All Giant Size Coolers
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 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.
In terms of ice life, these ice chests are some of the best on the market. High-quality materials and optimal construction is used and it shows up both in the performance as well as the looks. The only drawback is the price but if someone is looking for a cooler that will last them for years and provide continuous great performance it is well worth the price.
Pros: Some of the best ice life on the market, incredibly durable, aggressive look, easy to carry considering the size
Cons: Very expensive, heavy
Rubbermaid Gott Marine
This is a very well-performing ice box with a lot of great features for a good price. It does the most important criteria (cooling) quite well and you can actually expect ice to last for a full week in optimal settings. The weak point of hinges can be overlooked when you see all of the other positives that these cooler possess.
Pros: Fantastic insulation, very tough, good grips, great price
Cons: Lid can bit a little stubborn, quite bulky
Some of the best ice life of any cooler on the market and excellent construction make this an extremely effective line of products. However, it comes it a hefty price and you don’t get as many bells and whistles as some of the other premium brands on the market. But in terms of performance, it can’t be beaten.
Pros: Incredible cooling life, very durable, rugged look
Cons: Very heavy and difficult to move, expensive
Engel High Performance
For most the cooling life of this cooler will be plenty long, but it does fall a bit short of some of the other super long-term ice boxes on the market. However, it is also significantly cheaper than many of those products as well, so we feel this is a fair tradeoff. As expected, build quality is superb and this is an extremely tough product. It is a bit plain looking but that isn’t an overly huge deal.
Pros: Great insulation ability, very tough, cheaper than many comparable coolers
Cons: Lid doesn’t seal as well as expected, very heavy, still quite expensive
Igloo Marine Ultra
A proven, established marine cooler that has all of the features you need for our next boat trip. The huge range of sizes means there is likely something for you, and you get quite good insulation in the larger options. Overall a great range of coolers but shop around for good prices.
Pros: Overall good to very good insulation, many wheeled options, stainless steel hardware, looks very professional
Cons: Can be quite bulky, need to shop around to find good deal
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
The Max Cold cooler line does earn its name as it does a much better job of maximizing cold than most conventional coolers. The extra insulation really shines and with so many size options there is sure to be one that works for you. It is unfortunate that the handles and hinges can have issues, however. Beyond that there are no major complaints, especially if you can find one on the lower end of the price spectrum. On the higher end you can get into other premium offerings that might be a better choice.
Pros: Very good ice life, easy access to items, huge selection of sizes, many wheeled choices
Cons: Weak handles, pretty modest styling
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
Yeti Tundra Series
While the Yeti name comes with a lot of respect and heritage, there are other products on the market that perform as well or close to it for a fraction of the price. That’s not to say that this isn’t a great cooler: it has long ice life and the construction is well-made, but for someone willing to drop this kind of money on a cooler we recommend shopping around for all of the competition as well.
Pros: Great cool life via thick insulation, easy gripping, high-quality build construction
Cons: Very expensive, quite bulky, not many additional features
Igloo Quick and Cool
The performance of this cooler definitely has some issues. It struggles with keeping items cold past 4 days despite higher claims and the weak handles and hinges mean that you might not get as much life out of this ice box as you would hope for. However, it is extremely affordable for such a large cooler so if you plan on needing a larger cooler for a weekend trip and don’t anticipate moving it a lot this might be a good budget option.
Pros: Great price, lots of storage space, quick-access hatch is helpful
Cons: Disappointing ice life, very difficult to carry, boring styling
This is a fantastic line of coolers and has no real weak points. With ice life of potentially a week or more, great construction, and a resilient look, anybody that is looking for a long-term cooler investment will be pleased. However, with this high-end offering you will expect to pay in the top price bracket for it but, in this case, we think it is absolutely worth it, especially considering that many of the comparable coolers on the market are more expensive.
Pros: Incredible ice life, wheeled option for mobility, very sturdy construction, great tough look
Cons: Quite expensive, very bulky
Igloo Yukon Cold Locker
An extremely effective insulator packaged in a rock-hard shell with few weak points, the Cold Locker series hits all points. It has enough features and sizes to appeal to most people looking for a premium large ice chest, but it does come with a rather high price tag that will rival some of the other higher-end brands on the market. If you are willing to spend the money we recommend checking this one out.
Pros: Amazing cooling ability, extremely tough and long-lasting, aggressive styling
Cons: Very heavy and bulky, expensive
A great product for those times that you will be getting off the beaten path and need to carry large amounts of cold goods. This is a mostly well-built cooler that is very user-friendly and easy to transport. The insulation ability is good enough for several days as well, and the price is more than acceptable.
Pros: Decent job at cooling, great mobility, looks aggressive, good price
Cons: Weak hinges, no other color options
Igloo Super Tough STX
For the most part, good ice life and sturdy construction as well as a decent price tag are huge plusses for these lines of coolers. While the hinges and latches look the part, they can still be the weak points in what would otherwise be a pretty bullet-proof large cooler. Despite its flaws, it is still a quality a product that we recommend.
Pros: Very well-insulated, tough outer shell, looks awesome, acceptable price
Cons: Fasteners don’t always close tightly, very heavy
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. We just wish that it tried to stand out a bit more from Yetis and RTICs, particularly for the high asking price.
Pros: Great ice retention, clever accessories, quality materials and construction
Cons: Expensive, limited color choices, copy many ideas from Yeti/RTIC
Coleman Xtreme Marine
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
Igloo Party Bar
For party appeal, this cooler can’t be beaten. It looks great and the lights are actually quite handy when it is dark outside. However, it is a very flimsy cooler and does a poor job of keeping things cold for very long, so don’t plan on using this for an extended camping trip but rather for a fun night entertaining friends.
Pros: Awesome looking cooler, compartmentalized storage, casters for mobility
Cons: Poor ice preservation, flimsy lid
A very attractive, well-priced cooler that has acceptable cooling capabilities and a very tough frame but the hardware is the major flaw. The hinges and handles are simply too weak and take away from what would otherwise be a grand slam rugged and outdoor-friendly cooler. It is still a soft recommend buy despite this, however.
Pros: Decent insulation, very attractive styling, good price
Cons: Weak aluminum hardware, not as long of cooling life as advertised
This is a decently-priced and relatively durable product that has the insulation ability to be a suitable option for a long weekend fishing trip or even a couple of days longer. The water-friendly design and materials mean that it will feel right at home in both fresh and salt water. The weak point is the handle which is notorious for breaking and this is quite unfortunate since there will be a lot of weight behind these when they are full and it would be nice to have a handle that can hold up to the demands.
Pros: Very good insulation, thick durable plastic, good price
Cons: Plastic hardware can break, quite bulky, very boring design
We would be silly to say that a cooler that keeps ice for 5 days is bad, but for the competition that this product is targeted to compete with it just falls a bit short. The construction is fine and it will last for many seasons, but there just aren’t very many features and the aesthetics are a bit lacking as well. While it isn’t quite as expensive as some of the other top lines, the performance difference is too large to compensate for the cheaper prices.
Pros: Decent cooling performance, very well-built cooler with premium metal hardware
Cons: Very heavy, not very exciting visually, super expensive