11 Top Quality American-Made Cooler Brands
By Matt Mullins updated Oct. 30, 2018
The following coolers are proudly made in the USA and hold ice far longer than your usual cooler, many up to 10 days in typical warm weather. They also hold up to grizzly bears and the rigors of daily outdoor punishment unlike cheap coolers' flimsy latches and 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. 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 here were included in their testing (no Esky, Icehole, Lifetime, nor Otterbox). Otterbox claims to hold ice the longest at 14 days; I wish Field & Stream had included it. Also, if you're looking for a true high performance cooler that doesn't break the bank, I suggest taking a look at the Lifetime 55 Quart Cooler priced around $100. Check out the 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.
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