American Made Outdoor Coolers


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We are compiling an ever growing list of U.S. ice chest manufacturers & brands, which might include large corporations, small companies and individuals.

We rated the top 8 US made cooler brands. The list includes coolers assembled from materials 100% manufactured here in America, but some coolers also contain a percentage of materials produced outside the USA.

The overall rating came out to be 4.3 out of a possible 5, see how each brand scored below.


#1
Company: Bison Coolers, LLC

Bison coolers are a premium USA made cooler designed and constructed for those who want the very best outdoors gear and need to keep the cold where it belongs, inside your cooler. Bison takes pride and enjoy making people's lives cooler, one cooler at a time.

Brand: Bison
Model: All Models
Material: Rotational Molded Polymer

Bison Coolers
From the Manufacturer: Bison Coolers are professional grade and American made. Our 5 day ice chests are simply the best cooler on the market. In addition to maximum ice retention, our hunting and fishing coolers are designed and built for the harshest environments. Bison Coolers are the perfect addition for hunting, camping, fishing, kayaking, rafting, tailgating or any other outdoor activity.

5 Stars. Their coolers are 100% made in the USA.

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Manufacturers Site: Bison Coolers

#2
Company: Coleman USA

The Coleman Company, Inc. products include its legendary lanterns and stoves, as well as coolers, tents, sleeping bags, airbeds, backpacks, furniture, and grills under the Coleman brand. Founded in 1900 and based in Wichita, Kan., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newell Brands.

Brand: Coleman
Model: 54 Quart Steel Belted
Material: Stamped Steel

Coleman 54 Quart Steel Belted Cooler
From the Manufacturer: Go back in time with cold food and drinks today when you take a Coleman® 54 Quart Steel Belted® Cooler along with you. It looks just like the one you remember with its classic design first developed in 1954. Large enough to hold 85 cans and tall enough to hold 2-liter bottles upright, you'll have plenty of space for refreshments for a whole group of people. Whether you're headed on an overnight camping trip, to a tailgate party, or out to a BBQ, the comfort-grip steel handles and stainless steel lid latch make getting to your destination easy, comfortable and secure. Once you arrive, the Have-A-Seat™ lid will ensure you always have a place to sit and relax while you enjoy the day with a cold drink in hand. When the fun is done, the leak-resistant channel drain makes it easy to empty any excess water without tilting the cooler, so you're ready for your next fun adventure. A Coleman® Steel Belted® Cooler will rekindle your fondest outdoor memories — and equip you to make many new ones.

4 Stars. This model is made in the USA from both domestic & foreign materials.

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Brand: Esky
Model: All Models
Material: Polyethylene

Esky Coolers
From the Manufacturer: The Esky Series Coolers are built to withstand the extra demands of a marine environment, this cooler's UVGuard material offers protection from the sun's damaging rays. Meanwhile, catch-free latches and integrated hinges with stainless steel pins secure your items in a tough-as-nails outer shell. In fact, when you slip a pad lock into the lock slot, this cooler is certified to resist grizzly bears. Fill it up with everything from drinks to your catch, and you’ll see that this cooler works as hard as you do. Thick insulation and a tight-fitting lid gasket retain ice for up to 7 days, which is days longer than a regular cooler. Tie down points allow you to secure the cooler to your boat deck while leaving the lid free to open and close. The antimicrobial lid and liner resist odor, mold, mildew and fungus on the product, making it easy to clean between uses. These are tough, American-made coolers made to excel in the wild – just like its owner.

5 Stars. These models are 100% made in the USA.

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Manufacturers Site: Esky Coolers

#3
Company: Igloo Products Corp.

Igloo Products Corp. is the nation's largest cooler manufacturer. In October of 2008, Igloo Products Corporation was acquired by J.H Whitney & Company, a private equity firm based in New Canaan, Connecticut. Now 850 employees strong, Igloo world headquarters is a 1.4 million square foot facility located in Katy, Texas. Offering over 500 different products, Igloo coolers are sold by more than 250 retailers around the world.

Brand: Igloo Ultra
Model: Ultra Marine Hard Bodied
Material: Plastic

Igloo Marine Ultra Coolers
From the Manufacturer: Featuring a full suite of marine-grade features, from UV protection to rust-proof stainless-steel hardware, these fishing-ready coolers are built to withstand the harsh, wet environments of life on a boat, keeping drinks and snacks (or the catch of the day) cold and fresh.

4.5 Stars. This model is made in the USA from both domestic & foreign materials.

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Manufacturers Site: Igloo Marine Ultra Coolers

#4
Company: Iowa Rotocast Plastics, Inc.

IRP RotoTough products are the most durable merchandisers in the field, many of their original products built in 1983 are still in use today. All IRP products are designed and manufactured with extreme pride in Decorah, Iowa. Being made in the USA ensures their products quality and commitment to excellence.

