When we go out on our fishing trips, it’s always great to have a good marine cooler. Fishing and hunting coolers perform several key tasks, from keeping your drinks cool to serving as a makeshift chair after you’ve cast your reel. The ideal fishing cooler will keep ice-cold for a long period of time and can even serve as a place to store your freshly caught fish. You don’t want to select just any cooler for your fishing trips, so let’s take a look at four of the best marine coolers that’ll be great for any angler.
|Coleman 120 Quart Xtreme® 5|
|Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler||A|
|Pelican Products ProGear Elite Cooler||A+|
|Engel USA DeepBlue 65 Performance Cooler||A+|
Coleman is one of the market leaders in the manufacturing of camping and hunting equipment. They have set the standard for outdoor gear for years. This has not been lost in the design of this cooler. Their 120 quart extreme marine cooler has a ton of great features that will help make your weekend fishing trip more enjoyable.
Insulation and Ice Retention
First, the insulation on this cooler is really good. It can keep ice frozen for over six days. Nobody wants to hassle with draining and adding more ice. Not to mention you may not be that close to a store so the longer the cooler can keep ice the better your trip will be.
Great Cooler with a Place to Sit
Sometimes when you’re out on a boat or on the shore, it’s a great thing to have a place to sit down and rest your feet. With this in mind, Coleman designed this fishing cooler to be able to support up to 250 pounds of weight. This sturdy cooler’s construction is perfect for giving you a place to sit when the fish aren’t biting. Coleman calls this seating feature their “Have-A-Seat Lid.” In addition to this, the lid also has four molded holes, so that you can easily store cans or bottles on the top of your cooler.
Anyone who has a cooler knows that companies like to use a rough surface on the top and the sides. These surfaces look great, but over time, they tend to draw dirt and detritus especially if you are taking your cooler out hunting or fishing. Recognizing this issue Coleman made the surfaces of this marine-style cooler much smoother than many of the competing products so that you can easily wipe their product down.
This cooler is huge. It has a 120 quart capacity that is capable of holding up to 204 cans. Don’t forget it also is so well insulated it will keep ice frozen for over six days. With all that being said you can usually find this cooler for under $100.
Coleman always seems to put out a great product and this is no exception. You get the huge capacity, great insulation, and rugged design. If you need a large cooler for the outdoors this is an obvious choice. Not to mention it won’t break the bank.
Igloo is another manufacturer that has a long history in the cooling business. Their Ultra Cooler packs in a 128 quart body that will keep your food and drinks ice-cold for four days. While it is not as well insulated as other coolers it does have larger than average capacity. It can easily hold over 220 cans. The hardware on this cooler is made of corrosive resistant stainless steel. This makes it great for the marine environment.
Comes With a Bonus
A great food prep bonus that Igloo provides with this product is an included cutting board and food tray. With these two included items, you’ll be able to prepare anything that you had the luck to catch.
This cooler also has a lid that you can sit on. Some people even reported placing a cushion the lid to make it more comfortable.
When it’s time to reduce the amount of water inside of this cooler the output drain plug is threaded so that you can actually attach a
hose to the body of the unit. This feature makes cleanup easy and fast. Who wants to spend an hour cleaning out a cooler that was filled with smelly fish you caught that day.
The Bottom Line
Overall the Igloo cooler is great for the outdoors. It makes clean up super easy with the threaded rain plug that you can attach a garden hose to. Not to mention it comes with a cutting board and food tray. The insulation isn’t the best in its class but it does boost a large capacity.
This Pelican Products Elite cooler has a lot of great features that make it a perfect choice as a marine cooler
The first thing that you should know is this cooler will keep ice for up to ten days. The great ice retention comes from how well it is insulated. Pelican uses 2 inches of polyurethane insulation and a freezer grade gasket in the lid to keep warm air out. The gasket also makes the cooler lid water tight so it won’t leak if you drop it or it flips over.
The latching system on this cooler is also heavy-duty and ensures your cooler will stay closed if dropped. If you frequent colder climates you will enjoy the over-sized latches Pelican uses. On a typical cooler you aren’t able to open the latches with gloves on. Pelican thought of this and designed this cooler with large latches that are easy to open with gloves on. For the cooler’s security on a moving surface this product also has molded in tie-downs so you can secure it neatly to your boat and it will stay in place. If the cooler does move for whatever reason the non-skid feet will not scuff up your boat.
Built to Last
Pelican does not skimp on quality. Their coolers use the rotational molding process. This means the coolers shell is one solid piece and will not crack or break. The handles are also molded in to the body and all hardware used is stainless steel. This cooler will last you a lifetime.
Final Thoughts on the Pelican ProGear
We know you may get some sticker shock when you look at these coolers but trust me they are worth it. This cooler will last a lifetime and with 10 day ice retention you will save money over time. If you have the extra money to spend we strongly recommend Pelican products.
Our final product is advertised as having “best-in-class” ice retention, and with an eight to ten-day duration it’s certainly up there with some of the best. To obtain this type of ice retention the Deep Blue uses a full two inches of dense insulation and a freezer grade gasket on the lid.
While these types of products can become heavy, especially under load, this Engel cooler incorporates two carrying systems. The first is a molded grip for easy lifting, and the second is a rope handle system that provides you with a little more freedom while carrying your cooler from car to boat or vice versa. The rope handles are made of nylon and actually make it easier for two people to carry the cooler at the same time if need be.
When it comes to durability nothing says sturdy more than the fact that this is considered to be an IGBC certified bear resistant container. This is great for your safety and the safety of all animals. They can become sick or even die if they eat the contents of your cooler.
For sealing this cooler uses a marine-grade compression latching system that uses stainless steel backing plates for the great level of security and insulation. The backing plate can even be used as a bottle opener for your brews. Like all of our reviewed products this cooler can easily serve as a seat in a pinch.
The fact is you can’t go wrong with any of these coolers. If you have a few dollars extra to spend I would recommend the Pelican ProGear. It will keep your ice frozen for up to ten days and is as durable as a cooler gets. The Coleman comes in a large size and is substantially less expensive than the Pelican or Engel. Keep in mind it won’t keep your ice for nearly as long but for trips lasting less than a day it is perfect. I hope you have found my article helpful and best of luck out there.