Best Cool Box Reviews UK – The Top Rated Models In 2018

This post was last updated on: Monday, November, 19th, 2018

If you are looking for a review of all the best cool boxes in the UK, you have found the right place.

We review all the latest and best cool box models on the market, to give you peace of mind that you will be choosing the right product for your home.

Below, in the table, the cool box reviews start with the most highly rated first, then descend accordingly. For people who are in a hurry, you can use the table. For people who want a more in-depth review, you can scroll further down the page, where we provide all the pro's and con's for each.

Overview Of The Best 10 Cool Boxes On The Market In 2018


The Best 10 Cool Boxes On The Market Reviewed


The RC1600 Combicool is a cool box that uses gas and is a 12V cooler box with 230V of AV power. It weighs 16 kilograms on its own. Its dimensions are 443 x 500 x 444 millimeters. It has an inner capacity of about 31 liters meaning it is a small cool box that can only fit two 2-liter water bottles standing perfectly and can leave a small space for your small food container.

This 12V cool box comes with a three-way absorption cooling technology feature that makes it most suitable for camping and traveling. You can power it by electricity when you are close to a source but when you are away from the electricity source, a gas cylinder works best with this model of cooler box. It produces no noise when operating. The box cools at 30 degrees Celsius below ambient temperature.

Pros

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    It is portable
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    Works silently
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    Can be powered with either gas or electricity

Cons

  • Dangerous to use the gas-powered cool box in a less ventilated area, like in motor vehicles or boats or even inside the camping tents.

10T Fridgo 100

The Coleman Cool Box means the box is made for use in marine conditions under direct sun. So, durability and reliability need to be second nature. The outer shell is made from HDPE or high density polyethylene and is BPA free. There’s a UV reflecting colour additive. It protects the box against yellow discolouration and crackling. The shell encloses the insulating PU foam. The box has a capacity of 33 litres and retains ice for 3 days. The internal space is BPA free. So, it is safe to carry foods, drinks or fruits. The box is built to last for a long time in the harshest of conditions.

Pros

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    Large storage space
  • Good cooling capacity

Cons

  • Reliability

The Coleman cooler has a premium cooling design such that the insulation technology used enables high ice retention for a longer cooling time. These cooler boxes are ideal for long distance traveling, used as camping fridges and other sports activities like hiking. The inner and outer dimensions of this particular cooler box are 92cm x 42cm x 44cm and 79cm x 33cm x 29cm respectively. It weighs 7.4kg when empty and it can hold up to 91 liters.

The lid of this electric coolbox is leveled and strong in a way that you can sit on it while traveling when there’s little or no space in the car making it the best cool box for car. The box sits upright when placed in the car. It has 4 additional beverage holders.

Pros

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    High ice retention
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    Does not use batteries
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    Best used for hiking and camping
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    BPA-free therefore safe to store food and drinks for longer periods

Cons

  • Cooling time is boosted with a Freeze pack that you purchase separately.
  • Requires ice packs that are frequently frozen to operate

This is one of the of igloo Maxcold coolers series that is ranked among the best in electric cool box reviews. Fitted with an ultratherm (1.5” thick) insulation, this cool box performs efficiently in ice retention. The cool riser technology is responsible for a perfect cooling performance for up to 5 days. It cools at 32 degrees Celsius ambient temperature. The electric cool box features a latch that enables tight closure of the lid. It also has a hatch lid that allows quick access of the items in the cooler fridge.  The standard threaded drain plug is fitted on the lower side of this igloo Maxcold which enables draining. This is a large cool box that can hold up to 95 liters. It is the best cool box for domestic and outdoor use.

Pros

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    It is big
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    Best camping coolbox
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    Longer ice retention days

Cons

  • It is pricey

This type of Coleman cooler box has a unique material design. The lid is well insulated with exceptional environment-friendly foam as well as the one on the walls of the box to provide a longer cooling effect for days (up to 5 days). The Coleman 70qt has a large capacity that can hold 66 liters and can fit 98 cans each 500ml.  The lid has hinges and has four beverage holders. The cool box can be used as a chair or table when picnicking or traveling. It is a good camping cooler box to have. The sides are fitted with two handles that enable easier lifting and carrying. When empty, the Coleman Xtreme weighs about 12lbs.

Pros

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    Has longer cooling days
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    Has a leak-resistant channel drain for easy water draining
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    Easy to use
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    Has handles for mobility
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    Can be used as a seat and a table

Cons

  • It gets heavy to lift with the contents inside and the absence of wheels makes it impossible to lift alone
  • The lid does not have a gasket to prevent warm air from entering and interfering with inside temperatures
  • It is costly

The Igloo Maxcold 70 Coolbox has the ultratherm wall and lid insulation technology that enables long ice retention of about 5 days at 32 degrees Celsius ambient temperature. This is a small cool box that weighs 4.9 kilograms when empty. It is best known to be a car cool box for it takes up less space. Its dimensions are 74.9cm x 40.3cm x 41.9cm and has a capacity of 66 liters.

