You might be asking the same questions and like any, purchasing a cooler is an important investment and you want to know what you’re buying before you make a commitment.
The first thing you want to do is take a step back from asking about the features, and be clear on the reason you’re in the market for a new cooler. Here are few reasons other people have looked for a new better design for an ice cooler:
1. Their cheaper brand ice cooler have broke on them… the hinges broke, the lid broke or the body has cracked or something like that. So they’re looking at something with more strength and durability rather than buying a cheapie that will need replacing again not to far down the track. They’re seeing what else is around.
2. Their cheap ice cooler isn’t keeping ice as long as they’d like it to, they’ve started going out camping on the weekends or its summer and they’re going out on the river in the hot sun or whatever, but they want more ice retention. mccoy cooler
3. Their friends have invested their life savings in one of the expensive brand ice coolers which looks real nice but it’s a big investment to come up with the cash to buy one.
4. They’re getting into a new hobby – fishing or hunting or whatever and they want to start with good gear and saw that rotomolded ice coolers are the way to go.
So whatever the reason is for you, be clear on what that is because it will affect which design and brand of ice cooler is the right choice for you.
You really do get what you pay for with an ice cooler. And if you’re on a budget, then perhaps the good old cheapie will be just what you need. Cheap ice coolers are ok, some people are happy to get them cheap now and replace them in a year or so if they break. They’re not quite as nice to own and to use, and they can be flimsy when you sit on them. The lid flexes, the hinges and latches break after a certain number of uses so perhaps within a year or so, you’re looking for a new cooler because your old ones broken.
If you go for a rotomolded ice cooler like a True Blue Cooler or the expensive brands, then what you’re going to get is a lot stronger, and you’ll see there’s barely any flex in the lid at all. With these coolers they have really put a lot of thought into the hinge design and these latches. And they’re really going to last a very long time which will save you money over the long run.