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Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Review

A simple cooler that functions well without a high price tag
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless
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Price:  $40 List
Pros:  Lightweight, lots of features, inexpensive
Cons:  Not rugged, not spillproof, noticeably inexpensive
Manufacturer:   Arctic Zone
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 30, 2020
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  • Insulation Value - 30% 7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6
  • Portability - 25% 6
  • Durability - 20% 4

Our Verdict

The Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless is a simple, flip-top cooler that's made even easier to use by its total lack of zipper (for the main compartment). It combines that simplicity with a reasonable level of insulation and an impressively low price to become our winner for being a Best Buy on a Tight Budget. Minimal thickness insulation gives it a large internal capacity, made even better by the addition of a full-width removable shelf. It offers reasonable insulation, but not amazing. However, it's clearly imperfect. When full, it's heavy, angular, and cumbersome to carry. Its thin, flimsy construction doesn't lend itself well to being something you can use and abuse for years. But if you only need it for occasional use, this soft cooler keeps money in your pocket and your beverages cold.

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Pros Lightweight, lots of features, inexpensiveVery durable construction, excellent insulation, useful handles and features, comfortable shoulder strapExtremely durable, easy to use, great insulation, tons of handles, convenient sizeSoft cooler body, good pockets and features, comfortable shoulder strapDurable design, comfortable to carry when full, good capacity, relatively inexpensive
Cons Not rugged, not spillproof, noticeably inexpensiveZippered exterior pocket not waterproof, very largeVery expensive, no extra pockets, flips upside down easilyExterior and zipper not waterproofLearning curve for best use, not 100% leakproof, no extra pockets
Bottom Line An easy to use option that keeps costs low and offers surprising insulationOur choice for best all around soft coolerSized for personal use, this option is a high-performerA pleasant mixture of solid insulation, usable capacity, and simplicity of designWith a unique design and comfortable carry straps, we love it for long distances
Rating Categories Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Engel HD30 YETI Hopper Flip 12 REI Co-op Cool Haul 18 IceMule Pro
Insulation Value (30%)
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7
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5
Ease Of Use (25%)
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Portability (25%)
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Durability (20%)
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Specs Titan Deep Freeze... Engel HD30 YETI Hopper Flip 12 REI Co-op Cool... IceMule Pro
Measured Capacity (qt) 21 qt 32 qt 13 qt 18 qt 25 qt
Measured Capacity (cans with no ice) 30 cans 48 cans 18 cans 28 cans 39 cans
Carry Style Lunchbox Messenger Bag Lunchbox Messenger Bag Backpack
Internal Maximum Height (in) 10.5" total
(3" above shelf)
13" 8" 11" insert
12" lid
17" fully closed
23" max
Fits Standard Wine Bottle Standing Upright? No - will fit on side Yes No - will fit on side Yes Yes
Shelf Life of Food (Measured Hours Below 40ºF) 51 hr 98 hr 82 hr 58 hr 40 hr
Days of Cold Beverages (Measured Hours Below 50ºF) 53 hr 103 hr 92 hr 61 hr 48 hr
Measured Weight (lb) 3.4 lb 5.9 lb 3.6 lb 4.3 lb 3.0 lb
Exterior Fabric 840D polyester Abrasion-resistant fabric 840D double-sided thermoplastic urethane Ripstop nylon, polyester shell Mule SkinET 1000D ripstop tarpaulin/vinyl/nylon
Closure Method No-zip flip top Zippered top, watertight zip Zippered flip top, watertight zip Zippered flip top Roll-top
Handles and Straps Shoulder strap, end handles Shoulder strap, end handles, duffel handles Shoulder strap, top handle, end handles Shoulder strap, end carry handles Backpack straps, sternum strap
Additional Storage Yes, 2 zippered and insulated external pockets, 2 mesh pockets, top shock cord Yes; 1 larger exterior zippered (meant to be waterproof but isn't) No; webbing attachment loops Yes; 2 slip exterior, 1 internal zip, webbing attachment loops No; exterior shock cord panel
Removable Liner? Yes No No Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Arctic Titan Zipperless is a large, messenger cooler with an over-the-shoulder carry strap. It features a removable internal shelf, 2 exterior insulated, zippered pockets, two exterior mesh pockets, and an attached bottle opener (that's difficult to use). It comes in many colors and several other sizes, both smaller and larger than the 30 can model we tested.

Performance Comparison


The Arctic Titan Zipperless isn't the most amazing cooler but it...
The Arctic Titan Zipperless isn't the most amazing cooler but it performs decently while sporting a low cost.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Insulation Value


Constructed of fairly thin walls, the Titan actually does a decent job insulating its contents. In our rigorous testing, it held temperatures below 40ºF for 43 hours and lasted 48 hours below 50ºF, which is just above average among models we tested. Though that's probably not amazing enough for your four-day weekend camping trip, it certainly works well enough for a long day at the beach or park.


