The best ice chest or coolers are insulated boxes to keep your food or drinks cold. Ice, dry ice, and ice packs with gel are used to do the cooling function. When the ice melts, the water can be drained out by a hole plugged shut in the bottom. The gel inside the packs stays colder longer and there is no water to drain. Simply refreeze in the freezer and use again. Gel ice packs are a favorite for not having to deal with water. Additionally, ice blankets and ice pouches are available to keep your food cold in coolers.
Richard Laramy of Joliet, Illinois invented and patented the first ice chest in 1953. Since they came on the market, people use them to keep their products cold for picnics, traveling, fishing trips, overnight camping out adventures, tailgate parties, sports events, and the backyard patio or deck. Anywhere something cold is desired, coolers tag along. They are wonderful for keeping only hot foods hot with their superb insulation.
The shell interior is typically made of a hard durable plastic with hard foam between the pieces. They are available in very small sizes to larger ones having wheels and handles. Small disposable units are made of polystyrene (Styrofoam™) foam similar to disposable coffee cups to use for a short time and throw away. High-end thermoelectric coolers plug into the cigarette lighter in vehicles.
1. Rubbermaid® Ice Chest/Cooler 60 Quart
The Rubbermaid® 60-quart cooler model number FG2A9002MODBL provides excellent thermal preservation of your cold drinks and food to keep out bacteria. The chest is odor, stain resistant, and easy to clean inside and out, available in red or blue. It is made in the USA. Rubbermaid® has been providing consumers with superior products for 80 years being known as the ‘Brand of the Century.‘
The chest has a retractable handle and 2 rear wheels to pull or push it. It easily rolls across grass, weeds, dirt, and concrete. It also has smaller handles attached to each side. The drain spout is in the front. The lid is an easy lift-up type with no snaps or closures when trying to reach into sitting in the back seat of your car. The two top lids alternate to open and have cup holders.
The Rubbermaid® cooler is great for overnight camping trips, boats, fishing trips, and close-to-home picnics, tailgate parties, on the patio or deck, and sports events.
The dimensions are 18.25-inches tall x 29-inches wide x 16.25-inches deep and it weighs about 14 pounds.
The chest comes with an instruction booklet and Warranty.
2. Igloo® Ice Chest Glide™ Marine Ultra 110 Quart Cooler
The Igloo® effortlessly glides along behind or it can be pushed in front of you. The cooler comes in white with 2 black smooth moving rally wheels and a telescopic locking handle having easy to release thumb levers. The model number GL MARINE 110 lessens the lifting force by 50%. One person can without difficulty maneuver this cooler when it is fully loaded. The side handles are cushioned making your grip slip-proof when your hands are wet.
The unit’s Thick Ultratherm™ foam inside the lid and the body provide MaxCold® 6-day performance when not sitting in direct sunlight. The unit has ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors to block the sun’s UV rays using infrared technology that will protect your cooler from sun destruction. The hinges are made of marine-grade stainless steel that is nearly unbreakable. Stainless steel piano hinges are rust resistant at the plastic lid latch. The lid has 2 lid straps made of stainless steel for durability and strength.
For you women and men who fish, the unit has a measuring device so that you will know if you can legally keep the fish. How cool is that? The Igloo® Cool Riser Technology™ provides for better cooling operations with airflow moving under it. The drain plug is threaded for easy and quick removal of water. There is an optional hose hook up and the Ultratherm insulation in the lids and body keep ice 5 days at 90-degrees F.
The cooler holds 168 each 12-ounce cans, 110-quarts (104 liters), and will hold 2-liter bottles straight up.The Igloo® ice chest is ideal for boating and fishing, the great outdoors, hunting, tailgate parties, and sports functions.
The easy-to-clean cooler needs a simple wiping of the inside and outside before using again or storing. Minimal stains can be cleaned with dish detergent and water. Worse stains and spills can be removed with baking soda and water solution. If you use straight baking soda, it can scratch the cooler. Be sure to rinse and towel dry before shutting the lids to store or it will mildew inside. For stains such as mustard and ketchup, use bleach then rinse and dry well. Store it so that the drain spout is open to remove any water.
The exterior dimensions are 39.67-inches long (35-inches without handle) x 18.62-inches wide x 19.74-inches tall and it weighs about 25 pounds.
The cooler comes with instructions, and is warranted to be free from defects in material or workmanship under normal use and service for 1 year from the date of original purchase.