Coleman Cooler Quad Review
Cons: Not vary durable, difficult to fit in bag, poles feel rickety, "headrest" difficult to use
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|Pros||Simple to use, attached cooler storage, inexpensive||Fits just about anyone, comfortably padded seat, super robust, plenty of storage, simple to use||Comfortable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, good price||Carrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, lightweight||Easy to set up, tall angled back, supportive, high seat height, less expensive|
|Cons||Not vary durable, difficult to fit in bag, poles feel rickety, "headrest" difficult to use||Fairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathable||Low back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beverages||Fabric can get dirty easily, cup holders could be larger||Very tall seat, limited pockets, no locking mechanism, long when packed|
|Bottom Line||This chair is cheap and offers a tiny attached cooler, but it's slouchy and rickety||Our favorite among all contenders, this robust chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfortable affair||It's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the price||Taking the slouch out of camping chairs, this highly supportive model is easy to get in and out of||A tall chair with a simple set up that's easy to use and less expensive to buy|
|Rating Categories||Coleman Cooler Quad||ALPS Mountaineering...||REI Co-op Camp X||Kijaro Dual Lock Fo...||GCI Outdoor Comfort...|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Coleman Cooler Quad||ALPS Mountaineering...||REI Co-op Camp X||Kijaro Dual Lock Fo...||GCI Outdoor Comfort...|
|Weight||8.2 lbs||14.1 lbs||8.0 lbs||9.8 lbs||8.3 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||325 lbs||800 lbs||300 lbs||300 lbs||300 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions (length x width x height)||38" x 8" x 8"||39" x 8" x 8"||33" x 7" x 7"||45" x 7" x 7"||45" x 7" x 5"|
|Unfolded Dimensions (depth x width x height)||39" x 37" x 23"||24" x 37" x 38"||21" x 31" x 31"||25" x 35" x 37"||25" x 35" x 37"|
|Seat Height (middle)||14.0"||15"||11.5"||15"||15"|
|Features||Built in 4-can cooler, side pocket, mesh cup holder, adjustable armrests||2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests||1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests||2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap||Beverage holder, small sleeve pocket|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Coleman Cooler Quad is a fairly standard-sized folding sports chair. It comes with an over-the-shoulder carry bag and features a single cup holder, a side pocket, adjustable armrests, and a 4-can mini cooler.
As far as comfort goes, this chair is a pretty average slouchy seat. It had some thickness, with at least a couple layers of fabric making up the body, but this doesn't help the integrity. The armrests are technically adjustable, though they are only attached through round discs, making it easy to accidentally push them down with your elbow during a routine readjustment. Coleman advertises this chair as having a headrest, which we think is a bit of a stretch. The back of the chair does go up behind where a head could theoretically be (based on height and posture). However, unless you hit the exact right position, the unsupported fabric does very little to hold your head up.
The Cooler Quad is very average here too. It comes with a bag that has a shoulder strap to cart it around and weighs 8 pounds. The carry bag is rather thin, letting you feel whatever section of the chair rests upon your back or side. At least you probably won't be carrying it terribly far, and it's not awful over short stretches.
We aren't particularly impressed by the durability of this chair either. Nothing broke during our testing, but we have some serious doubts about this chair's ability to last for years. The poles are quite thin, and despite having a steel frame, everything feels rather rickety. Ours also came with some sloppy seams, and the carry bag is very thin and fragile. Again, nothing broke on this chair during our few months of testing, but we are skeptical of its longevity.
Ease of Use
By far, the best thing about this chair is how easy it is to set up — it just folds outwards like an accordion. The cooler is also easy to use, with a handy pull-on top that unzips both sides simultaneously. A small patch of velcro is all that's left between you and your cold beverages. However, this chair is tricky to fit back into its bag. The cooler in the armrest sticks out at an odd angle and resists being squeezed back into a sack that's barely large enough to hold it. Beyond the cooler, the Quad has a single mesh cup holder that's just barely wide enough to squeeze in an iPhone 8+ and a side seat pocket with one large pocket and two smaller mesh pockets to keep you organized.
Though it's one of the least expensive chairs we tested, we're still not sure it's worth it. Lackluster performance and a cooler that's only moderately useful but surprisingly in the way make us feel like there are much better options out there, even if the chair and cooler have to be separate.
If you're after a novelty chair with an included cooler, you've found it. But if you want something comfortable enough to watch an all-day soccer tournament and durable enough to bring back every season, we don't think this one is a winner.
— Maggie Nichols
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