20 Top Quality American Made Cooler Brands

By Matt Mullins   updated June 25, 2020

The following coolers are proudly made in the USA. Those among the top hold ice far longer than your usual cooler, many up to 7-10 days in typical warm 90F weather. They also hold up to grizzly bears and the rigors of daily outdoor punishment unlike cheap coolers’ flimsy latches and thin handles. 

If you’re wondering which coolers hold ice the longest; according to Field & Stream’s testing, the top 5 include Cabela’s Polar Cap in 1st, Pelican 2nd, ORCA 3rd, Orion 4th, and Igloo’s Sportsman 5th. The top 3 held ice for around 10 days in 90F temps. When many people think of premium coolers they think of YETI (now primarily made overseas), interestingly YETI didn’t rank in the top five for ice retention. Note however, not all of the cooler brands shown below were included in their testing (no Esky, Icehole, Kenai, Kong, Lifetime, Otterbox, nor RovR). Otterbox claims to hold ice the longest at 14 days; I wish Field & Stream had included it.

If you’re looking for a true high performance cooler that doesn’t break the bank and retains ice for 7 days, I suggest taking a look at the Lifetime 55 Quart Cooler priced around $100. Check out this video review of the Lifetime 55 Qt Cooler; it looks like a steal at less than half the price of most other high quality coolers. Note, it does leak when tipped unlike many rotomolded coolers.

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Cooler Brands Made in the USA:
A Comprehensive Directory

Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer Coolers​

Esky Coolers (by Coleman)

FRIO Coolers

FRIO coolers are cool soft sided coolers made in Texas, USA that come with a built in bluetooth speaker.

Otterbox Venture Coolers

​Pelican ​Elite Coolers​

Taiga Coolers
(Also makes CAT Coolers)

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