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Which portable ice bucket is the best?

The key to cooling off on a hot summer day is having a cold drink next to you. But if you’re on a family trip or at the beach, there probably won’t be a freezer nearby. Even if there was, there is no guarantee that the ice cream would be ready.

That’s when a portable ice bucket can come in handy. You can make ice cubes with an ice maker before you leave home, and the ice bucket ensures your ice cream stays cold all day. It can be a lifesaver, as it can also cool a variety of other things.

The best portable ice buckets

Ice cube mold and ice bucket Alladinbox

This ice bucket is a two-in-one solution because you don’t need to transfer the ice to the holder. Simply pour the water slowly into the side of the bucket, place it in the freezer and let it do its magic. Once ready, you take it out of the freezer and squeeze the sides. The ice will instantly pop out of the holders and fall into the center of the bucket.

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Ultimate mini ice maker and bucket

Ultimate mini ice maker and bucket

Available in four bright colors, this portable ice bucket is an easy way to make lots of ice and keep it frozen. The inside of the machine has imprints of ice formation, when you pour water and leave it in the freezer, ice cubes form. You don’t have to put your hand in, because just squeeze the outside and the cubes pop out. It can also be used as a wine or bottle cooler. To make sure the cubes don’t melt too quickly, it comes with a lid to keep the air out.

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Collapsible bucket with lid Friendly Swede

Collapsible bucket with lid Friendly Swede

What’s better than a single-use ice bucket? An ice bucket that can be used for multiple purposes, like this gadget from Friendly Swede. Made from durable PVC tarpaulin, this bucket is perfect for keeping your pre-made ice cream frozen. It comes with a zippered lid to keep ice from melting, but it can also hold 2.6 gallons of liquid. When not in use, it can fold completely flat for easy storage.

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OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket

OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket

For a stylish ice bucket when you’re at the beach or traveling, this unit is a great choice. It comes with a removable topping tray (for lemon or lime slices) that rests inside the bucket. There is a transparent hinged lid on top to prevent premature melting, which is also helped by the double-walled sides. It comes with nylon grippers that grip ice cubes firmly, and the internal reservoir ensures that melt water is kept away from the ice cubes.

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Retro Coca Cola cooler and ice bucket

Retro Coca Cola cooler and ice bucket

For a throwback to olden times where you can enjoy an ice cream or a cola on the beach, this retro Coca Cola cooler will do the trick. Featuring official vintage branding, the red metal chest features a sturdy, self-locking top carry handle and reinforced corners. It can hold 3.4 gallons of ice or liquid, or if you prefer, can hold about 18 cans of soda. The interior of the insulated ice bucket never comes into contact with the outer metal shell, providing efficient cooling and extending the shelf life of ice to approximately 2 days.

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Wakeman Outdoors Collapsible Ice Bucket

Wakeman Outdoors Collapsible Ice Bucket

Perfect for trips away from home or to the pool, this ice bucket has a 2.6 gallon capacity. It is made from safe silicone and has a hard plastic rim on the outer edge. When not in use, it can collapse and fold up to about 2 inches tall. Available in five colors, the best thing about this portable ice bucket is that it can be used to store virtually anything, not just ice cubes. Do not forget to wash it well before pouring liquid or ice cubes into it.

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AKOAK Portable Foldable Clear PVC Ice Bag

AKOAK Portable Foldable Clear PVC Ice Bag

For a quick solution in transporting ice, this transparent ice bag will do the trick. Once your ice cream is made, simply pour it into this ice bag and away you go. While it won’t prevent ice from melting, it’s a great solution if you need to keep a few cans of soda or a bottle of wine cool before you get to your destination.

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Icebreaker Pop Ice Maker and Storage

Icebreaker Pop Ice Maker and Storage

If you have limited space and are looking for a gadget that can make your ice cream and also store it, then the Icebreaker Pop is the device for you. Fill the Pop with water and leave it in the freezer to form ice cubes. Then you press down on it and pull the strong straps to the side. When you hear the cubes coming loose from the inside, you give it a good shake to unstick them all. You can then either leave them in the Pop until you need them, or open the cap to pour out the cubes. You’ll never have to touch the cubes with your hands and the dishwasher safe material will prevent the ice from melting.

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Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler and Ice Bucket

Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler and Ice Bucket

It is grossly inaccurate to describe the Yeti Roadie as an ice bucket, as it holds more than one bucket of ice. Available in several colors, it is made from durable and incredibly strong plastic. It is made of pressure injected polyurethane foam for 2 inches of permafrost insulation. It can hold up to 24 pounds of ice, or 18 cans of soda and a few cubes to chill them. The airtight lid is held in place by two rubber latches and it has a sturdy carrying strap.

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