All Giant Size Coolers

Updated by Brandon F. on June 16, 2019

This is a listing of all giant sized coolers we have reviewed.  We define “giant” as any ice chest that has 100 or more quarts of storage volume.  This is the largest size category that we have, which means that these are extremely large coolers.  They are intended for large parties/events as well as long, multi-person excursions that go on for several days.

They are almost exclusively made of plastic and oftentimes come with higher-tier support materials such as metal hardware and rubber grips to help support the large size and weight. At this size, it is easy to include various features such as compartmentalized internal storage, drain plugs, measuring devices, embedded slots for ice packs, multiple carrying handles, wheels, and many other examples.  

Coincidentally, many of the premium brands focus a lot of their efforts on these sizes, since typically they will need to be able to keep items cool for long periods of time.  As such, these are generally the most expensive coolers in regards to the overall cost.

Making sure to shop around for a high-quality product is especially important at this range, as a lapse in cooling could potentially ruin a significant amount of food or drinks.  We recommend not skimping on quality here because you want to try to save some money.

Below is a table that shows the best giant coolers according to our rating system.  If you wish to check out all of our reviews on giant coolers, simply scroll down and you will find links to all of our review.

Best Giant Coolers

Grizzly 165 quart Rotomolded Cooler
K2 Coolers Summit 120 Cooler, White
Pelican Elite 250 Quart Cooler (Tan)
Incredible Ice Retention
Techni Ice Signature Series 132Qt Cooler Ice Chest
Siberian Coolers 125 quart Outback Series White
Model
Grizzly 165 quart Rotomolded Cooler
K2 Coolers Summit 120 Cooler, White
Pelican Elite 250 Quart Cooler (Tan)
Techni Ice Signature Series 132Qt Cooler Ice Chest
Siberian Coolers 125 quart Outback Series White
Storage Volume (Quarts)
165
120
250
132
125
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
200-240
155-190
175-220
325-380
140-225
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Grizzly 165 quart Rotomolded Cooler
Model
Grizzly 165 quart Rotomolded Cooler
Storage Volume (Quarts)
165
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
200-240
Price (Amazon)
from $549.99
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K2 Coolers Summit 120 Cooler, White
Model
K2 Coolers Summit 120 Cooler, White
Storage Volume (Quarts)
120
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
155-190
Price (Amazon)
from $367.49
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Pelican Elite 250 Quart Cooler (Tan)
Model
Pelican Elite 250 Quart Cooler (Tan)
Storage Volume (Quarts)
250
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
175-220
Price (Amazon)
from $1,099.95
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Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Incredible Ice Retention
Techni Ice Signature Series 132Qt Cooler Ice Chest
Model
Techni Ice Signature Series 132Qt Cooler Ice Chest
Storage Volume (Quarts)
132
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
325-380
Price (Amazon)
$549.00
More Info
Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Siberian Coolers 125 quart Outback Series White
Model
Siberian Coolers 125 quart Outback Series White
Storage Volume (Quarts)
125
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
140-225
Price (Amazon)
$499.00
More Info
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Kong

kong cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Giant Size

One of the best “bang for your buck” coolers on the market.  The Kong Coolers combine impressive ice life, tons of great features, and robust build quality.  Plus, they look great!  This is one of the best coolers you can buy.

Pros: Great ice retention, Lifetime warranty, Attractive styling, Very durable

Cons: Limited size options

Read Our Review of Kong Cooler

Grizzly 

grizzly coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

This cooler has incredibly long ice life, even when compared to other worthy premium coolers available.  This is thanks to extra thick walls, optimal construction, and a simple and proven approach.  Plus it looks the part as well.  Just be expected to pay well into the upper price range to enjoy one.

Pros: Some of the best ice life on the market, incredibly durable, aggressive look, easy to carry considering the size

Cons: Very expensive, heavy

Read Our Review of Grizzly Cooler

Pelican Elite

pelican elite coolerOur Rating:

 Giant Size

This cooler will give you extremely long ice life and it is backed by proven construction and high-quality components.  Plus, the aggressive look helps to make it stand out.  But it does come at a very high asking price (even with the premium cooler sector).

Pros: Incredible cooling life, Very durable, Rugged look

ConsVery heavy and difficult to move, Expensive

Read Our Review of Pelican Elite Cooler

Cordova

cordova cooler review fullOur Rating:

  Giant Size

This Idaho-based company really impressed us with their boat-inspired lineup of hard-sided coolers.  The ice life is there but the most notable aspects are their clever features and beautiful aesthetics.  And having a lifetime warranty sure doesn’t hurt, either!

