Comparison of RoveR coolers versus Coleman coolers, Which of wheeled cooler are better coolers?
We are in the heart of summer, and the heat of summer, and ice chests, coolers, and insulated
bags are as ubiquitous as sunglasses and iced coffee. They’re at the beach, the campground,
festivals, and concerts. They’re on boats, fishing trips, and hunting trips. They’re in truck beds,
backyards, and by swimming pools and swimming holes. There are as many different uses for
coolers and ice chests as there are premium, feature-rich coolers on sale like Yeti, Coleman,
Rtic, Igloo, Pelican, and RovR best coolers. To help prepare you for all that summer has to offer, we’re going
to look head-to- head at the RovR RollR cooler and one of its top competitors, Coleman Coolers’
Coleman Xtreme Cooler
How We Compared the Wheeled Coolers
For our head-to- head comparison, we’ve chosen Coleman Coolers’ comparable 82 Quart
Ultimate Xtreme 6 Wheeled Cooler to go against the RovR RollR 80 Wheeled Cooler. The coolers are
comparable in capacity, with the Coleman Xtreme Cooler holding 82 quarts and the RovR RollR
holding an even 80 quarts. Both are rolling coolers, a feature not offered by some other
premium cooler manufacturers, such as Yeti Coolers. Both are versatile coolers with a broad
range of features. We compared the coolers in several categories: Capacity; Colors and Trim
Options; Construction; Ice Retention; Drain Systems; Dry Storage and Internal Dividers;
Accessories; Locks, Lock Points, and Anchor Points; Wheels; and the Best Use for each cooler.
Coleman is one of the world’s most successful and best-known manufacturers of outdoor
goods. The Coleman company was founded in 1900, selling gas lanterns long before the
company expanded to include a broad range of outdoor goods, mostly geared toward camping.
They started selling portable ice chests in the 1950s and now manufacture ice coolers,
thermoses, and insulated bags in a wide array of varieties and for a number of uses.
RovR Products started in 2015 when its founders found themselves fumbling with an awkward
abundance of camping gear and no convenient way to transport it all from the car to the
campground. A critical look at that and many other shortcomings of even the market’s best
coolers was the impetus for the revolutionary RovR RollR, the all-purpose cooler.
The RovR RollR 80 wheeled cooler and the Coleman Ultimate Xtreme 6 Wheeled Cooler are neck and neck
with the RollR boasting eighty quarts, and the Coleman at eighty-two. Coleman holds up to 129
cans, RovR holds 120 cans. But Coleman’s listed capacity is for cans only, or ice only: RovR
holds 120 cans and twenty pounds of ice. Slight edge to RovR.
Coleman offers their Ultimate Xtreme 6 Wheeled Cooler in their well-known grey body with a
white lid. The RovR RollR 80 is available in bright tangerine, lime, or cadet blue. Edge to RovR.
The rotomolded RovR RollR has a clear advantage over the injection-molded Coleman coolers.
Rotomolding, or rotational molding, distributes high-quality resins evenly about the body of the
cooler for a sturdier, more robust product that is ready for almost anything. Edge to RovR.
Coleman promises that their Ultimate Xtreme 6 cooler will retain ice for up to six days, while the
RovR cooler keeps ice for up to ten days. The rotomolding accounts for a lot of that difference:
the even, consistent application of high-quality resins ensures that two inches of heavy foam
insulation fill the RovR’s walls at every side and every angle, while the Coleman cooler will have
narrower spots, and thinner spots. They promise “extra thick” insulation, but it necessarily thins
at corners and angles. Another factor in the greater ice retention of the RovR RollR is the
refrigerator-grade gasket that seals the closed lid to the cooler. Edge to RovR.
The Coleman Xtreme 6 features a channel drain– a shallow trough inside the cooler that leads
to the drain system: a standard plug. The RovR RollR’s interior is planed to direct melting ice
toward the drain-end of the cooler automatically, to keep the dry goods stored in the internal dry
bin ice cool but not frozen. The fast-flow, hollow-hole drain plug on the RollR pops out but
remains attached. Because we would lose it. Edge to RovR.
Dry Storage and Internal Dividers
RovR’s internal dry bin is a full-height, secured but removable bin that keeps goods at forty
degrees for up to ten days. It keeps dry goods dry and good, open bottles upright, and leaves
plenty of room for ice and beverages around it. Coleman coolers don’t offer a dry bin or
additional internal storage options. The internal dry bin is standard on all RollR packages. Edge
There are a very limited number of accessories available for Coleman coolers. They have
cupholders built into the least convenient spot on the cooler: the lid. RovR attaches its standard
dual cupholders at anchor points on the body of the cooler, so you can still sit on or open the
cooler while using them. The Coleman Xtreme 6 cooler offers a seat cushion for $75.00 (I know,
right?). All RovR RollR packages come with the wagon bin which doubles as a seat cushion.
When it’s not being sat upon, all the wagon bin does is carry all the stuff that doesn’t fit in the
cooler. In addition, all RovR RollR packages come with a cutting or prep board that fixes to
anchor points on the cooler’s body. Available on some packages, or as optional accessories on
the RollR, are a bicycle hitch and towbar, a stash bag, and a JBL Pulse Bluetooth speaker that
doubles as a night light. Also available to round out your RovR RollR experience are a twisty
light, a night light, a lantern, tie downs, and a bottle opener. Edge to RovR.
Locks and Lock Points and Anchor Points
The RollR’s versatile anchor points have been covered. No similar feature is offered on the
Coleman coolers. Both coolers feature lock points for securing the cooler during transit, or for locking
out wildlife and in-laws. The coolers are about even here, but RovR’s refrigerator-grade gaskets
make it less likely that a grizzly-in- law will detect the contents of your cooler in the first place. So
slight edge to RovR.
More and more of the best coolers are offering wheeled coolers these days. Some coolers, like
Yeti, are still lagging behind. Both Coleman and RovR offer best coolers with wheels. While all RovR
RollR packages come with wheels, only the Coleman 82 Quart Xtreme 6 Wheeled Cooler and a
handful of other Coleman coolers and ice chests are available with wheels. But there is a big
difference between the wheels on the RollR and the wheels on the Coleman coolers. The Coleman
offers heavy duty plastic wheels, the kind you find split apart on Big Wheels in driveways all
over America every day. RovR features high-performance, puncture-resistant pneumatic tires.
They’re eight inches in diameter, all-terrain, and anchored by five-spoke nylon hubs. Maybe it
should be called the HikR or the ClimbR instead of the RollR. Rolling is what the Coleman does.
Until the wheels break. Edge to RovR.
Coleman makes great coolers for light use, minimal transit, and short events: a picnic, a
cookout, a brief trip without much hiking or traveling; staying on the deck of a boat, the bed of a
RovR coolers are designed to be the best coolers for just about everything. Portable and stylish
enough for cookouts and parties; versatile enough for camping and festivals; rugged enough for
hunting and fishing trips; ice retention sufficient for adventures of longer duration; mobile
enough for hiking trips and other outdoor sports.
It can be handy to have the Coleman Ultimate Xtreme 6 cooler around for light duty, and a little
extra storage for events close to home. But it doesn’t do anything the RollR doesn’t do better;
and in a number of categories, it can’t match the RovR best coolers. So if you’re a one-cooler household, the
smart choice is the RovR RollR 80. Or two of them.