It’s no secret that the cooler world is more divided than a middle school fraction: on the one hand you’ve got the purists who scoff at anything without a ‘Yeti’ logo on it, and on the other you’ve got the realists who see the absurdity in paying over $400 or so for a plastic box to put beers in.
Being the open-minded, cooler-loving folks that we are, we tend to understand and empathize with both sides of the argument.c
And fortunately for you, there’s a handful of companies out there that understand too.
Siberian Coolers (Amazon link) is a relatively new brand that hails from the scenic foothills and wide open skies of Bozeman, Montana, and they’ve barged into the industry with one thing on their mind: offer truly top-notch, top-performing coolers at a fraction of the price of the leading brands.
In this complete Siberian Coolers review, we’ll check out the full lineup of these new kids on the (ice) block, and deem whether or not they can actually stand up to the industry top dogs.
Siberian Coolers Review: The Complete Guide
One of the main things we like to do when checking out a new brand is to try and get to know who the people behind the product are. We’ve seen so many times savvy investor-types try and break into a market, only to fail miserably because they’re out of touch with the needs and lifestyle of the folks they’re marketing too.
This doesn’t seem to be the case with Siberian Coolers – these folks are legit, dyed-in-the-wool outdoorsmen who’ve cut their teeth on the rugged plains and world-class trout streams of the Rocky Mountain west, and they know what they want and expect to see in a good cooler.
Just like Yeti and all the other top rated ice chests brands, Siberian Coolers are a one-piece rotomolded design that are purpose-built to be virtually indestructible. And as far as ice retention, you’ll be hard-pressed to recognize any difference between one of these and a much more expensive cooler, despite the difference in price. (In fact, plenty of people have claimed that the Siberian holds ice longer than a Yeti).
Construction Quality of Siberian Ice Chest
Like we just mentioned, Siberian Coolers are made with the same materials and built up to the same specifications as all the top brands.
The coolers are rotomolded with a high-density liquid polyethylene that solidifies and cures into a durable one-piece hollow body, which is then filled with 2-inches of high-density insulating foam.
The advantages of rotomold construction are two-fold: it allows for one-piece construction which eliminates ‘weak spots’ in the cooler body, and the hollow body also allows for the insulating foam to be poured into every corner, nook, and cranny of the cooler — not just the walls.
Every Siberian ice chest is constructed with top-of-the-line gear and hardware, including built-in dual stainless steel hinges, a 360-degree recessed freezer gasket, and super high-quality lid latches that fully seal the gasket when in place.
The coolers are also bear-resistant, and have built-in padlock tabs on the corners for secure storage and locking.
One thing that definitely can’t go unmentioned is the fact that Siberian offers an almost unheard-of lifetime warranty on all their rotomolded coolers.
This really is spectacular, as most of the other top brands generally offer a 7-year warranty — if they’re feeling generous.
True Outdoorsman or True Googan: Are Siberian Coolers for Sale ‘legit’?
Before we get into all the features and finer details of Siberian Coolers, let’s be clear about something: if you’re spending a ton of money on a cooler, you want to make sure it’s on a legit brand.
Think of it this way: when you roll up to the river or fishin’ hole with a Yeti or K2 strapped in the bed of your truck, people know that you’re serious about what you do – you’re no ‘kook’.
Taking that into consideration, what’s to be made of Siberian Coolers as a brand?
We’ll put it this way: head out west, and you’ll be sure to run into more than a handful of hardcore trout bums and backcountry hunting guides rocking a Siberian ice chest.
So yeah, they’re completely legit – don’t worry about dropping any style points by going with a Siberian instead of one of the more ‘popular’ brands.
Models, Sizes, and Styles
|item-title||Siberian Classic 20 QT||Siberian Classic 22 QT||Siberian Classic 45 QT||Siberian Classic 65 QT|
In addition to the brand new 22-quart Sidekick, the Classic is available in 20, 45, or 65-quart options, and feature all the top-of-the-line design specs you’d hope to see in a performance rotomold cooler: industrial-quality freezer gaskets, internal stainless steel hinges, and heavy duty non-slip rubber feet.
Siberian Outback Series
Even though Siberia and the outback are two geographically distinct areas that are separated by a vast ocean, there’s actually not a ton of differences between the Siberian Outback and the Siberian Classic.
The Outback is a little more beefed-up and the sidewalls are supposedly a little thicker, so theoretically you could expect it to have a little better ice retention than the Classic, but quite honestly the difference is negligible.
The Outback’s do however have a few larger options and different varieties in size than the Classic:
(Also, the Outback has higher-quality stainless steel latches on them, as opposed to standard rubber latches on the Classic).
