For a majority of people and applications, YETIs and the other premium coolers in this list aren’t worth the price. If you’re looking to upgrade from a less expensive model, but don’t require high-end cooling or bear-proof designs the Coleman Steel Belted is a good middle place. With a price of just $170 at Amazon in the moment of writing the Belted is a durable construction with metal components, with a traditional design that’s been the standard in backyard cookouts and camping sites for a long time. The advertised four days of ice storage might be a bit over-inflated in reality however, this cooler is adequate for road trips or camping outs as well as daily usage. We appreciate the capacity of 54 quarts, that is superior to the YETI’s renowned Tundra 45, and manages to weigh less than 4 pounds.
Regarding build quality In terms of build quality, in terms of build quality, the Steel Belted is a noticeable improvement over Coleman’s plastic Xtreme 5 model above but does not quite meet the standards of top-quality design rotomolded models. Additionally, the single latch lid isn’t sealed as well or efficiently as it should, and the thin steel handles are difficult to grasp and hold for long periods of time particularly when loaded down. Overall the Coleman is great for everyday excursions like backyard barbecues, camping or trips to the beach however, it’s not as than ideal for boating or in situations that require the most storage capacity, portability and toughness.