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polar bear ice tray

by Dan Black and Martin Blum
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  • the story

Just Chillin'

This unusual polar bear might just warm your heart as it goes about its chilly business. It spends its days making ice in the arctic region of your home freezer, and it has some fierce, evolutionary advantages over other ice cube trays. The unique, conical "legs" mean the end of stubborn ice sticking to their cube-shaped molds. The container is enclosed, which means no more accidental spills as you put the tray into the freezer, and the ice won't absorb odors from its neighboring foods. When time comes to chill your drink, you can knock the ice loose and pour it into glasses without ever having to touch it. Plus, with it's big nose and little ears, this little guy will put a smile on your face every time you open the freezer. Made in England.

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Item ID
23591
Made from
BPA free grade 2 polyethylene
Measurements
Ice Tray: approx. 11" L x 3" W x 3.3" H
Ice Cube: .8" L x .8" W
Notes
Dishwasher safe
Fill with 4 oz. water for best results.
  • the maker
Dan Black and Martin Blum

Dan Black and Martin Blum

Dan and Martin are an Anglo-Swiss partnership who joined forces in 1998 and are based in London. As a design consultancy they advise companies on any creative aspect. This accumulating insight into different markets catalyzed the decision to develop their own range of products. It has since become a vehicle to fully explore and enjoy their creativity. Dan and Martin's designs have won numerous awards and are sold through selected stores all over the world.

They are driven by the opportunity to give each design its own unique character and soul. Their brief is to create functional products that will charm and entertain. Dan and Martin are passionate about design and realize that their products are always a joint input of Dan and Martin’s personalities. collection

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POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY
 
2.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality material (6)
  • Creative & functional (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Easy to clean (4)

Cons

  • Not functional (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self (8)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (6)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Cute but not functional

By 

from Santa Clara, ca

About Me Practical

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

      Takes up a lot of room in the freezer but makes small cubes. Even if you lower the water level the cubes do not always come out. No longer going to use this product.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Still Getting the hang of it..

      By 

      from Lansdale, PA

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Creative & Functional
      • Easy To Clean
      • Easy To Use
      • High Quality Material

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

        I'm still trying to figure out the magic water amount to use. It does have a fill hole that prevents you from over filling it. But I found that the mouth of the opening is just a shy too small to allow the ice to not get tangled up in the bottle neck. Maybe a little wider opening would allow the ice to fall out effortlessly, but I am experimenting with less water, so my cubes are smaller. Until then, I'll shake it James Bond style.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
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        • Other

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fun, but not ideal

        By 

        from The Dark Corner, SC

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Creative & Functional
        • Easy To Clean
        • Easy To Use
        • High Quality Material

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Limited Capacity

        Best Uses

          Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

          I think the design is very cute, and I love how easy to break out the ice, and no more dropping at least one on the floor trying to get them out of trays!

          The cons, though, are: (1) they take up a lot of space for the amount of ice you get; (2) You have to really obey the fill line, even go under it, or else the cubes are too big to fit through the opening to come out. No way to get them out if you overfill even by a little. ...btw, I didn't think I was overfilling, yet some were getting stuck. The cubes are small. But, they freeze quickly that way. ...I think they could widen the opening a bit.

          Finally, at first I thought they wouldn't stack on each other because it slid off when I tried and I was quite disappointed. However, I tried again and they do stack, you just have to get it set on right. No problems now.

          Despite the cons, I gave them 4 stars because I do find them easy once you get the knack and they are quite cute!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Self
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Very cute, but not too useful

          By 

          from Bucks county pa

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Functional
            • Tips Over Spilled Water

            Best Uses

              Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

              Would not recommend difficult to get ice out.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Meh

              By 

              from Huntington Beach, CA

              About Me Frequent Entertainer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Over priced

                Best Uses

                  Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

                  Cute but over priced. Functions so-so. If you make really small cubes, they pop out nicely but over fill it and - ugh - nothing comes out because the neck is blocked.

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                  • No
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Self
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                  • Other

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                  1.0

                  fair weather bear

                  By 

                  from Farmers Branch, TX

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not Functional

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

                      I drink a lot of ice tea and bought this to make tea ice cubes. Too much liquid and the cubes don't come out the nose; too little and the cubes don't come free of the feet. The instructions are clear that only the correct amount of liquid will work but they need to put that in ounces. It's a shame but this cute bear totally fails its purpose.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Self
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                      • Other

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Cute but not functional

                      By 

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Frequent Entertainer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • High Quality Material

                      Cons

                      • Not Functional

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

                        This product is adorable. But I could not get the ice out of it. It's not simple as the instructions say.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Self
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Other

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        cute and compact

                        By 

                        from Columbus, Oh

                        About Me Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Creative & Functional
                        • Easy To Clean
                        • Easy To Use
                        • High Quality Material

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday

                          Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

                          This product encompasses a creative design and serves its purpose. I like that it is compact enough that it does take up much space in my freezer.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
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                          • Self
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                          • Other

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Cute way to make ice

                          By 

                          from Ashland, WI

                          About Me Bargain Hunter

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Creative & Functional
                          • Easy To Clean
                          • Easy To Use
                          • High Quality Material

