All Driftsun Cooler Reviews
This is a list of all the Driftsun coolers we have reviewed. We have only semi-recently learned about Driftsun’s cooler line but are glad that we did. Their price and construction are designed to compete in the mid to premium-range market. They might still seem to be somewhat expensive to some people but will be significantly cheaper than the most expensive brands such as Yeti and Engel. That being said, you might have to sacrifice some performance and toughness to enjoy these more affordable prices.
Our Top Rated Driftsun Coolers
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A Small but Diverse Product Size Lineup
When you first see the list of sizes to choose from you might be a bit underwhelmed with what Driftsun coolers have to offer. However, upon closer inspection, you will notice that the sizes that they do offer are diverse and cover a large range of what most people would be looking for. On the lower end, they have their 25-quart models which are good for those needing something a bit more mobile. They then step up to 40 and 60-quart options for those who need more storage space but also have to be able to fit their ice chest in the back of an SUV or other somewhat tight space. Finally, Driftsun bumps things up to their 85-quart line which is large enough for just about every application.
More than Adequate Ice Life for Most
When most people think of ice chest with long life, the standard juggernauts instantly come to mind. However, Driftsun feels confident that they can compete with the best. They hope to accomplish this through several vital construction steps that they have emulated from other premium cooler lines.
By now everybody knows that if you want a tough cooler that has great ice life you have to go Roto-molding. This one-piece design helps to ensure consistent walls and takes away potential escape routes for the cold air to take in between wall sections.
Thick Walls on all Sides
Driftsun advertises as having 2 inch thick walls of commercial grade insulation. We love thick insulation as it means that you lose as little cold air as possible. It is hard enough to keep ice frozen when dealing with the lid and the gasket. Not having to worry about the walls themselves takes a huge load off.
Another thing that we like to see and that Driftsun coolers thankfully include is a ThermaLock freezer-style gasket. This large gasket forms a great seal and helps to minimize the impact that the gap between the lid and the base has on the ice inside. Including this really is a must if one hopes to compete with the big dogs in ice life.
Plenty Tough for Most Applications
Driftsun didn’t just stop there. They also took inspiration from other brands (and even go so far as to call them out on their website!) by including various features that can help to maximize the life of the cooler.
Roto-molding: Not Just for Ice
Another reason we love roto-molded construction is that it makes for a very tough structure. Traditional assembly methods require that multiple pieces of a cooler have to be attached through glue, heat, or some other type of method. While a more cost-effective method, it results in weak points in between the plates that are also stress risers. These connection points are where you will see many coolers fail first.
By Roto-molding, you are left with a single piece that is tough all around and doesn’t have to deal with the stress risers that lower caliber coolers struggle with.
Driftsun coolers also come with military-grade nylon rope handles that should last for many years and provide a great grip while holding up to standard wear and tear. In addition, the tie-down slots are molded directly into the structure of the ice chest. This is a benefit of roto-molding and allows for you to be able to securely fasten the cooler without worrying about the die-down slots ripping off of the base of the cooler.
A Cooler Targeted for Premium Buyers on a Budget
Probably the most interesting approach that we have found with Driftsun coolers is that they attempt to copy the big boys of the cooler world in regards to build quality, ice life, and toughness while being much more affordable. That isn’t to say that their coolers are cheap (because that definitely isn’t the case) but they are still noticeably less expensive than the highest tiers of coolers that they are trying to emulate.
General Product Information
Products reviewed: Driftsun Cooler
Range of storage sizes: 25 to 85 quarts
Range of estimated ice life: Up to 5 days
Materials used: Plastic and rubber
Price range: Intermediate to Premium
Wheeled options? No
Company website: http://www.driftsun.com/ice-chests.html
All of the premium components and features we look for in high-end coolers but a bit rough around the edges. It comes in at a cheaper price but you will be sacrificing some in regards to ice life and toughness.
Pros: Premium features for a more affordable price, decent size range
Cons: Quality issues, Lid doesn’t hold a great seal, inconsistent insulation walls