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Editors’ note, March 1, 2016: The manufacturers of the Coolest Cooler are looking for investors to help complete orders for backers who supported the project on Kickstarter. Only one-third of people who bought a Coolest during the company’s 2014 Kickstarter campaign have received their cooler, said Susan Towers, Coolest’s marketing director.
In a letter to backers, founder Ryan Grepper said the company underestimated how much it would cost to make and deliver the Coolest to backers. “The process is well underway to find the best partner, and then ramp up production and get every backer his or her Coolest as soon as possible. However, at this point, we can’t estimate exactly when this will happen,” Grepper wrote. This latest delay comes after reports in December that early Coolest supporters were upset when the the product became available on Amazon before they received their coolers.
The Coolest Cooler began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 that touted the project as “a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion.” In just 52 days, 62,642 backers pledged $13,285,226 to bring to the market a cooler packed with a blender, a Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger and other add-ons. The amount of money the project raised made the Coolest the . The Coolest started coming off the line in July 2015, and now anyone in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand can order one online — for a whopping $485. (At the current exchange rate, AU$657 in Australia.)
The Coolest Cooler is made for the SkyMall catalog. Like the items that tempt airline passengers to impulse-buy from flying altitude, the Coolest is a fun, frivolous and expensive product that will be useful for some and a waste of money for many others. Having spent some time with it, I can say this cooler has a lot to love, especially if you enjoy outdoor entertaining.
The design is thoughtful and скачать скрипт consumer-friendly, food and drinks stay cold over an extended amount of time, and the Bluetooth speaker and USB charger work well. That said, the Coolest has some flaws, specifically with the limitations of the blender. And it’s hard to hand over nearly $500 for a cooler, especially when a consumer can buy the independent components of the Coolest for far less money. (Specifically, a big ol’ cooler, a portable hand blender and a Bluetooth speaker with USB charging capabilities — such as the — will run you about $285 total.)
But let’s be honest: products like the Coolest Cooler aren’t about practicality or thrift. Ultimately, this is an entertaining product that works well overall and fulfills many needs of the (slightly tipsy) outdoor enthusiast. It’s a cooler for someone who spends most of their year outside, likes blended drinks and doesn’t want to make separate purchases for their party needs. If that’s your idea of a good time, warm up the credit card and enjoy.