junglesmacks wrote:Both the Igloo and Coleman "extreme" series coolers do indeed hold up. The difference? The Igloo coolers are built way better IMHO. The Coleman handles are cheap and flimsy and break first thing. The Igloo seems overbuilt and very sturdy. The only reason that we went with the Coleman vs the Igloo in BRC is that we were traveling and found a good deal online for the 70qt model.. like $30 delivered. Couldn't say no.. and passed it on to some friends after the burn.
To elaborate on what JS says about the Coleman:
I have the almost identacle Coleman cooler. I've had it for a few years. Its been mountain camping a few times, and this was its 3rd burn.
These coolers get less efficient over years of use. Eventually the seal where the lid meets the base because a little less "air tight". Not very noticeably, but still.
We use our Coleman Extreme 70 quart as a our beer cooler. Which basically means:
We dump about 24-30 cans and bottles of different WARM beers/hard tea/hard cider in it every day.
The cooler gets opened at least once an hour or more.
We also have to add ice every day. By the time we add ice each day, between 2 and 4pm, there is a little bit of ice floating in the ice cold water, but not much.
For $30 to $40 dollars, this cooler works really well.
Our 'frozen food' cooler is some smaller cooler, I believe its also a coleman. Its not as good a cooler, but it only gets opened in the evening preparing dinner. It doesn't really need to be topped off with ice every day- but fuck it, we have ice so add some to the cooler. Its not worth screwing around with raw meat, might as well add ice.