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Coleman Cooler Quad Review

A slouchy, rickety chair, but inexpensive and with a tiny attached cooler
Coleman Cooler Quad
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Price:  $35 List | $34.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Simple to use, attached cooler storage, inexpensive
Cons:  Not vary durable, difficult to fit in bag, poles feel rickety, "headrest" difficult to use.
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 11, 2020
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  • Comfort - 40% 4
  • Portability - 25% 6
  • Durability - 20% 4
  • Ease of Setup - 15% 9

Our Verdict

What makes this chair different from the ones sold at pretty much any sporting goods store in the summertime for less than half the cost? A little cooler in the armrest that holds four cans. And that's about it. It's not even our favorite model to feature a cooler in the armrest, nor is it the least expensive. The Coleman Cooler Quad is slouchy and uncomfortable, defeating the purpose of the taller "headrest" that does little for actually resting your head. It's quite wobbly as well, giving us serious doubts about its durability. While it used to be alone in the crowd because of its cooler, it has competition - and isn't winning.

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Pros Simple to use, attached cooler storage, inexpensiveFits just about anyone, comfortably padded seat, super robust, plenty of storage, simple to useComfortable, portable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, inexpensiveSeats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holder plusCarrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, lightweight
Cons Not vary durable, difficult to fit in bag, poles feel rickety, "headrest" difficult to useFairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathableLow back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beveragesPoor ventilation, heavy, bulkyFabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be larger
Bottom Line A fairly standard slouchy chair that makes up for being flimsy by adding a little cooler on one sideAlthough heavy, this robust model provides years of high-comfort seating at campgrounds or soccer fieldsA solid and inexpensive option for carrying your camp seating longer distancesThough heavy and large, this chair is sure to be a favorite at your next outingA great combination of features and characteristics at a competitive price
Rating Categories Coleman Cooler Quad ALPS Mountaineering King Kong REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat Dual Lock Folding Chair
Comfort (40%)
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9
7
8
7
Portability (25%)
6
6
7
4
7
Durability (20%)
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9
7
8
5
Ease Of Setup (15%)
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9
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Specs Coleman Cooler Quad ALPS... REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat Dual Lock Folding...
Weight (pounds) 8.2 lb 14.1 lb 8.0 lb 15.5 lb 9.8 lb
Weight Capacity (pounds) 325 lb 800 lb 300 lb 500 lb 300 lb
Folded Dimensions (inches) 38" x 8" x 8" 39" x 8" x 8" 33" x 7" x 7" 34" x 12" x 7" 45" x 7" x 7"
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 39" x 37" x 23" 24" x 37" x 38" 21" x 31" x 31" 24" x 44" x 32" 25" x 35" x 37"
Seat Height (inches) 14.0" 15.0" 11.5" 7.0" 15.0"
Features Built in 4-can cooler, side pocket, mesh cup holder, adjustable armrests 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests 1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests Seats two, 2 insulated adjustable drink holders, adjustable armrests 2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Coleman Cooler Quad is a fairly standard-sized folding sports chair. It comes with an over-the-shoulder carry bag and features a single cup holder, a side pocket, adjustable armrests, and a 4-can mini cooler.

Performance Comparison


Good enough for an afternoon with Grandpa.
Good enough for an afternoon with Grandpa.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


As far as comfort goes, this chair is a pretty average slouchy seat, upright back combo, like many others we tested. It is slightly thicker, with at least a couple layers of fabric making up the body. The armrests are technically adjustable, though they are only attached through the round discs, making it easy to accidentally push them down with your elbow during a routine readjustment. Coleman advertises this chair as having a headrest, which we think is a bit of a stretch. The back of the chair does go up behind where a head could theoretically be (based on height and posture). However, unless you get that positioning exactly right, that unsupported fabric does very little to hold your head up. And even if you do manage to wiggle into the perfect placement, it's truly just an extension of the regular chair back and not an actual headrest. In all other ways, we think the comfort of this chair is average at best.

This "headrest" is suspiciously identical to the backrest...
This "headrest" is suspiciously identical to the backrest...
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Portability


Another area in which the Coleman is about average. It's of average size and shape and weight. It comes with a bag that has a shoulder strap to cart it around. Weighing just over 8 pounds, it's fairly average. The carry bag is rather thin though, letting you feel whatever section of the chair happens to rest upon your back or side. But you probably won't be carrying it terribly far, and it's not awful over short stretches.

Though adjustable, these armrests lack straps to keep them where you...
Though adjustable, these armrests lack straps to keep them where you want them to be.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


We aren't particularly impressed by the durability of the Coleman Quad. Nothing broke during our testing, but we are left with some serious doubts about this chair's ability to last for years. The poles are quite thin and bendy. We're unsure if, after several seasons of abuse, they might bend or snap as you push your way out of this chair. Despite having a steel frame, it feels rather rickety. This makes it not particularly sturdy or inspiring when it comes to lasting longer than a much cheaper chair. Ours also came with some sloppy seams and ends poking out, which certainly did not look better by the end of our testing period. The carry bag, in particular, is thin and fragile, with seams that look like they're just waiting for the moment to explode open and dump your seat on the ground. Again, nothing broke on this chair during our few months of testing, but we are nevertheless skeptical of its longevity.

Fortunately, the chair seems to us more durable than the included...
Fortunately, the chair seems to us more durable than the included storage sack.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Setup


By far the best thing about this chair is how easy it is to set up. It just folds outwards like an accordion. The cooler is also easy to use, with a handy pull-on top that unzips both sides simultaneously. A small patch of velcro is all that's left between you and your four cold beverages.

However, this chair is tricky to fit back into its bag. The cooler in the armrest sticks out at an odd angle and resists being squeezed back into a sack that's barely large enough to hold it. And if you don't take the time to carefully compress it into the right crevice, it could be the straw that broke the camel's back and spells the end of that flimsy bag.

Though sometimes a handy feature to have, the armrest cooler makes...
Though sometimes a handy feature to have, the armrest cooler makes it tough to get the chair back into its carry bag.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Features


Beyond the cooler, the Coleman has a single mesh cup holder that's just barely wide enough to squeeze in an iPhone 8+, and a side seat pocket with one large pocket and two smaller mesh pockets to keep you organized.

If you like the cooler, more power to you. We're less enamored with...
If you like the cooler, more power to you. We're less enamored with its construction and comfort.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


Though it's one of the least expensive chairs we tested, we're still not sure it's worth it. Lackluster performance and a cooler that's only moderately useful but surprisingly in the way make us feel like there are much better options out there, even if the chair and cooler have to separate.

Conclusion


If you're after a novelty chair with an included cooler, you've found it. But if you want something comfortable enough to watch an all-day soccer tournament and durable enough to bring back every season, we don't think this one is a winner.

The overall profile of the Coleman Quad.
The overall profile of the Coleman Quad.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg