Ozark Trail Cooler Review – (Updated for March 2019)
My wife bought Ozark Trail cooler recently, for our family road trip and picnic. Finding and buying the best cooler was a challenge. And, that’s why we have decided to create this site. Where we review different coolers every week. In this article, we’ve tested and reviewed 7 best Coolers, available in the market in 2019.
In this guide, we’ll talk about:
- List of the top 7 Best Coolers in 2019
- Top 7 Best Affordable yet best quality Coolers Reviewed
- Comparison b/w Yeti & Ozark
- Our #1 Rated top Pick
Top 7 Best Affordable Coolers
We rounded up the list of top 7 best coolers. Check out the reviews below to find what you need.
1. RTIC Cooler 45 Quarts – Winner
The sturdy construction of this cooler combined with perfect latches and drainage system makes it an excellent choice for its price. Customers have declared that this cooler is the next best thing close to a Yeti, with the added benefit of purchasing the cooler for half the price. The cooler comes in blue, seafoam green and tan colors, which means that you have a number of choices available to you.
For people who want to complete the ease that comes with the experience, there is also a wheel kit which can be purchased separately. With our without it, however, customers have said that this cooler goes well beyond the notion of brand name, and delivers to its customers exactly according to the price it charges.
The one disadvantage some customers did put out there was the inconsistency of the delivery quality of the cooler. This fault lies at the end of the distributor, other than which the cooler is a great deal for the money.
2. RTIC Cooler 65 Tan – Runner Up
RTIC 65 is one of the most heavy duty coolers in the market. It is built with the same roto-mold technology that Yeti is made, and customers have expressed satisfaction with the cooler being able to hold cold drinks for up to 8 days with careful usage. Purchasing a wheel kit will make the task of moving the cooler around a lot more easier.
One disadvantage associated with this cooler is the fact that it is heavier than it is supposed to be compared to most other coolers of the same size. That may, however, not exactly be a bad thing because the thick layer of insulation for keeping the ice intact requires the heavyweight, making this a great long-term investment for big groups.
Ozark Trail claims that this cooler is built to be virtually un-destructible under normal circumstances, and customers have testified to that statement. Many have come out to say that this cooler is a Yeti clone, and that too for much lower the price. When it comes to the drainage and the rubber used for latching the cooler, there aren’t any easily detectable flaws in the cooler.
Customers have, however, stated that the cooler is a bit rugged and has a rather unfinished texture. That fact, however, has no impact on the performance of the cooler in terms of holding the ice. It can be completely ignored because these coolers are usually out there on sale, and even the best and the biggest of them are a lot more affordable than their brand-oriented counterparts.
4. Igloo BMX 52 Quart – Carbonite Grey/Blue
The cooler is guaranteed to last with ice for around 5-6 days of regular usage, and its exterior is built to be sturdy enough to last a great deal of pressure. The capacity of the cooler is also sufficient for your group of campers to have all of your necessities intact. With the sturdy construction and the highly appealing exterior design of the cooler, it offers a much protected low-cost investment to customers.
This cooler bears one notable disadvantage; sometimes the latches are unable to bear the weight of it loaded with ice and food. That results in the latch coming off, meaning that the construction is at fault. However, as long as you carry the cooler around without exerting a lot of pressure at the top, possibly with a wheel kit, it works like a charm.
This Coleman product has held a special place in the heart of customers on account of being the perfect and the most affordable cooler for people who go on trips which do not last long. If your intention with this cooler is to survive in desert atmospheres for a week then this cooler by no means is an excellent choice. However, for any day-night trip etc. this cooler is extremely handy.
Its price and weight are two factors which set it apart from the rest of its rivals in the market. A lot of customers refer to it as the most old school cooler around, because their construction is rock solid, and despite the ice retention factor they give off an excellent stylistic statement.
The extreme series is perhaps the best for people who wish to take their coolers on weekend trips. The distinguishing factor is that the cooler is wheeled and that it is built strongly enough to survive any kind of terrain. The maximum days for which this cooler can hold ice are 3.
