Rubbermaid DuraChill Wheeled Cooler
50 and 75 quart sizes
Plastic and metal composition
Pros: Nice insulation, solid construction, impressive looks, good price
Cons: Too many leak paths, hinges are a bit too weak
Extra chick insulation, dual access lid, integrated cupholders, rotating side handles, wheels, front-access drain plug
Rubbermaid DuraChill Wheeled Cooler Review
This is our Rubbermaid DuraChill Wheeled Cooler Review. The Rubbermaid DuraChill Wheeled Coolers are an upgraded version of Rubbermaid’s conventional wheeled cooler lines. They have extra thick insulation and overall better build quality and are intended to keep items cool for 5 to 6 days at a time. They utilize the helpful split hinged lid which allows access to half of the cooler without having to open the other half. In addition it comes with both an extended side handle for rolling as well as conventional handles for carrying, along with 4 embedded cup holder on the lid and a drain. It is available in two colors and in 50 and 75 quart varieties. It is made of thick plastic and has some metal hardware.
Insulation ability –
The insulation ability of these products is noticeably better than the regular Rubbermaid wheeled coolers. The extra thick walls definitely show here, and with proper sealing you can expect ice to last 5 days. However, the dual hinge lid means that there are more leak paths for cold air to escape, so while these seal better overall than the non-DuraChill examples it is still important to make sure that it is snugly closed when not in use.
Mobility and durability –
The wheels are very helpful here as both ice boxes are quite large. The fact that they included both carrying handles as well as a rolling handle is a nice plus, but it would have been nice if the rolling handle could extend out farther like their regular wheeled coolers. The thick plastic shell doubles as a good impact absorber, meaning these coolers can take a decent beating and still be fine. The weak point, however, are the hinges. They are made of plastic and are notorious for breaking rather easily. And unfortunately, when a hinge breaks the cooler is basically useless until the hinge can be replaced.
Visual Appeal –
These are very attractive coolers and will hold up fine to scrutiny. The thick walls and more beefy wheels give off a very well-constructed feel. The dual types of handles match well together and even with the lid cup holders nothing feels cluttered.
Online prices for these are in the upper tier of the budget range.
Overall Rating –
The Rubbermaid DuraChill Wheeled Cooler Review gets 3.5 out of 5 coolers. A well-insulated cooler that still manages to be mobile, the DuraChill series hits the mark in most regards. It is well constructed enough and features such as dual handles and a dual-hinged lid makes it user-friendly. It is unfortunate that the plastic hinges are a weak point in an otherwise solid cooler. It is a bit pricier than its more bare-boned sibling but the results are noticeable.