I love the idea of a durable ice cube tray. I've quite accidentally destroyed many plastic ones over the years, and I grow tired of adding more stuff into landfills needlessly. When i saw this, it was elated to think I'd have something that would be quite durable.
I'm torn about this product, for i like the concept. For 38 dollars with shipping, this thing should be built like a tank. Given how it's built, it should be [...] So I've given it 3 stars for this reason. The lever/cube mechanism (quality) is far too weak and thin---after all, i was looking for durability and longevity. I'm not confident that it will last for decades unless treated quite cautiously. In my first few trays and testing, I've put a sleight bend into the cube separators where the lever puts pressure on it. *It can be bent back* but anytime metal is flexed to the point of distortion, and flexed back, eventually it will crack if it happens enough. Now that i know, i can be more cautious with it, but as i said, it's not built like it should be for the price.
Dimensions of tray interior where cubes are made: 4x10x1 (but as i said, fill to only half full, so 4x10x0.5) Smaller than i would have estimated from pictures, but still adequate in my opinion.
No instructions: A Recommended fill level would be nice. After my own little testing, I don't recommend over half full, maybe a bit less.
Freeze it with the lever down, as the description says. For someone with grip issues, do not freeze it with the lever up and try to push it down to separate cubes--the lever is not designed for stress in that direction.
One more thing: being all metal, I feel it certainly makes solid cubes faster than plastic trays ever will. As a single person, with a small cube bucket, i feel no need for more than one of these trays.