Coleman Xtreme 5 Cooler ($80)

Best Coolers and Ice Chests of 2022 From premium rotomolded models with excellent ice retention to wheeled designs for easy transport,

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70 qts (66.2L)

12 lbs. 4.8 oz.

50, 62, 100, 120, 150 qts.

Cheap, generously sized, and doubles down as extra seating.

You get what you pay for in terms of ice retention..

Coleman is almost synonymous with camping in the car and has an array of items with reasonable prices. For the price-conscious cooler category we love its 70-quart Xtreme 5 model the best. At just 80 dollars on Amazon when we are publication the review, you will get a spacious interior space and Coleman’s Have-a-Seat lid which accommodates up to 250 lbs (we often use our coolers to provide seating and this is a great feature) as well as four convenient cup holders that are on top of the. The moderately priced cooler will surpass Styrofoam and similar models, yet it’s still quite robust, and comes with a wide range of sizes from 50 to up the 150-quart range (even the largest models are priced reasonably).

But, there are nearly always some significant disadvantages to going this low, and the Coleman’s most significant flaw can be its ability to freeze ice for a long time. Ice retention is advertised as five days, however, based on our experiences with the model that has wheels it’s more likely to be to last two or three days in good conditions. We suggest chilling the cooler before loading it with ice (which we discuss in our buying guide below) and placing it in shade to maximize its performance. If you take into consideration that the fact that the Coleman is cheaper than the premium rotomolded models by at least $150 it’s not difficult to be too critical. Also, for informal outings, and for shorter ones particularly the Coleman is everything campers require and absolutely nothing else they’d need. For a different budget-friendly selection look into Igloo’s ECOCOOL series, which includes the 52-quart model that’s below.