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Old 10-06-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default 5 Day Coolers - Coleman VS. Igloo

It's time for me to buy a new cooler, and I'm gonna go with a 5 day. I wanted to see if any of you guys had any good/bad experience with either of these 2 brands. I'm trying to stay under $80 or so.


BTW - I don't have the money for a $300 cooler, so please don't tell me that's what I "need".
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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I saw a 120 qt at Sams in Katy today for $68.00. 7 day Igloo. It was such a great deal, I bought one.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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Do yourself a huge favor.At all costs, avoid the Igloo Max Cold 5-day cooler. A paper sack will hold ice better than this. I used to believe {in error} that igloo was much better than coleman. Not anymore. The best cooler I have found is the Extreme Cold by Coleman. It will hold ice better than anything I have tried {i am not spending $200 on a yeti}. They are very reasonable and hold ice well. if you go to a camping website {Rv.com, Pop-up Explorer etc...} and ask the same question, they will tell you the same. Coleman Extreme is the way to go. Good luck.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:54 PM   #4
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If you make it to west Houston, run by the Igloo factory and you can get 2nds from the factory for pretty cheap.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:58 PM   #5
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I've found in the last few years that coleman are better coolers than igloo.
That said, if I could get an igloo on the cheap (factory deal or something) I would.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:08 PM   #6
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go with the coleman . And stay away from the dark color coolers.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:10 PM   #7
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I have Igloo 5 day and I have been disappointed in it. It will keep ice for about 2 days and that is it. I guess it could keep ice for 5 days but it would have to be a huge block ice. Go with the coleman....
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:15 PM   #8
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I have Igloo 5 day and I have been disappointed in it. It will keep ice for about 2 days and that is it. I guess it could keep ice for 5 days but it would have to be a huge block ice. Go with the coleman....
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:20 PM   #9
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I love my coleman extreme cold. Filled it up with ice thursday night, left in the back of my truck all weekend opening and closing it for beer and food and when I dumped it Sunday evening it was still 3/4 full of ice
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:21 PM   #10
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I have an older 5 day Coleman and pleased with it. Only drawback is it is heavy empty.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:23 PM   #11
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Kent: you "should" have filled it with meat, but......oh, nevermind.

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Old 10-07-2009, 12:39 PM   #12
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I will never buy another Igloo!
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:53 PM   #13
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Coleman has the Ultimate Extreme 6 day coolers that I would like to try, but havent seen on the shelves.

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/Colem...ategoryID=8581

The problem with most coolers isnt the cooler itself, but the ice. Cubed or round ice with the dimples wont last a day, but crushed or shaved ice will last a long time, cause there is no air in betwixt the cubes. Its all ice!
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:58 PM   #14
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I like to buy Igloo cause a lot of them are made near Houston...just up I-10. Just supportin' the local businesses.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:07 PM   #15
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Neither one of these coolers are worth a crap. I have both and the wont keep a 20 lb bag of ice for one day. Just my opinion...

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Old 10-07-2009, 01:11 PM   #16
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I got 2 of the 5 day Igloos and it seems they are no better than their regular coolers... don't have any Colemans but I'll probably buy Coleman next time just to give 'em a try... seems to be pretty well liked here on the green screen... and that's good 'nuf fer me... And NO I ain't buyin' no Yetti neither (at least not yet...)
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:33 PM   #17
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Kent: you "should" have filled it with meat, but......oh, nevermind.
I know thats right
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:44 PM   #18
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I like the coleman, when its full of meat.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:56 PM   #19
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I saw a 120 qt at Sams in Katy today for $68.00. 7 day Igloo. It was such a great deal, I bought one.
The Sams off of 610 by Reliant stadium in Houston, have the 150 qt. for 68.00 and it is the 7 day. I used it on Sat. for drinks for a concession stand and I checked it this morning and there is still ice in it. It sat in the Expedition till Tuesday. I just got it but have no complaints yet.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:10 PM   #20
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A Coleman Extreme holds ice fairly well.

