If you’ve spent some time searching online or in-store for a cooler, you’ve probably noticed there are a few different categories by which coolers are classified. You’ve most likely seen words like rotomolded or injection molded to describe types of coolers. Without further research, though, these words do little to describe the functionality of each cooler type.
In this article, we will first define the term “rotomolded” as it relates to cooler design. We’ll then reveal what sets this particular type of cooler apart from the rest. Then, you’ll be fully prepared for the best camping, hiking, and grilling adventures your summer throws your way.
What Is a Rotomolded Cooler?
Rotomolded or rotational molding is a molding process used to create hollow parts or double-walled containers such as coolers or kayaks out of plastic. Rotational molding is a cost-effective way of producing plastic parts.
Rotational molding describes a process in which resin, added to a mold, undergoes simultaneous heating and rotating. This process allows the resin, or unprocessed plastic, to take the shape of the mold. The most favorable outcome is consistent uniform wall thickness with extra material padded around the corners for shock absorption.
So, what does this mean in terms of coolers?
Rotational molding is famous for creating the highest quality of coolers because it creates perfect evenness every time. As the plastic constantly undergoes rotation during the process, each wall of the cooler is experiencing the same levels of heat, resulting in a consistent thickness all around.
This is important for a cooler because it means that each side is equally protected from any external forces such as outside temperatures or unwanted visitors. Plus, it means that your food and drink will stay equally cold no matter which side of the cooler or divider they end up on.
What Are the Advantages of a Rotomolded Cooler?
Several characteristics unique to the rotomolded cooler set it apart from other coolers on the market. Rotomolded coolers excel in keeping ice, are cost-effective, and are more eco-friendly than their peers.
Here are just four of the many reasons why we love rotomolded coolers:
1. Rotomolded Coolers Are Best for Keeping Ice
Rotomolded coolers are built with uniformly thick walls, resulting in optimal temperature retention. These coolers are known for offering unparalleled insulation, keeping their contents fresh and cold.
This makes rotomolded coolers the best for keeping ice and water chilled — a non-negotiable for coolers. In fact, science agrees — cold water just tastes better.
The 20QT and 50QT Rotomolded Cooler options from Patriot Coolers promise to keep ice for up to ten days, thanks to their three-inch-thick insulated walls.
2: Rotomolded Coolers Save Money in the Long Run
One of the advantages of the rotomolded cooler is that it is highly durable. Made from material that is built to last, these coolers can endure even the toughest of terrain and weather conditions.
While rotomolded coolers are pricier than other coolers on the market, they will stand the test of time. The durability of the rotomolded cooler makes it the best investment for long-term use.
3: Rotomolded Coolers Are the More Eco-Friendly Option
Among the other methods of plastic manufacturing, rotomolding is one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally conscious methods. Rotational molding releases no dangerous toxins or chemicals into the air during the process, making this the best choice for your family and the environment.
4: Rotomolded Coolers Are the Most Durable
Rotomolded cooler walls are thicker than other cooler walls, making them stand up against tough conditions. Since rotomolded coolers are crafted in one hollow piece, they are durable and more resistant to cracking than other types of coolers.
Compare this to coolers made through the injection-molding process; they are made in two pieces and then fit together with insulation. This creates lines that can more easily be broken or cracked.
Rotomolded vs. Soft Coolers
Rotomolded coolers are hard-sided coolers that are durable and great for temperature retention. While they tend to be heavier and not as easily transported, they are great for withstanding long-term use.
Rotomolded coolers with durable, insulated walls are ideal for keeping ice for long periods of time. These coolers are also built with larger capacities, making them the perfect cooler for families or large gatherings.
Soft coolers are less durable but more convenient for everyday use. They are lighter and easier to transport when hiking or traveling. These coolers are best for daily use whether in the office or at a sporting event. The Softpack Cooler Collection from Patriot Coolers is ideal for the adventurer on the go.
Which Cooler Is Right for You?
Deciding between a hard and soft cooler comes down to how you plan on using your cooler. Because soft coolers are generally smaller and easier to carry, they are best for everyday use. If you plan to use your cooler for packing lunches or going on a regular fishing trip, then soft coolers are perfect for these occasions.
Soft coolers are also easier to store than hard coolers because they tend to be quite a bit smaller. When investing in a hard cooler, you’ll want to consider the storage space that is available to you.
Rotomolded vs. Injection Molded Coolers
When it comes to hard coolers, there are two major manufacturing categories: rotomolded and injection molded.
Injection molding is a process that injects heated plastic into a mold and then cools it so that it takes the shape of the mold. This process is popular for mass production because the same mold can be reused consistently.
However, injection molding cannot produce hollow pieces the way that rotomolding does.
Injection molding creates two separate shells that need to be fused together with insulated foam. These materials, while lightweight, are more likely to crack or separate, making them vulnerable to bumps or drops. Thin walls of injection-molded coolers also make for less than optimal temperature retention.
Overall, rotomolded coolers are more durable because they are constructed in one piece. The areas of fusion for injection-molded coolers are more susceptible to cracking and breaking.
Patriot Cooler’s Rotomolded Options
At Patriot Coolers, we offer two sizes of our Rotomolded Cooler: 20QT and 50QT. Both sizes of coolers are built tough with three-inch insulated walls. These walls and heavy-duty rubber latches create a bear-resistant exterior that keeps the cooler’s contents safe.
The 20QT Rotomolded Cooler has a large capacity, holding up to 24 cans or five gallons of water. This cooler also stores up to 17 pounds of ice. With a cushioned foam grip wrapped around the metal handle, this is the perfect cooler for a day at the beach or a fishing trip with friends.
The 50QT Rotomolded Cooler can hold up to 62 cans or 13 gallons of water. It can store 50 pounds of ice, nice and cold, for up to ten days. This cooler is great for large gatherings like tailgates or neighborhood cookouts.
Each cooler is built with a no-sweat exterior so that the outside of your cooler always stays dry. An easy flow drain spout drains water while keeping ice in place, and the built-in rubber feet make sure that your cooler comes home in the same condition it was at the start of your day.
These coolers do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to. With durable metal handles molded to their side, these coolers are a breeze to transport.
Why Buy a Patriot Rotomolded Cooler?
Buying a rotomolded cooler from Patriot Coolers is a way of supporting our troops. Patriot Coolers is committed to creating positive change for those who have risked their lives for freedom. A portion of every purchase from Patriot Cooler goes to a charitable organization that focuses on helping Veterans thrive in their local communities.
A portion of every sale we make goes to Homes For Our Troops. HFOT strives to build and donate homes nationwide for post-9-11 Veterans. With every purchase, you are supporting the efforts of this charity in their mission to build homes and rebuild lives.
When it comes to picking a cooler, you need one that can handle your wildest adventures and your most laid-back days.
For an elite class of hard coolers, rotomolded coolers are the best choice. These exceptionally sturdy coolers are the intersection of pure power and sleek style. Rotomolded coolers keep your drinks fresh, and your ice chilled so that the adventures never have to come to an end.