After the first month of camping, I realized our current igloo cooler just wasn’t going to cut it . It was great for cookouts and day trips but just could not handle even long weekends. We typically use it for soft drinks and bottled water. So it gets opened and closed several times a day.
I noticed during our trips we were buying 2 bags to start out, then supplement the cooler with at least one bag a day. On the last day by the time we arrived home we were down to just cold water no ice. So we were averaging $20 to $30 a weekend on ice. Ice at campgrounds are not cheap, generally it is twice the price as elsewhere. I tried a couple of different cheaper coolers ( $75 or less). After purchasing 2 more different brand coolers, I quickly decided I was going to have to put some serious $ into one. So I was on the hunt for a cooler!
I am a researcher when it comes to larger purchases and if you have read some of my prior post I am a list maker. I am a firm believer in “Quality over Quantity”. Why buy 10 $1 items that break often if I can buy one $15 item that will last me years. So I made my list:
*Must hold ice for at least 4 days
*Durable – High Quality – Molded
*Must be affordable – under $400
*Fun Color – No White
*Great Customer Service
*60 quart or Larger
*Easy to move around
So I started getting recommendations from friends and family. We received a list .. Yeti, Kabela’s, Pelican and RTIC. Mostly everyone said Yeti for quality or RTIC for price. So I started researching. Reading reviews and thought the RTIC or Yeti was our best bet. The Yeti Tundra 65 at $399.99 or the RTIC 65 $239. Both were roughly the same size , offered the same coolers. Major difference was price. They matched everything. Then a fellow camper said “Have you looked at Orca? They keep beating Yeti in those YouTube test.”
So I started looking at the videos on Youtube, I was surprised to see Orca coming out on top. So I started researching the Orca coolers and what I found out was very interesting. Orca checked off all the items on my list also. The performance test had them besting Yeti, RTIC and many others. Plus a bonus they are USA made in Tennessee. In the Orca line that best suited our needs was the Orca Classic 75 $349.99. We signed up for the Orca newsletter and received a 10% off code with Free Shipping. Making our color $314.99. (Check out there website .. HERE.)
One of the items on my list was a fun color not white. Yeti and RTIC both offered white, tan and blue. Orca had a wide range of colors … Navy, white, black, pink, seafoam, green, tan and light blue. I wanted Pink and hubby wanted Light blue. So guess what we ordered? If you said pink then you are…. WRONG!! We orginially ordered the light blue… however do to the Youtube video they were extremely popular and on back order for a couple of weeks. We had a trip coming up to the Sevierville, TN area. I called their customer service who were EXCELLENT!! Check that off the list!!! We changed our order to the pink and had it in had in 4 days!!
We went on our long weekend trip to Sevierville, Tennessee. It filled it with drinks and ice. It sat all weekend in the sun beside our camper. On Monday it was still full of ice and had very little melt.
We have taken it on countless trips including a 10 road trip to Texas and back. We filled it at the start of the trip drove it 1,000 miles, set it in the sun by the beach all week and did not need to fill it up again until 6 days in. We brought it home and still had ice for 5 more days. We are very impressed with quality, performance, and style.
We gladly give this cooler and the Orca company a rave 10 out of 10 stars!!
Being bright pink it is definitely a conversation piece. It even draws in beautiful butterflies.
Orca Pink 75 Quart Cooler – $349.99
- 75-quart storage capacity.
- Durable, roto-molded construction.
- Integrated insulation for maximum ice/cold retention and freshness of your stowed items for up to 10 days.
- Lid gasket to ensure a perfect seal.
- Extendable flex-grip handles for comfortable solo or tandem portage.
- Cargo net attachment for added storage.
- Easy-flow drainage spout.
- Inside: 12″ x 26 15/16″ 12 7/16″
- Outside: 17 7/8 x 33 7/16″ x 18 3/8″
- Weight: 40 lbs
(This is NOT a paid review and we are no way affiliated or partnered with ORCA. This is an honest review of our experience.)