Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Review
Last Updated by Brandon F. on 6/10/2021
In the world of coolers, Arctic Zone could be considered one of the “originals”. This brand has been around for many years and continues to thrive despite dozens of new cooler brands popping up yearly. But even the established cooler brands need to adapt and improve to survive in this market. And Arctic Zone has done just that with their rollout of the Titan Deep Freeze Coolers.
Traditionally, Arctic Zone has focused on soft-sided coolers. In fact, we have reviewed quite a few of their products in the past. But the Titan Deep Freeze Coolers are their attempt to compete in the competitive hard-sided cooler market.
In this review, we will test out the lineup of Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Coolers. We will go over their features, build quality, put them through an ice retention test, and finally give them a review rating.
- 1 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Review
- 1.1 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Lineup
- 1.2 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Features/Build Quality
- 1.3 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Ice Retention
- 1.4 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Aesthetics
- 1.5 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Price
- 1.6 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler vs. Yeti
- 1.7 Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Review
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Lineup
The lineup of hard-sided coolers available from Arctic Zone right now is a bit limited. At the time of this writing, there are only 2 sizes available: 20 quart and 55 quart. These sizes fall into our “small” and “medium” cooler sizes.
We will admit that these are probably the most popular cooler sizes that people buy right now. The 20 quart is very mobile and is great for a day on the lake or at a baseball game. The 55-quart increases storage capacity and is capable of larger gatherings such as a weekend at the campsite or a tailgate.
But what is missing is the popular “large” sized cooler. Where are the 70 to 80-quart options that most other premium cooler brands offer? This is definitely a gap that we hope Arctic Zone will fill in the future.
For what is available, the overall shape and how the handles are oriented is very standard and what you are used to seeing with most other cooler brands.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Features/Build Quality
Even though Arctic Zone may have a proven reputation that other newer brands lack, they still need to offer features and quality that will make their products stand out.
As for features available, most are pretty standard across the industry at this price point. The cooler walls are made of thick polyurethane insulation and constructed with rotomolded manufacturing. This results in a wall thickness of 2.5 to 3+ inches thick. At these thickness levels, Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Coolers fall squarely in the middle range compared to other premium hard-sided coolers on the market.
Built into these cooler walls is Arctic Zone’s Microban lining. This lining helps to prevent the build-up of bacterial odors and stains and also makes for quick and easy cleaning without concern of damage to the cooler.
For helping to seal the cooler lid, you will find a strong rubber T-latch similar to what you see in other cooler brands. This, in conjunction with the oversized rubber gasket, results in a strong seal that helps to retain cold air inside.
For carrying, the smaller 20-quart size utilizes a pretty standard overhead carrying handle. This handle has a comfortable rubber grip that will make it easier to carry in wet or humid conditions. And on the larger size cooler (55-quart), there is the pretty typical side gripped handles. Since a full 55-quart cooler can be quite heavy, we always recommend finding a friend to help carry this cooler.
Other pretty standard options are a high-flow drain port, rubber no-slip grips on the underside of the cooler, a wire basket (55-quart model only), and built-in lock mounts.
Really the only somewhat unique feature is the embedded fish ruler on the top of the lid. This feature is on quite a few other cooler brands’ products, but for some reason doesn’t seem to be as prevalent on new models as of late. It is refreshing to see it included with Arctic Zone’s products.
So while all of the features you expect to be on this tier of ice chest are present, there isn’t much more other than the fish ruler and potentially the wire basket.
As for build quality, we don’t really see any weak points. These coolers are Certified Bear Resistant and utilize quality materials and craftsmanship. But the most notable aspect of their quality is Arctic Zone’s limited lifetime warranty. There are very few cooler brands on the market that have lifetime warranties. And for it to be offered from a brand that traditionally focused on soft-sided coolers is a welcome surprise.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Ice Retention
Ice retention is one of the most discussed metrics of a cooler. No matter how many fancy features a cooler has, its build quality, or how attractive it is, all of that is a moot point if the ice chest can’t retain ice for long periods of time.
