Thermos Element 5 Can Cooler
6 to 24 cans (8 to 22 quarts) sizes
Plastic, rubber, fabric, and metal composition
Pros: Adequate job of cooling, carries quite a bit for the size
Cons: Not a lot of other storage options, zipper is very weak, flimsy structure, little variance in aesthetics
Flex-A-Guard lining, adjustable shoulder strap, quick-access lid, front exterior mesh pocket
Thermos Element 5 Can Cooler Review
Last Updated by Brandon F. on June 20, 2019
This is our Thermos Element 5 Can Cooler Review. The Thermos Element 5 Can Cooler is intended for those needing a quick and efficient cooling solution for their favorite beverage for a lunch or picnic. This product comes with an insulation layer to help increase cool life as well as being wrapped in a seamless liner that is leak-proof and tear-resistant.
While the insulated inner storage is the primary storage area, there is also a mesh outer pocket where you can stick a few small items that don’t need to stay cold. Convenience components such as the adjustable shoulder strap and quick access lid help to make it as user-friendly as possible. This product comes in 3 different color schemes that are connected to their respected size, is made of plastic, rubber, fabric, and metal, and stores around anywhere from 6 to 24 cans or approximately 8 to 22 quarts.
Insulation ability –
The insulation, while a bit thin, does an adequate job of keeping items cool up until lunch, or 3 to 4 hours. As such, this is an acceptable product for a lunch outing or picnic, but don’t expect it to last for an entire day out on the lake or beach. The insulated area takes up essentially the entire bag, which can be a good thing if all you are focused on is keeping items cool but can be a bit inconvenient if you were hoping to carry much else.
Mobility and durability –
For the size, this cooler will carry an impressive amount of items. Specifically, you can easily fit an entire 6 to 24 pack of cans (depending on the size) inside or a combination of drinks and food that should be large enough to appease one and potentially two people for the smaller sizes and 4 or more in the 24 can example.
As mentioned above you don’t have a lot of flexibility in regards to storing other items, however. Other than the small mesh front pocket, there is no other storage solution. To carry this, a shoulder strap is attached which is more than adequate. We do enjoy the quick access lid that makes it a breeze to get in and out of the internal storage. However, this product has two major flaws: the zipper is extremely weak and notorious for breaking, even when new.
Second, the structure of the container is very flimsy and the lack of rigidity means that it can be knocked around and flattened easily. While we appreciate the compactness of a soft-sided cooler, we still hope that there is enough rigidity to stay formed.
Visual Appeal –
The design of all three sizes is very similar, both in shape and design, with the only difference being a change in the bright accent color used. We don’t have the design but it isn’t anything impressive, either. The lack of outside features also makes for a rather bland presentation.
Online these products have been seen to be in the low intermediate price range.
Overall Rating –
The Thermos Element 5 Can Cooler Review earns 2.5 out of 5 coolers. The most impressive feat with this cooler is how much it can store despite what appears to be a relatively small size. Unfortunately nothing else about it really stands out and in fact, it somewhat struggles with cooling. The price is at a point where it isn’t a horrible buy but there are better choices out there.