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Whether you’re serving up cocktails for a weekend with friends or sharing a bottle of crisp white wine for date night, you’ll want to keep libations fresh. The right ice bucket will help keep everyone sipping on something nice and cold all night long.
Ice buckets come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Stainless steel is one of the most popular options, lauded for its sturdiness and food-grade material that prevents chemicals from seeping into anything edible. It also helps prolong ice cubes from melting, even without double insulation. And that’s not to mention its timeless, versatile appearance! But acrylic, too, is also appealing for its durability and lightweight design. It’s a great choice for more casual gatherings on the back patio. There’s also resin, leather, wood, and porcelain to consider, just to name a few.
From party size to personalized, we rounded up some of the best options to keep your champagne sparkling and your ice cubes frozen. Whether you're adding to your registry or planning an engagement party, we have you covered.
Read on for the best ice buckets.
Best Budget: Oggi Double-Wall Stainless Steel Ice Bucket
The Oggi ice bucket has got a lot going for it—insulated with double-walls of stainless steel to keep ice frozen, it holds up to four quarts, features an acrylic flip-top lid so you can see the contents without exposing to warm air, and comes with a handle and scoop holder—all for an amazing budget price.
Best Personalized: Mark and Graham Celebration Ice Bucket
If you want to get fancy with your ice bucket, look for personalization. Mark & Graham offers just that with the choice to add a laser-engraved monogram to its ice bucket’s vintage silhouette. Whether you choose the silver or gold-plated finish, the resulting look will be posh and stunning.
Best Classic: Easton Double-Walled Stainless Steel Ice Bucket
If you want an ice bucket without all the fuss and frills, stainless steel is a timeless choice for a polished exterior that is meant to shine. Metal goes with everything, plus it’s practical. This classic choice is great for entertaining, complete with double-walled insulation and a fitted lid.
Best Party Size: Bleecker Stainless Steel Party Bucket
When throwing big gatherings becomes a thing again, this party bucket will be there for all the beverages thanks to its 18-inch width and 16-inch depth. Bonus: its double-walled stainless steel structure will help keep drinks cold for that much longer and its stainless steel handles will make it that much easier to transport. Topped off in an antiqued-gold finish, this party bucket is a real winner.
Best Color: Blue Pheasant Wesley Resin Champagne Bucket
Perfect for bohemians at heart, this resin ice bucket complete with knotted leather handles is loud in color and style. A turquoise blue in a pheasant pattern promises to be a bold stand-out in your drink set-up, packing a punch among more neutral glassware.
Best Leather: Arthur Leather Cognac Ice Bucket
A leather ice bucket will be the perfect complement to any whiskey decanter set, collectively bringing some old-fashioned charm to your bar cart. This one is accented with brass accents and even comes in handsome evergreen if cognac isn’t your style. Just be sure to keep it out of the sunlight so the leather doesn’t fade.
Best Sustainable: LSA Canopy Ice Bucket
This isn’t your average ice bucket, and that’s exactly what we love about it. Handmade out of recycled glass and cork, it features a contemporary, eco-conscious design. At 5.9 inches high and 6.5 inches wide, this ice bucket falls on the smaller side, making it perfect for an intimate dinner for two.
Best Porcelain: Ralph Lauren Wyatt Porcelain Ice Bucket
A deep navy stripe on a background of white, complemented by a matching leather handle gives off a nautical vibe reminiscent of Nantucket summers. Accented with a pair of gold metal tongs, this ice bucket emanates an elevated preppy feel. Be sure to hand wash this baby, and remove the leather before you do.
Best Acrylic: Antarctica Amber Ice Bucket
Now, this is one ice bucket you’ll want to flaunt on your bar cart. Guests will think this amber beauty is made of crystal, but you can keep its true acrylic nature your little secret. Its hue will bring a bit of glow to the wine and champagne you’re keeping cold.
Best Retro Style: Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check Enamel Wine Cooler
Hand-painted black-and-white checks lend a fun 1950s flair. At five inches round and made of steel with a ceramic glaze, this ice bucket is strong and sturdy enough to keep that bottle of riesling nice and snug. Antique brass handles and a bronzed stainless steel rim give a final touch.
Ice buckets come in a wide variety of styles and materials, so it really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want classic stainless steel, Brides recommends the Crafthouse for its durability, or the Easton Double-Walled and Oggi Double-Walled for their affordability and insulation. If you're more about a whimsical aesthetic, the Blue Pheasant and Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check offer fun designs.
Do I need an insulated ice bucket?
Non-insulated ice buckets are more likely to collect condensation and sweat on the outside, while insulated ice buckets don’t sweat and keep ice frozen and wine chilled for a longer period of time. A non-insulated ice bucket is just fine for an outdoor party, but if you’re entertaining indoors, you might want to go with insulated. Another option is to look for an ice bucket with a lid, which also helps keep contents fresh.
Do I need a different ice bucket for champagne?
Champagne buckets are designed specifically for champagne and are typically a bit larger than ice buckets with a more vintage-inspired or elaborate design. But you don’t need a champagne bucket to chill champagne—a wine chiller or ice bucket will still do the trick. Just make sure to get an open ice bucket, as a lid likely won’t get along with the neck of the bottle.
Why trust Brides?
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over six years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She loves a good glass of pinot grigio or riesling, so she’s always looking for a way to keep a bottle fresh. She prefers a slender ice bucket for one because that’s what fits best in her tiny NYC apartment.