As far as coolers with rotomoulded constructions go, they are quite sturdy and premium, but also have a price tag to match. Grizzly offers a rotomoulded cooler at a price lower than most other such coolers. Undercutting the competition clearly gets the customer’s attention, but let us see of the actual cooler holds up.
The Grizzly Cooler 75 Quart cooler has rotomoulded plastic construction filled with pressure injected foam insulation. It also has a gasket in the lid to create a seal when closed properly to keep the hot air out. The rubber tension latches also do a good job at making sure that the lid stays closed snugly and the contents of cooler remain cool. But still, the insulation performance of the cooler does not match the premium cooler it is trying to undercut. In our testing, it was able to keep ice only for up to 4 to 5 days, whereas a few of the more expensive coolers were able to manage for up to a week. Hence, we are giving it a mediocre insulation score of 6.
As far as durability goes, it seems that the Grizzly Cooler 75 Quart is able to go toe to toe with its more expensive competitors. The rotomoulded manufacturing process is a key part of this, producing a sturdy body. It also has a sturdy plastic hinge the runs across the length of the side and has a metal pin. The three rubber tension latches are able to secure the lid pretty well. The cooler is certified as bear resistant by The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), which should say something about its durability. Another great point is that even the manufacturer seems confident about their products and hence gives a limited lifetime warranty on this cooler. Hence, we give it a durability score of 9.
The cooler is quite heavy, weighing 35.4 lbs even when empty. It makes moving it around a bit difficult. It has integrated handles into the plastic body, as well as rope handles covered in a fabric sleeve and a rubber handle. While the handles are not quite comfortable, they seem to get the job done. It is also a somewhat large cooler. It is not suitable to take hiking, but you can certainly load it onto a vehicle or a ship and take it with you. We shall give it a portability score of 5.
Ease of Use
The mediocre portability affects the cooler’s ease of use score as well. Otherwise, the drain plug included in the cooler is quite handy for washing and draining any water, especially with the full length draining channels. But the design of the drain port is not very convenient. The manufacturer tried to implement a lower flow drain mode and a quick drain mode, which can be controlled by unscrewing the plug partially or completely, but in practice when unscrewing partially, the water is splashed around but still, it is useful if you don’t want to quickly drain out all the water. The latches that secure the lid are made of rubber, and closing or opening them never seemed any problem. Overall, we give it an ease of use score of 7.
The cooler does not have too many extra features, but the basics are mostly covered. The 2-inch diameter drain plug can quickly drain the water, and there are one of those on each side. It has slots for dividers for better organising the contents. It also has a dry items tray to keep any foods that are not supposed to get wet. It has rubber anti-slip feet to keep the cooler planted in place. A handy scale on the lid will help you quickly measure the length of the fish you catch on fishing trips. We give it a features score of 5.
If you plan to take short trips, where the mediocre insulation of the Grizzly Cooler 75 Quart should not be an issue, then this is a good option since the good durability will ensure that it will last for several years to come. However, at this price range, you are not too far off from the premium coolers that offer great insulation as well, so you can also skip this one, save a bit more and go for the more premium options.
- Cheaper than other rotomoulded coolers
- Great durability
- Mediocre insulation
- Still on the expensive side