Chuggie’s Review of K2 Coolers for Sale
Chuggie’s All-Inclusive Review of K2 Coolers for Sale is going to tell everything you’ve been wondering, from where to find K2 cooler dealers to what their warranty is like.
Team Chuggie is easy to please. Give us a weekend in nature and some beer, and we’ll be happy as can be.
We’re not so easy to please in terms of gear like ice chests, hammocks, and can coolies. Outdoor recreation calls for quality equipment, and who wants warm beer? Here are answers to questions we have when considering a cooler, all in one place.
Chuggie’s Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Ice Retention
K2’s main marketing phrase is “Real Value. Real Cold.” Grizzly promises superior ice retention too, but we debunked that myth. So, just how long do K2 coolers hold ice?
We love what K2 says about their own coolers’ ice retention. It’s the same idea we always emphasize: it depends on a variety of factors! There are just so many variables.
On average, K2 cooler retention time is 3-5 days. To increase ice retention, precool your K2 24 hours in advances and fill it will different kinds of ice, like blocked and cubed. If you own a K2 cooler, leave us a comment so we can hear from more actual K2 cooler owners!
Chuggie’s Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Durability
K2 coolers are roto-molded from polyethylene. This differs from coolers like Yetis and Orcas, as they’re made from polypropylene, which is the exact same material used to make kayaks.
K2 coolers durability takes another hit as they’re not certified bear proof, and their latches need to be replaced from time to time. You can find videos of K2s going through durability tests, but those are sponsored by the K2 brand itself. Those kind of videos had zero weight on our review of K2 coolers for sale.
With all that said, many users (especially fishers) report K2 coolers to have lasted 10+ years and still be going strong. Our impression is that K2 cooler durability is good, especially for gentle to moderate outdoor use. If you own a K2 cooler, let us know in the comments section how they’ve worked out for you!
Chuggie’s Review of Pelican Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Construction
Insulation- K2 coolers’ ice retention is good thanks to their thick, pressure-injected foam walls 1.5-3” walls.
Latches – K2 coolers’ trademarked POSITRAC rubber latches are pull-up rather than the traditional pull-down latches.
Feet- K2 coolers feature rubber, non-marking and non-skidding feet.
Drain plug- The drain plug is detachable with a silicone gasket. Every cooler in the Summit Series has one, except for the Summit 20.
Anchor points- Every K2 cooler has dual anchor points with holes for padlocks.
Handles- The outer handles are made of rope. The inner, integrated handles are made of hard plastic.
Shoulder strap- The Summit 20 & 30 models come with a padded shoulder strap.
Hinges– K2 uses a full-length integrated hinge system with a stainless-steel pin.
Wheels – Hoping for a K2 cooler with wheels? K2’s Summit 30 and Summit 60 each come with a set of wheels.
Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Ease of Use
You’ll find K2 coolers easy to drain. You have the option to partially unscrew their drain plug to control speed. Keeping it attached helps you avoid losing such a small piece. (As we all know, beer is one of the finer things in life. Also, it makes it easier to lose stuff.) The padded shoulder strap on the Summit 20 & 30 is very comfortable.
The latches take some getting used to, since they’re pull-up. This style aims to ensure a closed lid, which is great for ice retention. Some people think they’re easier than pull-down latches.
Chuggie’s Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Accessories
If you’re already looking at K2 coolers for sale, you might as well consider the accessories, right? K2 cooler accessories include all the little extras for smoot sailing the next time you’re outside doing what you love.
K2 cooler accessories include:
-Camo seat cushions
-Corner chock sets
Chuggie Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Colors
You can choose from a variety of colors to personalize your cooler. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life.
Single-Colored K2 Cooler Colors:
Mud Brown with Ducks Unlimited with logo on the lid
Just for Bucks Green
Dual-Colored K2 Cooler Colors:
Crimson & White
Red & White
Orange & White
Purple & Yellow
Camo K2 Cooler Lids:
Shadow Grass Blades
Break Up Infinity
K2 supports Majesty Outdoors, a non-profit organization whose mission is to take fatherless children on their first big outdoor adventure. For only $20, you can purchase a white cooler with Majesty Outdoors’ name on it.
A review of K2 coolers for sale just wouldn’t be complete without looking at K2 cooler colors. Whether you want basic colors, bright colors, or camo-patterns, you’ll be covered.
Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Prices
K2 sells their coolers in a range from $159 for the Summit 20 to $459 for the Summit 120. They also offer a “Scratch and Dent” section for cheaper, perfectly functional coolers with cosmetic flaws.
You can get a much cheaper price if you’re willing to choose from a limited color/size selection. It’s always worth checking out.
It’s helpful to look at prices other brands of coolers to get an idea of where K2 cooler prices fall in. The K2 Summit 20 costs about $80 less than Grizzly, Orca, Engel, and Yeti brands coolers of comparable sizes.
Chuggie’s Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Warranty
A K2 cooler warranty covers defects in material and workmanship for 7 years. This is more than warranties on other high-end coolers like Yeti and Engel brands, but pales in comparison to the lifetime warranties on coolers like Engel, Orca, Pelican, and Canyon.
Chuggie’s Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Dealers
Just type your zip code into K2’s convenient dealer locator! It only takes a couple seconds to see all the K2 cooler dealers nearby. Save your time if you live out of the US or on the western half, they’re only located in the Midwest, South, and Northeast.
You can buy brand new, full price coolers straight from K2 coolers’ website. Their clearance is a more affordable option, if you’re willing to pick from a limited selection and don’t mind a few scratches or dents. If you can’t find the price, specific size, or color you want, Amazon.com and eBay will likely have what you’re looking for.
Chuggie’s Review of K2 Coolers for Sale: K2 Cooler Final Thoughts
We’re fans of K2 coolers! However, for some of you, K2s aren’t the best choice.
If you take your gear on rough and long treks, consider another brand. K2s are quite durable, but not bear proof. There isn’t enough information available to deem them reliably long-lasting. They aren’t among the best in ice retention either, but are certainly good for weekends.
K2 coolers don’t come with bells and whistles like built-in rulers or bottle openers. They have a limited warranty. These aren’t disqualifiers, but things to think about.
Back to why we’re giving these ice chests our stamp of approval. They’re less expensive than other rotomolded coolers and have a wonderful color section. Plus, they donate to a non-profit helping kids explore nature for the first time. We have a lot of respect for their donations to others.
We hope our review of K2 coolers for sale helped you. Happy shopping!