Coleman 54-Quart Steel-Belted Cooler - Red
Don't waste your money
I bought this cooler back in the spring, expecting that between the cost and the Coleman name, it would be a quality cooler. Boy was I wrong.... Worst cooler I've ever owned.
- It's a nice looking cooler.
- The hinge started to tare away from the lid after just the second camping trip, from nothing more than every day use. (See attached pictures)
- The pins that hold the two halves of the hinges together literally fell out after the second camping trip. Tipped it on it's end in the bathtub to clean it, and they slipped right out. (See attached pictures)
- Although they advertise a "a solid steel latch", only the outside of the latch is actually made of metal. The inside, where the latch latches onto is cheap plastic.
- When latched, the lid can be pried open with very little effort.... In fact on more than one occasion I accidentally opened the lid while latched with no more force than it would take to open a normal cooler. I've checked the models in-store on several occasions to see if this is normal, and they are all the same.
- There is no rubber seal between the lid and the cooler, meaning there's always some warm air circulating in from outside through the 2-3 millimeters of wiggle space between the lid and the cooler.
- Instead of a screwed in drain plug, it's a simple plastic stopper, which actually came loose on my last trip, leaking water all over the bed of my truck.... fortunately it wasn't in the cab.
Don't waste your time or money with this cooler. It seems that Coleman was counting on the reputation of quality and durability their old coolers had earned to sell this inferior product. I'm planning on returning this (if they'll let me) and paying the extra money for a Yeti instead.
October 30, 2010
Coleman 54-QT Steel cooler
When I was kid my parents had one of these coolers that worked well for years and I was so pleased to see it brought back. I purchased mine two years ago, and I tell you what a difference vs. other coolers. I've been on 87 camping trips, so I know what a good cooler can do and the 54 QT Coleman Steel Cooler is a good one. I would change my ice in a traditional plastic cooler every day in hot weather, while the Coleman Steel Cooler could hold out for three days or more without a change in ice. Need I say more!
February 2, 2007
strong as ever
I have used this cooler for over 3 years or when ever it was re-introduced. Its been camping in Colorado, up Pike's Peak, to the drag races in Dallas, and the family trips to Ohio, all in the back of my pick up. It looks just as new now as it did then. Although its never been tipped over, the locking lid did keep out the racoons at a state park in texas. I too thought that the ice did not last as long as stated. About 2 days at best in the hotter weather. I used crushed or cubed ice instead of dry ice as I like lots of ice for drinks. Still like it,still use it, would recommend to any one that asked
September 22, 2006
will last a life time
This is a solid cooler that will stand up to almost every thing, and it is made in the USA.
February 13, 2009