When you're the #2 Kickstarter campaign ever, you know you have a product people can really use. The Coolest Cooler® earned over 62,000 backers in 2014 thanks to its innovative and awesome feature set that makes traditional coolers obsolete. This straight-from-the-future cooler features a built-in blender, removable water-resistant Bluetooth® speaker, waterproof USB device charger, LED light inside the lid find your favorite snack or drink without a blinding flashlight, built-in bottle opener with magnetic cap catcher, 4 built-in plates, ceramic knife, corkscrew, removable cutting board/divider—and yes, this all really comes with a single cooler. It's no wonder thousands consider this the best cooler in the world. Built to last, this unique cooler also boasts stainless steel hinges, rugged and oversized wheels for easy transport over most terrain, a telescoping handle, and a convenient Done-in-One tie-down bungee cord. Includes Coolest MixMaster cocktail guide with custom Spotify® playlists for each recipe. Discover why campers and tailgaters worldwide think this 55-qt. cooler lives up its name as the world's Coolest Cooler.
Incredibly versatile, innovative cooler
Was the #2 most-funded Kickstarter campaign ever—62,000 backers
Built-in blender with included, rechargeable lithium battery—makes 16-20 pitchers per charge
Wireless, water-resistant, removable, outdoor-caliber Bluetooth speaker
Party Pairing® functionality for 2 speakers up to 30' apart (extra speaker sold separately)
Waterproof USB device charger
LED light in lid to find contents at night without a flashlight
Coolest MixMaster cocktail guide with custom Spotify playlists
Web ID: 9992332249
Rated 3 out of
Cool, but issuesI've had this Cooler for almost a year and here's my verdict
First and foremost; it's pricey and after having it a year, I'm not seeing the bang for the buck factor with how it performs overall.
The cooler itself is very large with a decent amount of room, and with that largeness comes mass. She's a heavy girl empty. (40 lbs) Put ice in it, and you will be thankful it has wheels.
It APPEARS solidly built, because of its weight, HOWEVER, it dents very easily. Mine came dented out of the box, I decided to keep it and spare the hassle of returning it since it took me long enough to get it. It doesn't help that its shipped in a flimsy cardboard box that just fits the cooler.
As for ice keeping, kept mine for about a day, very underwhelming and I had a leaky drain plug. Coolest sent me a 3D printed tool to tighten it up and it seems ok for now. Tech support is email only and sometimes takes a very long time to respond.
Wheels good on flat hard surfaces. With sand get ready to carry it with someone.
It has a luggage style telescoping handle which feels a bit flimsy to me, and I'm wondering how all that sliding will fair once it's exposed to beach sand. (Sand does get into the sliding mechanism I've found after using it and scratches it up and gums it up a bit) There's also a handy gear tie down built into the handle to stabilize anything you'd like to carry on top of the cover, on top of the 40 pounds of cooler, minus ice. Again, thank goodness for those wheels.
The front compartment holds a wine opener, (feels a bit cheap and like an afterthought but they have wine drinkers covered) and the area for the bluetooth speaker, along with a small storage space for your phone. If you own an iPhone 6plus, or other large phablet phone, it's not going to fit on top of the speaker and still be able to close the door. Bummer for me. However, an iPhone 6 fit fine. Lastly, there is a bottle opener in the front with a magnet to catch caps. UPDATE: 12/5/15 - I read another review, where the reviewer stated they were able to fit a phablet (Galaxy Note 5 without a case) in the storage compartment along with speaker without issue. I tried the iPhone 6s Plus again, this time with NO case (I only use a small bumper case) and it JUST fits, with no room to spare. You can, however, now close the front door. Personally, I don't like not having a case on my phone, especially around sand and liquids, but for those who like going "commando" with their phones, the iPhone 6s Plus will indeed fit, but your not fitting anything else besides the speaker and cork screw. Perhaps you can sneak a very small set of keys in the angled space behind the phone.
The speaker sounded really decent for its size and I thought the volume was very good. Naturally, you don't have to spend a fortune on a cooler to get a decent sounding Bluetooth speaker, especially if you already have one. I did, however, order an extra speaker and you can pair the second coolest speaker using the party pairing feature. Having the second speaker, makes things sound even fuller, and also gives the sound system a unique feature that a run of the mill Bluetooth speaker might lack. The speaker also has a nifty power off and power on sound, along with a voice response for party pairing. I Had some pairing issues here and there but overall it seems to stay connected. States batteries are not user replaceable, hopefully they will last quite awhile, again availability of parts in the future concerns me. This isn't an Igloo or a Coleman. Worse comes to worse any small Bluetooth speaker with similar dimensions could replace it if yours goes belly up. (Update 9/22/2016 Having continual issues with having to reset both speakers at times due to an obnoxious multi-tone that comes out of nowhere, even with a fully charged battery)
Blender works well so far, I bought an extra battery. They are proprietary, so when they die, hopefully they still will make them. Remember that the blender will only run continuously for 20 seconds and reset to protect the motor. If you have a couple of ice chunks still around you can engage the lever again and pulse those away.
Inside, there is a divider which also can be used as a cutting board. The ice side of the storage is under the left lid where the blender motor assembly lives. It's a bit awkward and bulky, but if you want a decent blender, the motor has to be somewhere. There is also a light switch under that lid to light up the ice chest area. The light itself is in the lid, so it won't light up the inside unless you tilt the lid down into the ice chest. With the divider installed you can't illuminate the entire ice chest area so you're unfortunately stuck seeing a well of ice on the left side of the container and not the goodies on the right which you would probably need the light for. Another light on that side of the lid would have made more practical sense, or even interior lighting in the chest itself but I have a feeling patent issues with one of the big cooler producers put the Kabash to that. (Update 9/22/2016 - Blender and batteries still work, but to be honest I've only made about 5 pitchers with it)
USB charging port: Yep it's there and it works. Nice and handy as long as you're not blending like a madman. I did use the blender a couple of times, then tested the charging port with a stone dead iPad 3. The cooler battery was still reading full and when it finally fully discharged, the iPad was at 74%. That's decent for me, since the iPad has a hefty battery. I did notice that the cooler battery was still showing one bar, but it would not power up the blender. I suspect, that charging a cell phone, which has a smaller battery would be much more realistic use for the charging port. At least you know there's plenty of juice in an emergency.
There are 4 plastic plates and a ceramic paring knife under the right lid. Very handy and nicely stored. You could throw the plates, like martial arts stars at would be attackers, or, defend yourself with the knife, to ward off those unsavory types who might want to abscond with your party on wheels :) Then again, you might just cut fruit with it and have a picnic, your mileage may vary...
You will certainly get comments and be the talk of the party or the beach if you roll up with it. Definitely the Swiss Army knife of coolers.
Overall it is definitely cool, but it's really underwhelming in the end. Also I am concerned about availability of parts down the road . Time will tell how that all plays out, and more importantly, if this cooler will take hold in the mainstream. I'd imagine if it does then getting parts will be easy. If you have the bucks burning a hole in your pocket and don't care, you can go for it. It's more of a conversation piece other than anything else since it's all done on the mediocre side once you use it. But since it's a jack of all trades type of device I guess it's. it made to be outstanding in every area.