Before going into our ice testing of the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Coolers, we had high hopes. The wall thickness of the rotomolded walls is impressive and the t-latch/rubber gasket combination appears to be effective.
Oftentimes the cooler brands will advertise alleged ice retention numbers on their websites. And most of the time, these numbers seem to be very generous and not values that you would really see in real-life applications.
As such, it was refreshing to see Arctic Zone be upfront and honest about ice retention numbers on their website. Instead of only mentioning theoretical numbers when the cooler is completely full of ice, Arctic Zone also provides values for more real-life scenarios where the ice chest may only be partially full of ice.
Specifically, Arctic Zone states that you should see anywhere from 2 to 4 days of ice life on their 20 Quart model and anywhere from 4 to 8 days on their 55-quart model. And the lower end of this range is obviously when the ice chest is only partially full of ice.
This type of scenario is more aligned with our real-life testing. We will fill the ice chest approximately halfway up with ice, leave it in a semi-warm environment, and occasionally open the lid. This better emulates real-life use.
The chart below summarizes our personal testing and suggested ice range based on those results:
For the smaller cooler, the 20-quart, we saw ice retention numbers from around 2-3 days. And for the larger 55-quart size, ice numbers increased to approximately 3 days up to nearly 6.
Compared to the advertised numbers on Arctic Zone’s website, our numbers weren’t far off. The only exception to this was at the upper end. While we may not disagree that theoretically if you literally never opened the cooler and kept it stored in a dark, cool place, then maybe you could approach these types of numbers. But this usage scenario is such an outlier that we are hesitant to advertise such numbers as it may paint some false advertising.
Compared to other similarly sized coolers on the market, these ice numbers are quite good. They will compete with most of the other premium brands such as RTIC, Yeti, Engel, etc. While we have come across a small number of coolers that have slightly longer ice life, the differences may be negligible to many people.
With this level of ice numbers, you will be able to use the coolers at the lake, on a camping trip, while tailgating, and many more applications.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Aesthetics
With so many different cooler options available these days, it is easy for a brand to get lost in the masses. While having your cooler “stand out” at the lake or next BBQ may not be a priority to some, for others it is a consideration.
The easiest way for a cooler to be unique is in its color choices. Multi-color coolers with the team colors of your favorite professional football team, for instance, would be a huge hit at the next watch party.
Unfortunately, Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Coolers are severely lacking in color options. At the time of this writing, they only have 2 colors available: Gray and Titan Blue. Even the most synonymous cooler color there is, white, is not available.
While the small choice of colors that are available looks great, where are the other options? Also missing are any multi-color choices, patterned/camo options, or any way to customize the look with decals or stickers.
We hope that in the future, Arctic Zone expands on its color choices.
As for the overall design of the cooler itself, they look presentable but by no means out-of-the-box. If it wasn’t for the “Titan” logo printed on the front and top of the lid, you would easily get these ice chests confused with a plethora of other brands.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Price
When discussing premium coolers, price is always the main talking point. And even as the selection of high-end coolers continues to expand, there is an established range of price points even within that category. For instance, the most expensive of the “premium” coolers can cost quite a bit more than a premium cooler on the lower end.
Oftentimes, you are only paying for a name or logo when you pay extra for a cooler. For some, having the words “Yeti” or “Orca” printed on their ice chest is worth the increased price of admission. But for others, if they can find a cooler that performs as well (or sometimes better!) than the big brands then they are all for it.
At the current price point, the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Coolers are on the lower end of the premium price range. And considering their comparable ice life, good build quality, and excellent warranty, we find these coolers to be a great value at this price.
You still may find a few coolers of these sizes that offer comparable ice life for a bit cheaper, but the differences are negligible. And the lifetime warranty really helps to sell these coolers as great buys.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler vs. Yeti
The age-old question that always gets brought up is how does XYZ cooler compare to a Yeti?
With Arctic Zone rolling out a premium hard-sided cooler lineup, we are in a much better place to compare the brands.
As expected, Yeti has a clear edge when it comes to size options, color choices, and features. There really is no comparison. Yeti offers literally dozens of different cooler sizes and a near-infinite range of colors because of their ability to do custom designs. They also have a large range of features and accessories that Arctic Zone just can’t match.
