Welcome to our TopNotch review of the Coleman Xtreme Cooler.
Over the last few months, we’ve put it through its paces… from extensive tests against some of the top-selling coolers for camping to day to day handling and family use.
If you’re looking for the best cooler to keep your food and drink fresh on a budget, you’re going to want to keep reading.
Over the course of our Coleman Xtreme review, we’ll take a look at all of the great features it has to offer.
From a huge capacity to super-strong construction, we’ll cover everything you need to know.
You’ll learn about:
- How this beauty stacks up against products that are 4 5 and 6 times its price
- How long you can really expect to keep your food and drink cool – is the hype true?
- Much more…
And the good news?
We loved this cooler so much we selected it as our TopNotch Best Value winner in this category.
Now, let’s find out exactly why.
- Great price
- Large capacity
- Easy to use
- Difficult to carry
- Not lockable
Our Verdict: Coleman Xtreme Cooler
This Coleman extra-large cooler is the perfect combination of a great performing cooler at a budget-friendly price.
If you’re looking for an extra drinks cooler, or only go on the occasional longer camping trip, then you’ll love this cooler.
The large 70-quart capacity is perfect for a weekend’s supplies and this cooler can keep your food and drink icy cold for up to 5 days.
What we also loved about this cooler is that you can use it as an extra table thanks to the 4 integrated cup holders on the lid.
It’s even strong enough to stand on. Perfect when you need a little extra height for loading things on your roof rack.
Aha! Good thinking!
We do need to tell you though…
On the flipside…
The lid doesn’t have a watertight seal. There are no latches either, so just be careful it can’t topple over.
On the whole though, if you’re looking for a cooler that combines excellent insulating properties, large capacity, and a budget-friendly price you won’t find better.
That’s why we didn’t hesitate to select this for our TopNotch Best Value Award.
Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
This cooler was one of 25 we spent the last few months testing in a wide range of locations.
From the side of a huge reservoir in Southern Spain to a backyard BBQ, we’ve put it through its paces.
And we’re happy to report it passed with Flying Colors.
At TopNotch, we use a range of metrics to judge how each cooler performs in terms of overall performance.
Keep reading to find out what those metrics are…
Throughout the review process, we found this to be the best Coleman cooler for a variety of reasons.
It’s a fabulous choice if you don’t plan on using your cooler every weekend, and want something that combines value-for-money with a solid insulating performance.
It won’t disappoint in that regard.
However, it’s fair to say it’s not the best choice when it comes to camping in bear country. Without latches or any other security measures, that would, in fact, be dangerous.
For any trip to bear country you’re going to be needing a reinforced cooler that meets the standards set by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC).
In that sort of scenario, we’d recommend our Top Pick, the Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler.
Let’s take a look in more detail at the features that we tested over the course of our Coleman 100 qt Xtreme Cooler review.
Value For Money
In all honesty, it’s absolutely impossible to find another cooler with the same combination of value and performance.
Coming in at less than 50 bucks, it represents jaw-droppingly good value for money.
And of course, it topped out our review table scoring a perfect 10/10 in this category.
Value For Money Rating
If you’re looking for an extra cooler for simply keeping your drinks cold, or when you’re having a cookout with plenty of friends, this is an excellent choice.
It will be equally at home for shorter camping trips. For friends who only go camping a couple of times a year (not like us!), we’d definitely recommend this as the perfect choice.
Ease Of Use
Now, bearing in mind this cooler is at the budget end of the scale, it’s no real surprise it doesn’t score as highly as some of the more expensive options out there.
The drainage hole is a little tricky to use, so you’ll have to tip this cooler to one side to get rid of any excess water when cleaning it out.
Ease Of Use Rating
Having no latches makes it easy to use right?
Well, not exactly.
A cooler with no latches might seem like it’ll be much easier to use, but in fact, there is a downside too. You’ll have to be a bit more careful it doesn’t accidentally tip over when you’re traveling to your destination.
Let’s be completely honest.
While the Coleman Xtreme Cooler IS durable, it’s never going to score as highly as some of the more expensive models.
Don’t worry though…
It’s still very well made, with extra-thick walls.
The closed lid can support weights of up to 250 pounds so we’re pretty impressed by how well this can double up as a seat or step-stand.
While it might be towards the bottom of our rating table in terms of durability, you can still be confident it’s going to be good for many seasons of use.
When lugging heavy coolers full of ice and food to remote camping ground locations, portability is pretty important.
It doesn’t have wheels. That means when it’s fully loaded – and remember the capacity can hold up to 100 cans – it’s going to be pretty heavy!
Here’s the good news though…
The comfort-grip handles mean that carrying it is a little easier, thanks Coleman.
When it comes to Coleman cooler sizes this one measures a beefy 28 ¼ “ x 15 ¾ “ x 18 ¼ “
It weighs just 11.9 pounds so it’s pretty lightweight on its own.
The insulation on the Coleman Xtreme Cooler is pretty impressive, especially considering it’s not a rotomolded design like many of the others.
The Coleman Xtreme Cooler uses insulating foam sandwiched between two layers of rigid plastic.
This is a great design and has been used effectively over many years of cooler manufacture.
You’ll get years and years of effective use out of this Coleman.
Want to know more?
The insulating capabilities of this cooler are pretty solid.
Over the course of 5 days, in temperatures of up to 90 degrees F, you should still have ice leftover.
Our Final Verdict: Coleman Xtreme Cooler
So there you have it.
Hopefully, you’ll now have a crystal clear understanding of why the Coleman Xtreme Cooler was the easy choice as our TopNotch Best Value award winner.
While we’d be the first to admit it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles (or latches and wheels in this case) that some of the better performing coolers do…
It absolutely can’t be beaten on price.
You’ll also be getting a durable and well-insulated cooler that’ll see you through many years of service.
You can’t ask for more than that.
Conclusion: Coleman Xtreme Cooler
That wraps up our Coleman Xtreme review – we hope you found it helpful!
By this point…
… it should be clear we love the combination of effective insulation and a great price point that this cooler offers.
As a secondary cooler, or for occasional camping trips once or twice a year it’s simply unbeatable.
As an added bonus…
It has a huge weight limit of 250 pounds, meaning it can double up as a handy seat when your camping neighbors come over to say hello.
The comfortable handles mean it’s pretty easy to carry around too.
But it will be heavy when fully loaded with 100 cans!
But think of the fun you’ll have…
When comparing the Coleman Xtreme Cooler to all the others we reviewed, it was extremely easy to choose this as the winner of our TopNotch Top Value Award.
No other cooler came close in terms of performance versus value.
Simply put, you won’t find a better cooler for the money.
Roll on summer…
We made our TopNotch choice – now we pass the gauntlet to you!
Off you go…