Igloo Super Tough STX Cooler
54, 120, and 150 quart sizes
Plastic and metal composition
Budget and intermediate-priced
Pros: Very well-insulated, tough outer shell, looks awesome, acceptable price
Cons: Fasteners don’t always close tightly, very heavy
Bolted handles, heavy-duty gasket and backup plates, fully foamed lid, UV inhibitors on surface, stainless steel latches
Igloo Super Tough STX Cooler Review
Last Updated by Brandon F. on June 19, 2019
This is our Igloo Super Tough STX Cooler Review. The Igloo Super Tough STX is some of the “toughest” coolers that Igloo offers. It is designed to be a high-performance cooler that can handle the most extreme conditions. To accomplish this, it has features such as bolt through bodyside handles with gasket backup plates, stainless steel latches and hinges, extra thick body shell, trip-snap drain plug, fully foamed lid, and the list goes on.
Comfort features such as easy grip handles and 4 molded cup holders also help to make it more user-friendly. It comes in the exclusive STX multi-tan color and is available in 54, 120, and 150-quart options. It is made of thick plastic and has metal hardware.
Insulation ability –
This ice box has an acceptable cooling ability. Expect ice to last for around 6 days before you will need to refill it in absolute optimal conditions. This is accomplished by the extra thick shell as well as the nice-sealing lid.
However, the fasteners that hold the lid down need to be checked closely to ensure that they are secure or else a gap can form and all of the cold air can escape, making the 6 days drop to just a couple of days or worse. In most real-life scenarios, your actual ice life will probably be closer to 4 days or so.
Mobility and durability –
The cooler shell is extremely tough and can handle the most intense abuse, be it on land or water. However, despite the metal hardware, the latches are still prone to breaking. In addition, they can potentially struggle in properly clamping down. In regards to durability, the rubber grips are helpful but keep in mind that the weight of this cooler is about 30% heavier than comparable sizes in other Igloo products. Because of this, it can be quite heavy so expect and anticipate needing some extra assistance while moving.
Visual Appeal –
Overall this is a very attractive product. The alternating tan colors are very aesthetically pleasing. The chick plastic coupled with the stainless steel hardware and gasket backup plates gives off the vibe of a high-quality product. Everything including the handles and built-in cup holders appears as they belong are not in any way gimmicky. And there is an additional color choice (brown) that recently rolled out.
Prices online for this product will be in the budget and intermediate tiers, depending on where you buy it and the size. For what you get, this isn’t a terrible asking price but it will run higher than most people would expect to pay for an Igloo Cooler. However, the performance and durability of this Igloo Cooler are much higher than most.
Overall Rating –
The Igloo Super Tough STX Cooler Review earns 3.5 out of 5 coolers. 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 for those after a well-performing cooler at a decent price.