As for performance, ice life is very similar for both brands. This is no surprise as the wall thickness and sealing components are very similar.
Build quality is equally similar. And with Arctic Zone’s lifetime warranty, we may actually have to get a slight edge to them over Yeti.
Finally, let’s talk price point. Yeti has and continues to be at the top of the price bracket. They have a reputation that no other brand can match and can offer their products at a higher price point because of this. However, the higher price you pay for a Yeti doesn’t get you a “better” cooler in terms of performance and build quality. So whether you feel have the brand recognition of a Yeti is worth the upcharge is up to you.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler Review
The Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler lineup are well-made ice chests and hold ice for long periods of time. We really like the lifetime warranty they come with as well. But there are some negatives. The size and color selections are severely limited. So if you are somebody who is after a particularly small or large cooler or someone who is dead set on an ice chest color that will stand out, you will be out of luck. Also, while most of the essential features are present, there aren’t many beyond that. But in terms of what a cooler is intended to do, these do the trick.
Pros: Great build quality, Excellent warranty, Good ice retention, On the lower end of “premium” price point
Cons: Limited size options, Limited color options, Relatively few features
Features: Built-in locking mounts, Oversized high-flow drain, Padded side handles/overhead handle depending on cooler size, Wire basket (55Q), Strong rubber t-latches, Molded fish scale on the cooler lid, Rotomolded construction
Features/Build Quality –
From a build quality standpoint, we have no complaints. Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Coolers are very well made. They utilize thick rotomolded walls, premium stainless steel hardware, and strong rubber components. The result is a product that should last for many years without issue. Also, Arctic Zone stands behind its product with a lifetime warranty.
As for features, most of the essentials are there. However, if you are someone who is looking for more features that stand out from the competition, you may be a little disappointed. Features that exist (that we basically expect these days) include a high-flow drain plug, quality gripped handles, locking mounts, oversized gasket, and quality t-latches. Really the only features that somewhat stand out are the wire basket and the molded fish scale on the lid. But if you are someone who doesn’t put much weight into additional features, this shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.
Ice Retention –
Ice life is very good on both-sized coolers. This is thanks to thick walls (2.5” to 3.5” in most places) working in conjunction with a strong sealing system via the rubber gasket and latch system. Thanks to these implementations, you can expect ice life that ranges from a couple of days up to nearly a week.
Another refreshing finding is that Arctic Zone’s estimated ice life according to their website is pretty accurate. Oftentimes we will see cooler manufactures exaggerate a bit on ice life and/or provide ice numbers in unrealistic scenarios. It was a breath of fresh air to see that not be the case with Arctic Zone.
With this level of ice retention, these coolers make excellent candidates for anything from a weekend lake trip all the way up to a week at the beach house.
Visual Appeal –
These are pretty straightforward coolers in their design. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Arctic Zone logo printed on the face of the cooler, you would be hard-pressed to be able to tell it from the masses of other premium coolers on the market. In addition, there are very few color options. At the time of this writing, we could only find 2 colors to choose from: Gray and Titan Blue.
While both colors look great, we do wish there were more to choose from. In addition, there are no other specialty color options or customization options that we can find.
While by no means a “cheap” cooler, Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Coolers can hang with the other top brands on the market by oftentimes at a lower price point. They are able to achieve this by not offering as much in the way of features and they don’t have quite the storied reputation that some of the other heavy hitters of the cooler industry have. As such, they actually fall towards the lower end of the premium price range. This makes them a great value for those who emphasize usability and performance over all else.
Overall Rating –
There is nothing wrong with Arctic Zone’s small lineup of Deep Freeze Coolers. They perform admirably thanks to great ice retention and excellent build quality. And the reasonable price point combined with the lifetime warranty makes them a good value. However, there is nothing beyond that which really excites us. There aren’t any fun colors of notable features and this cooler will struggle to stand out (if that is something you are looking for). But overall, this cooler serves its purpose and serves it well. Just don’t expect anything beyond that.