Both models come in either granite or white color options, and strictly going off appearance, they’re great-looking coolers — you can pick out their quality quite easily from a distance.
Design and feature-wise both the Outback and the Classic are pretty basic coolers, with no frills or useless gimmicks like we’ve seen on plenty of other ‘performance’ rotomolds. They’re super clean, simple, solid ice chests that have two things in mind: durability and ice retention.
Siberian 22-Quart Sidekick
The new 22-quart Sidekick model actually does have some functional features that are different than the Outback and Classic coolers, such as four built-in cup holders on the lid, and a one-piece aluminum carrying handle instead of the rope handles that are on all the other models.
The one-piece handle is nice and it does make carrying a bit easier when you’re by yourself, but it isn’t flush and doesn’t pack quite as nice as the models with the standard rope handles, which lay down flush along the sidewalls.
Siberian Cooler Accessories
Like any decent self-respecting cooler brand, Siberian offers a few more treats and goodies, in addition to their premium lineup of rotomold coolers.
1. 24 oz. Nomad Tumbler (Lifetime Warranty)
Like Yeti’s Rambler, this is a great quality hot/cold tumbler with double-walled vacuum insulation built into the food-grade 304 stainless steel body. It’s rated to keep iced drinks cold for over 30 hours, and hot drinks warm for about 6 hours.
Also, it comes with a sealed-gasket non-spill lid, and unlike other lesser-quality tumblers, the Nomad has no BPA or lead, so you don’t have to worry about it giving off that ‘metal’ taste that you’ve probably experienced from cheaper cups.
>> Check it on Amazon.
2. Cryo-Sleeve Koozie (Lifetime Warranty)
‘Cryo-Sleeve’ is just Siberian’s fancy-pants word for beer koozie, but one thing’s for sure; this little guy is pretty sweet.
Just like their tumbler, it’s super-good quality and is made of industrial-grade stainless steel with double-walled vacuum insulation, but what’s even better is that each one comes with three different flexible locking gaskets (black, red, and white) – a really awesome, functional design feature that we’ve actually never seen in a koozie before.
>> Check it on Amazon
3. Canteen/Cooler Divider
This one is actually a really awesome innovation, and is something else we’ve yet to see in a cooler, so hat’s off to Siberian for their creativity and ingenuity.
It’s a freezeable divider that fits in either the Outback 82 or Outback 125, and is great because in addition to acting as a partition, it keeps the cooler cold for longer, and then once the ice does melt you just pop the cap off and use it as a canteen for drinking water.
(Standard dividers are also available for the Outback 50, 82, and 125-quart… not sure why they don’t have any dividers for the Classic).
Spanning across the top of the cooler, you’d be really surprised at how handy these things are and how much use you’ll get out of them.
Other Accessories & Parts
Other Siberian accessories worth mentioning include good quality seat cushion that buttons onto the lid of either the 30, 40, 65, or 85-quart – really popular for using in a boat as an extra seating option, and the replace parts. Even though everything is covered under the Lifetime Warranty, Siberian does offer replacement parts if something happens to get lost or damaged. They include things like rope handles, drain plugs or the rubber lid latches. You can see them all on Siberian Coolers website right here.
Where to Buy Siberian Coolers?
Like some of the other popular non-big-name rotomolded coolers out there, finding out where to get your hands on one of these suckers can sometimes be a bit of a hassle.
Amazon is definitely our first recommendation, as they’ve usually always got them in stock for lower prices than you’ll find on the Siberian website. (Actually, it looks the 22-quart Sidekick has been discounted on Amazon for quite awhile now, and is a rare opportunity to get your mitts on a Siberian while they’re appear to be on sale – here’s an Amazon link).
If Amazon’s out of stock, then definitely try out the Siberian website directly. If you strike out there, well… good luck.
Also one last thing we’ll say about Siberian Coolers is that – unlike other value coolers which tend to get backordered for a really long time – they seem to always be in stock and ready for immediate shipment. We haven’t heard yet of any backordering or non-availability issues.
Siberian Cooler Review – The Bottom Line
Alright so the bottom line of this Siberian cooler review – in our opinion – is that even though they’re some of the newest kids on the block (they popped on the scene in 2015), Siberian Coolers are definitely a worthy brand that manufacture a super-legit product.
We’d have no hesitation in replacing some of our much more expensive coolers with one of their Classic or Outback models, and would be certain we’d get a similar – if not better – performance in return.
Here is the Siberian Coolers walkthrough that might be helpful: