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230Xspec 60qt Review

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230Xspec 60qt Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $227 List
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Manufacturer:   Xspec
By Genaveve Bradshaw, Maggie Nichols, and Rebecca Glades  ⋅  Apr 24, 2024
80
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SCORE


RANKED
#5 of 19
  • Insulation - 50% 8.7
  • Durability - 20% 7.6
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.4
  • Portability - 10% 7.0
  • Additional Features - 5% 7.2

Our Verdict

The Xspec 60qt is jam-packed full of thoughtful design features that bring a lot to the table. Though it lacks a basket and an IGBC rating, our testers didn't find it lacking in performance. It proves itself to be durable and easy to use, reasonably portable, and offers enough insulation to keep things cool for several days. Extra features like bottle openers, anti-skid feet, and removable handles all improve ease of use. It's also one of the less expensive of the rotomolded, full-size coolers.
REASONS TO BUY
Good insulation
Great features
Useful shape
Reasonable weight
Less expensive
REASONS TO AVOID
No internal basket
Not IGBC rated

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Bottom Line With reliable performance, this cooler is a great shape, easy to use, and a good valueA budget-friendly rotomolded option that includes great features and is available in many colorsA great value for a solid personal coolerThis cooler is a great budget option but likely won't last as long as othersA decent budget-friendly option for quick trips, but its insulation performance doesn’t hold up after a few days
Rating Categories 230Xspec 60qt RTIC Ultralight 52 Igloo BMX 25 Coleman Portable Ro... Coleman 316 Series 52
Insulation (50%)
8.7
8.1
4.8
5.1
4.8
Durability (20%)
7.6
5.6
3.2
2.4
3.1
Ease of Use (15%)
7.4
7.4
5.0
4.2
4.0
Portability (10%)
7.0
8.5
8.0
9.0
7.0
Additional Features (5%)
7.2
5.9
5.9
3.5
3.1
Specs 230Xspec 60qt RTIC Ultralight 52 Igloo BMX 25 Coleman Portable Ro... Coleman 316 Series 52
Shelf Life of Food (Measured Days Below 40ºF) 6.1 5.8 4.0 4.1 4.0
Days of Cold Beverages (Measured Days Below 50º F) 6.7 6.3 4.4 4.6 4.4
Measured Weight 30.3 Ibs 21.6 Ibs 10.1 Ibs 12.5 Ibs 9.4 Ibs
Measured Capacity in Cans 90 61 34 90 74
Measured Capacity 57 qt 49 qt 17 qt 52 qt 44 qt
Advertised Capacity 60 qt 52 qt 25 qt 50 qt 52 qt
Internal Maximum Body Height 13.0" 12.0" 11.8" 14" 13.0"
Does it Fit a Wine or 2L Bottle Standing Upright? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Exterior Dimensions (L x W x H) 29.5" x 17.0" x 18.0" 27.3" x 18.5" x 17.5" 20.2" x 12.0" x 15.8" 22.8" x 17.8" D x 17.6" 26.0" x 14.5" x 17.7"
Outer Construction Rotomolded Rotomolded Blow-molded Plastic (non-rotomolded) Blow-molded Plastic (non-rotomolded) Blow-molded Plastic (non-rotomolded)
Inner Construction 3" of polyurethane insulation Not listed Manufacturer lists
"Extra-thick foam-insulated walls & insulated lid"
Xtreme® technology TempLock™ FX insulation in the lid

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Xspec is a rotomolded cooler with dual handles and an internal height that easily accommodates an upright, average-sized wine bottle. It features an integrated fish ruler, a built-in compass, two bottle openers, removable handles, tie-downs, a lock plate, a pressure release valve and dual-use drain, and anti-skid feet.

Performance Comparison


Though doable alone, we find the Xspec to much easier to move around with two people.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Insulation


When it comes to insulation performance, the Xspec is one of our top performers, providing cooling power strong enough for most endeavors. It held temps below the USDA-recommended safe food threshold of 40ºF for 6.1 days during our torturous insulation testing and held onto temps under 50ºF (a great all-around beer temperature) for a grand total of 6.7 days. It's also dry-ice compatible, which can go a long way toward extending the freshness of your food.

230xspec 60qt - insulation results for large-capacity coolers. the xspec (pink line)...
Insulation results for large-capacity coolers. The Xspec (pink line) did well among the rest.
Credit: Rebecca Glades


To provide reliable insulation, the Xspec is rotomolded and filled with three inches of polyurethane foam. A freezer-style (think "flattened tube") gasket completely seals the contents of this box. The bottom not only has anti-skid feet but also several raised sections to help keep your cooler away from the hot surfaces of summer — a clever design to help keep its contents cool.

We love how easy it is to load up the Xspec. Plus, it's seal keeps its contents chilly for an extended period.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Durability


Though it doesn't carry the weight of certification from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, we found the Xspec to be on par with the durability of the models we tested that are IGBC certified. The integrated hinge easily withstands our pulling, overextending, and abuse. It took some close inspection to find the small seam in the rubber seal, lending credibility to the airtightness of the box. When we left it sitting out in the hot sun for several days, we couldn't find any reason to doubt its integrity.

The durable Xspec 60's lid stays open for easy access and unloading.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Though a handful of online user reviews we found complained of a leaking drain plug, we didn't have any issues with this during our testing. The plug itself is constructed similarly to many other models we reviewed and features a rubber gasket to keep it sealed. Even the air pressure release valve (which can also be unscrewed from the body of the cooler) has a rubber gasket that appears legit. The latches, another common source of durability issues, also seem to be rather solid. They're part rubber and part plastic, using the rubber to maintain tension on the lid and the plastic part to actually grip the body of the cooler and keep the lid latched.

230xspec 60qt - no need to worry about losing your drain plug! the xspec has a leash...
No need to worry about losing your drain plug! The Xspec has a leash to keep it attached to the cooler.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


One of our favorite aspects of the Xspec is how simple and straightforward it is to use. The latch design we previously discussed also makes opening and closing the chest much easier than some of the muscley all rubber T-latches, that require two hands to operate. The Xspec latches can be a bit more challenging on your fingertips, but overall we think they're pretty easy. The dual-function drain works well and efficiently, with an interior channel and small lip that facilitate emptying meltwater with relative ease. The air pressure release valve is also an excellent addition. Whether you're experiencing temperature changes from early morning to mid-afternoon or gaining elevation as you head up into the mountains on your adventures, this valve makes certain that you'll never be stuck wrenching and cursing at your cooler's lid.

230xspec 60qt - the integrated air valve helps alleviate pressure when changing...
The integrated air valve helps alleviate pressure when changing elevation.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

While most coolers are fairly simple to load contents into their cavernous interiors, we've found that some are more accommodating than others. What we appreciate about the Xspec is its clever ratio of height to width to length that makes it both convenient to pack into the car while still being tall enough to fit most common objects standing upright inside. Planning on bringing a 2-liter bottle of soda or a chilled bottle of white wine? Rest assured that both will fit standing upright inside the Xspec. With 13 inches of internal clearance, standard wine bottles will also fit even with the cork replaced, safely bringing home your leftovers. We also measured this advertised 60-quart icebox to actually have a 61-quart capacity. Many coolers we tested don't actually have the volume they claim, often falling short.

230xspec 60qt - the large 60-qt xspec has enough space to hold onto just about...
The large 60-qt Xspec has enough space to hold onto just about anything you'd need for your weekend road trip.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Like so many similar coolers we tested, the Xspec has two sets of handles for carrying solo or with a partner. The indented handles on the underside of the ends of the lid are easy to find and use. They are a bit shallow compared to many others, letting your fingertips jam into the tie-down slots a little too readily for our taste. However, this shallow design comes in handy though, for easily removing the second set of handles. These cleverly designed grip-and-webbing handles are easy to remove in a few seconds if you'd rather leave them at home, with your cooler securely tied down in the back of your trailer or boat. Replacing them is just as easy, because of the slightly shallow primary handles that easily allow you access to the required attachment points. Some other coolers we tested that have similar removable handles proved to be harder to replace with deeper indented hand grooves, and we appreciate the ease and simplicity of the Xspec.

230xspec 60qt - the xspec has comfortable handles on each side that make it easier...
The Xspec has comfortable handles on each side that make it easier to move around.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Portability


A 60-quart ice chest is never going to be your favorite piece of gear to cart around, but there are a few things about the Xspec's design that make it less painful than some. Weighing 30 pounds before loading it with an array of food and beverages, it's on the lower end of average weight among similar models we tested. The two sets of handles are fairly comfortable to use - though we've already discussed that the indented pair could be deeper for more comfort, but are more shallow to facilitate easy removal and replacement of that second set of handles. The longer handles are made of hard plastic but have a good curve, that helps with carrying comfort. They're not as nice as some foam handles we tested, but they're above average for in-hand comfort.

One area where the Xspec really gets it right is the dimension ratio of this big box. A short, long cooler is much harder to carry around solo. A tall, narrow cooler is easier to carry but can be harder to pack into your car or find things buried at the bottom. The Xspec is one of just a few we tested that thread the needle of the ideal height-to-length ratio. It's narrow enough to be carried by yourself, without being so tall it becomes top-heavy or harder to find contents hidden at the bottom.

230xspec 60qt - the comfy side handles make the xspec easy to move around, though...
The comfy side handles make the Xspec easy to move around, though you might need a friend to help out.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Additional Features


This is another area in which the Xspec nails it. During our testing, we discovered that most models either sell all their accessories for an additional cost (if they are available at all), or they come with just about every feature conceivable, but of very low quality as to be almost unusable. In contrast, the Xspec comes fully equipped with two stainless steel bottle openers (that actually work), lock plates, an integrated fish ruler, and a built-in compass (that also actually works, though we don't recommend it for precision navigation). Those extras come on top of the more common features like anti-skid feet, tie-downs, and a dual-function drain, AND alongside previously mentioned features like the pressure release valve and removable handles. The one feature that it doesn't come with that we are a bit sad about is a dry-bin basket inside. Other than that, the Xspec is a fully-loaded - and fully-functional - cooler right out of the box.

230xspec 60qt - though we don't recommend using the xspec's compass as your primary...
Though we don't recommend using the Xspec's compass as your primary navigation tool, it's still a fun feature included.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Xspec 60qt?


We find there's a lot to love about the Xspec 60qt. It brings solid insulation performance, a very functional design, and top-notch features to the table, attached to a pretty reasonable price tag. If you're after a reliable cooler that's a joy to use and built to last but don't want to spend a fortune, this chest is a well-rounded competitor.

What Other Coolers Should You Consider?


The Orca models are both worth considering. The larger of the two, the Orca 58 is our top performer when it comes to insulation. The Orca 40 also does well but is a bit smaller and easier to transport. On the other hand, the Rovr RollR is a unique option as it's capable of being towed behind a bike.

230xspec 60qt - we love that the xspec includes a leash. just remember to feed it...
We love that the Xspec includes a leash. Just remember to feed it under the handle or you'll run into this issue.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Genaveve Bradshaw, Maggie Nichols, and Rebecca Glades