All Coleman Cooler Reviews


This is a listing of All Coleman Coolers for sale that have been reviewed and we also list what we think are the best Coleman Coolers with our internal ranking system. Coleman is one of the larger companies that manufacture coolers, but their product lines span into many different categories outside of ice chests.  However, don’t let this fool you: their coolers have some very good qualities to them and they come with the reputable Coleman name.  There is actually a pretty good selection in regards to sizes and price points so definitely browse around in our reviews and we are sure you’ll find a particular product that aligns with your needs and price point. Our top 3 choices are directly below but if you scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll see convenient links for all of the other Coleman Coolers we have reviewed as well.

Our Top Rated Coleman Coolers

 Coleman ChestColeman ExcursionColeman Fliplid
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Our Rating3.5 star3 star3 star
Price by Volume (Amazon)$$$$$$
Ice Life24-36 hours18-24 hours18-24 hours
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Huge Range of Sizes

Coleman has a great range of cooler sizes, starting at personal sized coolers that are intended for an individual to pack his or her lunch all the way to gigantic coolers that are large enough to store an entire week’s worth of items or supplies for a huge tailgate.  All sizes are optimally shaped, meaning that you should be able to use a vast majority of the storage volume.  Remember, storage volume that you can’t use is just extra weight and storage consideration you’ll have to deal with! And don’t think that just because Coleman makes an extra large cooler and also a personal cooler that they approach both in the same manner.  There are specific attributes and qualities that would benefit one size more than another and Coleman has a good understanding of what modifications to make to their design based on its size.

Products for All Applications

No matter if you are looking for a marine cooler, a beach cooler, a pool cooler, a hunting cooler, or any other application you could coleman coolersthink of, Coleman has a product for you.  Each of these products is designed around its particular application, so you know Coleman is looking out for your best interest.  In addition, if you are needing a simple solution for an afternoon picnic (ice life of just a few hours) or a more long-term solution that will keep your items chilled for several days, Coleman has you covered.  We encourage you to read up on the specific benefits of a type of cooler in our full-page reviews that we do on each product to get a better idea of what you are looking at before purchasing.

Helpful Features Built into Every Product

Many of Coleman’s coolers have helpful little features or accessories built into the coolers to make things as convenient as possible.  Examples of this include features such as molded cup holders, easy-access lids, multiple carrying methods, stacking capabilities, and much more.  A lot of this unique twists and features you won’t find any many competing brands, and it goes to show that Coleman has a nice understanding of what it takes to make a viable cooler.

Great Variety of Styles and Colors

coleman huge selection With such a wide array of products, it would be a bit disappointing if they all looked the same.  Because life is too short to have a boring-looking cooler!  Thankfully, Coleman must be thinking they same thing because they have a huge selection of style attributes to choose from.  This doesn’t just stop at color selection.  External patterns and color schemes and even attractive metal coolers are part of their vast selection.  So for those of you who want something that looks as good as it performs then you should be covered.  That being said, they do still keep their highly-regarded and conventional cooler designs such the Coleman Chest mostly unaltered to appeal to the old-school crowd.

Reasonably Priced

One fairly common theme with Coleman products are their good prices.  They try to offer high-quality ice chests that won’t be too hard on your wallet.  This is a relief because let’s face it: coolers can be pretty expensive!  In fact, some of their premium offerings are designed and targeted to try to keep up with the higher end brands like Yeti and Engel without having quite the sticker shock.  They understand that not everybody has hundreds of dollars to spend on a cooler but they still want a high-quality product that can retain ice for an acceptable period of time and also stand up to the wears and tears of regular use.

General Product Information

Products reviewed: Coleman Marine Cooler, Coleman Stainless Steel Cooler, Coleman Chest Cooler, Coleman Excursion Cooler, Coleman Fliplid Cooler, Coleman Soft Cooler, Coleman Xtreme Cooler, Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler, Coleman Party Stacker Cooler

Range of storage sizes: 9 quarts to 150 quarts

Range of estimated ice life: Up to 5 days

Materials used: plastic, steel, various fabrics

Price range: Budget to premium

Wheeled options? Yes

Company website:  http://www.coleman.com/coleman/

Check out our full listing of Coleman Cooler Reviews below:

Coleman Chest

coleman chest cooler reviewOur Rating: 3.5 star

An affordable, entry-level ice box that is good for those that are looking for a product that can work for an afternoon or evening rather than multiple days.  This product is well constructed and should last for several years and other than the minor issue with the lid not staying open this isn’t a big choice for a casual cooler enthusiast.