Brand: Grizzly
Model: All Models
Material: Rotationally Molded Plastic

Grizzly Coolers
From the Manufacturer: Grizzly Coolers are proudly envisioned, engineered, tooled, tested, perfected, and produced by Grizzly Coolers in Decorah, Iowa, USA, by Iowa Rotocast Plastics, Inc. IRP has extensive knowledge, history, integrity and credibility in the cooling industry with over 30 years of introducing rotationally molded plastic products into the market. Their Grizzly Coolers are designed and manufactured to last. They stand by their products with a lifetime warranty and a Bear-Proof Certification from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

Their Grizzly Coolers are designed to be a truly rugged piece of equipment for extreme outdoor enthusiasts who want to get away for the weekend or longer. The Grizzly Cooler line offers the perfect balance of durability and performance that is expected in an affordable, premium cooler. Grizzly Coolers offers a variety of sizes to fit your needs and contents: Grizzly 400, Grizzly 150, Grizzly 75, Grizzly 60, Grizzly 40, Grizzly 20 and Grizzly 15.

5 Stars. Their coolers are 100% made in the USA.

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Manufacturers Site: Grizzly Coolers

#5
Company: Outdoor Recreation Company of America

Outdoor Recreation Company of America (ORCA) is a highly imaginative company that manufactures products in the United States for the outdoor enthusiast utilizing American labor and American-made components. They will continually support their customers for their loyalty by giving back to those organizations and groups that benefit them – Wounded Warrior programs, breast cancer programs, national conservation organizations and local community groups. One of their primary tenets is to help increase America’s work force through the manufacture of their products in the United States.

Brand: ORCA
Model: All Models
Material: Rotational Molded Polymer

ORCA Coolers
From the Manufacturer: ORCA builds coolers that make every one of life’s adventures better. Our American made, lifetime guaranteed coolers give you 200 hours of cool so that you can continue having fun without worrying about your ice melting. They are state-of-the-art, durable, roto-molded coolers. In plain English, that means stuff will stay cold for long time and it’s so tough they have a lifetime warranty.

5 Stars. Their coolers are 100% made in the USA.

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Manufacturers Site: ORCA Coolers

#6
Company: Pelican Products, Inc.

Pelican Products is a global manufacturer of advanced lighting systems, rugged protector cases and shipping containers with annual sales in excess of $300 million. Facilities include 6 manufacturing plants, 6 distribution centers and numerous sales offices around the world.

Brand: Pelican
Model: ProGear Elite
Material: Molded Plastic

Pelican ProGear Coolers
From the Manufacturer: A more rugged, colder cooler for your next big outdoor adventure. From durability to lasting ice retention, the Pelican ProGear Lite Outdoor/Offshore Cooler is engineered to work hard under extreme conditions. Through constant UV exposure, salt and sand abrasion, rugged use and extreme temperature fluctuations - Pelican ProGear Elite Coolers last.

5 Stars. Their coolers are 100% made in the USA.

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Manufacturers Site: Pelican ProGear Coolers

#7
Company: Yeti

YETI Tundra coolers are manufactured in the USA at facilities located in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as at a facility located in the Philippines. Their Hopper coolers, Panga duffels, and Rambler drinkware are manufactured in China. The LoadOut 5 gallon bucket is manufactured in South Carolina.

Brand: Yeti Tundra
Model: Tundra Series
Material: Rotational Molded Polyethylene (PE)

Tundra Coolers
From the Manufacturer: Their Tundra coolers are rotomolded, which is the same process used to create whitewater kayaks, and are designed so the coolers keep ice longer by pumping them with over twice the insulation compared to most ordinary ice chests. The result is a cooler family with a dramatic durability and ice retention advantage over most any other cooler on the market.

1 Star. This model might be made in the USA or could it be foreign made.

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Manufacturers Site: Tundra Coolers






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The system we use to rate (1 to 5) a product is based in the percentage of materials its made from, that are actually produced and assembled in the US.

5 stars, means that virtually the entire product is assembled in the US with US sourced parts.

4 stars, means the product may contain a small percentage (value wise) of foreign made materials. The item may contain one to several outsourced parts, but in total they add up to a relatively small percentage of the over all value of the product.

3 stars, means a greater proportion of the product contains foreign based materials. It may be only be one item but that or those items add up to a significant value of the product.

2 stars, means the product contains mostly or all foreign made materials but is assembled in the US.

1 star, means we could not determine or the manufacturer did not provide enough details as to the amount of materials are made in the US. This does not automatically mean the product doesn't contain any US made parts or labor, they may in fact be made entirely in the US but we were not able to estimate the amount.

Some of the companies listed in this directory that produce outdoor coolers here in America, may also have the same or similar items manufactured in other countries as well. Many businesses alter their brand names, manufacturing practices and product designs with little or no notice, so if there are questions that still remain, we suggest contacting the manufacturer directly.