Review summary: For the most part, these are excellent molds with very few cons, especially when you consider that I’ve made well over 1,000 ice pops with my Tolovo ice pop molds and they’re still going strong.
Use: Making homemade organic ice pops of course.
Cost: Very affordable, but costs do vary. Most of the molds, for a set of three to six, don’t cost more than $10.00-$12.00.
Choices: Tovolo currently has 6 ice pop mold varieties on the market, plus an ice cream pop mold set for creamy treats. I do not own the Jewel Pop Molds, Bug Pops or the Ice Cream Pop Molds, but do own all the rest, so keep that in mind when reading this review.
- Tovolo molds are made with BPA-free materials, though they are a plastic product, so if you’re going plastic free, they’re not for you.
- Tovolo molds are extremely long-lasting. I bought my first set when my son Cedar was about 5 or 6 years old, so I’ve had some of these molds for around 6 to 7 years and they’re in amazing shape. Even though kids tend to chew on handles, ours have held up exceptionally well. Also, consider that we’ve made ice pops year round for years and years, which amounts to well over a 1,000 pops made with these molds, and no end in sight.
- They’re brightly colored, which may seem like a moot point, but it’s a big deal for kids. When we first started making homemade ice pops Cedar would often forget they were reusable and toss the handles in the recycling bin or garbage can. Luckily, they were easy to spot due to the bright color. We’ve lost very few handles over the years thanks to the bright colors.
- Tovolo molds are very appealing, with fun designs, thus helping to ensure your kid are on board with homemade vs. store-bought ice pops.
- All of the molds come with drip-catching handles, which makes them perfect for kids who eat their ice pops slowly. You can catch run-off popsicle mixture in the handle and drink it.
- These mold help reduce waste. Not only do homemade ice pops in general cut down on a significant amount of waste, but these molds apparently last forever, meaning you won’t need to buy other molds in more packaging.
- These molds work really well. Pops freeze well and slide easily out, assuming you’ve made a decent ice pop mixture creation.
- Groovy, star and rocket pop molds all sit sturdy in their respective bases.
- The molds have wide openings, making it easy to pour your ice pop mixtures into them.
- Dishwasher-friendly. I’ve washed mine a million times and they don’t at all look like it.
- Molds come in minimal packaging that’s all recyclable.
- VERY affordable. You can buy box after box of store-bought pops or make your own with these molds and save lots of money. Plus unlike some molds that crack, break or get ruined in the dishwasher, these last and last, thus saving you from buying other molds.
- The Tovolo Twin Pop Molds are terrible. I DO NOT recommend these mold at all. They may look like a great idea, but they’re a huge fail and maybe the worst ice pop molds I’ve ever owned. They don’t work, fall over in their base and more. Read my full review of the twin pop molds. Plus, in spite of many terrible reviews on Amazon (and here) these molds are still on the market, which is very disappointing.
- Tovolo popsicle mold bases are rather large, but not too bad – meaning they don’t take up too much room in your freezer. That said, the star pop molds, which are actually my favorite size of Tovolo popsicles, have a totally wacky base that does take up quite a bit of usable freezer space.
- It can be hard for young kids to slide the frozen ice pops out on their own. But if you work with them, they can learn to use these. My son could use these totally on his own by the age of 6 or 7.
- I’m not sure if the molds can be recycled at the end of their lifespan.
Which Tolovo molds are right for your kids?
- Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds available in yellow or green: These are very big molds, so perfect for adults, older kids or kids who need a lot of hydration in summer. They are however, way too big for kids under the age of six years in my opinion.
- Tovolo Star Pop Mold available in green or pink: These are my favorite Tolovo molds, in spite of the weird shaped base. I get around that issue by making star pops in the rocket pop base (it fits both). I like this size for adults and most kids, although they’re a little large for young children. These seem a little smaller than the Groovy pops, plus the shape is perfect for licking.
- Tovolo Rocket Pops available in blue or orange: Most kids love this rocket design – in fact, I’ve noticed that it’s the favorite design of kids who have never seen a reusable ice pop. This is a very good size for almost all kids, even toddlers and adults too, but go with the star or groovy if you like a little more popsicle.
- Tovolo Bug Pop Molds: I don’t have these mold, though I’ve heard that they’re a little awkward for some kids to hold, due to the large upper pop area vs. the smaller handle. On Amazon they do score better than the twin pops though, so they may be just fine.
- Tovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds: These are one of our newer popsicle mold buys and we LOVE them. They rock when making dipped pops, like chocolate covered peanut butter pops, but also work well for fruit and other pops too. They don’t drip and the tops slide off easily. They score VERY well on Amazon too.
- Tovolo Freezer Jewel Pop Molds: More a novelty ice pop mold than anything – maybe good for a party. I think they seem silly and very small, which may make them very good for younger kids. They got a decent score on Amazon, but I doubt they’re good for everyday ice pop making.
- Tovolo Twin Pop Molds: I DO NOT recommend these mold at all. Don’t even bother. They may look like a great idea, but they’re a huge fail and maybe the worst ice pop molds I’ve ever owned and most people on Amazon seem to agree. Read my full review of the twin pop molds.
4 out of 5 eco-pops. I would have scored these lower, maybe a 3.5 because one, they are plastic and two the twin pops are terrible yet Tovolo continues to sell them to consumers, making them waste their money on useless molds.
I bumped the score up to a 4 because the good molds they make last FOREVER. These molds, for the most part are a killer deal. For around $30 bucks you can get enough molds to make 18 pops at a time for years and years, and you won’t need any other molds, unless you have young children, then I suggest you read best ice pop molds for babies and toddlers.