Customers have had issues with the massive amount of plastic used in the construction of this cooler. They claim that while moving the cooler around, there is a constant fear of some part breaking off or seeming to fragile. This flaw can be avoided by ensuring that the cooler is not full to the brim, other than which it is a great investment.
For a 70 Quart cooler, this is the cheapest pick you can find in the market. The retention capacity of Pelican coolers is excellent for at least 4-5 days, and the strong construction makes it an excellent multi-purpose cooler. If you have a group of 10 people or so going out on a trip and you have a vehicle wide enough to contain this cooler, purchase it and get your guarantee.
The one flaw with this cooler is its drainage section. Customers have complained that when the cooler is full, the drainage is unable to contain the water. Other than this minute flaw the cooler is a wonderful investment.
Features of our #1 Pick
- Room: The major purpose of an ice chest is not to keep the ice solidified; it is to make the products cool. This particular cooler has minimal complaints with regards to its size because it is perfectly suitable for all medium and some large gatherings, especially if soda cans and water is all you’re carrying.
- Excellent Insulation: The Tundra uses PermaFrost technology, which offers a three-inch thick layer of insulation, to keep the ice intact. As a result of this superior construction, the ice sustaining capacity of the cooler is outstanding.
- Robust: Yeti coolers take pride in their way of constructing a cooler, which is called the Rotomold construction. The company claims that its coolers are indestructible when it comes to extreme circumstances such as accidents or collisions. This gives the buyers a sense of relief because it verifies the long-term nature of investing in the Tundra 65.
- Sealing: The Tundra coolers have their rubber latches defined as the T-Rex latches made from superior technology. It is so heavy duty that it is perhaps impossible to be removed even if the cooler gets somewhat dented.
- Color and Extras: A cooler needs a color which does not absorb heat from the surroundings, and that choice is not always dull shades. The ice blue color makes it a very stylish cooler, and the dry basket which comes inside makes compartmentalization inside the cooler easy for you.
Testing Durable and Affordable Coolers
There is one benchmark of Yeti that no other cooler should wish to compare itself with; the price. For the quality, the price which is charged is sometimes outrageous for most customers. For example, the Tundra 65 can cost you around $400.
Searching for more affordable options without compromising too much on the quality then becomes of paramount importance to us. The best way to assess a cooler’s performance is not by word of mouth; it is by conducting a set of tests which can be used to analyze where one product stands in respect to the other. These tests are usually held under some extreme circumstances and require constant monitoring, but the final judgments given by it can be used to comprehend the quality of the coolers in hand very well.
One such test is the week challenge, where coolers of roughly the same capacity are filled with ice and kept close to each other, and the rate of ice melting in them is monitored for a week. The cooler which has the most ice remaining at the end of the 7 weeks is declared the winner, followed by the one with the second most ice content still intact and so on. But do we randomly go about testing a handful of coolers? Obviously not; we need to have a pool of potential candidates for the best affordable coolers and make assessments based on those.
This is where word of mouth and the internet comes to play. Through these sources, we will be able to get our hands on the most renowned affordable coolers in the market, and then conduct the test between them. We will, however, need to ensure that the coolers are of the same size and the testing conditions for each of them are similar so that discrepancies remain minimal.
Things You should know about Ozark Trail Cooler:
When the holiday season comes about and you wish to head to the outdoors with your friends and enjoy the scenic beauties offered by mother-nature, you need a few necessities to keep you occupied and safe during the trip.
It goes without saying that you need to keep your body hydrated, your mind refreshed, and your options open to have as much fun as you can. Away in the outdoors, however, there aren’t many freshwater springs with cold water sprouting up for you, and neither are there many bars and cold storages which will be loaded with the stuff you wish to buy for the trip.
You need to, therefore, make your own arrangements for the trip when it comes to the drinks and the essentials, such as cheese and any form of dairy you’re carrying. Such items are usually preserved in an atmosphere of fewer than 20 degrees C, and the only way for you to artificially create this source of storage is by taking a reliable cooler along with you.
The cooler you choose should be one which fulfills all of your needs in terms of portability, performance (how long it can retain ice), multiple usages, and sturdiness.