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Dinner Parties
                            • Everyday
                            • Special Occasions

                            Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

                            It's so much fun to bang this bear to get the ice cubes. The plastic is very high quality and I use it more than the regular ice cube trays. The only downside is the limited number of cubes you can make at a time, but that's not a factor for me.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes
                            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                            • Husband
                            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                            • Birthday

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Love this

                            By 

                            from NY NY

                            About Me Practical

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Creative & Functional
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Capacity
                            • High Quality Material

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday

                              Comments about POLAR BEAR ICE TRAY:

                              Pretty self explanatory. Use to make ice save space and no odd odors

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                              • Self

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                              Q and A

                              When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                              351votes, 43 comments

                              Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                              What's more uncommon than a 10-legged polar bear? A 10-legged polar bear that also helps you keep your drinks ice cold. Check out the product story to see how this innovative design works, then let us know if it has your vote.

                              Gwladysandthetweets
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Loving this! It will be great to have an ice tray which don't mix with the rest of my frozen food!

                              Sandra
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              nice idea

                              Amy
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              so clever!

                              Tricia
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Rad idea! I hate having to buy ice because I can't stand the regular ice trays. This is perfect!

                              Molly
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I absolutely HATE my current ice trays. I've bought many different kinds- but all open air. The ice falls out in partial cubes, dump water on the floor and bottom of the freezer, the ice bucket stinks like other food so has to be washed constantly. Please please please carry this so those of us who still have to make ice can do it well!

                              JoRae
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              It looks like a urinal.

                              Kara
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I like it for it's cuteness. And it's non-dripping (no need for the delicate balance to the freezer).

                              Daphne
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              It looks terrible.

                              Doreen
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I like it!

                              Stephanie
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              It would be alot harder than it looks to actually get the ice out.

                              Nanette
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              It looks like a hospital urinal :(

                              marcia
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              I need to know what it is made of. Is the plastic safe?

                              Stephanie

                              I do not think you can tell what this is, therefore, I do not think it will be a best seller.

                              david
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              This would bring global warming relief back home

                              Kimberly
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              So neat!!!! I want two! :)

                              deborah
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              If the ice comes out easily it's a plus. Can you add more water to it or have to wait to empty it and start over? How many cubes come out with a full frozen load. I use a lot of ice. I'd buy this if it works and the capacity is high.

                              Suesan
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I think this is a great idea. Cute and functional.

                              David
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Takes up too much space. There are smaller units on the market.

                              Amber
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              I am not convinced the ice will come out easily! It also looks HUGE, like it will take up all of my precious freezer space. I agree the ice-cube tray is woefully in need of a redesign, I'm just not convinced this is it.

                              Angellina
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Cute and very handy. I use ice every day, and this would be helpful.

                              Melanie
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              I have to agree with JoRae - it looks like a urinal to me too.

                              Tanya
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Initially I thought thumbs down because it didn't seem to offer many icecubes, but this picture shows 10, which is perfect (and the animal look is adorable.) Not sure how stackable they are, though....hmmmmm

                              Tara
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Want!

                              Jesi
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              It looks like it could be a hassle to get the ice out. What if it doesn't all break away easily. Too much banging for me.

                              Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                              Thanks for the votes and comments, everyone! A few folks have asked about the quality of the plastic, so we just want to jump in and remind you that we only sell BPA-free plastic. Also, you can refill the tray even if it isn't completely empty. It's about 11 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 3.3 inches tall. It's also dishwasher safe.

                              Diane
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              This is very cleaver and perfect for a small freezer. The ice won't take on the taste of the freezer and will dispense easily.

                              Christine
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Too bad it's not made in the US, but at least it's not China.

                              Cynthia
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              This looks like a perfect ice tray

                              Dawn
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              It seems like it would be easy to overfill it.

                              Laura
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              You already have one order (mine) if you chose to carry this!

                              Abby
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              cute, clever, sanitary, clean.

                              Lar
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Fun and practical

                              mike
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              40 years ago? Maybe. Ice makers handle it and if you have to look in your freezer for a smile, you need help!

                              David
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              It does look like it'd take up a lot of space, but I'd gain space by replacing my ice box with this. The ice trays I've bought are so terrible I just don't use them and am currently buying it instead. This would be a welcome guest in my freezer.

                              Trish
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Way cute

                              Jane
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              I have ice machine in my house and ice makers in both fridge.just so I don't have to make ice trays. I would not use it.to much work.we use a lot of ice daily.would not make it fast enough.

                              Brenney
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Would not stack easily in the freezer.

                              Emily
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I can't wait to get one! its cute and solves all my ice spill problems!!!

                              Tracy
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              It doesn't look like a polar bear.

                              Barbara
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Very cute! I like that it is sealed against picking up odors and allows for ice to be untouched. Great idea!

                              Julie
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Great for entertaining! Throw in lime/lemons...

                              Carolyn
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Cute concept but I don't really want to be banging on my countertops if the ice is hard to get out. I'd like to see a better version- doesn't look enough like the animal.

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