Pros: Good ice life, Lifetime warranty, Many clever features, Awesome styling

Cons: Not a ton of sizes, Limited colors, High price tag

Read Our Review of Cordova Coolers

Canyon Adventure Series

  canyon adventure series reviewOur Rating:

 4.5 star

A truly fantastic cooler that has some of the longest ice life we have ever come across.  There are plenty of features that help to make it tough while easy to use.  Consider the reasonable asking price and lifetime warranty and you have a home run.

Pros: Super long ice life, extremely tough, lifetime warranty

Cons: Not many color choices

Read Our Review of Canyon Coolers

Rubbermaid Gott Marine

rubbermaid gott marine coolerOur Rating:

 4 star

The Gott Marine manages to check most of the boxes while maintaining a competitive asking price.  With up to a week of potential ice life, it can hang with much more expensive coolers.  We also like the ergonomic grips and built-in ice packs for an extra boost.  The only minor issues we have is that the lid can be a little difficult to work with and you won’t find quite as high of hardware as in ultra-premium ice chests.

 Pros: Fantastic insulation, very tough, good grips, great price

Cons: Lid can bit a little stubborn, quite bulky

Read Our Review of Rubbermaid Gott Marine Cooler

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Bison

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 4 star

 A solid competitor with a few intuitive features, Bison coolers stand behind a great warranty and are made in the USA.  However, for the price, there are better performers out there.

Pros: Great warranty, Awesome latch design, Made in the USA

Cons: Very expensive, Average ice life

Read Our Review of Bison Cooler

Coleman Marine

coleman marine cooler reviewOur Rating: Giant Size

We really like the recent upgrades that Coleman has done on their Marine Coolers.  This is particularly true in the Offshore Pro Series which really 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 a solid-performing ocean-friendly ice chest 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

Read Our Review of Coleman Marine Cooler

Igloo Marine Ultra

igloo marine ultra cooler reviewOur Rating:  4 star

This is one of Igloo’s most proven coolers and it is specially designed for boat outings.  The selection size is massive so everybody, no matter their storage needs, can likely find a model that works for them.  The insulation is adequate (even in the sun) and there are wheeled options for added mobility.  That being said, they can be on the bulky side and prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit depending on where you shop.

Pros: Overall good to very good insulation, many wheeled options, stainless steel hardware, looks very professional

Cons: Bland styling, need to shop around to find good deal

Read Our Review of Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler

Mammoth Ranger

mammoth ranger cooler reviewOur Rating:  Giant Size

The Mammoth Ranger Cooler is the larger sibling of the newly-updated Mammoth lineup.  It offers up extremely thick rotomolded walls and quality hardware.  This results in a tough package that can offer very nice ice life.  But it is a bit lacking in features and color choices.

Pros: Impressive ice life, Extremely tough, Lifetime warranty

Cons: Not a lot of features, Lacking in color options, Pretty pricey

Read Our Review of Mammoth Ranger Cooler

Yeti Tundra Series

yeti tundra series cooler reviewOur Rating:

Giant Size

One of the originators of the premium hard-sided cooler market, the Tundra has certainly made a name for itself.  You will enjoy fantastic ice performance, great American construction, and a proven reputation.  But the features are a bit lacking and the asking price can be extremely high.  But that is the price you pay to enjoy an iconic Yeti cooler.

Pros: Great ice life, Awesome warranty, Tons of accessories, Team logo options

Cons: Very expensive, Boring styling, Limited features

Read Our Review of Yeti Tundra Series Cooler

Frosty

frosty cooler review fullOur Rating:

 3.5 star

One of the most affordable premium-level coolers you can buy, Frosty has a great approach that will sit well with those on a tight budget.  However, it has to make some notable sacrifices in features and styling to achieve this.

Pros: Good ice life, Plenty Tough, One of the more affordable premium cooler choices

Cons: Few features, Boring design, Lack of color choices, Disappointing warranty

Read Our Review of Frosty Cooler

Igloo MaxCold

igloo maxcold coolerOur Rating: 

3.5 star

As its name suggests, the Max Cold is quite good at keeping ice for its price point.  While it won’t hang with the “big boys”, it will hold its own against most other coolers at its price point.  There are also plenty of sizes to choose from including wheeled options.  However, it does come with some concerns.  They include having rather weak handles and hinges as well as needing a bit of a styling update.

