Coleman Performance Cooler, 48-Quart

Last updated date: September 29, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

Coleman Performance Cooler, 48-Quart

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Overall Take

This cooler is able to keep ice intact for up to three days, even if the temperatures outside reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a large 63-can capacity and can accommodate taller 2-liter soda bottles. The entire cooler is made from a durable plastic that can be cleaned with a little dish soap and water. In our analysis of 83 expert reviews, the Coleman Coleman Performance Cooler, 48-Quart placed 5th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 29, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cooler for a detailed review of all the top coolers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
3,765 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Not fancy, but gets the job done.
- BestReviews
Built tough, strong handles, great price
- The Cooler Zone
The two way handles make it easy to carry despite its size. It also comes with a friendly price tag.
- CTOP Reviews
With no latches, 2-way handles, generous interior space, and lightweight sturdy construction, the cooler is well worth it for only $25
- Simply Tailgating
This is a great icebox for beach days or picnics with the family. It’s also a versatile size that can be used for drinks at parties, thawing meat and more.
- Shed Heads
What experts didn't like
The hinges on the lid are plastic and not as sturdy as those on other Coleman models.
- BestReviews
Underwhelming ice life, lid won’t stay open, plain design
- The Cooler Zone
The lid hinges loosen up and will eventually come off
- Simply Tailgating
Thin plastic walls, not great ice retention, hinges and handles attached weakly, no lid gasket allows heat to seep in.
- Shed Heads

From The Manufacturer

Keeps the Ice: 3-day ice retention at temperatures up to 90 °F

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YETI Tundra 45 Cooler
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Expert Reviews: 4
Lifewit Insulated & Leakproof Collapsible Cooler Bag
3. Lifewit Insulated & Leakproof Collapsible Cooler Bag
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CleverMade Soft Sided Collapsible Cooler Bag
4. CleverMade Soft Sided Collapsible Cooler Bag
Overall Score: 9.0
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Coleman Performance Cooler, 48-Quart
5. Coleman Performance Cooler, 48-Quart
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
AO Coolers Canvas Soft Cooler
6. AO Coolers Canvas Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 8.8
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Igloo MaxCold 70 Quart Cooler
7. Igloo MaxCold 70 Quart Cooler
Overall Score: 8.7
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AO Coolers Soft Canvas High-Density Insulation
8. AO Coolers Soft Canvas High-Density Insulation
Overall Score: 8.7
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YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
9. YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
Overall Score: 8.7
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Polar Bear Coolers
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AO Coolers Water-Resistant Vinyl Soft Cooler
11. AO Coolers Water-Resistant Vinyl Soft Cooler
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Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler
12. Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler
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Coleman Steel-Belted Portable Cooler
13. Coleman Steel-Belted Portable Cooler
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Outdoor Recreational Company of America Cooler
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Igloo 3-Piece Camping Combo
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An Overview On Coolers

Yeti has revolutionized the way consumers keep beverages cool, with a line of insulated tumblers that seem to be in every home. But Yeti isn’t the only company building insulated products. In fact, almost every tumbler manufacturer out there has created a competing product at this point.

Now, that technology has moved to coolers. Using insulation within their walls, many of today’s coolers can keep ice, drinks and food cool even when you’re outdoors in 100-degree-plus heat. Although you’ll pay more than you would for a traditional type of cooler, you’ll get the convenience that comes with tossing drinks, food and ice into your cooler in the morning and having those items remain cool late that afternoon. In fact, some coolers can even chill items for several days.

One thing you’ll have to know before you choose a cooler is just how much capacity you’ll need. Do you plan to pack up covered dishes for family picnics, or will you simply use it to cart around beverages and maybe some sandwiches when you head to the beach? If you invest in a much larger cooler than you need, you may find it is more difficult to carry than if you’d chosen something smaller.

If you’ve ever tried to empty a larger cooler at the end of the day, you know how tough it can be. For that reason, many newer coolers come with bilge drains, allowing you to release the water from the bottom of the cooler. You may have to tip the cooler a little to get the last of the water out, but you won’t have the extreme tilt that you have with a cooler that doesn’t have a drain.

One bonus you may not think about initially is the fact that some newer coolers allow you to use them as a seat. This can come in handy whether you’re on a boat or enjoying a day at the park. If you plan to use that feature, look for a cooler sturdy enough to handle it.

DWYM Fun Fact

The technology behind how Yeti coolers are made explains their impressive insulation. It starts with the way the liquid polymer is built into the walls, which provides a thick, durable build. Inside the walls is two inches of insulation, with up to three additional inches of insulation in the lid.

Yeti coolers also eliminate seams, as well as attaching the lid directly to the body, thereby providing as strong a seal as possible to keep outside air from seeping in. The result is a level of cooling that holds up, no matter how hot it is outside. Other brands now have their own methods of combining insulation and seam reduction for improved effectiveness.

The Cooler Buying Guide

  • Coolers come in varying sizes, even among specific brands and models. Determine up front what you’re likely to carry in your cooler and how much room that will take. Some coolers offers 54 quarts of usable space inside, which totals more than 85 cans if you’re only using it to keep drinks cold. You’ll get between 65 and 70 quarts of space with some other models.
  • One thing to decide when you’re going for a larger-capacity cooler, though, is portability. As convenient as the space is, coolers will get much heavier when they’re loaded down. If you want a cooler that’s easier to carry around, consider one like the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Cooler. It still provides space for up to 30 cans but keeps things lightweight with a canvas design.
  • When it comes down to it, though, you’re looking for a cooler that can keep everything you put in it chilly, even on the hottest days. For that, it’s hard to beat the YETI Tundra 65 Cooler, which was proven to keep food at a safe temperature for five days.
  • One bonus you may not think about is whether you can sit on your cooler or not.  The YETI Tundra 45 Cooler, for instance, is built to withstand the weight of someone seated on it.
  • Once you’re finished using it, your cooler will need to be emptied and cleaned. Some coolers make that easier by including a bilge drain toward the bottom, similar to the drain found in the bottom of some boats. Some coolers have a channeled drain, which directs the water in the right direction, reducing the need to tilt. You’ll also get a drain with the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler. Others have a channeled bilge type, so you’ll need to tilt the cooler more for those final drops.