Short Answer: When you need a bag or two of ice, there are plenty of places where you can get one, including your local grocery store, most major gas stations and convenience stores, as well as fast food restaurants. There are also some online retailers that sell and delier bagged ice. Bagged ice typically costs between about $0.16 and $0.40 per pound, and will likely come in cube form. Below, we hae more information about where to buy bagged ice, including information about available ice types and bag sizes.
How Much Is a Bag of Ice?
Bagged icetypically sells for between $0.16 and $0.40 per pound. For example, a 20-pound bag of ice at Walmart costs about $4 (or about $0.20 per pound). A 20-pound bag of the same ice sells for about $3 at Sam’s Club — that’s just $0.16 per pound. ShopRite prices rival Walmart’s prices, with a seven-pound bag of ice costing about $0.30 per pound. Prices can often vary between different locations of the same store (since ice is in higher demand during certain seasons and in certain areas). At 7-Eleven, for example, a 10-pound bag of ice can sell for between $2.50 and $4. That’s $0.25 to $0.40 per pound.
Fast food restaurants that sell ice often offer the most competitive prices, sometimes selling a bag of ice for just $1 or $2. But, they’ll have more inconsistent supplies than grocery stores. Restaurants are more often franchised, so not all locations will sell ice, and those that do might not always have it in stock because their focus is meals, not ice.
Types of Bagged Ice
If you are using bagged ice for consumption, make sure the bag is marked with the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) seal — a guarantee that the product has met the IPIA’s strict quality and safety policy.
Ice can become contaminated with bacteria and viruses, so it is important to only choose bags of ice that have the IPIA seal and are sealed to prevent contamination. Bags of ice made and bagged in convenience stores and other locations may have come in contact with unsanitary conditions and shouldn’t be used in beverages.
Some of the biggest IPIA-member bagged ice companies include:
- Arctic Glacier Ice
- Arctic Ice
- Cape Cod Ice Company
- Chesapeake Bay Ice
- Diamond Ice
- Good Time Ice
- Kwik Trip, Inc.
- Penguin Ice
- Reddy Ice
See the full list of bagged ice companies approved by the IPIA.
Bagged ice is almost always sold as ice cubes. You may also find “cocktail” ice, which usually means smaller cubes, ideal for cold beverages and cocktails. Expect to pay slightly more for this type of ice. Crushed ice is not usually sold in bags because if it melts slightly and refreezes, it turns into a block of ice. However, there are a few places that sell it (as noted below).
See the table below for a quick comparison of the places that sell bagged ice, including information about available ice types and bag sizes, then click any store or scroll for more information.
Places That Sell Bagged Ice In-Store
Your best bet for snagging a bag of ice will usually be your local grocery store or gas station/convenience store. We confirmed that the following national/regional grocery stores sell bagged ice. You may also have luck finding bagged ice at your small, neighborhood grocery store.
Whole Foods Market
Gas Stations and Convenience Stores
Most major gas station nd convenience store chains carry bagged ice. However, you may still want to call ahead to be sure before making the trip. Bagged ice is often limited during the summer months and the holiday season.
There are plenty of restaurants (usually fast food establishments) that sell ice to accommodate customers on the go. We contacted corporate customer service for the following restaurants and confirmed that they typically sell ice, but because fast food restaurants are usually independently owned franchises, we can’t guarantee that the following restaurants will always carry the bagged ice you’re looking for. It’s always a good idea to call ahead to confirm if the restaurant you’re headed to sells bagged ice.
- Ice type: Cubed
- Bag sizes: Five pounds (Available on Chick-fil-A’s catering menu)
- Find a Chick-fil-A
See more in our article on buying ice from McDonald’s.
Find out more in our article on buying Sonic’s famous nugget ice.
Steak ‘n Shake
Places That Sell Bagged Ice Online
If you need a large delivery of ice, there are plenty of local and regional companies that can accommodate you. However, because delivery comes in the form of refrigerated trucks, you will need to find one located close to you. You can use this interactive map to find an ice company near you.
Online ice companies sell almost exclusively to establishments that require large quantities of ice. This means if you need a bag or two, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to order it through an ice company. For example, Arctic Ice takes online orders but requires a minimum order of at least 75 seven-pound bags, 75 11-pound bags, or 25 20-pound bags.
Most grocery stores carry ice, and many deliver groceries, too. Check with local grocery stores that deliver in your area — most that deliver will also deliver ice.
There are two ways grocery stores go about delivering. Some have their own delivery service, and some use a third-party delivery service. Popular third-party delivery services include Instacart and Peapod. With these apps, you can sign up and order groceries from several different stores, all through the same platform. Major grocery stores with their own delivery services include Albertsons, Costco, Safeway, and others.
If you anticipate needing ice on a consistent basis, you may want to check out our article on where to go if you need access to an ice machine.
- 7-Eleven customer service (800) 255-0711
- Chevron customer service (925) 842-1000
- Circle K regional customer service
- Cumberland Farms customer service (800) 225-9702
- ExxonMobil customer service (800) 243-9966
- Kwik Trip customer service (800) 305-6666
- Sheetz customer service (800) 487-5444
- Wawa customer service (800) 444-9292
- Arby’s customer service (800) 599-2729
- Burger King customer service (866) 394-2493
- Dairy Queen customer service (866) 793-7582
- Dunkin’ customer service (800) 447-0013
- McDonald’s customer service (800) 244-6227
- McDonald’s customer service (800) 244-6227
- Sonic customer service (866) 657-6642
- Steak ‘n Shake customer service (877) 785-6745
- Wendy’s customer service (888) 624-8140