Homitt 30 Can Review
Cons: Boxy construction is less comfortable to carry, zipper is very hard to pull, not particularly durable
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Homitt 30 is an over-the-shoulder cooler with a rounded box shape. It features a leakproof zipper and low cost, though let us down when it came to durability.
Just because you want to save a little money doesn't mean you want your beers to get warm or your chocolate covered strawberries to melt. We get that. With the Homitt, you don't have to make that sacrifice. This little cooler is one of the more impressive insulation options we tested. It held a temperature near or below the FDA-recommended 40°F for over two full days! It has thick insulation inside waterproof fabric and a watertight zipper to boot. Even the zippered external pocket managed to stay dry through several summer rainstorms.
Our only real complaint about the insulation afforded by the Homitt is that to retrieve something from this flip-top cooler, you let a fair amount of cold air out and admit hot air. However, this seemed not to make a significant impact during our testing, and the Homitt maintained an excellent insulation value.
Ease of Use
When loading and unloading the Homitt, we love being able to open the top of the cooler fully. Getting things in and out is so much easier that way than any of the slit-top coolers. The Homitt also has very long side handles, making it easy to use like a tote bag in a pinch. With two exterior pockets - one waterproof and one mesh - you're able to bring along a few necessities like bottle openers, napkins, and cozies. We are also big fans of how stable this cooler is when we set it down. However, the zipper on the Homitt is rather difficult to use and this model, unlike so many others we tested, doesn't come with a zipper lubricant. It also has rather thick insulation under the lid, which takes up more space than we'd expected inside this cooler. This frequently had us accidentally overpacking and repacking to avoid straining the zipper (which actually broke during our testing - more on that in the Durability section).
The Homitt is a decently portable cooler, though perhaps not the most comfortable to carry around. It has an adjustable shoulder strap with a pad and two long side handles for a quick grab if it's not too heavy. On the flip side, if you've jammed this thing full to the brim with 30 beers, you can also enlist a friend to grab one of the two end handles, and carry it between the two of you. It's rigid top and bottom corners aren't our favorite to cart around though, especially when full. But for its overall size, it's not bad to carry around.
At first glance, we weren't too sure about the durability of the Homitt. Though it's made of 840D thermoplastic urethane, there are some details that are a bit lacking. The straps are thinner material than many of its competitors and the seams appear a bit less precise, with a few ends sticking out here and there.
Despite supposedly having welded seams, after sitting in on and off rain showers for about a week, a section of the fabric above the top zipper was noticeably taking on some water, causing a little bit of a ripple in the zipper there. While at first, we didn't think any damage had been done, this proved to be the undoing of the Homitt. Several months later, while preparing for another adventure we attempted to zip the top closed around a particularly large load. Much to our dismay, right where the rain damage had happened, the zipper actually came unglued from the rest of the cooler. We are extremely disappointed that a rainstorm stopped us from getting more than one season of use out of this cooler.
For significantly less than much of the competition, the Homitt has a lot to offer. If you want an ultra-rugged option, this definitely isn't your best bet. But if you're on the hunt for a solid insulator that you're willing to baby a little, you may be pleased with what you get from the Homitt.
This little cooler performed impressively in our insulation testing but falls short when it comes to rugged durability. If you're willing to treat it very gently, this cooler could be right for you - especially with such a low price tag. But if you want something you don't have to think twice about using, we think there are better options available.
— Maggie Brandenburg
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