Pros: Very good ice life, easy access to items, huge selection of sizes, many wheeled choices

ConsWeak handles, pretty modest styling

Read Our Review of Igloo MaxCold Cooler

Calcutta

calcutta cooler mediumOur Rating:

  3.5 star

Calcutta Coolers can hang with the best when it comes to ice retention and build quailty but outside of their LED drain plug, features are a bit lacking.  They are also quite expensive and don’t have many colors to pick some.  But when it comes to simply being a cooler, they perform fine.

Pros: Good ice life, Really cool LED drain plug, Nice build quality

ConsVery expensive, Limited features, Not many color options

Read Our Review of Calcutta Cooler

Coleman Xtreme

coleman xtreme coolerOur Rating:

3 star

You will enjoy a bump up on 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 lose over time.  Also, it isn’t going to win any beautify 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

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Cooler

Igloo Polar

igloo polar coolerOur Rating:

  3 star

This is a large chest that can have decent cooling ability if you get a well-assembled one.  The major weak point is in the hardware.  The weak hinges and handles can be a huge headache and we wish that Igloo would have upgraded these items even if it resulted in a small premium on the final product’s price.  However, the price is really great which makes it still a neutral to soft buy in our book.

Pros: Great price, potential for nice cooling life

ConsA lot of variance in seal quality, weak hinges and handles, very boring appearance

Read Our Review of Igloo Polar Cooler

Igloo Quick and Cool

igloo quick and cool coolerOur Rating:

  2.5 star

The best thing that the Quick and Cool has going for it is its ample storage space and attractive pricing.  Unfortunately, the cooling performance just isn’t there for coolers of this size.  It also needs a major update on its carrying handle situation.  Finally, it is simply a “boring” looking cooler.  For those on a tight budget, you may be able to overlook these things but there are much better choices out there for slightly more money.

Pros: Great price, lots of storage space, quick-access hatch is helpful

ConsDisappointing ice life, very difficult to carry, boring styling

Read Our Review of Igloo Quick and Cool Cooler

K2 Summit

k2 summit coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

K2 offers up one of the top coolers on the market with their Summit series.  Ice life can be potentially a week or more (in the largest sizes) and the build quality is top-notch.  You may not see quite as many exotic features as you do on other premium coolers but the straightforward approach results in a long-lasting and effective cooler that will make its owner happy for many years to come.

Pros: Incredible ice life, wheeled option for mobility, very sturdy construction, great tough look

Cons: Quite expensive, very bulky

Read Our Review of K2 Summit Cooler

Techni Ice Signature Series

Techniice Signature Series Ice Chest, 74 Qt. Cooler

4.5 star

This cooler comes with industry-leading ice life and the proven performance that we come to expect from top coolers.  There are enough features to make most happy and the asking price is more than fair considering what you get.

Pros: Incredible ice retention, Good Build Quality, Reasonable Price

Cons: Very limited in color choices

Read Our Review of Techni Ice Cooler

Palm

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Our Rating:

 Giant Size

Palm’s recently revised V2 Coolers improve on what was already a solid design.  You will enjoy fantastic ice life and one of the longest warranties in the business.  The additional features are welcome as well.  Our only minor issue is in the lack of color options.

Pros:  Great ice retention, Extremely tough, Good value, Wheels on new models

Cons: Only two sizes of new models available right now, Limited color choices

Read Our Review of Palm Cooler

Siberian

siberian cooler review

Our Rating:

 Giant Size

This cooler lineup really impressed us with their diverse selection of helpful features.  The ice life is also quite good but for the high asking price, this is to be expected.  A solid choice for someone who wants a premium cooler that is easy to use and gets the job done.

Pros: Loaded with unique features, Very attractive styling, Adequate combination of ice life and toughness

Cons: Not the cheapest, Lacking in color choices

Read Our Review of Siberian Coolers

Igloo Yukon Cold Locker

igloo yukon cold locker coolerOur Rating:

  4 star

The most impressive ice performer of the Igloo lineup, the Cold Locker is able to compete with some of the big dogs while being a little more affordable.  It also comes with many of the features and quality materials that we like to see at this price point and have the stored Igloo name backing it.

Pros: Amazing cooling ability, extremely tough and long-lasting, aggressive styling

ConsVery heavy and bulky, expensive

Read Our Review of Igloo Yukon Cold Locker Cooler

Canyon Outfitter Series

canyon outfitter series cooler review Our Rating:

 4 star

 The “little brother” of the Adventure Series, it sacrifices little for a noticeable drop in price.  Very good insulation and almost as tough while lightweight and adhering to the great lifetime warranty.