Pros: Built tough, strong handles, great price

Cons: Underwhelming ice life, lid won’t stay open, plain design

Read Our Review of Coleman Chest Cooler

Coleman Excursion

coleman excursion cooler reviewOur Rating: 3 star

This product has had a minor facelift and performance improvement compared to the conventional Coleman chest.  The improvements are welcome and we definitely prefer the Excursion over the latter.  However, it is only available in 9 and 16 quart options so if you need a larger size then you are out of luck.  Overall it is an acceptable solution for someone needing a personal/small party cooler for an afternoon at a reasonable price but it will struggle much beyond that.

Pros: Lid seals pretty well, rather tough, more progressive styling than predecessor

Cons: Still a little expensive, limited sizes, might be too small for many

Read Our Review of Coleman Excursion Cooler

Coleman Fliplid

  coleman fliplid cooler reviewOur Rating: 3 star

One of the smallest hard plastic coolers you can buy, it definitely fills the void for those looking for a cooler to hold enough for a short lunch or trip outside.  Insulation is lacking but that is to be expected.  However, we really like the inclusion of the internal cup holders.  A decent purchase for the price as long as you understand the pros and cons of such a small cooler.

Pros: Extremely mobile, great implementation of cup holders, affordable

Cons: Short ice life, very limited carrying space, not a lot of color choices

Read Our Review of Coleman Fliplid Cooler

Coleman Soft

coleman soft cooler reviewOur Rating: 3 star

These soft coolers are well-made, attractive, and should last for several seasons.  There are multiple compartments and the removable hard shell is a nice touch.  Insulation ability is somewhat lacking but that is to be expected for this type of cooler.  Shop around since prices vary a lot on these and if you can find one on the lower end of the spectrum that are an OK buy, just don’t expect to be able to actually fit the advertised number of cans in one and keep them cold at the same time.

Pros: Look great, a lot of places to store items, plenty of sizes to choose from

Cons: Air easily escapes, exaggeration on how much you can actually store

Read Our Review of Coleman Soft Cooler

Coleman Xtreme

coleman xtreme cooler reviewOur Rating: 3 star

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.

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

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Cooler

Coleman Xtreme Marine

coleman xtreme marine cooler reviewOur Rating: 3 star

The major issues such as poor insulation, lack of mobility, and a “boring” look have been improved with the Xtreme series, while actually being able to maintain (if not lower) prices in many instances.  The major design flow in the hinges is important to note, however, and something you need to be aware of while using the ice box if you want it to last a long time.

Pros: Very good ice life, wheeled options for mobility, relatively tough, higher quality materials

Cons: Lid can be too tight, quite heavy, screws can strip, pretty expensive

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler

Coleman Party Stacker

coleman party stacker cooler reviewOur Rating: 2.5 star

This is a unique design that is great for small, short gatherings and for locations that normally couldn’t fit a cooler.  However, it comes at the cost of very poor insulation so be ready to top off with ice constantly.  The price is quite reasonable though so won’t can’t be overly picky.

Pros: Extremely mobile, stackable, good price

Cons: Insulation could be a lot better, hard to get a good grip, not a lot of extra features

Read Our Review of Coleman Party Stacker Cooler

Coleman Marine

coleman marine cooler reviewOur Rating: 2 star

There is a nice range of sizes and for short periods of time these cooler will suffice.  However, for marine-oriented products we expect a much longer ice life and it would also be nice to be a bit more durable and have better seals since typically these coolers will be thrown around quite a bit.  The price, while not super high, is at a level where would expect a bit more.

Pros: Relatively light for the size, cup holders in larger sizes, nice size range

Cons: Lackluster cooling life, weak handles, can be difficult to transport

Read Our Review of Coleman Marine Cooler

Coleman Stainless Steel

coleman stainless steel reviewOur Rating: 2 star

An attractive product that is trying to emulate the popular and proven conventional Coleman stainless steel cooler.  However, it falls short in several areas, most importantly its ability to keep ice from melting.  The look and feel is there but for the asking price we just aren’t sure this is the best way to go.

Pros: Very attractive look, tougher than plastic

Cons: Struggles with insulation, sketchy latch, heavy, expensive

Read Our Review of Coleman Stainless Steel Cooler