All Grizzly Cooler Reviews
This is a listing of all Grizzly Coolers for sale that have been reviewed and we also list what we think are the best Grizzly Coolers with our internal ranking system. Grizzly uses to specialize mostly in hard-sided coolers but they have since expanded to soft-sided coolers (called Grizzly Drifter Coolers) as well as various drinkware products. Grizzly Coolers are intended for those who need a cooling solution for their extended outdoors stay: be it hunting, fishing, camping, or any other scenario. A premium offering, it promises impressive ice life and a durable product that should hold up to all the abuse you can throw at it, but for a premium price tag. We feel that Grizzly has some very unique benefits so if you are in the market for a higher-end product we recommend checking out our review. If you are in the market for a high-end cooler, we also recommend you check out our reviews of Engel Coolers, K2 Coolers, Mammoth Coolers, Pelican Coolers, and Yeti Coolers.
Our Top Rated Grizzly Coolers
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Extra Long Ice Retention
Grizzly Coolers have an optimal construction that allows them to have extremely long ice life. In fact, they have stated that they believe they have the longest ice life of any cooler on the market. This is a huge statement to make, considering how many other premium cooler brands there are out there who advertise their long ice retaining ability. What does Grizzly do special to feel confident making a claim like this? First, they have numbers to back it up. According to their website, their coolers are capable of up to 19 days of ice retention. This is an incredible number, especially considering that most of the other premium cooler brands on the market only advertise up to 12. Now it is important to note that this figure comes from their enormous G400 model, which can hold over 500 cans in it. While we didn’t see quite those impressive numbers in real-life tests, the results were still very impressive. Specifically, we saw anywhere from a couple of days of ice life up to 10. Below are the results of our actual testing:
All Grizzly coolers are constructed using rotationally molded plastic. This process allows for a single, seamless piece of plastic rather than multiple pieces that have to be attached. The result of this manufacturing process is a thick, consistent mold that doesn’t have any weak points or potential leak paths for cold air to escape. Remember: it doesn’t make much of a difference how thick the walls are if one wall is thinner than the rest. The process of roto-molding takes significantly more time and is a more expensive manufacturing process than conventional cooler assembly, but you can definitely tell the positive effects it has on performance.
Grizzly coolers are constructed using Eco-mate 2# foam. This is a sustainable and EPA-friendly polyurethane foam that has very impressive insulation ability while not being overly heavy. The entire shell and lid consist of this foam, meaning that your food and beverages have protection in all directions from the outside elements. In addition, they lay this material on thick. Thicker walls mean better insulation, and Grizzly has some of the thickest walls in the business. Obviously, this increases the overall size of the cooler but for someone who wants the longest ice life available, this is a small price to pay. Also, these products aren’t intended to highly mobile. They are meant to keep stuff cold for long periods of time!
Impressive Latching System
A common weakness and ultimate failure mode of coolers is in the latch system. When a latch fails or even begins to fail, it loses its “bite”, and this can result in a less than air-tight gap between the lid and the body of the cooler. This means it is much easier for cold air to escape outside of the cooler, which can result in significant drops in ice life. Grizzly coolers use mold-in brass inserts for their latching systems. This is a stark contrast to many competitors who opt for a plastic mechanism. Using brass and molding it into the cooler results in a longer-lasting and better-performing system. It is also still very user-friendly, and just about anybody can easily open and close a Grizzly cooler.
Hinge That is Meant to Last
These coolers use molded hinges that are accompanied by stainless steel pins. Many cooler companies skimp on the hinge and go with simple plastic to save money. Since the hinge is an integral moving part of the cooler, it is exposed to constant stress and strain from the opening and closing of the lid. Over time, this can cause plastics to warp and crack, resulting in less than stellar seal and loss of cooling performance. By using stainless steel not only does it help resist potential rusting but it can also handle many more cycles of opening and closing before concerns of breaking. This design also helps to handle the lid being opened too much and pushed down on, which can be a death sentence for many lower-end coolers.
Thick Rubber Gasket
The seal between the lid and the body of the cooler is extremely important, as it is the largest intended opening found on the cooler. A gasket that is not fully sealing can allow cold air to easily escape, which significantly reduces your ice life. Grizzly uses a thick rubber gasket that forms an airtight seal and can handle load after load. Also, due to its size, you don’t have to worry about a small crack or cut causing a failure of the gasket material.
How Tough? Bear Resistant Tough
All Grizzly coolers are IGBC Bear Resistant. This is a highly desired tag that represents that it can withstand the force of a bear trying to open it! This is thanks to a combination of the extra thick roto-molded polyurethane, the stainless steel hinges, and the premium latch system. While you are likely to never have to deal with a bear trying to open your cooler in the real world, it goes to show just how well-made this product is.
There are several convenient accessories that are standard on all Grizzly coolers that make them very user-friendly. One common theme of the extra tough premium coolers is that they are quite bulky, which means that the normal cooler maintenance can be quite laborious. Thankfully, these products include some helpful features to make them much easier to handle.
Jumbo Molded Handles
Let’s be honest: a premium cooler loaded to the brim with ice and gear can be extremely heavy. Thankfully, these products include jumbo molded handles to go along with the flexible rope handles. This makes it much easier for a single person or two people to carry, and you know that the molded handles will last for the lifetime of the cooler. To go with these are also the convenient flexible rope handles for those times that it may be difficult to get a good grip on the cooler itself.
Oversized Drain with Drain Channel
One of the toughest things to do is try to tilt a large cooler full of melted ice over to remove the water. Grizzly coolers come with an easy to use drain that is extra large which helps to minimize how much time you have to spend draining them out. In addition, the drain channel is also oversized to allow more water to escape. It is sealed with a high-quality gasket that is sure to keep the cold in and the warm out.
All Grizzly Coolers come with a lifetime warranty. This protection is reassuring and represents that if something ever does go wrong with your product, the manufacturer will take care of it. We are definitely impressed that Grizzly will stand behind their product like this.
General Product Information
Products reviewed: Grizzly Cooler
Range of storage sizes: 15 to 400 quarts
Range of estimated ice life: Up to 10 days
Materials used: Plastic, metal, and rubber
Price range: Premium
Wheeled options? No
Company website: http://www.grizzlycoolers.com/
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