With insulation values that outscored the Yeti model, a compact, easy to use design, and a price tag that's about a third of it's smaller Yeti counterpart, the Homitt 30 Can was a no-brainer choice for our Best Buy Award. We loved how easy it was to get in and out of its flip-top lid and store a few extra things in its two handy side pockets. While its boxy shape wasn't our favorite to carry around, the Homitt had many carry straps to help you find the best feel for your cooler load. This model also boasts a highly durable design, and though we didn't love how hard the zipper was to pull at first, a little zipper lubricant did the trick quite nicely. And with such a low price tag, you could buy almost three of these coolers for the price of just one Yeti Hopper Flip 12.
Homitt 30 Can Review
Cons: Boxy construction is less comfortable to carry, zipper is very hard to pull
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Our Analysis and Test Results
There are many reasons why you might want a soft cooler. Tailgating, lounging at the beach, a weekend of camping, a short day hike, an epic road trip, picnicking in the park, barbecuing with friends, and the list goes on. Well, we tried it all, to bring you the best options out there and the Homitt is an excellent cooler with an exceptional value. It held its own and more against stiff competition, taking home our Best Buy Award. Read on to learn how…
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 outcompeted both Yeti models we tested in our controlled insulation tests. While the Yeti models held a temperature near or below the FDA-recommended 40 degrees for almost three days, the Homitt lasted nearly four full days! The only other soft cooler we tested that lasted as long was our Editors' Choice, the Engel HD30. When you look at the thick insulation lining the Homitt, along with the waterproof external and internal fabric and watertight zipper, you can see how this cooler could keep things cold for so long. It even has two external pockets, one of which remained waterproof even after sitting outside in the intermittent rain for a week!
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 hot air in. 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 loved being able to fully open the top of the cooler. Getting things in and out was so much easier that way than any of the slit-top coolers. The Homitt also has very long side handles, making it easy to throw them together and quickly pull this cooler from the back of the Subaru. With two exterior pockets - one waterproof and one mesh - we were able to bring along a few necessities like bottle openers, napkins, and cozies.
There are also four plastic D rings near the bottom of the cooler, allowing you to tie the Homitt down for a bumpy off-road trip to your favorite water hole. We were big fans of how stable this cooler was when we set it down. Its flat bottom and top let us make a nice little "tabletop" for cheese and crackers or a quick card game.
Our biggest concern with the Homitt was how difficult it was to use the zipper. It's incredibly hard to pull, requiring both hands and a fair amount of muscle! This worried us a lot and would have earned the Homitt a lower Ease of Use score, but we were able to solve the problem by applying a small amount of zipper lubricant. However, we had to purchase this separately, as Homitt doesn't send it with their coolers. We also weren't entirely in love with having to open this cooler almost all the way just to reach inside and grab what you're looking for; additionally, the zippered side pocket is quite small and tight, limiting what kinds of things you can easily fit inside. All things considered, however, the Homitt was not terribly challenging to use once you got some zipper lubricant.
At first glance, we weren't too sure about the durability of the Homitt, but our testing proved otherwise. The external fabric is an 840D TPU coated material that looks harder to clean off than it really is. The interior is covered with a thick waterproof layer, which makes it easy to wipe off any spills. Compared to more expensive models like the Yeti Hopper Flip and Engel HD30, the Homitt isn't visually quite as durable. The straps are slightly thinner material (though still thick and strong), and the seams appear a bit less methodical and precise, with a few ends sticking out here and there. However, through all of our thorough testing and the harsh conditions this cooler withstood, it held up without any visible damage.
Aside from our initial concerns about durability based mostly on the slightly less tough look and feel of the materials used to make the Homitt, our testing only revealed one real concern. 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. This didn't impede the use of the zipper at all, but we still weren't stoked about the fabric taking on water. After a couple of days drying out though, we couldn't even tell it had been wet in the first place. Overall, we were impressed with the durability of the Homitt 30 Can soft cooler.
The Homitt is a decently portable cooler, though perhaps not the most comfortable to carry around. Though it's not as small as the Yeti Hopper Flip, the Homitt isn't nearly as large as the massive, 48-can Engel HD30. The Homitt has an adjustable shoulder strap with a pad for carrying this cooler to your ideal spot. It also has two long side handles, if the contents are not so heavy and you'd rather carry it with a single hand. 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 straps, and carry it between the two of you.
As a rigid shape, the Homitt is less comfortable to carry as a messenger bag than something more forgiving like the Yeti Hopper Two 30 or the backpack cooler, Ice Mule Pro. Its shoulder pad is also perhaps not as cushioned as you might wish, "forcing" you to eat some of those snacks before you reach your destination to lighten your load. As with any bag you carry, the more you put in it, the less comfortable it will be to take on long distances. But if you're searching for that car camping cooler, then portability probably isn't your primary concern!
We were blown away by the insulating power and price of this superb soft cooler. The 30 is one of the best insulators we tested, for a fraction of the price. Though it's not overly comfortable to cart on long-distance journeys, this cooler would make a great addition to a weekend camping trip, cross-country road trip, or even just a long hot day at the beach with the kids. If you're after incredible insulating power, a design that will last through years of adventures, and a price tag that won't make you feel like you need to pick up another job, the Homitt is sure to please.
You know you want a soft cooler that can stand up to all the awesome things you want to do with it, but do you want to spend hundreds of dollars on it? With the Homitt, you can have your cake and eat it too. Retailing for $100, outcompeting the Yeti models we tested, and tying for an overall score with the Yeti Hopper Flip 12, the Homitt makes a compelling case for becoming part of your future adventures. Not only is it just over a third the cost of more expensive models like the Yeti Hopper Flip 12 and performs better than those models, it also has a larger capacity. Yeti no longer dominates the adventure cooler scene, and we're glad to see some excellent and affordable models like the Homitt out there.
The Homitt 30 Can is an excellent soft cooler with an incredible value. It has one of the highest insulation values of all the coolers we tested, tying with our Editors' Choice award winner, the Engel HD30. This little cooler maintains a relatively high level of durability, is fairly easy to use and carry from A to B, and has a price tag that won't put you out hundreds of dollars. With all this to love, we think the Homitt is an excellent buy - in fact, we think it's a Best Buy, and have awarded it such.
— Maggie Brandenburg