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RovR RollR 60 Review

A wheeled cooler that is even more handy than you’d imagine.
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Price:  $400 List | $399.00 at REI
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Pros:  The best wheels, very durable, comfortable to pull, useful accessories
Cons:  Not amazing insulation, awkward latches, expensive, on the heavy side
Manufacturer:   RovR
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 9, 2019
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  • Durability - 20% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 9
  • Features - 5% 9

Our Verdict

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.

Want better insulation in a rolling cooler? The Pelican outshines the RovR in insulation, though we weren't as fond of its short handle and low clearance. If you're looking at wheeled coolers, portability is probably your number one concern, and we think the RovR RollR is as good as it gets.


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Pros The best wheels, very durable, comfortable to pull, useful accessoriesExcellent insulation, super durable, easy to use, great sizeExcellent insulation, great drainage, durable, compact designVery durable, less expensive than competitors, good insulation, comfortable handle gripsUser-friendly latches, large capacity, decent insulation, durable walls
Cons Not amazing insulation, awkward latches, expensive, on the heavy sideExpensive, no leash for plug, smaller than claimedTall narrow shape is hard to dig through, expensive, not our favorite handlesA bit large for one person, no leash for plug, latches are scarily stretchyHinge not most durable, awkward shape, expensive
Bottom Line A wheeled cooler that is even more handy than you’d imagine.If you want the best insulation and the longest lasting cooler, look no further than this simple yet effective model.Excellent insulation in a compact, durable cooler.A high-performing and durable cooler that’s a bit softer on the wallet.A solid cooler in an oddly shaped package.
Rating Categories RovR RollR 60 Yeti Tundra 65 ORCA 58 Quart RTIC 65 OtterBox Venture 65
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Specs RovR RollR 60 Yeti Tundra 65 ORCA 58 Quart RTIC 65 OtterBox Venture 65
Shelf Life of Food (Measured Days Below 40ºF) 4.7 days 6.5 days 6.5 days 6 days 5 days
Weight (lbs) 40.5 lb 31.9 lb 30.6 lb 34.9 lb 34.1 lb
Measured Capacity (quarts) 60 qt 56 qt 56 qt 67 qt 66 qt
Advertised Capacity (quarts) 60 qt 65 qt 58 qt 65 qt 65 qt
Days of Cold Beverages (Measured Days Below 50º F) 5.3 days 7.4 days 7.3 days 6.8 days 5.8 days
Exterior Dimensions (L x W x H) 25.9"/40.25" x 20.75" x 20" 30.75" x 17.5" x 16" 26.75" x 20" x 19.4" 32" x 18.5" x 17" 40.5" x 18.75" x 18.75"
Construction Rotomolded Rotomolded polyethylene Rotomolded Rotomolded Polypropylene shell, polyurethane insulation

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.

Performance Comparison


Soft sand? No problem with the Rovr RollR.
Soft sand? No problem with the Rovr RollR.

Insulation


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.
All loaded up for the insulation testing.

Durability


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.
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.
The largest dry bin of any cooler we tested, the Rovr's bin is also the only one that hand screws into place.

Portability


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.
Comfortable, motocross style handle grips far to the sides of the trolley handle make the Rovr one of our favorites to cart around.

Features


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.
No need for an extra bag with the super handy, impressively large dry bin that attaches right to the top of the Rovr.

Best Applications


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!
Let the convenient Rovr RollR set you free!

Value


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).

Conclusion


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.
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.


Maggie Brandenburg