Rubbermaid Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube

Last updated date: February 16, 2020

DWYM Score
8.5

Rubbermaid Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 81 expert reviews, the RubberMaid Rubbermaid Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube placed 10th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 13, 2020:
Checkout The Best Ice Cube Tray for a detailed review of all the top ice cube trays.

Expert Summarized Score
7.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.7
608 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Stacking design keeps trays separated. Cube extraction requires little force. Overflow channels for easier filling.
- BestReviews
Rubbermaid’s Easy Release Ice Cube Tray ($5) are pretty much quintessential ice cube trays. Coming in white plastic, each holds 16 cubes, and comes without a lid. They stack just fine and make perfectly acceptable ice.
- New York Times Wirecutter
It has a stackable design and is a trusted name in home goods.
- Wiki EZ Vid
They even pleased the pickiest of customers. “I’m a bit of a princess when it comes to ice, but I don’t like having to push the cubes out, like you have to with silicone,” writes one. “I got this one, and a half twist and out the ice cubes pop incredibly easily, and it’s the full cube."
- New York Mag
The handles makes it less messy when you are filling and emptying.
- Top 10 The Best Reviews
Trays are very sturdy for long-lasting performance.
- A Guide Product
The ice cubes refrigerated in this ice cube tray provide us with the perfect rounded shaped ice cubes that are easily extracted from the tray.
- Village Bakery
This model has handles on the side for easier ice cubes taking out and it is very easy to clean.
- Top 10's Unit
When it comes to cleaning, there is nothing to worry since they are dishwater safe.
- The Product Reporter
What experts didn't like
Ice cube size is exceptionally small. Hard plastic, not very flexible. Durability is an issue.
- BestReviews
There’s nothing special about them though, and for the same money, we’d definitely take the Good Grips Ice Cube Tray with its odor-fighting lid.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Not listed as bpa free.
- Wiki EZ Vid
The cubes may appear to be too small.
- Top 10 The Best Reviews
They are shallower than expected.
- A Guide Product
After long usage, it can smell strange.
- Top 10's Unit
Poor quality silicone material.
- The Product Reporter

From The Manufacturer

Create your own ice at home with this set of Rubbermaid easy-release ice cube trays! . They come in White and are each designed to make 16 rectangular-shaped cubes that are ideal for use in cold drinks. The freezer accessories are easy to use and sold in a pack of two, so you can make enough ice for many drinks at once.

Overall Product Rankings

Vremi Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray, 8-Cube
1. Vremi Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray, 8-Cube
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 11
Samuelworld Silicone Flexible Ice Cube Tray, 8-Cube
2. Samuelworld Silicone Flexible Ice Cube Tray, 8-Cube
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 13
OXO No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid, 14-Cube
3. OXO No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid, 14-Cube
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
Kitch Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube
4. Kitch Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
Ticent Silicone Sphere & Square Ice Cube Trays, 6-Cube
5. Ticent Silicone Sphere & Square Ice Cube Trays, 6-Cube
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
GDREAMT Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Trays, 36-Cube
6. GDREAMT Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Trays, 36-Cube
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
OMorc Easy Release Silicone Ice Cube Trays, 14-Cube
7. OMorc Easy Release Silicone Ice Cube Trays, 14-Cube
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 12
IKICH Ice Cube Trays with Locking Lids, 14-Cube
8. IKICH Ice Cube Trays with Locking Lids, 14-Cube
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 1
glacio Silicone Ice Cube Trays with Lids, 42-Cube
9. glacio Silicone Ice Cube Trays with Lids, 42-Cube
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
Rubbermaid Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube
10. Rubbermaid Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
DAYOO Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Trays, 24-Cube
11. DAYOO Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Trays, 24-Cube
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 0
WETONG Silicone Ice Cube Molds with Lid, 74-Cube
12. WETONG Silicone Ice Cube Molds with Lid, 74-Cube
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Ice Cube Trays

Nobody wants a lukewarm glass of iced tea or lemonade on a hot summer day. Ice cubes do an excellent job of keeping these drinks nice and cool. Of course, depending on the type of ice cube tray you buy, you can also use this handy kitchen tool to make everything from popsicles for the kids to herb-infused cubes for the adults to add to their alcoholic beverages.

No matter what type of ice cube tray you decide on, you need to make sure it is free of toxins and that it doesn’t contain any BPA. You don’t want chemicals leeching into the ice you’re going to drink later on. It’s also ideal to check the product label for that FDA approved logo.

Determine whether you need smaller ice cubes that fit most cups, like the Kitch Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube, or larger ice cubes that melt much slower. You can even go with the Ticent Silicone Sphere & Square Ice Cube Trays, 6-Cube, which makes large cubes in both circular and box shapes.

Check whether the ice cube trays can be stacked or not. This is important if you need to make the most of your freezer space. Traditional models are built to be stacked on top of each other, but there’s also the option of going with a tray that has a lid. The Vremi Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray, 8-Cube has a unique lid that also doubles as a tray, which is nice if you need to serve cocktails to your house guests.

Finally, make sure the ice cube tray is built to easily release the ice cubes. You don’t want to have to fight with the tray to get the ice cubes out. The OXO No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid, 14-Cube releases its ice cubes when the user holds on to the sides and gives the tray a twist, but other models allow you to flip the tray over and simply push on the bottom to pop the cubes out.

DWYM Fun Fact

Did you know Jin Songhao from China holds the World Record for the longest bath in a tub full of ice cubes? He lasted an astounding 115 minutes! Here are a few more fun facts you may not know about ice cubes:

  • Back in 1933, an ice cube tray cost just 50 cents.
  • Before the invention of the ice cube tray, people had to chip away at large blocks of ice to get a little ice to add to their beverages.
  • Rubber ice cube trays were invented after Lloyd Groff Copeman noticed that the icy slush he was walking through just slid off his rubber boots instead of sticking to them.

The Ice Cube Tray Buying Guide

  • It’s important to note that stacked trays can freeze together.
  • Don’t overfill the ice cube trays or the ice will be hard to remove after it sets.
  • Always check the product label for cleaning instructions. Most ice cube trays can be cleaned in a dishwasher; however, some will require hand washing.
  • Ice cube trays are handy for much more than just freezing water. You can use them to make dishwasher detergent packets, sushi bites, peanut butter cups and even seed bombs. You can also reuse old ice cube trays as paint palettes or to store craft supplies.
  • Ice cube trays vary in price based on construction materials and the size of the ice cubes. You’ll find the Kitch Easy Release Ice Cube Trays, 16-Cube uses a traditional design and is the most affordable. You’ll pay a little more for the OXO No-Spill Ice Cube Tray with Silicone Lid, 14-Cube, as it also comes with a lid. The Vremi Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray, 8-Cube and the Ticent Silicone Sphere & Square Ice Cube Trays, 6-Cube are more expensive because they make large cubes.