How many times have you took the family to one of your children’s sporting events and wanted a cold drink, but and you begrudgingly spend the money on those expensive concession stand drinks? If the sun is shining overhead, this has probably happened more than once or twice. You can avoid those expensive drinks pretty easily and that’s by bringing your own beverages and snacks with you! This is where the Igloo Marine Ultra Square Cooler can help.
In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the soft cooler, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the soft cooler had to say about their overall experience with it.
Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this soft cooler is something you should consider purchasing to round out your camping or picnic gear!
Since 1947, the Igloo Products Corporation has been working out of Texas to bring us quality coolers. Igloo is one of the leading brands for hard coolers. To expand their demographic, the company began making soft coolers. The size of these coolers range from small to large quart sizes. If you’re looking for that perfect blend of function and affordability, Igloo is the place to look.
Notable features of the Igloo Marine Ultra Square Coolers include:
The interior of this cooler is large enough to comfortably hold 36 cans of your favorite beverage and features a .35mm thick PEVA liner that is anti-microbial, stain and odor resistant. A notable feature of the inner liner is that it is resistant to puncturing.
So if you are packing something that requires the use of a fork or knife, you can tuck those utensils inside the cooler without worrying about the sharp points damaging the inside. Of course, the cooler also features a zippered pocket that you can use to store condiments, napkins, and other items.
If you’re going on an overnight camping trip, you can use this cooler to keep food or beverages cold, up to two days. For folks who like to have refreshingly cold drinks while they are fishing or taking a leisurely boat ride, you’ll find that this cooler fits perfectly in your boat’s console.
Not only can you manipulate the cooler to fit where you need it to, the convenient shoulder straps and handles make transporting the cooler a little easier, especially if you have other things in your hands.
For easy access to the contents inside of your cooler, you’ll appreciate the hatch on top of the cooler. This can be a great way to ensure things inside stay cool because you don’t have to lift the lid every time you want a drink.
When we looked at the user reviews, we saw that 69% had great things to say about the cooler and left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, people commented that this cooler is the best soft cooler they’ve tried that didn’t cost a small fortune. Customers have said that the Igloo Marine Ultra Square Cooler didn’t sweat like other coolers they’ve tried. Customers like that the cooler is able to be manipulated to fit tight spots with no problem.
Some of the items customers have said they were able to keep in the cooler include frozen sausages, frozen breast milk, half gallon Ball jars full of goats milk, 6 pack of soda, fruit, and sandwiches. When ice was placed in the cooler, customers said there was still ice in the cooler up to 2 days later.
So what did the remaining 31% of customers who left 3-star or below reviews have to say? The most common complaint customers had wasn’t so much about how the cooler performed, but the construction of the cooler. Customers have said the straps and seams came unstitched, the plastic ripped, and the handle ripped off completely.
Many of these issues occurred only after a few months of use. One customer said the zipper broke after the second use! Customers were very disappointed that although this cooler claims to be a marine cooler, they feel that it is not Marine quality. One customer even said that the product was “not practical for any use other than a few kids drinks.”
Trying to find the best soft cooler can be challenging because not all coolers are created the same, nor are everyone’s needs the same. One thing is certain, though, is that when you get a soft cooler, you’re going to want to actually be able to use it. Such is not the case with the Igloo Marine Ultra Square Cooler.
Many customers have said that their cooler started falling apart in one way or another shortly after purchasing it! Although this cooler only costs just under $30, which is quite affordable, people shouldn’t have to go out and purchase another one because the handle broke, the zipper won’t work, or the stitching is coming undone.
Igloo is a respected name in the cooler world, but with this one, they miss the mark. While more than half of customers who purchased this cooler say they loved it and it was able to keep a myriad of items nice and cold, the construction left much to be desired.
For that reasons, we don’t think you should spend your money on this particular cooler. If you are die hard Igloo fans, perhaps you would prefer one of their hard coolers, as that’s where the company really shines, it seems.