Eskies review and compare

Summer wouldn’t be summer without an esky, but are they all equally cool?
 
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03.What to buy

83% Downunder DU 62L

01_downunder_copyPrice $385

Good points

  • Standout performer – the only very good model on test.
  • Easy to use.
  • Has a basket and non-slip feet.
  • Dry-ice compatible.

Bad points

72% Evakool E060

Evacool 60Price $399

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Dry-ice compatible.  

Bad points

  • None to mention.

70% Coleman Xtreme Series 6262A707G (Best Buy)

Coleman extremePrice $180

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to move on a smooth surface – has wheels and a very tall towing handle.
  • Lid has internal recesses and cup holders on top (external).
  • Comparatively cheap.

Bad points

  • Lid does not have a separate latch and requires significant effort to lift and close properly.
  • Very bulky considering storage volume.
  • Width makes carrying difficult for one person.
  • Handles and hinges appear comparatively flimsy, and durability may be questionable.
  • Not fully dry-ice compatible.

70% Tropical Iceboxes T62

TropicalPrice $263

Good points

  • Has non-slip feet.
  • Dry-ice compatible.

Bad points

  • Very bulky considering storage volume.
  • Bulky lid overhang and width makes carrying difficult.

About the rest

  • XtracoolThe Xtracool is easy to use but very bulky, considering its storage volume. While its lid overhang protects the handles, it also makes carrying difficult.



  • IcemateThe Icemate has a basket that aids access to lower items but the handles are integrated into the cabinet and offer only finger slots to grasp. It is not easy to tie down – its handles do have a ledge that can hold rope in some configurations.


  • WaecoThe Waeco is very easy to clean but tall bottles don’t fit vertically and its lid does not open a full 90°. Its handles are integrated into the cabinet and offer only finger slots to grasp. It has no tie-down points.


  • ThermosThe Thermos is relatively inexpensive but the lid is domed and items stored near the top are unlikely to stay very cold. When empty, it tips over when the lid is opened. Its handles and hinges appear flimsy compared with other models.


  • WillowThe Willow is relatively inexpensive, easy to use, has compact wheels and a tall towing handle but borderline performance. Its handles and hinges appear flimsy compared with other models.

 

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