Ozark Trail Coolers were introduced by Walmart in the market as a way to make the luxury of such storages available to most people, that too in a way that they were not disappointed with the results.
These coolers come in a number of shapes and sizes, which means that you will have to carefully assess your need for a cooler before you make a reasonable purchase. A common notion in the market is that the bigger the cooler is, the better it will be. That can be argued by the fact that having a massive cooler means that you will have to fill it up with a lot of ice, and for a group of five people going on a day trip such an investment may be a little extra and pointless.
At this moment in time, the inter-market competition for such coolers is on the rise. It is important for customers to carefully read up on reviews and feedbacks so that their experience can be enhanced by them avoiding some of the mistakes previous purchasers made. One great way of analyzing a cooler’s performance is to compare it with another which happens to be somewhere along the lines of the accepted best cooler in the market. The following comparison between the Ozark Trail 73-Quart and the revered Yeti Tundra 65 will give you a good estimation of where the Ozark Trail stands as a brand in terms of quality.
Yeti vs Ozark Comparison:
In hindsight, coolers can be compared with each other using a metric which is derived from their ice retention capability, sturdiness, survival in the wild, and the customer satisfaction they offer.
The fame which was garnered by Yeti Coolers earlier in the day can primarily be accounted for the fact that it was nothing short of a refrigerator at least a week after it was filled up with ice. Provided that the filling up was tactical and that it covered all the edges of the cooler, and that the goods inside were not unnecessarily exposed to the sun, its retention is by far the best in the market. In the hot season it can go up till 7 days, and on colder days you can add another 4 days to that.
Ozark Trail Coolers have their designs based on a more affordable version of Yeti, and with proper care, they are able to go to a maximum of 6-7 days. These coolers do, however, need a lot of ice and less of drinks and edibles to have a performance which is comparable to Yeti.
When it comes to coolers, superior design refers to a lot more than just the aesthetics on the exterior. Yeti coolers have high-quality plastic molded by a special technique, allowing it to withstand harsh weathers, accidents, and other instances along these lines. For the most part, the cooler can be punched and thrown around, but there’s a chance it will come right back up.
Ozark trail too has a good exterior design which allows it to withstand intense blows by raging winds etc. The design does not exactly match up to Yeti’s, meaning that there are instances when your Ozark might give up on your hopes of it lasting longer while the Yeti stays intact. However, for indoor barbeques and pleasant trips, Ozark Trail gladly holds its own.
This is one aspect where Yeti Coolers have been absolutely dominant. When going on trips which include mountain climbing and driving through difficult terrains, there are always chances that the cooler can get damaged to an irreparable extent. Yeti, however, is one which does not get dented or destroyed so easily, which is why for regular travelers such this is easily the best cooler.
On the contrary, Ozark Trail may not be able to offer the same resilience outdoors as is offered by Yeti. It all boils down to the superiority of design; they are both equally as heavy and their capacities are comparable, but on a rough day you may not be able to rely on Ozark Trail as much.
When a customer makes an investment, the idea is for it to be as along term as possible. The target market for Yeti Coolers have been people who visit the outdoors quite regularly, and the organization knows that they need a product that they can fully rely on. This customer satisfaction which it offers makes it arguably the most superior cooler around.
Ozark Trail offers customer satisfaction in another dimension; money. The best way to define it is a cooler which is great for most of your outdoor needs and can be purchased for much lesser. This financial factor does sometimes give it an edge over Yeti Coolers.
While Ozark Trail may be an excellent choice introduced for a wider array of people in the market, Yeti Coolers remain the benchmark of comparison for any cooler. If one is able to hold its own against a Yeti, then it is a wonderful pick for sure. The most revered cooler among Yeti’s products is the Tundra 65 Ice Blue, and the following factors will verify its undisputed superiority in the market.
The amount of brands producing coolers today is incredible, and all of them are competing on one front or the other. As a consumer in a capitalist society you have every right to make valued judgments before purchasing anything, and by this article, it should be clear that money does not equate to better quality coolers all the time. Therefore, look around, read reviews carefully, and make your outdoor trips as enjoyable with your drinks as they can be.