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
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
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
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
Cons: Very heavy and difficult to move, Expensive
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
Canyon Adventure Series
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
Rubbermaid Gott Marine
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
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
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
Igloo Marine Ultra
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
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
Yeti Tundra Series
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
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
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
Cons: Weak handles, pretty modest styling
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
Cons: Very expensive, Limited features, Not many color options
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
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
Cons: A lot of variance in seal quality, weak hinges and handles, very boring appearance
Igloo Quick and Cool
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
Cons: Disappointing ice life, very difficult to carry, boring styling
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
Techni Ice Signature Series
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
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
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
Igloo Yukon Cold Locker
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
Cons: Very heavy and bulky, expensive
Canyon Outfitter Series
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
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
Engel High Performance
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
Kysek Hard Cooler
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
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
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
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
Igloo Super Tough STX
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
Cons: Fasteners don’t always close tightly, very heavy
Igloo Party Bar
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
Cons: Poor ice preservation, flimsy lid
Coleman Xtreme Marine
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
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
Cons: Very heavy, not very exciting visually, super expensive