The Rubbermaid Extreme is equipped with wheels that makes it more portable. Also, it is quite inexpensive. The capacity of this cooler is 75 Quart. This review will take into consideration all the factors that are necessary for a good cooler while comparing it with some other models.
The insulation score of Rubbermaid Extreme is 3 out of 10.
The insulation of the Rubbermaid Extreme is very bad as compared to the other models. When tested, it was concluded that it ran out of ice after 4 days and it was able to maintain the safe food temperature for only about 2 days. Moreover, in the middle of the 2 day, the temperature reached above 40 o F, but it was for less than one hour.
Because of this, it was concluded that the Rubbermaid Extreme model is not good for a long weekend trip.
The durability score of this model is 4 out of 10.
The durability is similar to that of some other traditional models. The handles and the hinges are fragile and can break easily. Also, the leash that is attached to the drain plug can easily break. But this does not hamper the working of the drain plug. Even if the leash of the drain plug breaks, the drain plug can function properly but we will have to remember the position of the drain plug.
The lid is not strong and can easily bend. Also, large amount of water was able to escape from the lid.
The portability score of the Rubbermaid Extreme is 7 out of 10.
The handles that are provided in the Rubbermaid Extreme are made up of hard plastic. The handles enables easy carrying of the cooler. Also, though the wheels that are provided may be beneficial sometimes, they are not that impressive and effective.
Also, as compared to some other traditional models with no wheels but smooth bottom, this model lacks when it comes to portability.
Ease of Use
The ease of use score of this model is 6 out of 10.
The Rubbermaid Extreme’s lid is equipped with an internal latch and this latch can be sometimes difficult to open. This can happen especially when the cooler is empty. But once the lid is opened, it can easily stay open.
The lid design is such that there is a dual opening in the lid that enables us to check the contents without the need to open the lid. Though this is a good feature, it may be the reason that the lid is fragile.
Also, the drain is very easy to use and is at the extreme end. The only problem is that because of the presence of the wheels, the drain is little high and to drain all the water, we may need to tilt the cooler to 90 degrees.
The feature score of this model is 6 out of 10.
The features of the Rubbermaid Extreme includes:
- The long handle that makes the handling easy.
- The lid and the drain leash are equipped with two cupholders.
- The wheels that are provided helps in portability.
- There is dual opening in the lid that enables to check the items without opening the lid.
Though there are many features, there are some disadvantages associated them. For example in case of the dual opening in the lid, though this is a good feature, the lid is fragile and can bend easily.
When compared with other models, this model received lower scores than many other models. But still it can be considered as a good choice for those who prefer wheels and have tight budget. But for those who prefer durability and other factors, there are better options available.
- Less durable
- Poor insulation
- Difficulty in draining