Pros: Good ice life, “cheap” for being premium, plenty durable

Cons: Not many color choices

Read Our Review of Canyon Coolers

Orca

orca cooler review full

 4 star

 A very straightforward cooler that doesn’t wow you with tons of features but instead with good ice life and toughness.  There is also a huge selection of color and pattern choices but they do come at a high cost.

Pros: Plenty tough, Good ice life, Many color options

Cons: Little in the way of features, Rather expensive

Read Our Review of Orca Coolers

Engel High Performance

engel high performance cooler reviewOur Rating: Giant Size

This cooler’s ice life is up to the demands of most people after a premium cooler.  However, in the ever-increasing premium cooler market, finding ways to stand out is important and Engel’s simple approach may not wow many people.  The tradeoff for this straightforward approach is a more affordable asking price.  And you will still enjoy quality construction at this cheaper price point.

Pros: Great insulation ability, very tough, cheaper than many comparable coolers

Cons: Lid doesn’t seal as well as expected, bland styling, still quite expensive

Read Our Review of Engel High Performance Cooler

Kysek Hard Cooler

kysek cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Giant Size

This cooler meets all of the needs we like to see including long ice life, plenty of features, and extra tough construction.  They are quite expensive but the awesome performance helps to make the sticker shock a little easier to swallow.

Pros: Great ice retention, clever accessories, quality materials and construction

Cons: Expensive, limited color choices

Read Our Review of Kysek Cooler

Rubbermaid Marine

rubbermaid marine coolerOur Rating:

Giant Size

This is a water-friendly ice chest that has thick enough insulation to last for a long weekend.  With the available sizes, you can also enjoy plenty of storage space.  And the price is more than reasonable as well.  But there are some notable quality issues related to the plastic hardware and the list of additional features and aesthetic modifications are severely lacking.  Still, it is simple and effective for those on a tight budget.

 Pros: Very good insulation, thick durable plastic, good price

Cons: Plastic hardware can break, quite bulky, very boring design

Read Our Review of Rubbermaid Marine Cooler

Dometic Patrol

dometic cooler review fullOur Rating:

Giant Size

While Dometic may be known more for their powered coolers, their recent Patrol hard-sided coolers are no slouches, either.  They have great build quality and their ice life will compete with the very best.  However, they are a bit Spartan when it comes to features.  And we wouldn’t mind a few more color choices.

Pros: Good ice retention, Built sturdy

Cons: Not a lot of features, Only one color choice

Read Our Review of Dometic Cooler

Igloo All-Terrain

igloo all terrain coolerOur Rating:

  3.5 star

We love the mobility of the All-Terrain cooler thanks to its massive wheels.  The cooling is good enough and the asking price is very competitive.  We do wish that Igloo would improve the hinges and also add some more color choices to the mix, though.

Pros: Decent job at cooling, great mobility, looks aggressive, good price

Cons: Weak hinges, no other color options

Read Our Review of Igloo All-Terrain Cooler

Igloo Super Tough STX

igloo super tough stx coolerOur Rating:

  3.5 star

This is a tough-looking cooler that combines good ice life with durable construction.  And it is able to do this while maintaining an acceptable asking price.  The major weak point lies with the fasteners and latches which don’t always close correctly.  But overall, it is still a solid choice.

Pros: Very well-insulated, tough outer shell, looks awesome, acceptable price

ConsFasteners don’t always close tightly, very heavy

Read Our Review of Igloo Super Tough STX Cooler

Igloo Party Bar

igloo party bar coolerOur Rating:

  Giant Size

The Party Bar is certainly a unique design and a really cool addition to any large gathering.  The looks are on point and we like how you can divide the storage into different parts.  But the ice life is lacking some and the walls could use a bit of beefing up (particularly in the lid).

Pros: Awesome looking cooler, compartmentalized storage, casters for mobility

ConsPoor ice preservation, flimsy lid

Read Our Review of Igloo Party Bar Cooler

Coleman Xtreme Marine

coleman xtreme marine coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

The Xtreme Series has recently undergone some updates and the new look is much more attractive.  In addition, the thicker insulation and higher quality materials results 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

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler

Mammoth Discovery

mammoth discovery coolerOur Rating:

2.5 star

The now retired Discovery Series cooler offered up solid ice life but it didn’t quite hold up to its competition at a similar price point.  Also, many of the features and the simple look of the cooler were a bit underwhelming as well.  However, the build quality and components used were good and a Mammoth Discovery Cooler is designed to last for many years.

Pros: Decent cooling performance, very well-built cooler with premium metal hardware

ConsVery heavy, not very exciting visually, super expensive

Read Our Review of Mammoth Discovery Cooler

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