All Igloo Cooler Reviews
Updated by Brandon F. on August 22, 2022
This is a listing of all Igloo Coolers for sale that have been reviewed and we also list what we think are the best Igloo Coolers with our internal ranking system. Igloo is one of the most well-known cooler lines on the market and its selection of coolers and cooler accessories is vast.
No matter if you are looking for an affordable, mobile, personal lunch bag or something that can keep a family’s worth of items chilled for days, Igloo likely has a product that meets your search criteria. As such, we recommend you check out some of the reviews for their products. If you are looking for other brands with large selections of coolers we also recommend that you check out our reviews of Coleman Coolers and Rubbermaid Coolers.
Huge Variety of Sizes and Applications
If it isn’t already obvious, Igloo offers a HUGE array of cooler sizes and also makes a product for just about every environment and application. They likely have the most impressive overall collection of coolers in the industry. They have simple, lightweight lunchboxes for those needing to simply pack an individual lunch up to huge Polar coolers that can store enough food and drinks for an entire family reunion.
They have mobile, soft-sided products that are intended for office life and they have Super Tough STX coolers that are made to take a serious beating in the great outdoors. With such a large selection of coolers to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming when you try to narrow your choices down. That is why we recommend checking out our thorough reviews to help this process.
One of the Oldest and Most Trusted in the Game
When you purchase an Igloo you are purchasing a product from one of the oldest and most well-known cooler companies in the world. Many cooler manufacturers are relatively new and have not yet established a big reputation. With Igloo, that isn’t a concern. It was founded in 1947, which means that it is 70 years old! With that much time in the industry, you gain a special understanding of what it takes to make a viable cooler. While some of its competition is still trying to figure things out, Cooler knows its game plan and sticks to it.
One common trend that we have seen with Igloo products across the board is the consistent tendency to be one of the most affordable for that category. No matter if you are looking at premium, heavy-duty coolers or cooler backpacks, if it is made from Igloo you know that it is going to be competitively priced. And with this good price, you aren’t getting shaky quality or questionable manufacturing.
All Igloo products stick to their high-quality standards and many are designed to last for years. That is another benefit of being a very large cooler company: you have the manufacturing process down, have better access to the necessary materials, and do more things in-house. This results in a lower bottom line which they can then give back to their customers.
Lots of Mobile Options
Another pattern that has been noticed with Igloo is just how many of their products are mobile or easily portable. They have a huge selection of cooler backpacks, totes, and handy lunchboxes. A lot of these are not only relatively lightweight and optimally sized, but many have multiple carrying methods such as handles and shoulder straps. Even many of their larger plastic coolers are available in wheeled configurations. So for anybody who needs a cooling solution and anticipates being on the move quite a bit, they should look into what Igloo has to offer.
Clever Accessories and Features
Igloo knows what it takes to make a good cooler. They also know what customers are looking for, particularly regarding what accessories or features they should add to their products. Many Igloo coolers are loaded with unique and well-thought-out accessories that are there to help the user. They add functionality, convenience, and show that Igloo isn’t just concerned about making a product that can keep food and drinks cold.
General Product Information
Products reviewed: Igloo Ice Cube Cooler, Igloo Yukon Cold Locker Cooler, Igloo Marine Ultra Soft Cooler Bag, Igloo Legend Cooler, Igloo All-Terrain Cooler, Igloo Contour Cooler, Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler, Igloo Super Tough STX Cooler, Igloo MaxCold Tote, Igloo Hard Liner Cooler, Igloo Island Breeze Cooler, Igloo Marine Breeze Cooler, Igloo MaxCold Cooler, Igloo MaxCold Duffel, Igloo MaxCold Hard Top Gripper, Igloo MaxCold Gripper, Igloo MaxCold Workmans Meal to Go Cooler Bag, Igloo Party Bar Cooler, Igloo Polar Cooler, Igloo Sportsman Cooler, Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler, Igloo Gripper Cooler, Igloo Playmate Cooler, Igloo Quick and Cool Cooler, Igloo Backpack Cooler
Range of storage sizes: 9 to 165 quarts
Range of estimated ice life: Up to 10 days
Materials used: Plastic, various metals, a multitude of fabrics, and rubber
Price range: Budget to Premium
Wheeled options? Yes
Company website: https://www.igloocoolers.com/
Since there are so many Igloo products and so many reviews that we have completed on them, the list is quite large. For your convenience, we have included quick links to all of our reviews below. If you would like to check out our larger overview of each product look right below these and you will see all of them in order of their overall ranking, from highest to lowest.
This cooler combines acceptable ice life with awesome mobility, tons of features, and an attractive look. We like how Igloo managed to cram so many cool accessories into this cooler while still maintaining great build quality and a decent asking price. We highly encourage you to check out this ice chest if you want a large cooler that is more mobile.
Pros: Great mobility, lots of helpful features, good build quality, awesome styling
Cons: It will be a bit pricey for an Igloo, only one size to choose from
This is a great cooler that is designed to compete with the best coolers in the industry. It comes with the premium build quality, and tough components, and it is proudly made in the USA. It also is more affordable than a lot of its competition on the market. The only minor issue we have is a lack of color choices.
Pros: Great ice retention, Extremely durable, Cheaper than many other premium coolers
Cons: Somewhat limited features, Lack of color choices
Igloo Ice Cube
This is a great, simple cooler that does what it needs to do while remaining very affordable. For its size and price, the ice life is quite good. It is also very easy to use and transport. Also, there are many different attractive color options. This is a solid choice for those who don’t want to spend high dollars on a premium cooler.
Pros: Easy to transport, very durable, wheeled options available, many different color choices, great price
Cons: Not quite as long of a cooling time as advertised, the handle is somewhat prone to break
Igloo Yukon Cold Locker
The most impressive ice performer of the Igloo lineup, the Cold Locker can compete with some of the big dogs while being a little more affordable. It also comes with many of the features and quality materials that we like to see at this price point and has the stored Igloo name backing it.
Pros: Amazing cooling ability, extremely tough and long-lasting, aggressive styling
Cons: Very heavy and bulky, expensive
The Igloo BMX is Igloo’s latest attempt to compete in the premium cooler market. The overall performance and ice retention numbers are good. And despite being more expensive than most Igloo Coolers, it is still more affordable than a lot of its competition from other brands.
Pros: Good ice life, Nice build life, Competitively priced
Cons: Limited color and size options
Igloo Marine Ultra Soft Cooler Bag
This soft cooler bag has a very good ice life for a semi-affordable soft top. Also, there is plenty of storage and helpful features such as the top-access lid and padded shoulder strap. Our only minor complaint lies with the somewhat weak zippers and sometimes questionable stitching near the shoulder area.
Pros: Incredibly good insulation for a soft-side, multiple carrying methods, easy-access top, looks awesome
Cons: A bit bulky and heavy, weak zippers and shoulder strap
Igloo Marine Ultra
This is one of Igloo’s most proven coolers and it is specially designed for boat outings. The selection size is massive so everybody, no matter their storage needs, can likely find a model that works for them. The insulation is adequate (even in the sun) and there are wheeled options for added mobility. That being said, they can be on the bulky side and prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit depending on where you shop.
Pros: Overall good to very good insulation, many wheeled options, stainless steel hardware, looks very professional
Cons: Bland styling, need to shop around to find a good deal
The Igloo Backpack Cooler has undergone some changes that have improved its looks and ice performance. The result is a series of mobile coolers that we enjoy. Ice life will vary but can reach up to a half-day. And the features that are in place make this a very portable and reliable product.
Pros: Very reasonably-priced, Nice features, Good build quality, Plenty of choices
Cons: Limited colors, No extreme long-term ice solution
It doesn’t get much simpler than this. The ice life, for the price, is not bad at all and we like the mobility of it. Also, the lid can convert to a helpful tray. The handle is a bit on the weak side and the aesthetics are sort of bland but for those on a tight budget and after something basic, this can work.
Pros: Quite good cooling ability, very mobile, lid converts to tray and cup holder, great price
Cons: Handle can be a little weak, very boring styling
We love the mobility of the All-Terrain cooler thanks to its massive wheels. The cooling is good enough and the asking price is very competitive. We do wish that Igloo would improve the hinges and also add some more color choices to the mix, though.
Pros: Decent job at cooling, great mobility, looks aggressive, good price
Cons: Weak hinges, no other color options
The Contour is a small but potent cooler that can handle ice for a weekend excursion. It is an adequate size to fit most items a small group would need and is designed to take up minimum storage space. This also makes it much easier to carry. Finally, the asking price is very reasonable.
Pros: Very mobile, comfortable to carry, nice grip on handles, affordable
Cons: Cooling ability could be a little better, no cup holders
Igloo MaxCold Tote
The combination of decent short-term cooling ability, simplicity in use, and competitive asking price makes this a good buy. It is well-constructed and lightweight enough to easily be carried on your shoulder. We do wish that there were some more size options but this is a minor complaint.
Pros: Keeps items cold for a while, very lightweight and mobile, well-priced, nice construction
Cons: No varying size options, not as rigid as most coolers
Igloo Party Bar
The Party Bar is certainly a unique design and a cool addition to any large gathering. The looks are on point and we like how you can divide the storage into different parts. But the ice life is lacking some and the walls could use a bit of beefing up (particularly in the lid).
Pros: Awesome looking cooler, compartmentalized storage, casters for mobility
Cons: Poor ice preservation, flimsy lid
Igloo Super Tough STX
This is a tough-looking cooler that combines good ice life with durable construction. And it can do this while maintaining an acceptable asking price. The major weak point lies with the fasteners and latches which don’t always close correctly. But overall, it is still a solid choice.
Pros: Very well-insulated, tough outer shell, looks awesome, acceptable price
Cons: Fasteners don’t always close tightly, very heavy
The Playmate is one of the best-selling Igloo coolers and this is thanks to its simple design, easy mobility, and great asking price. But it does suffer from short ice life and has very few features that other modern coolers are bringing to the table.
