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Esky reviews

Eskies, coolers or chilly bins - these picnic favourites are known by many names around Australia. We test nine of them.
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01 .Introduction


Test results for nine hard, medium sized coolers priced from $90 to $450.

Now is the perfect time to enjoy an outdoor picnic, but no one wants warm drinks, a leaking cooler (affectionately known as the esky, after the brand), or most of all, to finish a great day out with a bout of food poisoning.

We found big differences in performance! We'll show you the better product options if you intend to use your cooler for storing food.

In our testing, we;

  • find out which keep cool the longest
  • are the easiest to use

Check below for the Brands and models tested tested, plus How we test.

Brands and models tested

  • Caribee 47L Family Cooler with Wheels
  • Chillco 50 L Sky Blue Cooler SB50L
  • Coleman Xtreme
  • Esky 50L ES0500BL 1219784
  • Esky 50L Wheeled Cooler 1257323
  • Techniice Signature Series
  • Waeco Cool Ice WCI-55
  • Willow Quickserve Wheelie Cooler 20888
  • Xtracool Long Ice Box - IBCAM055 Pink

How we test

Our tester, Corinna Horrigan, tests the coolers by loading each cooler with drink bottles to about 20% of its capacity. The coolers are preconditioned to 32°C. She fills each cooler with ice equivalent to 15% of the coolers’ volume, closes them and places them in a temperature-controlled room at 32°C. Corinna measures the time taken from when the average temperature inside the bottles rises by 0°C to 2°C, and then 2°C to 8°C. The slower the warm-up time, the better the performance score. We open the coolers for only a few seconds during the test to tamp down the ice; they’ll warm up more quickly with more regular opening.

Ease of use
Corinna assesses how easy each cooler is to carry, load and unload, and how easy it is to open and close the lid.

Strapped for picnic food ideas?

Try Cook’s CHOICE creations, such as egg and dill salad with crusty bread, potato and tomato salad, or watermelon with kaffir lime syrup.


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Interested's opinion:

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1 MONTH AGO | Agree with an earlier comment I have the ergo baby carrier and using it for a newborn is fine when I have so done else to do the clasp up at the back but have not managed this on my own - a big drawback for my needs



Bec's opinion:

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3 MONTHS AGO | Disappointed with the content of this review - it doesn't give a very effective comparison of the various products. I was interested in the different carrying positions, and hence the versatility, of the slings/carriers across different age ranges. It's not particularly helpful to just give a snapshot of which is best at each age - the whole point is surely to avoid wasting money on multiple or unsuitable products. I also found the video didn't work, as per a previous comment.



Sandylee's opinion:

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8 MONTHS AGO | I have the Ergobaby pouch and my husband wore it for 15 minutes with our 7kg baby in the front position, with cushion, not infant insert. It pulled something in his upper back so badly that his muscles spammed and he's been on the couch in agony for 2 weeks. I wore it myself today and felt the same sort of twinge in the exact same area that my husband has been injured. If you have a bad back, use the Hugabub. I use it all the time and it's fantastic. Steer clear of the Ergobaby. It's expensive, fiddly and worst, ruined our Xmas holiday.



Ines's opinion:

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9 MONTHS AGO | Video of testing did not work. Very disappointing



Mel's opinion:

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1 YEAR AGO | Hi there,

The department of Fair Trading has just come out with a media release saying that slings are not safe for newborns, but it's not clear if they are also referring to wraps such as the Hugabub. Do you know if they are referring to wraps, too, or just to the slings? One of the comments they made was that carriers where the head is turned to the side or pressed to your chest are dangerous for newborns and I can't seem to find anything on whether it is possible to avoid this in the hugabub. Is it possible to avoid these positions in a hugabub?



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