To achieve this level of insulation without the 2 inch thick walls of some of its competitors, the Titan is made of SuperFoam insulation inside a polyester exterior and lined with a reflective barrier to help turn away radiant heat. The floor of the cooler is also thicker than the walls, to help insulate against the hot summer ground you're likely to set it on.

Results from our laboratory insulation testing.
Results from our laboratory insulation testing.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Considering just how thin it is, we're actually rather impressed by its insulation performance. Though it comes in many colors, we tested the white one, which also helps partially dispel the heat from the sun. Beware though - this cooler lacks an airtight seal and will spill if tipped or sloshed.

Despite having very thin insulation, the Titan actually performs...
Despite having very thin insulation, the Titan actually performs about average when it comes to keeping things cold.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Use


In general, the Titan functions about how you'd expect a flip-top cooler to work. It's straightforward and covered in features to help you carry everything you need for your day out and about. The total lack of zipper makes opening and closing it a breeze - unlike the tough, watertight zippers of so many others, that require two hands to operate. We tested the 30 can size.


Additionally, it has two zippered front pockets and two mesh pockets on the ends can hold dry items. Bringing a blanket to sit on? Attach it right to the top of the cooler with the bungee cord. The removable shelf inside can hold smaller snacks or things you'd rather not get soggy from floating around in melted ice.

The included bottle opener has rounded edges and is not very easy to...
The included bottle opener has rounded edges and is not very easy to use.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

However, all these features ride very nearly on the edge of being too flimsy or ill-thought-out to be useful. The side mesh pockets can easily snag, the zippers are uninspiring in their construction, and the velcro tab holding the lid closed isn't in quite the right location for the two sides to match well. The bungee on the lid is almost too loose to be all that helpful. The bottle opener clipped to one side has smooth edges that make it very difficult to actually open a bottle with. The removable shelf sits on a minuscule lip inside the cooler body and can easily be knocked off until its resting half in the ice. And the interior of the cooler itself is lined with curving ridges that are the shape of cans - but are too large for standard 12 oz cans and actually detract from the overall capacity and ease of packing this cooler.

Many pockets adorn the outside of the Titan.
Many pockets adorn the outside of the Titan.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Portability


Completely empty, the Titan weighs 3.4 lb, which is on the lighter side of the models we tested. We measured its capacity at 21 quarts (20 liters) and a maximum of 30 cans with no ice, just like it claims. Filled to the brim with those 30 cans, this cooler is less than pleasant to carry, as expected. But, it still works to transport your cooler and its contents wherever you're heading, just with less finesse than more expensive models.


Even without being totally full of heavy liquids, it's not our top choice for carrying around. Its overly boxy shape with a hard exterior and angular edges aren't particularly pleasant to have bumped against your side. The shoulder strap is too short to work well as a crossbody option for most people. The "cushion" threaded onto it also isn't squishy at all, but rather a textured, rubbery patch. It doesn't have any duffel handles either, though it does have small handles on the ends that are cushioned and pleasant (and easily tuck away into the end mesh pockets when not in use).

The rubber "padding" on the strap of the Titan Zipperless is not...
The rubber "padding" on the strap of the Titan Zipperless is not particularly comfortable with a full load.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


We didn't have anything break on the Titan during our several months of testing - just a few stains on the white exterior. However, we have reservations about its ability to withstand heavy use for years.


The internal removable plastic box is thin. And as that's the only part of the cooler keeping it from leaking ice water, we really would rather it not break. And in fact, we read online user reviews saying that's exactly what happened to their coolers - along with many other reports of ripped seams, broken handles, and busted zippers. In fact, the entirety of the Titan's construction doesn't leave us with much confidence that it will last through years of intense adventuring. Again, nothing actually broke during the testing of our model, but we're not convinced it will survive the test of time as well as other models we tester. We're actually pretty sure it won't, but then again, it's good enough and priced within more budgets than other models.

The plastic bin liner of the Titan is thin. We were a little more...
The plastic bin liner of the Titan is thin. We were a little more careful with this model than others we tested.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


The Titan Zipperless is one of the least expensive coolers we tested. We're not blown away by its longevity and think its features could be a little better designed. However, it brings solid insulation and easy usability to the table for a price that most can swallow. Just don't expect it to be a daily driver that will last the years.

Conclusion


The Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless is about an average contender for insulation prowess and can certainly get the job done for a day in the sun. It's reasonably easy to use, though many features are more gimmicky than useful. It's not the most durable option, but it also is one of the least expensive, with a reasonable performance that makes it our Best Buy for a Tight Budget Award winner. It's a solid choice for single-day use - as long as you're not expecting it to be the last cooler you ever buy.

Though it's not the most amazing cooler we tested, it does offer...
Though it's not the most amazing cooler we tested, it does offer respectable insulation and a high degree of usability for an impressively low price.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg