Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Review
Rubbermaid not only has a popular lineup of traditional coolers but they also have a smaller set of marine coolers. These coolers are much larger than most of the company’s other ice chests and they also offer superior ice life and the capability of being able to thrive in a marine environment. This review will be discussing the Rubbermaid Marine Coolers. We will discuss their features, test them, and provide a rating thanks to TheCoolerZone.com ranking metrics.
But first, check out a list of the best Rubbermaid Marine Coolers in the table below.
- 1 Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Review
- 1.1 Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Lineup
- 1.2 Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Features
- 1.3 Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Ice Life
- 1.4 Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Aesthetics
- 1.5 Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Price
- 1.6 Rubbermaid Marine Cooler vs. Yeti
- 1.7 Rubbermaind Marine Cooler Review
Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Lineup
Rubbermaid Marine Coolers are designed for people who are after a larger, more capable cooler. As such, they only come in two sizes: 102 Quart and 150 Quart. Both of these coolers fall into our giant size range. They can hold between 150 to 250 cans of coke/beer plus ice, which is plenty for even the largest group. But beyond that, they can also double as a great storage for fish, food, or whatever else the high seas bring your way.
While Rubbermaid does limit sizes to just two, they also include their Gott Marine Coolers. The Rubbermaid Gott Marine Coolers come in the same sizes (102 and 150 Quart) but also have a few extra features that boost their ice life and versatility. We will discuss these various features in the next section.
Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Features
Rubbermaid is known for their relatively Spartan feature lineup in their coolers. However, their marine coolers definitely bump things up a notch (particularly in their Gott Series).
You will find that the walls are thicker than traditional Rubbermaid Coolers. This not only helps with durability but gives a nice boost to ice life (which we will discuss in the next section). Specifically, the wall thickness is around 1 ½” to 2” thick. And these walls are coated in a stain and odor-resistant material that makes cleaning a breeze.
Since these are larger coolers, having proper handles is very important. Rubbermaid understands this and has designed their handles to be capable of carrying a full cooler (which can be several hundred pounds). Depending on the model, you will find either molded-in side handles or rotating handles to help you carry. We highly encourage that anybody carrying a full Rubbermaid Ice Chest to utilize the buddy system, with one person on each side.
Next, all Rubbermaid Marine Coolers have an oversized drain to help quickly remove melted ice. You will find an attached drain pug that can be easily snapped on and off to block the plug.
And any Marine Cooler wouldn’t be complete without a molded fish scale. This is great for measuring the big catch of the day and also for cutting rope or any other necessary task. In addition, the lids are reinforced to allow for up to two people to sit on it. On a cooler this large, that results in two extra seats for the boat! The lids also have built-in cup holders on the 150 Quart models.
The Rubbermaid Gott Marine Coolers include everything discussed above plus more. Some of the plastic components are replaced with metal. This includes the hinges, lid latch, and strap. This gives a nice durability boost to an already worth cooler.
In addition, there are molded internal slots where you can place both Rubbermaid Refreeze Bottles and Rubbermaid Iceolator Bottles. These are ice packs that can replace or complement traditional ice. This, combined with the slightly thicker insulated walls on Gott Marine Coolers, results in improved ice retention.
And while you won’t find rotomolded construction or some of the robust components found in other premium coolers, the Rubbermaid Marine Ice Chests are proudly made in the USA. So you know that the quality is still there.
Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Ice Life
Having long ice retention on a marine cooler is quite important. Since saltwater boat excursions can be several days (if not more), having a cooler that can hold water, food, beer, and fish is a necessity. Rubbermaid believes that they have the answer to that with their Marine Coolers. According to Rubbermaid, their 102 Quart models are designed to keep ice for up to 5 days while their 150 Quart models can keep ice for up to 7 days or more.
These are quite impressive numbers, but are they realistic?
To test this, we put these coolers through our own in-house evaluations. We filled them up with around 1/3 of ice, left them outside in the Texas heat, and occasionally opened them. This gives a more “real life” result.
Our results can be seen in the graph below:
As you can see from the results, the large storage size combined with the relatively thick insulated walls results in a very capable ice life for all models of Rubbermaid Marine Coolers.
The 150 Quart models, thanks to their ability to hold more ice, achieved anywhere from approximately 115 hours up to 150 hours. The 102 Quart models, while smaller, still produced an impressive 90 to 120 hours of ice retention.
We did see a slight boost in the Gott Marine Coolers in both sizes. This can be attributed to the slightly thicker wall thickness, the improved hardware, and most importantly the built-in ice packs. These ice packs create an awesome “1-2 punch” that delivers extra ice life. And since they are built into the walls themselves, they don’t take up any more storage volume.
Overall, these are more than adequate numbers. A vast majority of people who use these coolers won’t ever need to truly test them to their limit. And for the few that do, they will find that ice retention, while not quite as good as the premium coolers in the industry, is still quite capable.
We didn’t quite see the numbers that Rubbermaid achieved in their testing but we didn’t test these ice chests in optimal settings, either. We have no doubt that if you were to fill them to the brim with ice, leave them indoors, and not open them, the ice life would be boosted by a day or more.
Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Aesthetics
Most Marine Coolers are very tame when it comes to styling, and the Rubbermaid Ice Chests are no exception. This is due to the fact that sunlight can rob coolers of their color and also crack them over time. Because of this, most marine coolers will be coated in a UV-resistant coating and also be white.
Rubbermaid embraces this design and also removes essentially any other aesthetic features on the body of their marine ice chests. The result is a very sleek and streamline cooler. But it doesn’t have much of a “wow” factor.
While most people looking for a marine-worthy cooler couldn’t care less about the looks of it, we still like to include it in our ranking. But quite frankly, if you are after a colorful marine cooler, expect it to lose color over time as you expose it to the sun.
Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Price
Rubbermaid is in the business of making affordable coolers. It is what has allowed them to achieve the level of success that they currently enjoy. But to achieve these price points, sacrifices have to be made. You can see this in their features, ice life, and overall toughness.
While the Rubbermaid Marine Coolers still embrace this ideal, they also bump the performance up significantly. The ice retention rates are much higher and storage size and build quality are more robust. Features are still a little lacking, but everything that most people would need in a marine cooler is still there.
But the important fact is that asking prices are still very competitive. For the storage volume. Rubbermaid Marine Coolers are at a very attractive price point. And for this price, you will be hard-pressed to find another cooler as capable.
Rubbermaid Marine Cooler vs. Yeti
Yeti has always been considered one of the top performers in the premium cooler market. And Rubbermaid historically has been more dedicated to creating coolers that can perform well but are also competitive in terms of asking price. This key difference has made the target audience for the two companies a little different.
But if any Rubbermaid Cooler is going to compete with a Yeti, the Marine Series is the best-suited for it. They are the largest and some of the toughest coolers that Rubbermaid makes. In addition, they are equipped to have some of the longest ice life.
So which is better between a Rubbermaid Marine Cooler and a Yeti Cooler?
Well, despite Rubbermaid’s best efforts, the Yeti still has a clear edge in the ice department. This is thanks to the thicker insulated walls and rubber gasket. As for toughness, both models are very resilient but the thicker metal hardware and rotomolded construction puts Yeti slightly ahead as well.
For features, both are pretty similar. But Yeti has an edge in looks thanks to a much more diversified selection of colors and customization options.
But the largest difference is in price. Yeti Coolers are much more expensive than a Rubbermaid Marine. And the performance, while notably better, may not justify the high price tag increase to many.
So for someone who wants 80 or 90% of a Yeti’s performance for a fraction of the price, the Rubbermaid Marine Cooler is a great compromise. But for someone after the very best (and the price isn’t an issue), there is no Rubbermaid-based replacement for a Yeti.
Rubbermaind Marine Cooler Review
Pros: Good Ice Life, Tons of Storage Volume, Reasonably Priced
Cons: Few Sizes, Limited Color Options
Features: Multiple handle styles, High-flow drain, Fish scale on the lid, Integrated slots for ice packs
The Rubbermaid Marine Coolers are for those people who enjoy the competitive pricing of Rubbermaid ice chests but need something with more storage volume and ice retention. They are also great for people who like to spend time on the lake or ocean. These coolers come in two sizes: 102 quarts and 150 quarts, and are available in both the base model as well as the Gott Marine model.
Insulation Ability –
You will enjoy multiple days of ice life with any of the Rubbermaid Marine Coolers. This is achieved thanks to thicker insulation and the fact that the coolers are quite large to begin with. This means that you can put quite a bit of ice in them. In addition to this, the Gott Marine models come with integrated slots for ice packs. These ice packs, while not required, provide an extra boost in cooling performance. Depending on which model you go with, you can expect anywhere from 90 hours up to 150 hours of ice retention.
Mobility and Durability –
There aren’t a ton of features on these models (which helps to keep the price down). The only ones really worth noting include the high-flow drain plug, integrated fish scale on the lid, and the built-in slots for ice packs on the Gott Lineup. These are also a bit more robust since they are designed for the challenges of a marine landscape. You can see this in the UV-resistant shell and rust-resistant hardware. The Gott improves upon this further thanks to thicker hinges and metal components as opposed to plastic.
For moving, you will have either integrated molded handles or rotating side handles. But it is important to note that these are large coolers. And when full, they will weight quite a bit. So make sure to buddy up before trying to carry!
Visual Appeal –
There aren’t a lot of aesthetic features to get us excited. Rubbermaid Marine Coolers are very straightforward in their design. They only come in one color (white) and there isn’t much in the way of curves or textures. This likely isn’t a big deal to most people who will be using this in a marine environment, however. Having an ice chest that can adequately handle the elements is much more important than winning a cooler beauty contest.
While these will run a bit higher than most other Rubbermaid coolers, the performance and durability are also higher. We feel that considering the ice life and build quality, these ice chests are an excellent value. And it makes it much easier to ignore minor complaints such as boring styling.
Overall Rating –
The Rubbermaid Marine Cooler Series is a solid competitor in the sea-worthy ice chest category. These ice chests are huge and will have more than enough storage space for even the largest of boats. And the ice life is quite good. You will be limited in size selection and features are somewhat lacking but for those after lots of storage volume, good ice life, and reasonable prices, this is a