Insulation Ability
Mobility and Durability
Visual Appeal
Overall Rating

Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler

54 quart size

Staintless steel and plastic composition


Pros: Very attractive look, decent insulation performance
Cons: Expensive, latches break very easily, easily scratched

High-quality stainless steel material, Cool Riser technology, swinging side handles, leak-resistant drain plug, easy snap lid


Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler Review

Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler Review

Last Updated by Brandon F. on June 19, 2019

This is our Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler Review.  The Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler is for those looking for a more timeless design in the cooler while still offering up a good performance.  It is made of stainless steel and also has Cool Riser Technology, which elevates the base of the cooler off of the ground. 

For help with insulation, a layer of Ultratherm foam was also added.  Other unique features include a bottle opener, drain plug, and contoured lid with stacking slots.  It is available in a 54-quart size and is made of stainless steel with steel hardware as well.

Insulation ability –  3.5 star

The insulation ability is pretty good for this product.  The combination of the steel plus the Ultratherm foam layer helps to keep ice frozen for 3 to 4 days in the summer.  In addition, the elevated base means that you can leave it on hot ground or surface and it not affect the inside items as much because of the elevation.  The biggest issue is that the lid can sometimes not form a good seal, making it prone to accidental openings which would quickly release all of the cold air and catalyze ice melting.

In addition, while it does utilize quality foam, the walls could be a bit thicker.  This would greatly increase ice life.  But as it stands, you should still get anywhere from 2 to 3 days from your ice if you fill it up half way.  This is plenty for most people’s needs but a step below what the top-tier coolers in the industry can offer.

Mobility and durability –  2 star

Despite the tough looks, there are some major design issues with this icebox.  Even though a majority of the product is made of steel, the latches are actually made of plastic and are prone to breaking very easily.  The way the design is set up the latch appears to be made to hold the lid down, but it is extremely weak and can easily be pulled open.

The outside is also easily scratched and dented which means you have to be careful in throwing this around like you would a conventional hard plastic cooler.  Thankfully the drain plug and bottle opener are somewhat resilient.  This is a tough-looking cooler but may appear to tear up and scratched after a short period of time, particularly if you like to take it into outdoor settings.

Visual Appeal –  4 star

One of the biggest selling points of the Igloo stainless steel coolers is the looks and, sure enough, this doesn’t disappoint.  The metallic and glossy exterior gives off a very high-class feel and will definitely stand out at your next get-together.  The bottle opener and handles blend in nicely and give it an overall classy look.  This is one of the most attractive ice chests you will find and it will look great in any setting.

Cost –  2 star

Online anticipate paying a premium-tier price for this product.  This is due to the usage of the rather expensive steel which has a much higher production cost than typical plastic.  You end up paying a premium asking price for a cooler that will perform much lower than many of the premium coolers out there.

Overall Rating –  3 star

The Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler Review receives 3 out of 5 coolers.  This is a very aesthetically-pleasing looking product that has multiple major design flaws.  In terms of strictly keeping items cold it does a good job, but for the high price, the latch issue simply can’t be overlooked.  There are worse options, however, and some people love the styling enough to overlook the weak points.

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