Are expensive (or special-use marine) coolers and ice chests worth the money?
My work keeps me outside a lot, and summer is near. I already have two coolers with me most days, a big one for drinks, and a smaller one for food, easier to reach. Both are Walmart cheapies.
I have heard that special high-end coolers (designed for marine use or dry ice, or advertised with high insulation) can be worth the money. These include brands such as Yeti and Engels - and are supposed to be better constructed, better insulated, with latching lids, etc. They can run $200 up, depending on size. I have read reviews on AMZ and find disagreement as to whether the extra $ buys much better performance. I would buy one if they are worth it, but don't want to buy one as an experiment if they aren't.
If anyone who has owned and used one of these can offer a review? Or suggest other brands, or how to make them better use of them?
(My cooler must fit a small car, and be something a female can lift - say 20-30 quarts max, and hold 3-4 2-liter sodas, ice, blue ice, and food.)