Fun Finds: The Ultimate Cooler Face Off!

August 4, 2016 raguirre

Buying an ice chest, or cooler, used to be easy.

There were a few basic choices and colors; the winning cooler was selected based on capacity and possibly if it had wheels or not. What would make them better, more functional, or attractive didn’t seem to play in to the product design, much less the consumer’s mind.

Those days are gone.

With the number of ice chest brands seeming to increase by the month, the easy decision between “the red one versus the blue one” is getting a lot more difficult. Luckily, we’re here to shed some light on a few options we compared.

One of the biggest differences is the price point. From the Hercules starting at $14.99 to the Yeti topping our list at $349.99, there is a big swing depending on whether you’re looking to make a long-term camping investment or just picking up a quickie for a lake weekend at the Butte.

From there, the weight of the empty cooler is another thing to consider. The Pelican Elite weighs in at a whopping 35.95 pounds when empty, whereas the Coleman Xtreme comes in a 4-wheeled option. While it’s not that heavy to start, when you fill it to the brim, you still don’t have to worry because you can pull it along the trail.

All of the brands we tried come in a variety of sizes and capacities, so investigate which size makes the most sense for your trip’s duration, or capacity needs, and go from there.

Whether your attending a baseball event with the family or road tripping this summer, keep cool with these local cooler options.

Fun Tip:
Consider making your own cooler ice. Fill water balloons with water, freeze in advance, and then pack your cooler. Once they melt you can re-freeze or have a fun water balloon fight with friends!

 

Coleman® XTREME® 4- WHEELED COOLER

Coleman
Click for Specifications:
Capacity
Exterior Specs (LxWxH)
Weight
Construction
40 quarts
18.88 x 18.39 x 11.00 IN
11 lbs
Polyethylene
Capacity
Price Point
Ice Retention
60 cans
49.99
3 days
Extras
Keeps the Ice!™ up to 4 days at temperatures up to 90 °F
Have-A-Seat™ Lid supports up to 250 lbs. for a place to sit and rest
Four integrated Cup holders
Long, telescoping handle for easy pulling
Rustproof, leak-resistant channel for no-tilt draining
Where to buy locally
WalMart (3 local locations) DICK’S Sporting Goods

Grizzly 40

Grizzly 40
Click for Specifications:
Capacity
Exterior Specs (LxWxH)
Weight
Construction
40 quarts
25.5 x 16 x 15.375
22 lbs
Rotomolded polyethylene
Capacity
Price Point
Ice Retention
66 cans
339.99
4 days
Extras
BearClaw™ Latches require no hardware and keep a secure grip
Non-slip non-marking rubber feet
2” drain plug for easy, quick draining
2” Tiedown slots
Where to buy locally
Pool Tech Plus
2331 E Lohman Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001

Pelican Elite 45

Platt-Pelican-ProGear-45-Qt.-Elite-Cooler-45Q-MC-WHT
Click for Specifications:
Capacity
Exterior Specs (LxWxH)
Weight
Construction
45 quarts
29.66 x 20 x 19.25
35.95 lbs
Rotomolded polyethylene
Capacity
Price Point
Ice Retention
36 cans
269.99
5 days
Extras
Sloped Drain & Tethered Threaded Plug (Garden Hose
Attachable)
Up to 10 days ice retention, freezer grade gasket Press & Pull Latches (Wide for Gloved Use) Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel Hardware
Where to buy locally
RTD Hardware
4501 N Valley Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88007

Hercules Huskee 45qt Thickwall cooler

Hercules
Click for Specifications:
Capacity
Exterior Specs (LxWxH)
Weight
Construction
45 quarts
25.25 x 16 x 12.62
1.8 lbs
Styrofoam
Capacity
Price Point
Ice Retention
48 cans
14.99
1 day
Extras
1.5” thick walls and 2” thick corners
Strong hinged lid unusual to styrofoam coolers
Bottom is ribbed so that it won’t move around or fall over, and the tight lid prevents any spillage
Where to buy locally
KMART (1 local location) WalMart (3 local locations) amazon.com

Yeti Tundra 45

Yeti
Click for Specifications:
Capacity
Exterior Specs (LxWxH)
Weight
Construction
37.6 quarts
25.5x16x15.5
22 lbs
Rotomolded polyethylene
Capacity
Price Point
Ice Retention
26 cans
349.99
5 days
Extras
Designed to accommodate long-neck bottles
Lid seals shut with a freezer-quality gasket around the entire lid to minimize air exchange
Designed to handle extremely low temperatures and are compatible with dry ice
Padlock holes are molded into the cooler body and lid for added security.
Where to buy locally
Horse N Hound Feed N Supply
991 W Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005
Pool Tech Plus
2331 E Lohman Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Sun Valley True Value Hardware
3567 S Main St, Mesilla Park, NM 88047

Cooler Tips Tidbits

It’s About Retention

Coolers are built to retain temperature, whether it’s hot or cold; they are not miracle workers no matter how fancy they are. So if you store your cooler in the hot garage, make sure you bring it in the house and air it out a day before packing.

Pre-Chill What You’ll Be Packing

A warm sleeve of sodas straight from the store will only serve to warm up the rest of the items packed. Cooling all items ahead of time will ensure cold temps longer.

Go Big

Using larger blocks of ice in your chest means they’ll melt slower. Grab the bag at the back of the cooler, yes, the one that feels solid.

Air Is The Enemy

If you don’t use up all the space in the cooler consider placing a towel at the top to take up the empty space. Creating an air barrier will ensure your cold items keep cooler longer. And try not to open it too many times, the more it’s open, the more coolness escapes.

Layer It On

Putting ice at the bottom and then layering from there up with the items that need to stay the coldest at the bottom will prioritize your chilling. Fruit, for example, could go more towards the top of the chest whereas the sangria would go towards the bottom.

The post Fun Finds: The Ultimate Cooler Face Off! appeared first on Las Cruces Magazine.

Previous Article
Tuscan Dream Home
Tuscan Dream Home

Written by Jessica Muncrief | Photography by Donicio Madrid and... The post Tuscan Dream Home appeared firs...

Next Article
Las Cruces Beer Fest
Las Cruces Beer Fest

The 2016 Las Cruces SUMMER Beer Fest will be held... The post Las Cruces Beer Fest appeared first on Las Cr...