Coleman Excursion Portable Cooler, 9 Quarts

Last updated date: November 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0

Coleman Excursion Portable Cooler, 9 Quarts

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 129 expert reviews, the Coleman Coleman Excursion Portable Cooler, 9 Quarts placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 18, 2019:
Checkout The Best Large Hard Cooler for a detailed review of all the top large hard coolers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.5
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
432 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The plastic used on Coleman Excursion Coolers is extremely hard and should hold up to just about any casual abuse you can throw at it. Since it is a relatively small size it shouldn’t be overly burdensome to carry around, even when full of ice and other items. And we really like the integrated large-grip bail handle. It is very easy to use and can be rotated in any direction that makes carrying it the most comfortable.
- The Cooler Zone
June 19, 2019 | Full review
This is a great option for a lunch box, or to take a six pack and some snacks for a day trip. The insulation of this Coleman 9-quart cooler holds heat out for about 8 hours and the bail handle makes it easy to carry by both right- and left-handed customers.
- Ice Maker Pro
August 29, 2019 | Full review
Easy to use handles
- The Gear Hunt
What experts didn't like
Current online prices for this product have it in the low intermediate to high budget price range. This is a reasonable price but even so, there are still some higher-performing options out there in this price range.
- The Cooler Zone
June 19, 2019 | Full review
Dents easily
- The Gear Hunt

From The Manufacturer

When it's time to take a lunch, take it anywhere with a Coleman 9 Quart Excursion Cooler. Large enough to hold 9 cans, you'll have plenty of space to pack a full meal. Whether you're bringing lunch to work or heading out for an afternoon picnic, the bail handle makes getting to your destination easy.

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An Overview On Large Hard Coolers

Nothing enhances a hot summer day like an ice-cold beverage or some refreshing food like chopped fruit. If you find yourself outside in areas where there isn’t electricity or the availability of a refrigerator, you will need an insulated cooler that can keep these cold treats cold during a hot day.

Coolers are made in soft varieties that are convenient to collapse and pack away when they aren’t in use, or the cooler can be hard and constructed of rigid materials that give them more durability and strength. We are focusing on hard coolers and their benefits in this buying guide where we will break down some of the common differences in the varying styles and sizes you can find online, so you can make an informed decision on which hard cooler will work best for you.

A cooler ultimately needs to keep things cold. The best way to set yourself up for success when using a cooler is to put drinks or food in it after they are already cold, whether that means they were in your freezer or refrigerator or simply purchased from the cooler-section of a local store. The addition of ice will then make the internal temperature of the cooler drop even further, setting you up for the best results in your quest to keep your drinks cold.

The insulation of the cooler is now the main factor that works at keeping the cold inside and the heat outside. Generally, a thicker cooler will have more insulation in it, since they are designed to have a bigger buffer of air or insulating materials between your cold items and the outside air. As heat tries to enter the cooler, the greater layers of insulation will make the process much slower. If you are hoping to have ice and drinks last for multiple days in your hard cooler, you will want to look for really thick coolers that have been proven to perform at the highest level. These coolers will often be very rugged and well-made like the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler that reportedly can keep ice inside for days when properly used.

The size of a cooler makes a world of difference when it comes to how and where it can be used. If you are taking your own lunch with a few drinks out to a remote spot to have a secluded meal, you could have great luck using a Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler, 5 Quarts that will hold a decent amount of food and drinks for one person without becoming a heavy burden that takes up unnecessary space. These smaller hard coolers work well for simply packing some drinks with you when you’re outside working in the heat of the summer or playing at the beach as well. If you want something a little bigger, maybe for that picnic for two that you’re planning, or just to fit more drinks inside, there are bigger varieties that still have a sturdy and solid handle attached like the classic-looking Igloo Playmate Pal 7 Quart Personal Sized Cooler. Coolers like these are fun and convenient to grab when you’re on the go.

Some of you might be shaking your head because you need a cooler than can hold enough food to feed a small army, hold refreshments for a children’s soccer team or sustain a whole family for a weekend of camping. Hard coolers come in huge sizes as well, often being able to hold enough weight inside that it will take two people to lift it. With a large hard cooler like the Igloo Polar Cooler (120-Quart, White), you will have a lot of space to drinks, food and ice inside without having to do any mental gymnastics to make it all fit. These coolers have sturdy handles on each side that are easy to use when the cooler is weighted down and there is even a drain plug built-in at the bottom to allow for easy drainage when the ice finally melts away. Other models offer features like a set of wheels on one end so you can still move the heavy cooler by yourself if you’re up for pulling it along behind you.

DWYM Fun Fact

The portable ice chest has been around since the middle of the 20th century and has been a popular product since those early development years. Today, the technology of making some of the higher-end hard coolers is referred to as “rotationally molded coolers” where a process constantly rotates a mold while the plastics set in. This process effectively makes completely smooth interior surfaces that have no seams or flaws that could eventually lead to leaks or inefficiencies.

The Large Hard Cooler Buying Guide

  • Some coolers have built-in cup-holders on their lids. This handy feature could be useful when you’re using the cooler’s lid as a side table that you don’t plan on opening often.
  • Hard coolers with a short and wide stance will be very stable when placed on uneven surfaces. These proportions would be ideal for those of you who plan to use it in places where the ground might not be flat.
  • If you want your cooler to keep ice for a really long time, you will want to condition the cooler before using it. A simple way of doing this is to pre-cool the inside of the cooler with ice or something similar the night before you plan to pack your cooler with the actual food and drinks of your choice. The inside of the cooler will now start off in cold state so it won’t immediately transfer room-temperature heat into your drinks and ice. Condition your coolers and you’ll see a noticeable difference in how long they hold ice.