It's been hot this summer. With the heat comes the need to hydrate and keep cool, so we need ice and lots of it. One of my jobs in our house is to keep the ice bucket full in the standing freezer and the 6 ice trays always have various degrees of frozen water in them. It is hard to keep up with the demand for ice at times and on occasion a mishap occurs. I think I have snapped or cracked 5 or 6 ice trays in the last two years trying to get stubborn cubes out and a lot of the ice that does come out splinters.
I was asked to review these Kuuk Silicone Ice Trays and I think I am in love! I have reviewed silicone ice trays before, but they were 4 to 6 compartments in the tray and the ice cubes were huge. My husband told me to stop using them because he didn't want icebergs in his drinks. Those were his exact words too, "ice bergs" because that is what they resemble. The cubes were about twice the size of a standard ice cube and they didn't fit into sport bottles and took up a lot of room in a glass.
These Kuuk ones are different because they have 15 compartments and are close to the size of a standard ice cube. They are made of silicone so they are flexible even when the water in the compartments are frozen so they will not crack or break like a standard tray can. They also release the ice more easily so the ice doesn't break and splinter when it comes out. More cubes and less, slush as the hubby calls it, is a good thing in our home.
You just bend them in and outward to release the ice from the sides, flip the tray over, and press the cubes out from the bottom. It takes less than 2 minutes to empty the try and there is no waste. Then you can refill them and put them back in the freezer to start over again. They are shorter than standard ice cube trays which means they take up less room. They would be good for college students that have those small cube type refrigerator/freezer units as well as regular freezers.
They do have a couple of small drawbacks. The trays are silicone and very flexible so when you put water in them they can bend. You have to be careful when you carry them to assure that you do not spill any water out. There is no stand on the bottom either like a regular ice cube tray so you cannot stack them on top of each other. Other than those two little issues however, I find them superior to plastic ice cube trays and think they are a remarkable find. You can get these little gems on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RBAO8Q4/ref=sr_ph_1?m=AA7Y9TVNI1F02&ie=UTF8&qid=1436482387&sr=1&keywords=Kuuk