With insulation values that might make your jaw drop, a compact, easy to use design, and a price tag that's about half of some of its competitors, the Homitt 30 Can sounds almost too good to be true. However, its boxy shape isn't our favorite to carry around fully loaded and we ran into some durability concerns. After collecting some water during a rainy camping weekend, the Homitt later busted open at the zipper seam, loosing its ability to provide a watertight seal. Though we didn't think it would last forever, we expected to get more than a single season of use from this model.
Homitt 30 Can Review
Cons: Boxy construction is less comfortable to carry, zipper is very hard to pull, not particularly durable
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Homitt 30 Can
|Price||$117.99 at Amazon||$182.70 at Amazon||$93.99 at Amazon||$114.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Lid opens fully for easy access, very stable, excellent insulation, comparatively very low cost||Very durable construction, excellent insulation, useful handles and features, comfortable shoulder strap||Good insulation, easy to use, simple design, convenient size, affordable||Durable design, comfortable to carry when full, good capacity, relatively inexpensive||Comfortable to carry, convenient design, good features, tons of dry storage|
|Cons||Boxy construction is less comfortable to carry, zipper is very hard to pull, not particularly durable||Zippered exterior pocket not waterproof, very large||Frustrating zipper||Learning curve for best use, not 100% leakproof, no extra pockets||Zipper not leakproof, thin insulation, less durable, loose sternum strap|
|Bottom Line||Though it brings some impressive insulation to the table for a very low price, it managed to come apart rather quickly.||If you’re looking for the best soft cooler on the market today, look no further than this outstanding model from Engel.||Great durability and insulation power at a relatively low price.||A very different design than most, but by far our favorite to carry over long distances.||Though not as hardy as some others, this design combines cooler space and dry storage for an all-in-one pack.|
|Rating Categories||Homitt 30 Can||Engel HD30||RTIC SoftPak 20||IceMule Pro||Cool Trail Split Pack|
|Insulation Value (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Specs||Homitt 30 Can||Engel HD30||RTIC SoftPak 20||IceMule Pro||Cool Trail Split...|
|Carry Style||Messenger Bag||Messenger Bag||Lunchbox||Backpack||Backpack|
|Measured Weight (lb)||4.0 lb||5.9 lb||3.0 lb||3.0 lb||2.4 lb|
|Exterior Fabric||840D thermoplastic urethane||Abrasion-resistant fabric||Thick nylon shell||Mule SkinET 1000D ripstop tarpaulin/vinyl/nylon||Recycled ripstop nylon outer/polyester inner|
|Closure Method||Zippered flip top, watertight zip||Zippered top, watertight zip||Zippered flip top, watertight zip||Roll-top||Zippered flip top, dry storage cinch and clip|
|Handles and Straps||Shoulder strap, carry handle||Shoulder strap, carry handles||Shoulder strap, carry handle||Backpack straps, sternum strap||Backpack straps, carry handle, sternum strap|
|Additional Storage||Yes; 2 small exterior; one mesh, one waterproof zip||Yes; 1 larger exterior zippered (meant to be waterproof but isn't)||Yes; small exterior||No; exterior shock cord panel||Yes; top half of pack, brain pocket, 2 mesh side pockets|
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 most impressive insulation options we tested. It held a temperature near or below the FDA-recommended 40°F for over four 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 40 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 over 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 most 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 outperformed some seriously beefy models in our insulation testing, but fell 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