Igloo BMX Cooler, 25 Quarts

Last updated date: November 13, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 133 expert reviews, the Igloo Igloo BMX Cooler, 25 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
7.6
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
619 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Igloo BMX 25 isn't the most rugged option out there, but it's a solid personal cooler that's bigger than we expected on the inside and is easy to carry, even when loaded with beverages or the day's catch.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
February 21, 2019 | Full review
If you are looking for a great cooler on a budget, Igloo is the obvious choice.
- SOutdoors
April 5, 2019 | Full review
All the parts are made of rust-resistant stainless steel. The T-grip latches on the lid ensure it stays in place and opens and closes well on top of making it comfortable and easy to carry around. It is also light, and the triple-grip handle ensures that you will have an easy time moving it around.
- Dotbeasts
January 13, 2019 | Full review
We liked that the BMX wasn’t as heavy and bulky as the Yeti and RTIC. The top handle made the cooler easy for just one person to carry, even when it was fully loaded.
- 99 Boulders
Durable everything. Features blow-molded construction, a reinforced base, stainless steel hardware, and rubberized T-grip latches. It is also lightweight. Extra thick insulation allows for 5 days of ice retention at 90-degrees. Super solid, and you can sit on it.
- BestReviews
Extremely durable yet lightweight with proven 4-5 day ice retention
- Reviews Right Now
The insulation is impressive, too. It retained ice for up to 2.6 days in 40 degrees Fahrenheit in our insulation test. Its consistently thick wall may play a role here.
- The King Live
What experts didn't like
It lacks an air/watertight seal, which loses it some points on insulation, and the rubber latches can catch against your leg if you carry it the wrong way around, but it's miles ahead of your old ice bucket or gas station styrofoam.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
February 21, 2019 | Full review
With a lot of steel in this roto-molded design, it is undoubtedly strong but quite lightweight. This means that it has a little less insulation and that hurts ice retention but you should still be able to keep things going for at least a couple of days.
- SOutdoors
April 5, 2019 | Full review
Slightly expensive
- Dotbeasts
January 13, 2019 | Full review
The lack of a drain is also a bummer
- 99 Boulders
Some felt that this cooler was overpriced for what it does. Some buyers did their own ice test and report that this cooler only holds ice for about 1 to 2 days.
- BestReviews
However, these latches are quite soft and can be damaged if pulled too hard or exposed to the sun for long.
- The King Live

From The Manufacturer

This heavy duty blow-molded cooler has it all! Extra-thick foam walls and insulated lid for the best cooling performance proven to hold ice for 5 days at 90 Degrees. Convenient size for optimal performance.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler, 5 Quarts
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 19
2. YETI Tundra 45 Cooler, 35 Quarts
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 25
3. Igloo Polar Cooler, 120 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
4. YETI Tundra 65 Cooler, 52 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 20
5. Igloo Playmate Pal Cooler, 7 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Coleman Removable Liner Cooler, 9 Cans
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 16
7. Igloo Profile Cooler, 16 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Igloo BMX Cooler, 25 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
9. Coleman Excursion Portable Cooler, 9 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Coleman Wheeled Cooler, 50 Quarts
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 24

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.

DYWM 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.