Pros: Body is strong enough, classic design, affordable
Cons: Short ice life, flimsy lid, not very many features
Igloo MaxCold Hard Top Gripper
Another portable solution, the Hard Top Gripper is extremely mobile for those who can make do with the small storage space. Being small does mean that it is very easy to carry and store and the ice performance, despite being little, isn’t too bad. However, the zipper can be a bit stubborn at times and it needs some additional features to be a real home run choice for us.
Pros: Acceptable job at keeping items cool, easy to carry, modern styling
Cons: Zipper can get stuck easily and there is only one of them, not enough additional features
Igloo MaxCold Gripper
This Gripper is a bit larger than some of the other Grippers that Igloo offers and the added storage space are most welcome. And it is still sized in a way that makes it easy to store. Combine that with solid construction and a reasonable asking price, and you have a true contender. But it does come with some issues, including weak zippers and a smaller-than-desired top access point.
Pros: Strong fabric, plenty of storage space for being a gripper, good price, easily stored
Cons: Zippers are a little weak, looks a little cheaper than the hard-top version, can have access difficulty during transport
Igloo MaxCold Workmans Meal to Go Cooler Bag
This is a very attractive cooler bag that is quite durable thanks to quality materials and decent construction. It is also easy to use thanks to the multiple access points. And we like the overall styling of it. But the ice life is a little lackluster and the zipper design could be improved upon.
Pros: Multiple access points to stored items, tough outer material, very attractive styling, comfortable padded carrying handle
Cons: Insulation performance could be a lot better, can be difficult to get to the zipper while carrying
Igloo MaxCold Duffel
While this duffel looks great and is built with high-quality materials, its biggest limitation is its cooling ability and storage size. If you can make do with its limited storage space, it is quite mobile and won’t be too big of a hit on your pocketbook.
Pros: Easy to carry around, decent build quality, looks awesome, reasonably-priced
Cons: Limited insulated volume space, intense heat can easily overwhelm it
As its name suggests, the Max Cold is quite good at keeping ice for its price point. While it won’t hang with the “big boys”, it will hold its own against most other coolers at its price point. There are also plenty of sizes to choose from including wheeled options. However, it does come with some concerns. They include having rather weak handles and hinges as well as needing a bit of a styling update.
Pros: Very good ice life, easy access to items, a huge selection of sizes, many wheeled choices
Cons: Weak handles, pretty modest styling
Igloo Hard Liner
This product has good cooling performance and we recommend using ice packs instead of ice for it. The size is at a happy medium that allows for adequate storage space while still being very mobile and easy to store. Also, there are plenty of color choices. Our only issues are that it is a little too thin and we wish that they would update the carrying method.
Pros: Acceptable ice life (especially with ice pack usage), easy to store and transport, a lot of choices in color
Cons: No handle for carrying, a little too flimsy
Igloo Island Breeze
This cooler recently went through an update which resulted in a more modern appearance and slight improvements to build quality. We also like the mobility thanks to the wheels and extending carrying handle. However, it is a bit limited in how well it cools and the lid can be a little finicky.
Pros: Quite durable, wheeled options for mobility, modern look, decent price
Cons: Low cooling ability, the lid can be stubborn
Igloo Marine Breeze
This is an excellent all-around ice chest that doesn’t have any major flaws. The ice life is acceptable and the construction is, for the most part, up to par. All of this is available for a reasonable asking price as well. Our main issues are with the lid being a bit too tight and a lack of color choices or features that would help to make it stand out.
Pros: Good ice life, well-constructed, good price
Cons: The lid can be pretty tight, not a lot of additional features or color choices
This is a large chest that can have a 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 great which makes it still neutral to soft buy in our book.
Pros: Great price, the potential for nice cooling life
Cons: A lot of variance in seal quality, weak hinges and handles, very boring appearance
Igloo Stainless Steel
One of Igloo’s most attractive coolers, the stainless steel stands out from the plastic we are used to seeing. It also helps (or at least doesn’t hurt too badly) the ice life. But this aesthetically pleasing cooler does come at a much higher asking price and also suffers from some very weak latches. Also, the attractive steel outer finish is easily scratched.
Pros: Very attractive look, decent insulation performance
Cons: Expensive, latches break very easily, easily scratched
Igloo’s old design, the Gripper needs a facelift both in terms of performance and looks. What it does have going for it is being extremely mobile and being assembled with high-quality components. There are also plenty of colors to choose from. Where it lacks is in its overall ice life, very limited storage space, and simply being too pricey for what you are getting.
Pros: Very mobile, decent construction, wide color selection
Cons: Won’t keep items cool for very long, storage volume might be an issue, somewhat expensive for the size
Igloo Quick and Cool
The best thing that the Quick and Cool has going for it is its ample storage space and attractive pricing. Unfortunately, the cooling performance just isn’t there for coolers of this size. It also needs a major update on its carrying handle situation. Finally, it is simply a “boring” looking cooler. For those on a tight budget, you may be able to overlook these things but there are much better choices out there for slightly more money.
Pros: Great price, lots of storage space, the quick-access hatch is helpful
Cons: Disappointing ice life, very difficult to carry, boring styling