I keep a cooler in the back of my truck at ALL times. I buy less ice with the Coleman than I did with the Igloo.

And Joey's right. If you have the choice, buy ice from Sonic. It lasts much better.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:49 PM   #21
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If you keep them in the shade & out of the direct sun it helps a bunch & a light color or white.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:25 PM   #22
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Another vote for Coleman Extreme here. Love my Coleman's and cuss Igloo all the time. The ONLY disadvantage to a Coleman is getting spare parts. That being said you don't need them near as often as you do for Igloos.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:50 PM   #23
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I can honestly say without a doubt my Coleman Extreme holds ice better than my Yeti. It certainly isn't as durable, but I can easily get 3 days in the summer with my Coleman.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:28 AM   #24
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Make ice last longer: Put packing peanuts in a sealable plastic bag and place on top of the ice in your ice chest. The ice will last longer and everything will stay colder.

I haven't tried this but it comes from one of those frugal living/green sites.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:14 AM   #25
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Dont buy the one with the access hatch on the top its not insulated well. Dont buy dark colors, and if you hvae a choice buy the one with a tight fitting lid and never sit on it or you'll warp the lid and it will not seal and there goes your ice
I saw a test somewhere where the guys put a bunch of coolers in a real world test and the ones that did well were the igloo marine 96 qt was best for under $100

Ok, found the link, it was on 2coolfishing back in 2007

http://2coolfishing.com/ttmbforum/sh...t=cooler+igloo
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:21 AM   #26
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Dont buy the one with the access hatch on the top its not insulated well. Dont buy dark colors, and if you hvae a choice buy the one with a tight fitting lid and never sit on it or you'll warp the lid and it will not seal and there goes your ice
I saw a test somewhere where the guys put a bunch of coolers in a real world test and the ones that did well were the igloo marine 96 qt was best for under $100

Ok, found the link, it was on 2coolfishing back in 2007

http://2coolfishing.com/ttmbforum/sh...t=cooler+igloo
Looks like their test didn't include a Coleman. Would have been interesting to see.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:46 AM   #27
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I looked at the yetis at ultramatic to see what the fuss was all about- to me the fuss would be all about the price. Maybe if I was transport heart/organs and had no way to add more ice, etc.. .for a week, but come on- the price is insane on these, I dont care how good they keep ice- its ice....

my dad goes fishing and camps for a month at a time sometimes. They got tired of buying ice so he makes his own. he has a tupperware container and makes a huge block or two a day- puts one on drinks, one on fish, and keeps the extras in a walmart bag in the chest freezer. It is daily duty, but they end up with cold drinks, cold fish in the boat all day/night, and a chest freezer full of fillets by the end of the month.

Buckees makes it hard to justify buying a yeti
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:08 AM   #28
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I've got no brands preference one way or the other.

A few weeks ago I picked up a wheeled green (didn't know the no dark rule) Extreme 5 Coleman (90 or 100qt ? ) cooler from academy for ~$59.00.

I figured at that price it was worth a shot.
I'm slowly trying to convert my stock over to all wheeled coolers to help save my back. This is my third.

So far so good. No real complains yet.
The longer handle for using the wheels does close the drain when the handle is in the down position, which I felt was kinda odd.

Here is my ice trick- I freeze water in cool whip & wanna be butter (country crock) containers & line the bottom of the cooler with a few of those. After I add my contents I pour the cubed store bought stuff on top.
I normally end up dumping a few of those 1/2 melted ice chunks in the yard when my trip is over.
The reason I use the cool whip/butter containers over milk jugs is I don't have to fight to get it out. Just run some water over the container & it pops right out.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:15 AM   #29
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I've tried both and in hot weather, don't think any of them very good, but I have had better luck with the Coleman than the Igloo. Before I fill with Ice, I'll put a block in the day before to cool down the cooler. Then I will add drinks and food and fill up with ice. I cover the top of the ice with the empty ice bags and it helps the ice to last much much longer. Just a extra layer of insulation that makes an air lock between the outside and the ice.
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