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Testing Out IceOlogy Clear Ice Cube Trays

I was recently contacted by Dexas, a company that makes ice*ology ice cube trays, to give them a trial run. 


The company makes three versions:

The cubes are about 1.75 inches on each side, I believe the spheres are also 1.75" diameter. 

They cost $40 for 2 cube/sphere trays and $50 for the 8 cube trays

I tried them out twice, and they're good. Like all clear ice cube trays, they take advantage of directional freezing, the process I uncovered nearly 10 years ago on Alcademics. 

Like most clear ice trays, they employ an insulated container, a big tray that holds a water reservoir, and a smaller tray in the shape of the desired ice cubes.

The main difference between these trays and others is that the cube/sphere trays separate sideways, which makes them easier to remove from the silicone container than others that must be pried apart. 

They recommend that the reservoir trays be microwaved to release the cloudy part of the water so that they can be reused quickly for the next batch. I didn't try that but just ran hot water over them and this was effective, but I appreciate the easy turn-around time. 

Iceology Ice Tray01
Iceology Ice Tray01
Iceology Ice Tray01
Iceology Ice Tray01
Iceology Ice Tray01
Iceology Ice Tray01
Iceology Ice Tray01



  • easy to use
  • easy to remove cubes/spheres from trays
  • make very good clear and solid shaped ice
  • seem sturdy and long-lasting after a few trials


  • a bit small - 2" cubes would be better
  • a bit pricey at $40 per two-cube tray
  • 2 cubes at a time isn't many