All Coleman Cooler Reviews
Updated by Brandon F. on October 12, 2022
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 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 5 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.
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 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.
Some specific attributes and qualities 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. It is refreshing to see them put thought into the applications of their products.
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 think 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.
Also, 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 these unique twists and features you won’t find in 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
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 the same thing because they have a huge selection of style attributes to choose from.
This doesn’t just stop at the 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 as the Coleman Chest mostly unaltered to appeal to the old-school crowd.
One fairly common theme with Coleman products is 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! 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 and also stand up to the wears and tears of regular use.
Coleman vs. Yeti
We are often asked which cooler is better: Coleman and Yeti. Both are respected cooler brands that have been industry leaders for many years. However, despite both being “big dogs” of the outdoor world, they, for the most part, target different groups of people.
Coleman Coolers are designed more for people on a budget who are looking for a simple cooler that can meet their needs for a weekend trip to the lake or a tailgate. They have found a happy medium between performance, toughness, and asking price. Of course, some Coleman Coolers do bump this up a notch.
In particular, the Coleman Xtreme Cooler Series and the larger sizes of Coleman Marine Coolers can promise impressive ice life. But in terms of toughness, they aren’t quite on the level of a premium cooler. However, you won’t pay nearly as much for one, either.
Yeti Coolers are targeting the top tier of the cooler world. Their ice chests are designed to last for many days and you can put them through the extremes that nature can throw at you and they will typically come out the other side unscathed. There are also some unique features exclusive to Yeti as well as some accessories that harness their power. But you will pay a very high asking price to enjoy this Yeti experience.
Simply put, if you want a low-cost, relatively effective ice chest for most typical outdoor excursions then Coleman has just the product for you. Quite frankly, most people don’t need a cooler that can hold ice for 6 days and be able to survive a bear attack.
But for those who DO need that extra bump in performance and ice life, then Yeti is clearly on a higher level than Coleman when it comes to ice life, toughness, and build quality. But they do cost substantially more!
No matter which product you go with, rest assured knowing that you will enjoy a cooler that has many years of experience behind it and comes from brands that know what they are doing.
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:
We like the recent upgrades that Coleman has done on their Marine Coolers. This is particularly true in the Offshore Pro Series which cranks up the ice life and toughness. Also, many of the weak hinge issues they suffered from in the past have been corrected. Outside of the somewhat weak handles, these are solid-performing ocean-friendly ice chests that can be had at a reasonable price.
Pros: Has all the features you need to handle water environments, Good ice life in certain models, Relatively lightweight
Cons: Handles can be weak, Lower-end models have so-so ice life, Bland styling
You will enjoy a bump up in ice life and toughness with this cooler but it also comes with a bump up in the asking price. Plus, for the size, it is quite mobile thanks to the side handle and attached wheels. The only weak point comes with the handles and hinges potentially coming loose over time. Also, it isn’t going to win any beauty contests.
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
Coleman Xtreme Marine
The Xtreme Series has recently undergone some updates and the new look is much more attractive. Also, the thicker insulation and higher quality materials result in quite good ice life for the size and price. That being said, the lid can be a bit stubborn to open and close and screws used on the hinges can also strip prematurely.
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
A simple, effective approach that gets the job done. It has long enough ice life for a day’s outing and comes with solid and proven construction. Our only issue is that the lid doesn’t like to stay open but for the attractive price, it is easy to deal with.
Pros: Built tough, strong handles, great price
Cons: Underwhelming ice life, lid won’t stay open, plain design
A very user-friendly and cheap backpack that retains most of the mobility of a traditional backpack. It has an adequate amount of storage space for a small excursion but don’t expect this to hold ice for very long. Also, the quality is surprisingly good given the price point.
Pros: Very affordable, Extremely mobile, Multiple storage areas
Cons: May not be enough space, very limited ice life
Coleman Stainless Steel
This is an extremely attractive cooler and will certainly stand out from the crowd. Recent improvements make it adequate in ice life and the toughness is bumped up a notch thanks to steel construction and hardware. But it is limited in features, size options, and it will be a bit more expensive than most other Coleman Coolers.
Pros: Very attractive look, Metal components
Cons: Limited features, Only one size, Somewhat expensive
These simple soft-sided coolers are surprisingly resilient and should last for a few years without major issues. There is also plenty of storage area for the size. Prices may vary so be sure to shop around. The major issues include water easily leaking out and a challenge in storing as many cans as Coleman states that it can.
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 store
The semi-recent update to the design resulted in more attractive styling and subtle ice life improvements. That being said, the available sizes are on the small side. It can be an adequate personal cooler for an afternoon outing but may struggle beyond that.
Pros: Lid seals pretty well, rather tough, more progressive styling than the predecessor
Cons: Still a little expensive, limited sizes, might be too small for many
This is one of the smallest hard-sided plastic coolers you can purchase so mobility is quite good. But the mobility and lightweight attributes do come at a price: very limited ice life. If you only need a few hours of ice performance it can work. Plus we love the internal cup holders.
Pros: Extremely mobile, great implementation of cup holders, affordable
Cons: Short ice life, very limited carrying space, not a lot of color choices
Coleman Party Stacker
The design and convenience of the Party Stacker are fantastic as you can easily stack them on top of each other to take up hardly any space. But for this convenience, you have to deal with poor insulation and very lackluster ice life. It doesn’t fare well in the sun for very long but it is very reasonably priced.
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