The igloo Maxcold 70 has a threaded drain plug that opens and closes easily. The plug is responsible for the draining of excess water in the cooler box. This cooler box has handles on the side that makes it easier to move around. The handles can be rotated close to 180 degrees and are reinforced to last longer.

Pros

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    Has high cooling technology
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    Has handles for easier movement
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    Light to carry when empty

Cons

  • It is a small cool box

Coleman Cool Box Xtreme high performance

Just like the Coleman Xtreme 100 QT, this Coleman Xtreme 70QT has a high-tech insulation design that enables the contents to stay cold on ice for days. The insulation fitted on the lid and the inner wall has extra insulation for high performance. HDPE is the insulation material used on these cool boxes.  The inner dimensions are 61cm x 30cm x 33cm while the outer are 71cm x 40cm x 44cm. The coolboxes walls are BPA-free which means that it is safe to carry and store food, drinks, and fruits. When empty, the Xtreme 70 QT weighs a total of 6.1 kilograms.

For easier movement, the cool box is fitted with very strong handles that aid in achieving this. You can carry the coolbox to camps sites and long road trips to use for they provide efficient results in the cooling area.

Pros

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    Many days of ice retention
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    BPA free to carry food and drinks

Cons

  • It is small

This cool bag looks like an ordinary bag at a glance, it is the cooling features it has that gives the difference. The cool bag is fitted with a thick thermal insulated wall that makes it useful in cooling food and drinks or retaining warmth in the food for at least 7 hours. The electric cool bag can hold up to 30 liters thanks to the large inner space.

The cool bag can be folded back to a smaller size when not in use. You can acquire another wall lining available in the markets to enable easy cleaning. The contents in the bag are then enclosed with a zip closure to enable fast access. In addition, the inner lid has a mesh pocket and Velcro straps that prevent the content from falling. The bag is made of strong (600 D) polyester material and it is not heavy when empty.

Pros

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    It is foldable
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    Can cool and retain warmth in drinks and foods for 7 hours
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    Big for use with a larger group.

Cons

  • It is hard to find fault with this electric cool bag for it is in the best cool bag category

The thermos cool box is a box container that has insulated inner walls to initiate the cooling process. The material used for insulation is polystyrene. The use of freeze board and ice packs improve the cooling performance of the cool box. It weighs 1500 grams making it a light cooler box that is easy to carry around. The Thermos cool box has external dimensions of 43 x 30 x 45 centimeters and its internal measures 33 x 20 x 43 centimeters. It has a capacity of 32 liters.  It is the best plug in cool box that can be used on a daily basis.

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    It is light in weight
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    It is affordable
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    Cools for up to 8 hours
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    Can be used in a domestic setting

Cons

  • The lid is dependable on the handle for sealing
  • Requires external help for high performance

The Greenfield collection luxury cool bag is not at all different from the family green collection cool bag above. The only difference comes in the size. It weighs 1000g and has 35.6 x 25.4 25.4 cm dimensions. The fabric is the material used to make the bag.  You can easily carry this 12V cool bag around by the use of adjustable shoulder straps available on the item.

Pros

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    Keeps foods and drink warm or cool for 5-7 hours

Cons

  • It is small

Conclusion

Cool boxes are about reliability. You want a product that cools consistently. You do not want something that cools one day and doesn’t the next day. So, considering reliability along with the features is the way to go looking for a cool box. Larger storage capacity, mobility, longer cooling times are some of the features to look for. Comparing all, we recommend igloo Maxcold athough it asks for a higher premium. As a cheaper option, you can opt for thermos cool.


Buying Guide

Factors to consider when buying a cool box

Firstly, the cost of an item plays a big role when you need the item. Some of the cool boxes fit perfectly in your budgets like the Greenfield collection 15 liter luxury lightweight cool bag and the thermos cool box. Others like 10T Fridgo 100, are very expensive. Secondly, the capacity of the cool box should really be a key factor. When you have a larger group and want to go out camping, a cool box that has a large capacity is ideal in such situations. However, in the case where you are a sole user, the small cool box is okay.

How you can move the cool box around is really important. Most people would want to know if the cool box has wheels or an easy to access handle for easier carrying and movement. Most of these electric cool boxes operate silently. I believe no one would want to have a cool box electric that is noisy when in operation.


Product FAQs

Q: How safe is it to use a gas powered cool box?

A: A gas-powered cool box is safe to use in an area that has good ventilation like outside the camps. When inside the camps and in moving vehicle, it can pose danger to the surrounding. The most recommended cool box is electric camping fridge that has less negative effects on the surrounding.

Q: Do all the coolboxes have wheels?

A: No. not all the cool boxes have wheels for mobility. There are specific brands that apply the use of wheels and others have handles that enables easier movement.