Choosing the right cooler for your summertime activities is a big deal for a lot of people. Most like their cooler to hold all their supplies, but not be so heavy that its too cumbersome to carry. Most of all, they want to know that when they invest their hard earned cash into a high end cooler, they are going to get a solid cooler that makes their money spent worthwhile. There are a lot of coolers that claim to be able to do it all, but perhaps there is only one that actually does it. That is the Siberian cooler. In this Siberian cooler and ice chest review, you’ll understand why many people are starting to consider the Siberian over all other high quality coolers available.
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What Makes Siberian Coolers Better?
In the world of extreme ice chests, you have a lot of choices. The most common are name brands such as Yeti and Engel. They are high dollar, very popular coolers because of their durability and ice retention abilities, but there is a catch that not many people know about…….
For instance, consider the Yeti 110. The name alone implies that it is a Yeti cooler and the numbers may imply that it is 110 quarts, when in all actuality, the Yeti 110 is actually a cooler that is 87 quarts. The numbers are purely a model number and not the size of the cooler in question. It works that way with most Yeti coolers and most people buy it, assuming they are getting more quarts for their money. It is something that Engle coolers also does to their customers, whereas with the Siberian, you see in the name, exactly what you are buying. The model numbers match the cooler size every time.
Siberian Coolers Performance- Five Day Ice Challenge Results
Much to our surprise the Siberian Coolers 85 Q cooler absolutely crushed it in our Five Day Ice Challenge. As you’ll see in the video below, we call the Siberian the family favorite cooler. It just so happens that all our friends and family members who saw all the coolers lined up next to each other thought that the Siberian looked the best. In regards to performance, the Siberian 85 held ice for five day with ease. If we had to guess, the Siberian could go 7-8 days of moderate use. We opened the coolers 3 times a day and shifted the beverages inside around to mimic someone reaching in the cooler for a drink. Granted this is an 85Q cooler, it held ice significantly better than Yeti and Grizzly. However, its worth noting that we ran a test to see if cooler size alone was enough to influence ice retention time. We found that cooler size alone was not enough to significantly affect ice retention times, and you can see that here: Igloo 40 Vs Igloo 55Q
Siberian Coolers Video Review
You Get What You Pay For
When you purchase a high end cooler, you often pay for the quarts that the cooler is able to hold. With the Siberian 85, you will pay approximately $379.00, which when divided by its 85 quarts, means you pay $4.45 per quart. With the Yeti 110, you will pay about $499.99, but considering it is only 87 quarts, leaves you with each quart equaling about $5.74 per quart. Anyone who is interested in value of their dollar can see that you pay more for a Yeti per quart, unless you simply want the Yeti name on it. Why would you really want to pay 29% more per quart for little more than a brand name?
It is something that many are starting to feel is a trick that many higher end cooler companies use. It can be seen as deceptive to the consumers who are thinking they are getting more for their money instead of less. It does not mean that Yeti coolers or others like it are bad coolers. They do have fans that feel it is worth it to spend a little more to get the quality that comes from Yeti, Engle, and others, but if you want to know before you buy that you are getting the best deal possible, you may want to consider what the Siberian ice chest can offer. Keep in mind, you will be getting your money’s worth out of these coolers on a per quart basis.
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Siberian Ice Chest Cooler Options
Alpha coolers are unprecedented in design. They have an Alfa Cam Latch System that sits flush against the body face of the cooler to save space and allow you to pack it into tight areas. The latches are made with fiber infused thermoplastic and military grade aluminum. No matter what the weather or how much salt water it is exposed to; you will never have to worry about corrosion. They also have tie down straps and hidden padlock holes to add to its roto molded design. It uses PE foam to insulate and a liner low-density polyethylene outer shell. You can choose granite or white and never have to purchase another cooler because of the full, lifetime warranty. There are several sizes available in the Alpha Series so you can find the size that you want the most.
This soft bag measures in at 18L x 10W x 14H. This makes it ideal for carrying up to 30 twelve ounce cans. It can also hold bottles and features dual bottle openers on the front of the case. It also has a dry storage pocket on the front for your cell phone, wallet, keys, and more. The inside liner is tear-resistant thanks to a TPU coating. There is also leak proof welds. For your comfort, it has a carabiner with a bottle opener, a large storage pouch on the back and padded shoulder straps. The base of the cooler is also made of non-slip material so that you can set it down just about anywhere without worry.
This is a full 40 quart cooler that is roto-molded to provide extreme ice retention and durability. It uses stainless steel hinges, a freezer style gasket, and non-skid foot pads. Best of all, it only costs about $249.99 and weighs 18.5 pounds when empty. It comes with a lifetime warranty. Included are built in beverage holders and it is strong enough for you to sit on it. Carrying it is also easy thanks to the built in rope handles that are on it.
For only a little more money, you can go from the 40qt to the 64qt. It offers all of the same features as the smaller version, but weighs 25.5 pounds when empty. No matter how you look at it, this extreme ice chest is a true value compared to others name brands.
This is one of the largest Siberian coolers available. It has the rope handles with a hard plastic handhold for your comfort, heavy duty stainless steel hinges to ensure durability. The standard freezer style gasket and non-skid foot pads, coupled with a lifetime warranty, will ensure its one of the last coolers you buy. The biggest difference between smaller models is it weighs 36 pounds. It has a large drain plug and 2 inch walls that are filled with polyurethane insulation and the interior is plastic for easy cleaning. In our Five Day Ice Challenge this cooler lasted among the longest.