Eskies review and compare

Summer wouldn’t be summer without an esky, but are they all equally cool?
 
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02.Compare results

Recommended models are profiled on the What to buy page. Full results for all tested products are found in the table below.
 

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Eskies result table - Performance and Specifications
Brand / model (in rank order)Overall score (%)Performance score (%)Ease of use score (%)Days to melt ice External dimensions (cm, H x W x D)Internal dimensions (cm, H x W x D)Calculated volume (L)Weight (kg)Price ($)
Downunder DU 62L
www.downundericeboxes.com
83 87 75 4.1 45 x 73 x 47 32 x 59.5 x 32.5 62 11.3 385
Evakool E060
www.evakool.com.au
72 72 71 3.7 43 x 71 x 45 32 x 59 x 32 60 9.8 399
Coleman Xtreme Series 6262A707G
www.colemanaustralia.com.au
70 67 76 3.2 44 x 79 x 41 31 x 65 x 29.5 59 6.7 179
Tropical Iceboxes T62
www.downundericeboxes.com
70 72 66 3.4 47 x 74 x 49 33 x 59 x 32 62 11.7 263
Xtracool 60L Premium Cube
www.xtracool.com.au
61 56 71 2.4 47 x 59 x 47 36 x 46.5 x 34.5 58 9.1 150
Icemate by Evakool IM064
www.evakool.com.au
60 56 68 2.8 45 x 65 x 44 35.5 x 51.5 x 33.5 61 8 279
Waeco CoolIce WCI-60 (A)
www.waeco.com.au
60 59 63 2.8 42 x 70 x 44 30.5 x 56 x 33 56 10.4 249
Thermos 7860M/51-57L
02 9756 4311
60 56 69 2.2 43 x 65 x 40 37 x 55.5 x 32 66 4.8 99
Willow 55lt Wheelie Cooler
www.willow.com.au
51 41 74 1.6 42 x 57 x 40 36 x 51 x 32 59 5.5 100


Eskies result table - Features
Brand / model (in rank order)Fits 2L bottle uprightFits sparkling wine bottle uprightWheelsNon-slip feetBasketDry ice compatible
Downunder DU 62L
www.downundericeboxes.com
 
Evakool E060
www.evakool.com.au
    (B)
Coleman Xtreme Series 6262A707G
www.colemanaustralia.com.au
    • (C)
Tropical Iceboxes T62
www.downundericeboxes.com
   
Xtracool 60L Premium Cube
www.xtracool.com.au
     
Icemate by Evakool IM064
www.evakool.com.au
     
Waeco CoolIce WCI-60 (A)
www.waeco.com.au
       
Thermos 7860M/51-57L
02 9756 4311
      • (C)
Willow 55lt Wheelie Cooler
www.willow.com.au
     

Table notes

Scores The overall score is comprised of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%).

Days to melt ice See How we Test.

Features See What to Look For. All models on test have drains and hinged lids.

External dimensions Our measurements for the smallest box that fits around the esky.

Internal dimensions Our measurements used to calculate the volume.

Price Recommended or average retail, as of October 2009.

(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.
(B) Available at an extra cost.
(C) Direct contact with liner is not recommended.

How we test

Performance Our testers, Ben Rossetto and Geoff Day, load each model with cold bottles (one 750ml bottle per 5L of the eskies’ internal volume) and ice (one-quarter internal volume when melted) then measure how long it takes for the ice to melt in a 32°C room. They then measure the time for the contents to warm from 10°C to 20°C.

Ease of use They assess the ease of loading, transporting and cleaning the eskies.

 
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