The true value in a cooler box lies in its construction and the amount of insulation provided. While there are plenty of much cheaper ice boxes on the market, the more you pay for a cooler box, the better quality you are likely to get. Construction is also an important factor when it comes to durability. After all, you are going to be taking your cooler box with you when you go boating, camping, or on family days out. The outer casing is bound to get bumps and scrapes as kids trip over it and knock it over or it gets bounced about amongst your camping gear in the back of your car - not to mention the hammering the casing could take when out on your boat. So, when looking for a new cooler box you really need to take durability into consideration as well as its ability as an insulator.
Another factor that often completely escapes people's attention when they go out to purchase a cooler box, is the capacity of the interior plastic casing to be cleaned and maintained. Some plastics, no matter how much you try, simply will not let go of unpleasant smells. The better quality coolers have often been treated to prevent mildew or unwanted moulds from growing. The interior of these good quality ice boxes is easy to clean, with an absence of nasty little corners in which muck can get trapped. These good quality ice boxes are also easy to maintain.
Incidentally, if you do get unpleasant smells building up inside your cooler box you can try cleaning the interior with a mixture of warm water with a few drops of bleach. If that doesn't work, try using alcohol wipes. These are very efficient and usually do the trick. However, one tried and tested way to eliminate those unpleasant odours, a growth of mould, or other marks, is to wipe over with a little WD40 on a cloth. This is also great for cleaning away the black mould that grows in amongst the rubber seals on refrigerators and home freezers. Most families use their cooler box quite extensively so, rather than continuing to buy the cheaper versions on the market, over a lifetime you would actually save money by purchasing one of these top-of-the-range ice boxes that are so well manufactured that they are likely to last you a lifetime.