Coleman Xtreme Cooler
36, 52, 70, and 100 quart sizes
Pros: Good price for what you are getting, decent insulation, has wheels for easy transport
Cons: Weak handles, hinges can come loose, fairly plain-looking
Xtreme 5 insulation technology, ThermOZONE insulation, hinged lid, built in cup holders, two-way rotating handles, wheeled configurations
Coleman Xtreme Cooler Review
The Coleman Xtreme Coolers are an upgraded version of their conventional chest coolers and intended for those people looking for cooling power that needs to last for several days. It contains extra thermozone insulation that will reportedly keep items cool for up to 5 days. It comes in a single unique blue color, has wheeled options, and is available in 36, 52, 70, and 100-quart options. All choices have attached handles for convenience and are made of plastic.
Insulation ability –
The insulation ability of these products is noticeably better than the standard, non-Xtreme options. This is likely due to the thicker layer of plastic insulation as well as a decent snug when the lid is closed. However, we have issues with the 5-day ice guarantee that they advertise. This is especially true if you plan on taking this to the beach or lake in the summer. That being said, if you need a cooler to perform for a weekend or a short trip this one should do fine.
Mobility and durability –
All ice boxes have easy to grab handles which should help with moving and the 100-quart option (which is the largest) has an optional wheeled configuration which is definitely helpful as at this size the weight while full could become quite burdensome. There are some issues with the handles breaking off and the hinges coming undone, however. This is because all of the components to this cooler are made of plastic (most likely to keep costs low) and, unfortunately, these plastic pieces don’t have the life of higher-quality materials such as steel.
Visual Appeal –
There is only one color choice for these coolers: a sort of metallic blue that we assume is exclusive to the Xtreme lineup. There are a few aesthetic external features that all sizes share as well such as a rounded curve face and horizontal stripes. All sizes also have 4 molded cup holders which are helpful.
Online prices vary quite a bit with this product, but almost all fall in the budget category. This is a very competitive price and makes it much easier to overlook some of the minor shortcomings of the Coleman Xtreme Cooler.
Overall Rating –
These coolers perform pretty well for the price. While they are a bit more expensive than the standard Coleman chest coolers, you can enjoy significantly longer ice life which we feel is worth the slight up-charge. The plastic handles and hinges breaking are a concern and are also somewhat common with the budget coolers and it would have been nice to have a few more color options (although that is a minor issue). A good, affordable starter cooler for someone needing to keep their things cool for a short weekend.