Finally, a wheeled cooler that actually rolls over terrain effectively, the RovR RollR 60 easily snags our Top Pick Award for a Wheeled Cooler. The Rovr found the spotlight on Kickstarter as the answer to so many people's desire for a wheeled cooler with the most useful features and accessories on the market and the reality does not disappoint. With inflated tires just like any bicycle or car, the Rovr roams with ease. It comes with a gigantic, easily attachable dry box to carry anything you don't want in the cooler (like hamburger buns and camping chairs). With an additional extension accessory, this cooler can even be attached to the back of your bicycle. Though we love using this supremely handy cooler, its insulation is likely good enough for most, but not the best. That being said, just about every time we found ourselves needing a cooler on the go, the Rovr was the perfect fit.
RovR RollR 60 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: The best wheels, very durable, comfortable to pull, useful accessories
Cons: Not amazing insulation, awkward latches, expensive, on the heavy side
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Our Analysis and Test Results
We tested these coolers - including three popular wheeled models - side-by-side for months to see how they stacked up. The Rovr is by far our favorite rolling cooler.
Like many of the top-performing insulators, the Rovr is rotomolded with high-density foam insulation and an airtight gasket. However, unlike many of those options, the Rovr's single weak point is that for some reason this construction does not, in fact, give it the same impressive insulation capacity. It held food-safe temperatures of less than 40º F for just 4.7 days and ideal beer temperatures of 50º or less for 5.3 days, far below the average of other rotomolded models.
That being said, as a wheeled cooler, the Rovr's best usage is less about keeping ribeyes on ice for day 7 of your rafting trip, and more about carting everything you need for tailgating to the stadium parking lot. So while 4.7 days of acceptable cold temperatures isn't that impressive in the line-up of our review, we think it's more than adequate for the most likely single-day usage this cooler will receive, accompanying you to picnics, days on the beach, and neighborhood barbecues.
The Rovr is among the many coolers we tested with official certification from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee for approved usage in areas shared with grizzlies. This goes a long way toward speaking for the durability of this compact little wheeled box - though don't forget to lock it to truly keep your contents protected from bears! We found this cooler to be super tough, withstanding the bouncing of a 225 lb man, the tugging of curious children, and the bouncing across all the weird places we took it. The 9" all-terrain rubber tires can be refilled with air and have their innertubes exchanged, the same as you would do for your bicycle or car.
Though we sat and jumped on the Rovr, we do advise caution if you decide you'd like to do the same - as a device on wheels, it's not hard to get this box rolling unintentionally, and even a small slip could end in a big fall. The Rovr is outfitted with a rubber gasket that's advertised as "airtight." Unfortunately, we found this not to be the case, as this cooler readily leaks its liquid contents when tipped, meaning air has no problems finding its way in and out. With that minor detail notwithstanding, we're impressed with the durability of all the Rovr's moving parts and overall construction.
Ease of Use
Another metric in which the Rovr scores well in! Rather than making awkward wheel wells inside this cooler, like the other wheeled models we tested, the Rovr has a simple, two-tiered design. The lower and taller of the two sections also comes with a dual-chambered, removable dry box for goods you'd like to be cold but would rather not get wet, or to keep clean ice for drinks separate from the rest of the cooler contents. Handily, this dry box also hand-screws into place when in use, preventing it from rattling around annoyingly in transit.
The Rovr's drain plug quickly and easily empties the cooler of unwanted meltwater, though its location on the front of the cooler took us some getting used to. It also comes with a rubber gasket, to avoid leaks, and can be opened partially to drain or completely removed for folks in a hurry. The Rovr has indented handles for easy lifting, and the pull handle maneuvers quickly and easily into position while falling out of the way when you let go of it.
The rubber latches of the Rovr are thick and attach firmly to keep the lid closed while you navigate all the bumps and jolts you want. This is helpful, but their relative inflexibility also makes them a bit more challenging to release when you do want into your cooler. And without the dry box inside the cooler, the two-tiered set-up seems a bit more awkward to use - though still less so than oddly-shaped wheel wells. All in all, the Rovr is a rather user-friendly cooler.
We feel that we can't overstate how much we enjoy the wheels on the Rovr compared to any other hard plastic wheel we've tried on other coolers. They glide effortlessly over chunky gravel, through deep sand, and across unmanicured lawns. The Rovr's handle facilitates an easy pull, with wide-set motocross-style grips that are both comfortable to grasp and keep you far enough to the side of your cooler to avoid hitting your heels as you walk.
The Rovr's only flaw in this metric is its relatively heavy weight. At 40.5 pounds, it's among the heaviest coolers we tested. However, with such luxurious wheels, we barely even noticed the extra weight and the comfort of the Rovr's handles and ease of those big, inflated wheels made our testers enjoy pulling the Rovr over any other cooler every single time. We think those other wheeled coolers out there could learn a thing or two (or more) from the excellent design of the highly pullable and portable Rovr. From wheels to the pull handle to the overall design, this cooler is superior to all other wheeled options we've tested.
We also bought the bike attachment (sold separately) for the Rovr, and we love it. It consists of a small metal piece that attaches to the rear wheel hub, which requires a quick installation. After that, it just requires connecting the removable arm to the bike and the cooler, and off you go. It's super quick and easy. The arm has a flexible spring that allows the bike to move and turn unimpeded. There is the extra towing weight of the cooler, of course, but we were impressed by how little the cooler in tow affected our ride otherwise. And the convenience is appreciated. If you're looking for a cooler to tow behind your bike, we don't know of a better product that this one.
Another arena in which the Rovr shines brightly! Billed by its creators as "the most feature packed 60 quart cooler ever," the Rovr does not disappoint. In addition to the large included and well-secured dry box, the Rovr has non-skid feet to help it not to roll when you don't want it to. It also has the most tie-down points of any cooler we tested, boasting a whopping 6 secure locations, compared to most coolers that have two if they have any at all. Absolutely our favorite included feature with the Rovr is its wagon bin that attaches with sturdy velcro loops to the top of your cooler, literally doubling the carrying capacity of this wheeled machine.
Like many of the coolers we tested, the Rovr doesn't come with a leash for its drain plug, which is always a welcome feature to prevent you from losing said plug. However, at the time of writing, this cooler is backed by a 5-year warranty, which is always a nice safety net. You can also really customize this cooler with many other accessories available for additional purchase - in case what comes standard isn't enough features for you.
As one of the most expensive coolers in this review, it may not be everyone's cup of tea to spend so much on a wheeled icebox. But if you're in it for the performance, the Rovr is an exceptionally useful piece of gear that's built to last the years, and we think it is worth the price. Despite the initial sticker shock in comparison to some other wheeled coolers, we think its performance is worth every dime.
The Rovr is a great example of brilliant engineering in a market full of some really great coolers that have inexplicably poor wheels. We loved carting this big orange box around and aren't surprised in the slightest that it snagged our Top Pick for a Wheeled Cooler Award. Though it may not be totally airtight or have the most impressive insulation in the bunch, we think even Dr. Seuss would be impressed with the places you'll go with your shiny new Rovr!
— Maggie Brandenburg