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.
Soft sand? No problem with the Rovr RollR.
Like many of the top-performing insulators such as the Yeti Tundra, RTIC, Pelican, and Orca, the Rovr is rotomolded with high-density foam insulation and an airtight gasket. However, unlike the aforementioned models, 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.
All loaded up for the insulation testing.
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.
A solid hinge and freezer style gasket help the Rovr be worthy of its IGBC certification.
Ease of Use
Another metric in which the Rovr scores well in! Rather than making awkward wheel wells inside this cooler, like the Pelican and Igloo Trailmate Marine, 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.
The largest dry bin of any cooler we tested, the Rovr's bin is also the only one that hand screws into place.
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, even the wide ones on the Igloo Trailmate and Pelican Wheeled 80. 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. In contrast, the Pelican weighs about 10 pounds more, but rolling it is such a chore that it felt twice the weight of the Rovr! And though the Igloo Trailmate is 5 pounds lighter than the Rovr, the comfort of the Rovr's handles and ease of those big, inflated wheels made our testers enjoy pulling the Rovr over the Igloo every 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.
Comfortable, motocross style handle grips far to the sides of the trolley handle make the Rovr one of our favorites to cart around.
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.
No need for an extra bag with the super handy, impressively large dry bin that attaches right to the top of the Rovr.
If you want a wheeled cooler, we think you'll love the Rovr. Though it's not as big (and chunky!) as the Pelican, we think it's an incredibly useful size and the experience of pulling this cooler is like no other cooler we've ever pulled before. For a truly portable cooler that's a joy to use, the Rovr is where it's at.
Let the convenient Rovr RollR set you free!
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. If you just can't fathom spending that kind of money on a cooler, you might check out the Igloo Trailmate instead (though we think the Rovr is a much better deal, despite the initial sticker shock).
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!
Don't let crummy cooler wheels keep you from going where you want - the Rovr RollR can set you loose to enjoy all your favorite spots with what's sure to soon become your favorite cooler.