We tested the IGLOO 40, and first impressions were excellent. When box arrived I initially thought it was empty, the cooler is light compared with many others. On opening and setting it up we were surprised and very pleased to see it could be stood on it's side, with the door opening out like a standard kitchen fridge, or upright with the lid opening upwards. This proved handy over the weekend as the cooler fulfilled it's dual purpose for us, first as a fridge for the BBQ food, then as a beer cooler!
We were told for optimum performance to set the cooler going at least three
hours before we filled it with pre-chilled items, this enables the cooler to get down to the right temperature to keep the food and drinks nice and cold. We ran it on 12v in the car on the way to the campsite, and we found the performance extremely good, it chilled our freshly bought cans and food very quickly, then kept them cold all weekend. The IGLOO is easy to clean, we just simply wiped it down with a warm damp cloth.
We had a very sociable weekend, so the cooler again came up trumps, as we used it as an extra seat in the awning, without having to worry about breaking the lid or handle (unlike my last two coolboxes!), even after a glass or two.
We didn't get a chance to test the IGLOO 40's snapside in anger, that of a heater unfortunately. This sounds like a brilliant idea though, perfect for keeping food warm
straight from the oven, especially if you're off on a picnic. It was quiet when running, and become quite hot inside.
All in all, very impressed indeed, we certainly would recommend the IGLOO Kool Mate, it goes to show that not all 12/240v coolers are the same, this one standing head and shoulders over others I have used.
Where Can I get them From?
We have teamed up with Camping-Online
to offer you a fantastic price on both the featured IGLOO Kool Mate products. You can now purchase the IGLOO Kool Mate 40 for just £89.99 with an extra bonus! Phone the number on their website to order, and they will throw in the recommended power converter for just free allowing you to run the cooler on 240V.
Note, as of Feb 2007 The IGLOO Kool Mate 24 is now discontinued.
Prices are supplied by the supplier and are correct on the date of publication of this article, but may be subject to future change, please check with the supplier for current pricing.
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