Okay, call me a sucker, but in this modern age of wildly modern coolers that are built to last for life, with extremely enduring ice retention, I still have a soft spot for a classic, consistent, and affordably priced Coleman. This five wheeled option holds up to 160 cans, and certainly gets the job done.
For years, Coleman was arguably the most popular name in coolers. It was hard to argue against a cooler. Today, Coleman has been outclassed by heavy duty alternatives such as Pelican and Yeti. For a fraction of the price, you can get a much bigger Coleman with wheels. Sure, it may not last a lifetime, but it will treat you good while its around, and that’s a fact.
This specific Coleman cooler will keep for up to 5 days in 90-degree weather. For such an affordable cooler, this is quite an impressive amount of time. Considering there are smaller coolers than this which retain ice for 10 days and cost over 10 times as much, this is a pretty great deal– especially because many proponents of this cooler have claimed that the “5 day retention” is actually an understatement, rather than an overstatement! The ThermOZONE insulation is used, and it happens to be an environmentally responsible alternative– its production features no compounds which risk depleting the ozone layer. The plastic lid is hinged, and features four cup holders for your convenience. There is something about the lack of pretentiousness that is found in this cooler that makes it extremely refreshing.
One of the best practical features is that this Coleman cooler is specifically engineered to drain without tilting. The channel which allows this tilt-free draining is also rustproof. The two way handles make this an easy cooler for carrying, though the 160 can capacity will likely lead to a lot more wheeling than carrying. Two of the wheels are larger, which simplifies pulling, especially on rougher terrain.
There are certainly a few minor pitfalls; for example, I found that the hinges were not extremely sturdy. Still, it would not be difficult to replace them with better, metal hinges. The build is not as sturdy as some of its competitors, but I believe that value is retained in spite of this.
In general, this is one of the less “high end” outdoor products you’ll find here on Survival Cooking, but that doesn’t make it any less valid, or less recommended!
Coleman has been a trusted name in American outdoor supplies for over 100 years. In this time, they have earned a reputation for creating products that maintain a fine balance of functionality and affordability– this 100 Quart cooler is no exception to that precedent. You can go right ahead and consider me an undeniable fan of this great cooler.