Igloo BMX Cooler, 52-Quart

Last updated date: December 30, 2020

DWYM Score

8.9

Igloo BMX Cooler, 52-Quart

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We looked at the top Coolers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cooler you should buy.

Editor's Note December 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cooler for a detailed review of all the top coolers.

Overall Take

Thanks to this cooler's built-in tie down points, you can safely transport it in the back of your truck. The cooler has a heavy-duty blow-molded construction and rubberized T-grip latches to keep your drinks secure. Since the lid and body are well insulated, you'll also enjoy five days of ice retention, which makes this cooler a great choice for camping trips.


In our analysis of 85 expert reviews, the Igloo Igloo BMX Cooler, 52-Quart placed 4th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.8
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
619 user 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

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.

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 example, there are coolers are have been proven to keep food at a safe temperature for up to five days.
  • One bonus you may not think about is whether you can sit on your cooler or not.  Some models are built to withstand the weight of someone seated on them.
  • 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. Others have a channeled bilge type, so you’ll need to tilt the cooler more for those final drops.