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.

Grizzly 

grizzly coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

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

Read Our Review of Grizzly Cooler

Rubbermaid Gott Marine

rubbermaid gott marine coolerOur Rating:

 4 star

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

Read Our Review of Rubbermaid Gott Marine Cooler

Pelican Elite

pelican elite coolerOur Rating:

 4 star

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

ConsVery heavy and difficult to move, expensive

Read Our Review of Pelican Elite Cooler

Engel High Performance

engel high performance coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

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

Read Our Review of Engel High Performance Cooler

Igloo Marine Ultra

igloo marine ultra coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

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

Read Our Review of Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler

Coleman Xtreme

coleman xtreme coolerOur Rating:

3 star

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

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Cooler

Igloo MaxCold

igloo maxcold coolerOur Rating: 

3 star

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

ConsWeak handles, pretty modest styling

Read Our Review of Igloo MaxCold 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

Yeti Tundra Series

yeti tundra series coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

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

Read Our Review of Yeti Tundra Series Cooler

Igloo Quick and Cool

igloo quick and cool coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

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

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

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

Read Our Review of K2 Summit Cooler

Igloo Yukon Cold Locker

igloo yukon cold locker coolerOur Rating:

 4 star

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

ConsVery heavy and bulky, expensive

Read Our Review of Igloo Yukon Cold Locker Cooler

Igloo All-Terrain

igloo all terrain coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

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

Read Our Review of Igloo All-Terrain Cooler

Igloo Super Tough STX

igloo super tough stx coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

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

ConsFasteners don’t always close tightly, very heavy

Read Our Review of Igloo Super Tough STX Cooler

Kysek Hard Cooler

kysek cooler reviewOur Rating:

 3.5 star

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

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Coleman Xtreme Marine

coleman xtreme marine coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

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

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler

Igloo Party Bar

igloo party bar coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

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

ConsPoor ice preservation, flimsy lid

Read Our Review of Igloo Party Bar Cooler

Igloo Sportsman

igloo sportsman coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

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

ConsWeak aluminum hardware, not as long of cooling life as advertised

Read Our Review of Igloo Sportsman Cooler

Rubbermaid Marine

rubbermaid marine coolerOur Rating:

3 star

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

Read Our Review of Rubbermaid Marine Cooler

Mammoth Discovery

mammoth discovery coolerOur Rating:

2.5 star

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

ConsVery heavy, not very exciting visually, super expensive

Read Our Review of Mammoth Discovery Cooler