to care for this ice bucket, simply hand wash with mild soap and water.
If you’re looking to impress, this is the ice bucket to get. It’s absolutely gorgeous.
Furthermore, because this ice bucket is made of alloy consisting of 8 different metals, this will keep your ice cold for long periods of time.
Lastly, this is a great size for an ice bucket. It can accommodate large and small gatherings, as well as, a bottle of wine.
The Nambe Mikko Ice Bucket is very basic as far as functionality goes. It doesn’t come with a strainer or handles. However, we think the design more than makes up for it.